W8: HOW TO TRANSITION AUTOMATED FIXED SPRAY SYSTEMS FROM RESEARCH TO COMMERCIAL MARKET FOR HORTICULTURAL CROP PROTECTION?

Modern orchards and vegetable crop systems are getting embedded with localized weather, soil, and canopy stress mapping sensors, and connectivity to realize automation of crop production management. In such systems, fixed spray systems are emerging as an alternative to pull-behind and movable sprayers for crop protection as well as for mitigating abiotic (heat/cold) stresses. This workshop aims to scope the current knowledge, practices and brainstorm with public-private industry partners on research, development and commercialization challenges associated with fixed spray system for automated crop protection. We plan to document the findings and publish in Acta Horticulture journal.