On-Farm

On-Farm

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Interoperability in Field Operations

AgGateway’s open-source ADAPT software enables agriculture-data interoperability, helping ag retailers, agronomists and growers better manage data and apply it to make improvements in their operations.

  • ADAPT (Agricultural Data Application Programming Toolkit) and the ADAPT ISO plugin were collectively named one of the top three innovations of 2019 by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
  • Version 2 was released in 2019; the ADAPT team is preparing upcoming releases of the ADAPT Framework, the ADAPT Plugin, and the ISOXML Plugin.

All three AgGateway regions are working with ADAPT:

  • In Latin America, a working group is assessing how ADAPT for can be implemented to support crop production in Brazil.
  • In Europe, an AgGateway team is working to develop an ADAPT interface for the Homologa database. This interaction point enables FMIS and other companies to get machine-to-machine (M2M) access to the most up-to-data information about the use of allowed crop protection products throughout Europe.
  • Also in Europe, as a participant in the Internet of Food & Farm program of the European Union, AgGateway will bring forward ADAPT solutions in several proof-of-concept implementations in data sharing in arable farming. The goal is to promote AgGateway solutions and support new initiatives on data sharing.

Aerial Imagery

Images from satellites, airplanes and drones can be used to detect drought, pest damage and other field characteristics. But much of the aerial imagery produced today lacks sufficient metadata to enable users to get the most value out of the imagery they receive. AgGateway’s Aerial Imagery Project (PICS) is defining metadata standards. The specification is in its final review by the working group. See also this flyer. 

Smarter Irrigation

AgGateway’s precision ag irrigation standard (PAIL) enables faster and easier data exchange, helping growers and experts evaluate weather, soil and crop data, to make more informed decisions for smarter energy and water use. The first two parts of the project have been approved by ASABE (ANSI ASC) as a U.S. national standard and were submitted to ISO to become a global de jure standard. The third part is in final review by the AgGateway working group. See more in this flyer

Traceability

AgGateway’s Traceability Working Group has identified numerous points in the supply chain to improve digital connections for traceability. Current sub-groups include Seeding & Crop Protection, and Provenance (which includes grain traceability). The teams have documented processes and have begun to identify data requirements.

  • In-Field Identification: This Working Group focuses on linking data across processes as it relates to geo-location of field operations activities.  
  • In Europe, AgGateway is standing up a special interest group on Farm and CropField identification, with the goal to enable the linkage of crop-related data from different industry sources through standardized identifiers.

Soil Testing

Timely and effective soil, tissue, nematode and water testing are key agricultural success factors.

  • AgGateway’s Agricultural Lab Data Working Group is addressing standardization of the nomenclature and data formatting for soil test results. In future the group might look at the capture and exchange of chemical application and residual presence data. See more in this flyer
  • In Europe, the Soil & Weather DDEs (Data Dictionary Entry) project will assist growers in recording the weather and soil conditions using the tractor cab terminal in the field during spraying. Alignment with the ISO machine standard will leverage relationships with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Agriculture Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF). This work will also allow compliance with United Kingdom legislation.
  • In Latin America, an AgGateway working group will explore ways to better integrate and convert data units that come from the 200 soil laboratories in Brazil, which produce about 4 million soil analyses a year. Discussions have included the entities that regulate the quality of soil analysis (Embrapa Soils and IAC - Agronomic Institute of Campinas), soil laboratories, and soil laboratory software companies. The group will focus on integrating data from participating labs so that companies can better use this critical data in making decisions and recommendations.

Potato Production Chain Data Exchange

An AgGateway team in Europe will support machinery manufacturers in implementing data sharing in the potato production chain. The goal is to support precision farming in the growing, harvesting and storing of potatoes through implementation of machine-to-machine data exchange standards.

Milking Robots 

Farmers will benefit from easier exchange of data between milking and feeding equipment as an AgGateway team in Europe develops a standard interface for this exchange, in alignment with the initiative of the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR).

Process Computers in Animal Production

AgGateway teams in Europe would like to develop a standard interface to exchange data with process computers used in pork and poultry production, such as climate computers and systems for feeding, weighing and counting. The goal is to support sensor-based monitoring of animal and plant production. The work will also enable compliance with the food industry’s demands for transparency.

Want to get involved in any of these activities, or pursue a new activity? Contact Member Services at Member.Services@AgGateway.org or +1 (866) 251-8618.