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Beneficial Insects and Drones – Field Demonstration
August 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
See Research in Action!
Drone demo on Aug. 19
Washington’s wine grape growers and wineries are invited to see their research dollars at work during a demonstration of a drone release of beneficial predators for grape mealybug and spider mites.
The demo will be held:
- Friday, August 19
- Kiona Vineyards, Benton City. Meet at the Kiona Winery Tasting Room Parking Lot, 44612 N Sunset Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. It’s a short walk to the research trial location.
The demo is part of a research project funded through the Washington State Wine Commission’s Research Grant program. The grant brings together Dr. David James, WSU entomologist, and UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture, a private company specializing aerial release of beneficials. The project, underway this summer, studies the effectiveness and economics of using drones as a labor-saving way to release beneficials and evaluates the effectiveness of using a lure or attractant to keep beneficials in the vineyard to do their work.Melissa Hansen with any questions.Contact Washington State Wine Commission Research Program Director