SPADE Project Seeks to Improve Data Exchange Processes

Melissa SandfortAgribusiness, Company Announcement, Data Collection, Fertilizer, Harvesting, seed, Spraying, Tillage

AgGateway’s Precision Ag Council has launched a new project that will improve the data exchange processes that drive the use of precision agriculture field equipment for such major operations as seeding, tillage, spraying, fertilizing and harvesting. The Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) project is intended to streamline and encourage adoption of precision ag practices.

Currently, costs for exchanging data in the world of precision agriculture are high due to the lack of common implementation guidelines, data transfer protocols, message standards and standard reference data. Producers report that it is difficult or nearly impossible to move data from one system to another.

The ultimate objective of the project is to make the benefits of precision ag available to all growers and ag retailers. This will be done by reducing the complexity of the process and lowering the cost of entry.

Companies interested in joining the SPADE project should contact Marilyn Hunter, AgGateway’s Enabling Services Director at