It takes a diverse team of researchers to tackle orchard technology development. So, a diverse team of students, university faculty and technology suppliers spoke at a technology field day organized by Washington State University at its Sunrise Orchard outside Wenatchee on Sept. 15.
The event was hosted with support from the AgAID Institute, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded effort aimed at harnessing artificial intelligence technology to provide farmers better decision-support tools. The field day included participation by many of the undergraduate and graduate students working on research projects under the institute’s umbrella.
Institute director Ananth Kalyanaraman, a professor of computer science at WSU, thanked tree fruit industry members for attending the field day and engaging with the research teams.
“We want to make sure what we build is useful,” he said.