Manufacturers Encouraged to Implement ADAPT

Kelly Marshall

aggateway-adaptA dozen farm groups and organizations have united to ask Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to use the new AgGateway ADAPT framework.  ADAPT allows for interoperability between precision ag systems- a major benefit to growers.

American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, National Sunflower Association, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Dry Bean Council, and USA Rice join the American Farm Bureau Federation in sending a letter to AgGateway Chairman, David Black.

“Over the last decade, the most consistent concern raised by farmers using precision ag is that ‘different systems won’t work together,'” the letter states. “The farm and commodity groups are pleased that AgGateway member companies worked collectively to solve this problem by creating ADAPT…. As organizations representing producers of all commodities and in all 50 states, we offer our support to encourage FMIS companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework in the near future.”

“We are grateful for this truly impressive show of support from grower organizations, and are ready to assist companies – and get their feedback to continually improve ADAPT – as they incorporate this technology into their proprietary systems,” said Mark Stelford, Chairman of AgGateway’s ADAPT Oversight Committee and General Manager of Premier Crop Systems.

As AgGateway’s ADAPT is integrated into products, the grower will be much better equipped to manage data across different precision agriculture systems – regardless of the system manufacturer. ADAPT is an open source project, allowing precision ag software providers globally to use the software and to contribute to its continued development. The ADAPT framework is comprised of an Agricultural Application Data Model, a common API (Application Programming Interface), and a combination of open source and proprietary data conversion plug-ins. Developers can access additional information about the ADAPT SDK, as well as access the model, by going to www.ADAPTframework.org.

“ADAPT and the accompanying data format enables the interoperability between software systems, service providers and advisors that farmers need to perform their routine operations more efficiently and seamlessly,” said Tarak Reddy, Chair of AgGateway’s ADAPT Technical Committee and Delivery Architect of John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group.

Several companies have already committed to using ADAPT; AGCO Corporation, Ag Leader Technology, CLAAS, CNH Industrial, Deere & Company, Praxidyn, Raven Industries, Topcon Precision Agriculture, and Trimble Navigation are all working to release plug-ins for their technology. Timelines for plug-in development vary by manufacturer, but most will be ready this fall or into 2017.

Ag Group, AgGateway