ASABE Data Standards: Details And Opinions

Last week I shared the news that the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE) will be developing and recommending a new standard for “geospatial mapping of crop yield, moisture content, and quality data, including defined data formats and uniform map presentation methods,” according to an ASABE release.

I asked the folks at the association who are heading up the standards development to answer a few questions about the process of developing a new standard. Dr. J. Alex Thomasson, Professor in the department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University, provided the following information about the “X611 standard project.”

What’s the history behind the decision to create a standard?

Discussions within ASABE’s PM-54 Precision Agriculture Committee began about 3 years ago. A need was recognized and discussed. An overture was made to ISO, but eventually the committee decided to develop a standard within ASABE that is compatible with ISO standards on the books.

What are the issues led to the conclusion that a standard was needed?

First, erroneous yield measurements are often recorded in yield data files. Many approaches to improve the quality of yield data rely on access to information or measurement values that are not available in data file formats currently provided by some or all yield measurement systems. Unifying contents, format, and units of sensor measurements, constants and derived values in yield data files would help to simplify and improve the processing (e.g., filtering, conversion, interpolation) involved in creating maps from yield and associated data while improving their quality.

Second, many different visual schemes are used for maps of yield and associated data, and derived maps of revenue or profit. These schemes can at times be self-serving or misleading. It is therefore important to lay out a mapping scheme that simultaneously provides uniformity and flexibility so that map viewers and users can gain a realistic understanding of the data being presented.

How will the industry in general be involved?

The subject matter experts who will develop the standard consist of 12 engineers, including five from agricultural equipment and technology companies. This is an open process for others wishing to participate.

Any roadblocks anticipated?

The biggest apparent obstacle is to make the standard compatible but not redundant with ISO 11783 Parts 10 and 11.

When would you expect this to be complete?

The proposal is that we complete the standard by the end of 2008.

Manufacturers are still seeking more details on the proposed standards, but some provided thoughts on standards in general.

Emily Harringa, communications specialist at John Deere AMS, did not have an official comment on the standards document draft itself, but understands that the scope of the project aims to compliment ISO initiatives. “We are working toward having a member of our staff on the review board, but that is not final as of yet,” says Harringa.

John Pointon, marketing manager at OmniSTAR, added that it is “a welcome step in terms of tightening up and standardizing methods of handling, presenting and measuring the quality of data.”

Mike Gomes, product manager at Topcon Positioning Systems, was also positive about the announcement. “In general, we are a proponent of the common standard,” he said, “and anything that can be established across multiple equipment manufacturers that acts as a standard and provides additional benefits to the users, such as allowing them to use data more flexibly, is a very positive thing.”

The question is, how long would it take to actually see the standard implemented in the market? ISOBUS has been in the works for a decade and continues today. Gomes says that it will ultimately come down to what the end-user demands.

“If consumers become educated in the market place and ask for those capabilities, they have the power to pull these features more quickly through the value chain,” says Gomes. “But manufacturers will only do what their customers ask for, no matter standards are set.

