Agricultural Engineering

Going forward in the twenty first century, agriculture must minimize hand labor and instead emphasize mechinization.

Backpack sprayer application on formed beds before planting

Backpack sprayer application on formed beds before planting at the Guadalupe station

Trial setup using micro-sprinklers

Trial setup using micro-sprinklers on lettuce at the Salinas Valley station

The early success or failure of a pest control research program may depend on how primitive compounds are applied. Those experienced with product application mishaps cite several factors, such as:

These harmful effects are the result of the application technology rather than characteristics of the product, surfactant, or formulation. Because of our experience in agricultural engineering and equipment testing, we always consider the application technology when evaluating product performance testing.