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Good Fruit Grower: Canopy camera in your pocket

The camera on your smartphone could be used to assess crop load in apple canopies, once equipped with an app in development by Washington State University engineers. Compared to purpose-built camera and computer systems that scan every tree along the row, the smartphone system trades some accuracy for affordability and accessibility, said Manoj Karkee, who leads the agricultural automation and robotics lab at WSU’s Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems in Prosser, Washington. Photo credit: TJ Mullinax / Good Fruit Grower

Good Fruit Grower: Little cherry disease creates a big problem

Mounting inoculum levels across Washington suggest that little cherry disease is heading toward exponential growth, said Scott Harper, the Washington State University virologist who heads the Clean Plant Center Northwest. Photo credit: TJ Mullinax / Good Fruit Grower

Good Fruit Grower: Researcher spins off pollen suspension

A Washington State University researcher trying to develop a mechanical electrostatic pollination sprayer is continuing his research while he has spun a portion of it into a private business. Matt Whiting, a horticulturist at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, has licensed the intellectual property for his pollen suspension and will make and sell it commercially. Photo credit: TJ Mullinax / Good Fruit Grower

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Irrigated Agriculture Center

The Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (WSU Prosser IAREC) is the focal point for the University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) research, extension, and plant certification programs that address the concerns of irrigated agriculture.

An estimated two-thirds of the agricultural production in the state comes from irrigated land, making such research of vital interest to Washington’s economy, both for intrastate distribution and exportation.

Learn more about Prosser IAREC

2017 Annual Report

IAREC scientists had a productive 2017 with numerous reviewed publications and very strong commodity and federal grant support. Our significant contributions to graduate education continued during 2017, hosting students from 12 countries.

Download 2017 Annual Report (.pdf)