WSU scientists perfecting mechanical harvest of cherries

PROSSER, Wash. — Rich, velvet-red, fresh sweet cherries are in high demand, and so are skilled laborers to harvest the highly perishable crop. However, labor shortages and labor costs may soon be a thing of the past for Northwest cherry producers, if consumers will accept their fresh cherries free of stems. In a project funded […]

Engineers test skills in off-road competition

They designed a machine to pass tests that evaluate maneuverability, rock and hill climbing, acceleration and long-term endurance. They also have to design a marketing strategy and prepare a cost report for mass production. Then they have to travel to a competition, mostly at their own expense, which they sometimes mitigate by camping out along […]