Technology has come a long way in helping growers irrigate their land in smarter ways. Producers can invest in soil mapping, install various types of pumping plants and flow meters, use soil sensors, put a VRI system on center pivots, and even tie some of these together through a few software applications. But none of these tools actually talk effectively or efficiently to each other. This project is helping pull all of these together through an integrated decision support system (DSS) and making that information available in an easy-to-use format. The goal is to enable farmers to improve their profit, while decreasing their use of water and energy.

The purpose of the Precision Ag Irrigation Language (PAIL) Project is to provide a common set of data standards to convert weather, soil moisture and other relevant data from a variety of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) hardware and software programs into an industry-wide format that can be downloaded and used by an irrigation data analysis and prescription program. Project deliverables will enable more efficient, easier-to-use solutions for growers, and the proposed standards will provide for extensibility for future use cases.

The PAIL Project has 24 participating companies, including: AgConnections, Agrian, AgSense, Campbell Scientific, CropMetrics, CropIMS, Decagon, John Deere, Irrinet, Irrometer, Iteris, Lindsay, Monsanto, Netafim, NEEA, Observant, JR Simplot, Wysocki Farms, OnFarm Systems, Simplot, Tucor, Valmont, WDT Inc., and ZedX.

Status: In March 2018 the PAIL Team AgGateway submitted its proposed irrigation data exchange standard to the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The current release includes core concepts and irrigation operations. The standard will allow multiple pieces of irrigation equipment from different manufacturers to send and receive data in a much more efficient and user-friendly manner. A separate section in progress at AgGateway includes observations and measurements, and is based on applying the ISO standard for observations and measurements (ISO 19156:2011) to the agricultural environment. 

As part of their collaboration toward a national standard, AgGateway and ASABE will work together to finalize data formats for irrigation equipment, including weather stations, soil-moisture sensors and irrigation control systems, and other agricultural irrigation-related information, such as soil types and GIS data. Dr. Charles Hillyer, Extension Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife, will chair the ASABE Committee. The goal is to eventually submit the standard to ISO as a global standard.

Questions regarding this project can be directed to project manager Dan Berne, at email:  dan at nextchaptermarketing.com. 

PAIL Project Links

Project update flyer

 (Oct 2017)

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Project Manager
Dan Berne 

Campbell Scientific
JR Simplot
John Deere
Produce Farms Inc.
Ranch Systems
Wysocki Farms
WDT Inc.

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