“Interconnectivity is growing in importance because the tide of technology is rising,” he continues “People are more technology savvy now, so we are seeing the adoption curve ramp up and get shorter. Innovation is adopted more readily now. But it will still likely take years for full implementation.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Data Stories
DataSentera Honored With Startup Award Of 2016 By Minnesota High Tech Association
December 1, 2016
The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) recently recognized Sentera as the 2016 Tekne Startup Award recipient. The MHTA Tekne Awards Read More
Farmers Edge Truck
DataFarmers Edge, Trotter Fertilizer Form Partnership To Enhance VRT Programs
November 29, 2016
Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, has partnered with Trotter Fertilizer, Nebraska’s foremost Read More
BusinessFarmobile Releases Mobile Data Visualization Dashboard
November 17, 2016
Farmobile today announced an EFR Dashboard, a real-time dashboard that helps farmers visualize their field data and derive insights to Read More
Southern States
Best PracticesSouthern States: 5 Tips for Variable-Rate Seeding Success
November 15, 2016
Success comes from taking advantage of every opportunity you can. One technique used in precision farming, called variable rate seeding, Read More
Trending Articles
Farmers Edge Truck
DataFarmers Edge, Trotter Fertilizer Form Partnership To Enhance VRT Programs
November 29, 2016
Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, has partnered with Trotter Fertilizer, Nebraska’s foremost Read More
Kinze 4900 Multi-Hybrid Concept Planter
Business ManagementKinze Fights Deere, Feds To Block Release Of Trade Secrets
November 22, 2016
An antitrust lawsuit intended to block a small-scale deal between agricultural giants John Deere and Monsanto is putting an Iowa Read More
BusinessClimate Corp. Acquires European FMIS Company
November 21, 2016
Today, The Climate Corp., a subsidiary of Monsanto Co., announced the acquisition of VitalFields, a European farm management software company Read More
USDA UAV
Hort TechHigh-Tech Agriculture Continues To Reap Rewards For Farmers
November 11, 2016
Just like a smartphone helps users learn, communicate and make important decisions, smart technology — known as precision agriculture — Read More
BusinessTrimble Launches New FMIS Platform
November 7, 2016
Trimble announced today that it is consolidating three of its agriculture software products — Connected Farm, Farm Works Software and Read More
Grower Services & SolutionsGrower Groups Encourage Implementation Of AgGateway’s ADAPT For Precision Ag
November 2, 2016
A dozen leading U.S. grower organizations are hailing the collaborative efforts that led to the new AgGateway ADAPT framework for Read More
Latest News
BASF Maglis Grower Tablet
Business ManagementForecasting Precision Ag: 4 Challenges, Opportunities F…
December 7, 2016
Opportunities and challenges. They are the yin and yang of the business world. It could easily be argued that, out Read More
GVM E-Series cab
Ag Tech GlobalGlobalization And Precision Agriculture
December 7, 2016
Globalization has taken on a negative connotation in some circles in the U.S. in recent months. The lightning rod for Read More
Buhler Versatile HQ cab
BusinessThe State Of Precision Ag In 2016
December 7, 2016
There’s no denying that precision technologies and practices are more vibrant than ever. Elsewhere on this site, you will find Read More
BusinessFarmobile Details New AGCO Distribution Deal
December 6, 2016
Farmobile today announced a strategic partnership with AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment. The agreement will allow Read More
Hort TechSol Chip Launches Autonomous, Wireless Solar Tag for Sm…
December 6, 2016
Sol Chip, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and energy harvesting solutions, today announced the introduction of its Read More
TechnologyAgGateway Announces 2017 Board Of Directors And Leaders…
December 2, 2016
AgGateway has announced its leadership for the coming year, including the directors of its new Strategic Board and Operational Board, Read More
DataSentera Honored With Startup Award Of 2016 By Minnesota…
December 1, 2016
The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) recently recognized Sentera as the 2016 Tekne Startup Award recipient. The MHTA Tekne Awards Read More
AGCO AgControl
TechnologyPrecision Ag Technology: Rate Control For The Times
December 1, 2016
It’s not surprising that the need for more economical, effective application is driving the demand for the latest rate controllers Read More
Farmers Edge Truck
DataFarmers Edge, Trotter Fertilizer Form Partnership To En…
November 29, 2016
Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, has partnered with Trotter Fertilizer, Nebraska’s foremost Read More
Fall corn
BusinessInsecticide of the Future? Robotic Tanks With Lasers to…
November 22, 2016
*Article Notes: This monthly column takes some crazy sounding ideas and applies them to the field of Ag Tech. The Read More
Topcon X30 Console in cab
Sensors/IoTIoT The Focus Of New Topcon Partnership
November 22, 2016
Topcon Agriculture and SDF plan to enter into a non-exclusive long-term partnership agreement. This latest arrangement of Topcon with a Read More
Kinze 4900 Multi-Hybrid Concept Planter
Business ManagementKinze Fights Deere, Feds To Block Release Of Trade Secr…
November 22, 2016
An antitrust lawsuit intended to block a small-scale deal between agricultural giants John Deere and Monsanto is putting an Iowa Read More
BusinessClimate Corp. Acquires European FMIS Company
November 21, 2016
Today, The Climate Corp., a subsidiary of Monsanto Co., announced the acquisition of VitalFields, a European farm management software company Read More
BusinessFarmobile Releases Mobile Data Visualization Dashboard
November 17, 2016
Farmobile today announced an EFR Dashboard, a real-time dashboard that helps farmers visualize their field data and derive insights to Read More
Southern States
Best PracticesSouthern States: 5 Tips for Variable-Rate Seeding Succe…
November 15, 2016
Success comes from taking advantage of every opportunity you can. One technique used in precision farming, called variable rate seeding, Read More
USDA UAV
Hort TechHigh-Tech Agriculture Continues To Reap Rewards For Far…
November 11, 2016
Just like a smartphone helps users learn, communicate and make important decisions, smart technology — known as precision agriculture — Read More
THRIVE
BusinessCall For Ag Tech Startups: Apply To THRIVE’s Open…
November 10, 2016
THRIVE is looking for high growth ag tech companies with an in-market solution that are positioned to scale. The top 50 Read More
EquipmentJohn Deere Launching New Operations Center Apps, Mappin…
November 10, 2016
In an effort to enhance the functionality, ease-of-use and overall value of John Deere Operations Center to producers, John Deere Read More