October 11, 2017

The students designed a semi-autonomous aerial vehicle, more commonly known as a drone, to operate like honey bees by spraying pollen over date palm trees at a nursery in Yuma.

October 8, 2017

Traditionally the cultivation of dates has been very labor intensive. For example, workers have had to climb and pollinate each female tree by hand. But drones are changing the way things have been done for thousands of years.

October 8, 2017 The Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) will hold a research symposium on Nov. 16, 2017 at the Pivot Point Conference Center located at 310 N. Madison at Yuma, Ariz. Click for more information on topics that will be discussed.
October 2, 2017

“GPS is used on just about everything,” says Paul Brierley, head of the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA). “Rows that are perfectly straight allow closer cultivation — enough room between the plants and the knives to minimize waste.”

September 3, 2017

Brierley said there’s a growing consensus, including himself, around the county that the quality of mobile phone service has gone down this year, and the usual summer respite when there are fewer users hasn’t happened.

August 22, 2017 Taylor Farms embraces AgTech innovations, from automated harvesting in our fields to robotic case packing in our facilities.
August 13, 2017

The Yuma Daily Sun featured our Center of Excellence Seminar Series about Soil Genetic Testing to Assess Fusarium Pressure on the front page of the business section.

Vic Smith
July 17, 2017

Vic Smith, Vice Chair of the Yuma Center of Excellence Advisory Council, was honored at the Forbes AgTech Summit for his commitment to innovation.

June 12, 2017 Prices are driven by supply and demand — even at the grocery store. When there’s not enough of a product to meet our demand for it in the produce aisle, prices go up. That’s what’s happening right now with lettuce in Arizona.