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Dr. Lav Khot Precision Agriculture

Grant Awards

  1. NSF/USDA-NIFA Cyber Physical Systems: Field-specific weather-driven automated frost mitigation of specialty crops ( D. Brown, L. R. Khot, J. Zagrodnik, G.-A. Hoheisel; 2021-2024).
  2. NSF/USDA-NIFA Cyber Physical Systems: Localized, geospatial sensing of canopy and fruit microclimate for real-time management of sunburn in apple (L. R. Khot*, R. T. Peters, M. Salazar-Gutierrez; 2019-2022).
  3. FFAR: New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research: Towards production of residue-free healthy fruit crops (L. R. Khot* [Mentoring collaborators: G.-A. Hoheisel, M. Moyer, B. Bears, M. Grieshop]; 2018-2021).
  4. USDA/ NIFA/ AFRI: Technology for trade: New tools and new rules for water use efficiency in agriculture and beyond. (J. Yoder,  K. Rajagopalan, C. Stockle, L. R. Khot, R. T. Peters et al.; 2018-2022).
  5. WTFRC [Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission] -Technology: Smart Orchards Year 2+ optional connectivity. (S. Mantle, L. R. Khot; 2021-2022).
  6. WTFRC [Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission] -Cherry: Towards identification of LCD linked volatile biomarkers. (L. R. Khot*, S. Harper, B. Sallato; 2021-2022).
  7. WTFRC [Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission] -Apple: Data to model apple airblast spraying drift exposure levels. (L. R. Khot*, G.-A. Hoheisel, H. Thistle; 2018-2019).
  8. WTFRC [Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission] -Apple: Database of airblast sprayer metrics for use in mechanistic drift model. (L. R. Khot*, G.-A. Hoheisel, H. Thistle; 2018-2019).
  9. USDA-ARS: Investigation of Laser-guided variable-rate spray technology in Washington state Apple Orchards. (L. R. Khot*, G.-A. Hoheisel, Q. Zhang; 2018-2024).
  10. WSDA-SCBG: Alternative pest management technologies for tree fruit and wine grapes (L. R. Khot*, G.-A. Hoheisel, M. Moyer;  2018-2021). 
  11. WSDA-SCBG: Novel sensing for potato postharvest quality and loss management in bulk storages. (S. Sankaran, L.R. Khot, B. Schroeder; 2017-2020).
  12. 22. WSU Office of Commercialization- Commercialization Gap Fund: Pneumatic solid set canopy delivery system for pesticide applications in perennial specialty crops (L. R. Khot*, M. Grieshop, G.-A. Hoheisel, R. Ranjan, R. Sinha; 2021-2022)
  13. WSU-Emerging Research Issues: Adapting satellite-based methods for estimating water use and crop-water stress to high resolution images from small UAS (R. T. Peters, L. R. Khot, C. Stockle; 2017-2019).
  14. USDA-SCRI: Solid Set Canopy Delivery Systems: an efficient, sustainable and safer spray technology for tree fruit. (M. Grieshop [MSU Lead], L. R. Khot [WSU lead], G.-A. Hoheisel et al; 2016-2019).
  15. WSU- Emerging Research Issues: Adapting Satellite-Based Methods for Estimating Water Use and Crop-Water Stress to High Resolution Images from small UAS (R. T. Peters, L. R. Khot, C. Stockle; 2017-2018).
  16. Washington Blueberry Commission: Modeling blueberry cold hardiness in Washington. (G.-A. Hoheisel, L. W. DeVetter, L. R. Khot, T. Coffey; 2017-2020).
  17. BIOAg [Center for Sustainable Ag and Natural Resources]: Rapid sensing of dairy manure nutrients for precision applications in agricultural production (P. Ndegwa, L. R. Khot, G. Kafle; 2016-2017).
  18. SWWRC [State of Washington Water Research Center 104B program]: Low energy precision (/spray) applications: unmanned aerial system based rapid evaluation for crop and site specific system adaptation in the Pacific Northwest (L. R. Khot, T. R. Peters, H. Neibling; 2016-2017).
  19. USDA-SCRI: Steam-generated supplementary heat thermotherapy as an immediate treatment for prolonging productivity of HLB-infected citrus trees (R. Ehsani [UF Lead], L. R. Khot [WSU lead]; 2015-2019).
  20. WTFRC [Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission] -Apple: Effectiveness of foliar calcium applications in bitter pit management (L. Kalcsits, S. Sankaran, L. R. Khot; 2015-2017).
  21. WSDA-SCBG: Deep sub-surface micro-irrigation to increase water use efficiency in Washington vineyards (P. Jacoby, L. R. Khot, H. Sadeghi, S. Sankaran; 2015-2018).
  22. OBC [Oregon Blueberry Commission]: Assessment of application technologies specific to the Western Pacific Northwest Blueberries (V. Walton, G.-A. Hoheisel, L. R. Khot; 2015-2017).
  23. WSGWRC [Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program]: Assessment of application technologies in wine grapes (G.-A. Hoheisel, M. Moyer, L. R. Khot; 2014-2018).
  24. Yamaha Precision Agriculture Inc. and Digital Harvest Inc. sponsored demo & presentations of unmanned helicopter technology to WA Stakeholders and WSU Researchers, Event cost sponsorship (2015).
  25. WSDA-SCBG [Specialty Crop Block Grant]: Rapid detection technologies for in-field and post-harvest apple bitter pit management (L. R. Khot, S. Sankaran, A. Dhingra, K. Lewis; 2014-2017).
  26. WWF [Washington Wheat Foundation]: Equipment grant to purchase a 2D light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system for rapid field phenotyping of spring and winter wheat varieties (S. Sankaran, L. R. Khot, A. Carter, M. Pumphrey; 2014-2015).
  27. USDA-ARS Northwest Centre for Small Fruit Research: Precision sub-surface irrigation to regulate wine grape physiology (P. Jacoby, S. Sankaran, M. Keller, T. Peters, L. R. Khot; 2014-2015).
  28. WSU-ERI [Emerging Research Issues]: In-field sensing and decision support system to prevent cherry fruit cracking due to rainwater (L. R. Khot, T. Peters, Q. Zhang, D. Granatstein; 2014-2016).
  29. WWF [Washington Wheat Foundation]: Equipment grant to purchase an unmanned aerial vehicle for rapid reliable field trial image acquisition (co-PI; 2013-2014).

