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Source: AgGateway news release

The cross-industry team of 30 agricultural companies working on AgGateway's Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Project reports that it will be ready to publish several of the project standards by mid-year, for use by all who need to exchange data in the ag industry.

The project addresses the problem of seamlessly moving data from machine systems to farm management information systems (FMIS) to help farmers and ag retailers improve productivity.

"It is a complex problem and the participants have made great progress since the work began," said AgGateway President and CEO Rod Conner. "We have a very dedicated, cross-industry group working on SPADE, including equipment manufacturers, ag input manufacturers, ag retailers and software companies."

As the standards developed within SPADE are implemented, growers and ag retailers will be able to easily move data between software programs and systems to securely share data. This will simplify mixed-fleet field operations and improve decision making. The SPADE team's initial focus was on planting operations; the current focus is on harvest and crop care.

"All of the standards and formats created by AgGateway - the work of our volunteer councils - are open standards for all to access and use - and they can be used globally," Conner said. "There is no fee to access or use AgGateway standards, so that the industry as a whole can benefit."

SPADE is a project of AgGateway's Precision Ag Council, which has several initiatives underway. These include field operations, precision water management, telematics and crop insurance/compliance reporting. More than 90 companies are participating in the Precision Ag Council.

More information on SPADE and other Precision Ag Projects will be available at AgGateway's Mid-Year Meeting, June 9-12 in Altoona, Iowa. For more information, go to

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