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SPADE2 Next Step Toward Seamless Data Exchange

07/11/2013 @ 2:16pm

AgGateway’s Precision Ag Council is building on the Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Project by launching SPADE2. The first phase focused on seeding. The second phase will cover crop protection and harvest operations. SPADE2 will also build infrastructure to source the machine and product reference data needed to share crop plans, recommendations, work orders and work records across the industry. These advances will help drive the use of precision ag equipment for a number of basic field operations, enabling growers and agri-businesses to achieve tremendous technological advances, enhanced yield and improved net revenue performance.
“We’re talking about a huge step forward for precision agriculture – the ability for systems to talk to each other," says SPADE Project Chairman Joe Tevis, Director of Agronomic Products and Services at Topcon Precision Agriculture. “It’s critical we have continued, widespread industry involvement and attention to SPADE. If we have that, we will continue to see dramatic changes in how growers can use precision ag technologies.”
In addition, the SPADE project will have global impact. Its proposed extensions will modify the ISO11783 standards used in agricultural machinery. SPADE is working to allow seamless interoperability and data exchange between hardware systems and software applications that collect field data across farming operations. This ability to share data will simplify mixed-fleet field operations, regulatory compliance, crop insurance reporting, traceability, sustainability assessment and field or crop-scale revenue management. It will also make it easier for growers to share data with their trusted advisors, suppliers and other value partners, and will lower the cost of entry for growers and ag retailers who want to use precision ag technology. 

The project is expected to run through February 2014, with next steps toward implementation beginning thereafter. A current list of participating companies can be found at www.AgGateway.org. 

To find out more about SPADE, contact Jim Wilson at Jim.Wilson@AgGateway.org.

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