Private Industry/Workshop/Gifts

  1. Capstan Ag Systems, Inc, KS: Assessment of CapstanAg rate and spray control technology (G.A. Hoheisel*, L. R. Khot; 2020)
  2. Innov8Ag: Imagery Data Analysis (2020-2021)
  3. Microsoft AI for Earth Grant: Smart devices, edge and cloud computing for abiotic stress monitoring in fresh market tree fruit crops. (R. Ranjan, A. Basavaraj, L R. Khot*; 2020)
  4. Microsoft AI for Earth Grant: Cloud based advanced machine learning tools for efficient grapevine irrigation management (A. Chandel, L R. Khot*; 2020)
  5. 2-Day UAS in Agriculture Workshop, November 15-16, 2018.
  6. WSU Drone Data Analytics Workshop, May 24, 2018.
  7. 2-Day UAS in Agriculture Workshop, November 8-9, 2017.
  8. Desert Air Solutions, Mattawa, WA (Sun Hwang & Steve Kim). In-kind UAS equipment donation.  (2016).
  9. Borton Fruits, Yakima, WA. In-kind cash to support WSDA-SCBG project ‘Rapid detection technologies for in-field and post-harvest apple bitter pit management’. (2015).
  10. Wilbur-Ellis Co. (Pacific Northwest Division). Lunch Sponsorship for CPAAS Open house and Ag Tech Day 2015. (2015).
  11. Yamaha Precision Agriculture Inc. and Digital Harvest Inc. sponsored demo & presentations of unmanned helicopter technology to WA Stakeholders and WSU Researchers. (2015).
  12. Digital Harvest Inc.; In-kind equipment support to WSU-ERI project ‘In-field sensing and decision support system to prevent cherry fruit cracking due to rainwater’. (2015).

International Collaborations

  1. India – National Agricultural Higher Education Project (funded by World Bank): Climate Smart Precision Agriculture and Water Management. (MPKV India Team: S. D. Gorantiwar, M. G. Shinde et al.; WSU Team: L. R. Khot*, C. Stockle, R. T. Peters, Q. Zhang, D. Brown; 2018-2021).
  2. Chile Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica. The digital agriculture network to strengthen agricultural resilience under climate change. (PUC Chile PI: Dr. F. Meza et al.; WSU Team: C. Stockle, L. R. Khot, R. T. Peters; 2018-2019).