SPADE: Making Data Sharing & Interoperability a Reality for Precision Agriculture

Note: The SPADE Project has completed; the AgGateway Precision Ag team is currently organizing information from the project for posting. 

Formed in 2012, the Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Project is a collaboration among agricultural suppliers of hardware, software, inputs, services, implements and vehicles for improved data exchange and interoperability. It targets farm operations of seeding, tillage, fertilizing, spraying and harvest to maximize the value of precision agriculture through seamless and transparent data exchange.


SPADE’s vision for data flow in precision agriculture. Reference data helps ensure things have the same meaning for all participants.

SPADE seeks to:

  • Establish a framework of standards to simplify mixed-fleet field operations, regulatory compliance, crop insurance reporting, traceability, sustainability assessment and field or crop-scale revenue management.
  • Allow seamless data exchange between hardware systems and software applications that collect field data across farming operations. 
  • Make it easier for growers to share data with their trusted advisors, suppliers, and other value partners, who often use different system components
  • Lower the cost of entry for growers and ag retailers who want to use precision ag, through transparent data exchange and interoperability.

SPADE will enable growers and agri-businesses to achieve:

  • Simplified data access, maintenance and recall with less hassle
  • Enhanced yield through simplified practice of site-specific operations
  • Improved net revenue performance with measureable results.
SPADE3 Status: SPADE teams have documented the following field operations: Planting, Harvest (Mechanical & Non-Mechanical), and Crop Protection. Work continues for CART (grain movement), Crop Nutrition, Reference Data API, Regulator Reporting, Scouting, and WAVE (Telematics).  Implementation Guidelines are critical for the success of the SPADE work and this area will be a key focus area throughout the completion of the project.

For more information: Contact Jim Wilson at Jim.Wilson at AgGateway.org or +1 816-516-8847.

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Project Manager
Jim Wilson, AgGateway, Inc.

Member Companies
Aaron Ault (Purdue/OADA)
Ag Connections
Ag Leader
AGCO Corporation
AgIntegrated, Inc.
Andrew Balmos (Purdue/OADA)
Bayer CropScience
Charles Hillyer (Texas A&M)
CNH Industrial
Crop IMS
F4F Agriculture
Heartland Cooperative
John Deere
Land O'Lakes
Raven Industries
Software Solutions Integrated
SST Software
TopCon Agriculture
Vita Plus
XS Inc
ZedX, Inc.

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