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Nutrition & Heat Stress Smart Orchard Field Days

This year we're doing things a little different. Instead of having one large field day, the Smart Orchard partners are splitting the days up and having designated Spanish days for each of those occasions. The first day (July 26/27th) will be lead out by WSU researchers Bernardita Sallato, Lav Khot, and Lee Kalcsits, focusing on nutrition, and heat stress management. The second day (August 2nd/3rd) will be revolved around "New Technologies" where will lead out, followed by discussions from Dynamax, Thingy,IOT, Aker Ag, Ceres Imaging, and Arable.

Not only will the companies that participated in the Smart Orchard Project be there but we're inviting guest companies to participate in the field days, giving you the opportunity to learn more and see what other emerging technologies are available to the ag community. Click the respective buttons below and sign up for these exciting field days!

Nutrition, and Heat Stress Management- English July 26th

Nutrition, and Heat Stress Management- Spanish July 27th

New Technologies- English August 2nd

New Technologies- Spanish August 3rd

Nutrition & Heat Stress Management

Join us to learn from WSU research teams about the use of new technologies for orchard management related to nutrition, heat stress, and water use. This workshop is sponsored by WSU Tree Fruit Extension, WTFRC, and


Tree fruit growers, field workers, extension specialists, industry representatives, consultants and others interested in learning about the use of new technologies in the orchard.


  • Physical and chemical analysis of soil

  • Plant-based sensors in the orchard

  • In-field and aerial sensing for crop stress monitoring and management

  • Overview of what is AgWeatherNet, Tiers, and decision support portal


  • Assessing and mapping of soil physical and chemical analysis- Bernardita Sallato, Extension Specialist, WSU

  • Validation of plant-based sensors in the orchard- Dr. Lee Kalcsits, Endowed Chair of Tree Fruit Environmental Physiology and Management, WSU

  • In-field and aerial sensing for crop stress monitoring and management- Dr. Lav Khot Research Team, WSU.

  • AgWeatherNet Tiers and decision support portal. Interim Director AgWeather Net, WSU

How it works:

The field day will consist of four simultaneous presentations in four separate stations. Participants will have the opportunity to move from station to station, look at the technology in place, interact with research teams while also having networking opportunities.


9:50 - 10:00 am: Registration open

10:00 - 10:05 am: Welcome and objectives

10:05 -10:10 am: Selection of a station

10:10 - 10:35 am: Presentation and Q&A

10:35 - 10:45 am: Participants move to assigned second station

10:45 - 11:10 am: Presentation and Q&A

11:10 - 11:20 am: Participants move to assigned third station

11:20 - 11:45 am: Presentation and Q&A

11:45 - 11:55 am: Participants move to assigned fourth station

11:55 - 12:25 pm: Presentation and Q&A

12:25 - 12:30 pm: Conclusions and adjourn

12:30 pm and on: Networking and Open discussions


About the Researchers

Lav Khot, PhD- WSU Associate Professor, Ag Engineering

Dr. Khot works in the Agricultural Automation Engineering research emphasis area of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. His research and extension program focuses on “Sensing and automation technologies for site specific and precision management of production agriculture”. Special emphasis is towards integration of:

  • Crop Sensing (ground and aerial systems)

  • Internet-of-Things enabled Cyber Physical Systems

  • Edge and Cloud Compute driven Decision Support Systems

  • Smartphone Apps & Information Delivery Technologies

  • Precision Chemical Application Technologies

  • Agricultural Machinery, Processes & Data-based Modeling

Team Members:

  • Dr. Abhilash K. Chandel (Post-Doctoral Research Associate)

  • Dr. Anura Rathnayake (Post-Doctoral Research Associate)

  • Mr. Gajanan Kothawade(Graduate Research Assistant)

  • Mr. Jake Schrader (Graduate Research Assistant).

Bernardita Sallato- Tree Fruit Extension Specialist Washington State University IAREC

Bernardita’s program provides leadership in applied research, extension, and outreach for the PNW tree fruit industry. Her goal is improving orchard efficiency and fruit production through horticultural management practices and technology.

Main areas of interest are 1) Soils and plant nutrition; 2) Tree fruit stress management; and 3) General horticultural practices for tree fruit production.


M.Sci. Physiology and Fruit Production Area – PUC, Chile (2006)

B.Sci. Agriculture Engineer – Horticulture – PUC, Chile (2004)

Lee Kalcsits- Assistant Professor, Tree Fruit Physiology

  • Areas of Interest

  • Tree fruit physiology

  • Abiotic stress

  • Plant nutrition

  • Impacts of preharvest environment on postharvest physiology

Educational Background

Ph.D., Tree Physiology, University of British Columbia

M.S., Tree Ecophysiology, University of Saskatchewan

B.S., Horticulture, University of Saskatchewan

Program Objectives

  • Develop new tools for identifying the nutritional status of fruit trees

  • Advance the understanding of how environment (light, temperature, water, nutrients) affects fruit tree physiology, growth and development

  • Create management strategies to mitigate physiological problems that are associated with abiotic stress in fruit treesAdd text to your email.

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