AgGateway Tees Up Precision Systems Connectivity With ADAPT

PERSPECTIVE     I’ve used this online forum on a few occasions to tweak the precision agriculture industry for not being able to conquer the challenge of compatibility and interoperability. While understanding there are many reasons for not meeting the promise of seamless connectivity, I have nonetheless expressed the dissatisfaction I hear about on a pretty regular basis from farmers, retailers and precision consultants I encounter through the year.

The last time I did, I also got a few calls from representatives of AgGateway, who assured me that progress was being made – unprecedented progress – and that more details were in the offing. “Hey, I’m ready and willing to be proven wrong,” I said, or something like that. “Show me, and I will come back and write about it.”

So, I got a call from the folks at AgGateway today. And, while it’s not a finished product, the ADAPT Toolkit shows remarkable progress by a dedicated group of folks, and as much promise as we’ve ever seen as far as getting to that magical place where everything talks to everything else.

ADAPT, which stands for Agricultural Data Application Programming Toolkit, is designed to “eliminate the major pain points to broad use of precision agriculture data by easily enabling interoperability between different software and hardware applications,” according to AgGateway. It is an open source project that allows precision ag software providers globally to use the software and to contribute to its continued development, all with the goal of ensuring broad adoption.

Once adopted, ADAPT will allow the user to move precision ag data between different software systems easily and simply. For example, ADAPT will enable farm information management applications to easily use precision ag data collected on vehicle displays.

ADAPT was spearheaded by 20 agriculture companies with various amounts of skin in the precision game. The ADAPT Toolkit will, according to folks with a lot on the line and a big stake in creating interoperability, allow it all to work.

Chip Donahue, a veteran of the precision battlefront who serves as John Deere’s Manager of Business Segment Strategy in its Intelligent Solutions Group, says that ADAPT is for real. He asserts as an example that any software that implements ADAPT can easily convert file formats without any more input from the user. “All a user needs to know is what kind of display the prescriptions are being sent to, just like you might do with a digital photo that comes into your computer as a jpeg and can be converted to a bitmap.”

Therein lies the rub. Software manufacturers must pave the final mile, creating the connective “tissue” between their own products and ADAPT. The challenge of paving that last mile will vary depending on the level of “proprietary-ness” of a company’s given system, and the format in which is was developed.

Simultaneously, ADAPT participants Topcon and AGCO will be creating an ADAPT-ISO plug-in. The cooperation between two standards organizations is certainly additional good news.

“This plug-in will greatly simplify the task of supporting the ISO standards for both farm management software and terminal companies,” said Topcon’s Dr. Joe Tevis, a standards development stalwart who’s been very active in AgGateway precision ag initiatives. “While Topcon and AGCO have provided the initial coding, it is officially an open source project and we welcome all interested companies to contribute to this effort.”

Companies are definitely excited about it.

“This is the year we will finally have a solution to interoperability, which has been a formidable hurdle to the use of precision ag technologies,” asserts ADAPT Committee Chairman Mark Stelford, General Manager of Premier Crop Systems. “ADAPT represents a monumental amount of work over several years, by a lot of people. Now we’re alerting software companies that it’s time for them to develop the ‘plug-in’ technology on their ends to facilitate broad industry adoption.”

Indeed. I talked with Jeremy Wilson, who’s been active in this and other AgGateway standards projects, for a bit more context. As software companies begin writing programs to connect to ADAPT, more will be learned, and ADAPT will be tweaked to accommodate programs as needed. “It’s not a totally finished product, but it’s really solid, and shows incredible progress,” says Wilson. “In golf terms, we’ve gotten them to the course, put a ball on the tee and handed them the club. It’s time to get the game going.”

Companies currently participating in the ADAPT Oversight Committee include Ag Connections, Ag Leader Technology, AGCO Corp, Agrian, CNH Industrial, Central Valley Ag Coop, CLAAS, Independent Data Management, John Deere, Land ‘O Lakes, Inc., Monsanto, Premier Crop Systems, ProAg Management, Raven Industries, Software Solutions Integrated, SST Software, Syngenta, Topcon Precision Agriculture, Trimble Navigation and ZedX.

Additional companies involved with ADAPT through their work in AgGateway’s SPADE Project include AgIntegrated, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Texas A&M, Crop IMS, Digi-Star, DTN, F4F Agriculture, Farmobile, GROWMARK, Heartland Co-op, Insero, MapShots, OAGi, Praxidyn, Vita Plus, XS Inc, and Wysocki.

With the broad coalition behind it and the hard work put in by all, this does indeed feel like real progress. Here’s hoping the precision industry can use ADAPT to truly move forward.

Topics: ,

Leave a Reply

One comment on “AgGateway Tees Up Precision Systems Connectivity With ADAPT

  1. Outside of grid soil testing soil and the application of fertilizer VAR to the fields based on these soil test. All of this precision Ag is spending too much time and money for the return of yield or profit for the crop. These new planters costing as much as $16,000 per row for a 16 row planter or $260,000 is beyond the ability to recover the costs before the planter is outdated or wore out.

