Dr. Jim Owen, Jr., Assistant Professor, VirginiaTech
Incredible advances in nursery have been made in recent years with the collaboration of several universities and specialists via the national Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Among those advances are several for nursery automation. Dr. Owen has been instrumental in the development of a tractor-mounted caliper measuring/counting device that can help with field-grown tree inventory. Another in-development tool is the "multicopter" which is a drone-like machine that can count container-grown inventory from the sky. What else is on the horizon?!