Research facility

A new agricultural engineering facility at Penn State’s Fruit Research and Extension Center will enable the fabrication and testing of machinery and precision technologies designed to automate orchard production operations.

Research aimed at helping growers improve efficiency, reduce costs and overcome labor shortages will be enhanced with the recent completion of a new agricultural engineering shop at Penn State’s Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville.

Crews broke ground in late 2019 for the facility, which will enable the fabrication and testing of machinery and precision technologies designed to automate orchard production operations such as crop thinning, pruning, irrigation, harvesting, pest management and frost protection, according to a release from the Penn State facility.

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