MISSION AND GOAL
The mission of the Agricultural Application Engineering (AgAppE) Laboratory is to provide regional leadership in the area of agricultural engineering extension and applied research with a focus on spray application engineering. Our primary goal is to promote best practices for safe, economical, and environmentally sound pesticide spray application for specialty crops including almond, pistachio, walnut, stone fruit, citrus, and grapes.
THEMATIC PROGRAM AREAS
The 'AgAppE Egg' represents our main thematic program areas.
Promoting Spray Application Best Practices
Developing & Evaluating Spray Application Techniques & Technologies
Developing & Deploying Spray Application Decision Support Tools
The complex nature of spray application under field conditions often limits the ability to recognize/use best practices for increasing application efficiency and results in inefficient application, low productivity, and negative environmental impact. We create models to extend knowledge gained from field data or to fill in spray application knowledge gaps and develop decision tools in the form of computer applications, online calculators, and mobile apps to enhance decision making in meeting these challenges. Since 2019, we have disseminated the CitrusSprayEx expert system computer application online in downloadable form and through several training workshops for planning and evaluating airblast spray applications in citrus and other tree crops. We have also developed the Airblast Spray Advisor and Airblast Spray Planner web apps to reduce the guesswork to ensure more efficient and environmentally sound spray application practices.
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