The newest in automated and precision farming technologies will be displayed at a free, public expo 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Washington State University Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Wash.

Blueberry-monitor-300A harvest labor monitoring system will be among the technologies demonstrated at the CPAAS Expo. (Photo by Matt Whiting, WSU)

“At the top of our to-do list is making our research useful to growers and the industry,” said Qin Zhang, director of the WSU Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (, host of the second annual expo. “The expo is a chance for growers, industry professionals and members of the public to see what we do and explore possibilities.”

Demonstrations will include:

• a blossom thinning device
• shake and catch cherry harvesting
• 3D sensor technology
• over-the-row sensor platforms
• bin-dog picking technology
• a solid set canopy delivery system and more.

More than 80 people attended the 2012 expo. The center is a venue for incubation and development of new ideas for researchers, entrepreneurs and others seeking to advance and commercialize automated and precision agriculture technologies.