Data Management Stories
Data ManagementCDMS Announces SeedIQ Acquisition
June 26, 2017
Crop Data Management Systems, Inc., (CDMS) announces the acquisition of SeedIQ as part of its growth plan to provide complete Read More
Soil Scientists
Data ManagementAccessing USDA Soil Data for Precision Farming
June 13, 2017
Many precision farming websites have integrated the USDA NRCS soil survey database using the USDA Soil Data Access web portal. Read More
BASF Maglis Grower Tablet
Data ManagementData as Currency in Ag: We Aren’t There Yet
May 25, 2017
A hot topic in the precision ag revolution is the idea ag data will become a form of currency. Many Read More
Farming iPad
Data ManagementOpinion: ROI or Die in Precision Agriculture
May 12, 2017
The thought of $3.50 corn for the foreseeable future seems pretty disheartening. However, if you look at the precision ag Read More
Trending Articles
PrecisionAg Vision Conference
EventsPrecisionAg® Vision Conference: Focused on the Future
June 13, 2017
PrecisionAg® is pleased to announce the return of its PrecisionAg Vision Conference, October 10-12, 2017. Based on overwhelmingly positive response Read More
Gavin Newsom Forbes AgTech-Summit
ProfessionalsAgTech Summit Aiming High for Modern Farming Solutions
June 12, 2017
THRIVE AgTech, in partnership with SVG Partners and Forbes, is hosting the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit June 28-29 in Read More
Quantix Drone Farmer
DronesTop 10 Most Intriguing Technologies in Agriculture
June 3, 2017
This may be a bit of stating the obvious here, but we’ll throw it out there anyways: as much as Read More
Farming iPad
Data ManagementOpinion: ROI or Die in Precision Agriculture
May 12, 2017
The thought of $3.50 corn for the foreseeable future seems pretty disheartening. However, if you look at the precision ag Read More
BASF Maglis grower retailer tablet
Data ManagementQ&A: What BASF’s Latest Foray into Precision Ag Means For Growers
May 11, 2017
In late April, BASF agreed to acquire U.S. precision ag player ZedX, a leader in the development of agronomic weather, Read More
Mung beans Australia
InternationalPrecision Ag in a Tough Season in Australia
May 8, 2017
This year’s summer crop season has been a tough one for most growers in Australia. Prolonged periods of high temperatures Read More
Latest News
Data ManagementCDMS Announces SeedIQ Acquisition
June 26, 2017
Crop Data Management Systems, Inc., (CDMS) announces the acquisition of SeedIQ as part of its growth plan to provide complete Read More
Cotton closeup
Imagery/SensingCotton Growth Management with Precision Agriculture
June 20, 2017
A cotton crop presents some important differences to other commodities that are widely produced in Brazil, such as soybean and Read More
Corn Field
Industry NewsCNBC: Inside Amazon’s Whole Foods Takeover
June 20, 2017
Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods sent the stock of competing grocery chains plummeting. To understand why, you need to know Read More
DronesNavigating a New World: Drone Technology in Agriculture…
June 20, 2017
My first exposure to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was as a master’s student at Kansas State University. I was researching Read More
Precision Ag Innovation Series
EventsInnovation Series Agenda Zeroes In On Maximizing Key Se…
June 14, 2017
In a recent survey of service providers conducted by PrecisionAg® Professional magazine, more than seven in 10 indicated that variable Read More
Soil Scientists
Data ManagementAccessing USDA Soil Data for Precision Farming
June 13, 2017
Many precision farming websites have integrated the USDA NRCS soil survey database using the USDA Soil Data Access web portal. Read More
GEOSYS In-Season Imagery
Decision Support SoftwareGeosys Announces Imagery and Weather Data Offering
June 13, 2017
Geosys, a provider of agronomic decision support tools, today launched Geosys Labs, a new program that will make its global Read More
PrecisionAg Vision Conference
EventsPrecisionAg® Vision Conference: Focused on the Future
June 13, 2017
PrecisionAg® is pleased to announce the return of its PrecisionAg Vision Conference, October 10-12, 2017. Based on overwhelmingly positive response Read More
Decision Support SoftwareMyriad Mobile Raises $1.5 Million to Launch New Ag-Tech…
June 12, 2017
Myriad Mobile, a software technology company focused on mobile and web applications, has raised $1.5 million in a Pre-Series A Read More
center-pivot-irrigation-drop-sprinklers-on-corn
Variable Rate ApplicationVariable-Rate Fertigation Can Be Simple
June 12, 2017
A rule is a rule is a rule, right? Well, not always. Sometimes, rules are meant to be changed. Most Read More
Gavin Newsom Forbes AgTech-Summit
ProfessionalsAgTech Summit Aiming High for Modern Farming Solutions
June 12, 2017
THRIVE AgTech, in partnership with SVG Partners and Forbes, is hosting the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit June 28-29 in Read More
Sensors/IoTLeveraging IoT to Improve Data Collection for Agricultu…
June 12, 2017
Between population growth and climate change, farms of all sizes are being challenged to increase yields. Internet of Things (IoT) Read More
DronesAg Drone Update: The Hunt for 1,000 (OPINION)
June 10, 2017
Having obtained my FAA Part 107 Commercial Drone Operators license back in September of last year, I’ve spent the past Read More
Industry NewsMergers & Acquisitions: Land O’Lakes Tosses E…
June 9, 2017
Land O’Lakes has made a minority equity investment in EFC Systems, an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and precision solution provider Read More
Mixmate-featured-image
Decision Support SoftwareHandy Software, Hardware for the Field
June 7, 2017
More than two decades ago, Iowa grower Doug Applegate wished for a “little portable chemical blending system” that could easily Read More
Decision Support SoftwareHarnessing A Team To Build Your Own Software
June 7, 2017
What’s a powerhouse retail network to do when it can’t find a software system to meet incredibly diverse needs? Build Read More
Tim Ferrell Marshall County Co-op
Decision Support SoftwareWhen It’s Time To Switch Software
June 7, 2017
No one in their right mind wants to change software. That’s the opinion of Tim Ferrell, manager of Marshall County Read More
PA Special Report Enterprise
Decision Support SoftwareSpecial Report: Enterprise Management Systems
June 7, 2017
A functional and stable software system can allow a retail operation to run at maximum efficiency, build customer loyalty and Read More