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

Data Management Stories
Hurricane-Florence-Map-featured-image
Data ManagementMythbusting: Is Weather More Unpredictable Due to a Changing Climate?
October 16, 2018
There are some commonly spoken narratives that are actually false, at least as stated in the exact words used, that Read More
Sentinel-1
Data ManagementSatellites Key in Providing Agriculture’s Next Generation of Data
September 27, 2018
With a range of extreme-weather events currently playing out across the globe, from floods on the east coast of the Read More
AmericasFarmers Edge Announces New Retail-Facing Precision Ag Platform
September 25, 2018
Farmers Edge announced the launch of a new solution designed exclusively for agricultural professionals to enhance their relationships with customers Read More
Google-Earth-Map-featured-image
Data ManagementRainfall Revisited: Accurate Observations and Beyond
September 18, 2018
As a provider of weather analysis and forecast services to the agricultural industry, one of the most common questions I Read More
Trending Articles
Mike-Gomes
PrecisionAg InstituteOne on One with Mike Gomes, Topcon
October 15, 2018
Mike Gomes of Topcon Precision Agriculture joins Paul Schrimpf, Group Editor of PrecisionAg Professional magazine, for a discussion of key Read More
PrecisionAg InstitutePrecisionAg Institute Whitepaper Library
October 1, 2018
Welcome to the PrecisionAg Institute Whitepaper library! Here you will find free whitepapers and case studies from the PrecisionAg Institute Partners Read More
Sensors
Sensors/IoTThe Answer to Agriculture’s Daunting Challenges – Soil Sensors
September 20, 2018
According to the United Nations, 9.6 billion people will live on planet Earth by 2050. Feeding these mouths will require Read More
Soil-Hand
Data ManagementAre You Using Your Soil to Its Full Potential?
September 14, 2018
Harvest is progressing across most parts of the U.S. and those growers who aren’t already harvesting are gearing up to Read More
Grower-Retailer
Imagery/SensingAgtech: 10 Things I Hate About You!
September 4, 2018
Before you get bent out of shape from the title, remember if you’ve read my articles before you know I Read More
Kansas State University
Industry NewsKansas State University, Topcon Form Precision Ag Research Partnership
August 30, 2018
Kansas State University and Topcon Agriculture are collaborating to develop tools and systems to advance precision agriculture and support farmers. Read More
Latest News
rivkaGarcia_FarmsToIncubators_1kpx
Events‘From Farms to Incubators’ Documentary High…
October 18, 2018
“From Farms to Incubators: Telling the stories of minority women entrepreneurs in agtech in the Salinas Valley and beyond” will Read More
ConceptsInAction
Service ProvidersPutting Agronomic Advice Into Action – A Full-Season Fi…
October 17, 2018
It’s one thing to read, write, or know about helping customers best manage their fields – it’s another to put Read More
Hurricane-Florence-Map-featured-image
Data ManagementMythbusting: Is Weather More Unpredictable Due to a Cha…
October 16, 2018
There are some commonly spoken narratives that are actually false, at least as stated in the exact words used, that Read More
Pix4Dfields_usecase_prunes_farm
DronesEnhance Your Agriculture Workflow in Less Than 30 Minut…
October 15, 2018
Prunes are European plums with a high sugar content that allows them to dry without fermenting around the pit and Read More
Winfield
PrecisionAg InstitutePartner Profile with Winfield United
October 15, 2018
Joel Wipperfurth of Winfield United discusses ag technology trends and topics during the 2018 InfoAg Conference. Read More
Fetters
PrecisionAg InstitutePartner Profile with Simplot Grower Solutions
October 15, 2018
Allan Fetters of Simplot Grower Solutions discusses ag technology trends and topics across the industry, and within the company, during Read More
Chappell
PrecisionAg InstituteEncouraging Employees to Think Into the Future is Winni…
October 15, 2018
EFC Systems CEO Ernie Chappell says his company is always looking ahead to understand growers’ future needs. “It’s not just Read More
Raven-SDSU
PrecisionAg InstitutePartnership with SDSU is One Way Raven Industries Advan…
October 15, 2018
Raven Industries’ partnership with South Dakota State University allows the company to work closely with students and staff to advance Read More
Proagrica
PrecisionAg InstituteOne on One with Kirk Appleford, Proagrica
October 15, 2018
Kirk Appleford joins Paul Schrimpf at the 2018 InfoAg Conference to talk about current ag trends, and Proagrica’s recent acquisition Read More
ESRI
PrecisionAg InstituteOne on One with Charlie Magruder, ESRI
October 15, 2018
Charlie Magruder joins Paul Schrimpf for a discussion of current trends in technology that are impacting ESRI, including news from Read More
Shane-Swedlund
PrecisionAg InstituteOne on One with Shane Swedlund, Raven Industries
October 15, 2018
Shane Swedlund of Raven Industries joins Paul Schrimpf at the 2018 InfoAg Conference to share some key learnings from the Read More
Mike-Gomes
PrecisionAg InstituteOne on One with Mike Gomes, Topcon
October 15, 2018
Mike Gomes of Topcon Precision Agriculture joins Paul Schrimpf, Group Editor of PrecisionAg Professional magazine, for a discussion of key Read More
Ernie-Chappell-and-Paul
PrecisionAg InstituteOne on One with Ernie Chappell, EFC Systems
October 15, 2018
Ernie Chappell of EFC Systems joins Paul Schrimpf, Group Editor of PrecisionAg Professional magazine, to talk about topics and trends Read More
Auto-Thinner
Robotics/Labor SaversPrecision Agriculture in Specialty Crops: Labor, Cost S…
October 9, 2018
Agriculture is going through an equivalent of what the computer industry went through in the 1970s and 1980s. That’s when Read More
Growing-Innovations-logo
EventsA Crazy 2018 is Why We Need Growing Innovations
October 8, 2018
If you’re here you likely have received a special Meister Media Worldwide code to get $100 off your registration to Read More
AmericasConBAP 2018 Highlights Precision Agriculture in Brazil
October 8, 2018
The Brazilian Congress of Precision Agriculture 2018 (ConBAP 2018) was held October 2-4 in Curitiba, Paraná. Held every two years, Read More
GAR-Tootelian-Sensor
Service ProvidersGar Tootelian: Putting Ag Technology to the Test
October 8, 2018
In California’s Central Valley, a diverse crop market in which Pest Control Advisors (PCAs) are the dominant players when it Read More
Spray Drift
Decision Support SoftwareHow Technology Can Help You Prevent Spray Drift
October 8, 2018
Spray drift. News articles about damage caused by spray drift seem to pop up regularly, almost as daily reminders, during Read More