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February News

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

Learn about our recent travels!

We've been busy - read more about what we've been up to!

Tuesday Feb. 4 Wanapum Dam

Technology Research review for the Tree fruit Commission

In Washington State, every orchard grower contributes a few pennies per box of apples/cherries/pears shipped toward industry research. Once a year, the growers in the Tree Fruit Research Commission meet with university researchers & industry entrepreneurs to review existing and future technology projects. Recent tech projects range from genome research to disease modeling & pollination challenges. Current projects include orchard robotics and tree sap analysis. Would you expect tree sap analysis to be interesting? Well, Oregon State University & Washington State University researchers are digging in to measure the speed of heat traveling through a tree trunk to determine water uptake for a tree....pretty cool! Stay tuned for updates on collaboration with this group!


Feb. 4-6 in Spokane, WA.

The Spokane AG Expo

What we learned:

Our team had the opportunity to participate in this years Spokane Ag Expo. The themes from this event were equipment, data collection, universities, community colleges, and farming community members.

A perfect example of all of these factors coming together was a meeting had with a company that’s looking to manage costs, particularly the costs of pumping water to 6,000+ acres of potatoes, corn, and mint. With annual electricity costs of over $1 million a year just for irrigation, there's a strong interest in leveraging data to optimize water time - with resultant impact on their bottom line as well as being good for the environment.


Thursday, Feb. 13 in Wenatchee, WA.

The Next-Gen Network: Software Panel and Demos

Washington State University Extension hosts regular Next-Gen Tree Fruit grower meetings for young growers, and trekked up to Wenatchee to hear growers share first-hand how they're using technology to improve productivity and profits in their orchards.  Participants in this event included the 20's & 30's crowd representing some of the state's largest orchards including Zirkle, McDougall & others.  Lots of good learnings for us here, where growers shared successes & challenges to data access & insights.  This is a great forum for us, as it brings together progressive minds where we can invest to enable research & insights.


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