AgGateway’s Precision Agriculture Irrigation Leadership (PAIL) Project will hold a demonstration on June 11 at AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting to show equipment and software manufacturers how growers and irrigation consultants can access and send data in PAIL format as they develop and execute an irrigation plan. Full field testing is planned for late summer, and a proposed set of guidelines will be submitted in late November 2014.
The PAIL Project aims to help growers better manage water and energy use by integrating weather, soil moisture, soil type, crop and other relevant data from a wide range of hardware and software programs. More than 20 companies are collaborating on the project, including leading manufacturers of sensors, pivots, controllers and software solutions.
PAIL will improve agriculture irrigation by developing a common set of data standards and formats to convert data for use in irrigation data analysis and prescription programs.
The June 11 demo, which will be held 4:00-5:30 p.m., will focus on management of sensor data, field and remote weather data, and soil mapping – all which are used to generate a work order in field irrigation, as well as data used to report when, where and how much water was applied by the pivot.
The PAIL Project has also been collaborating with AgGateway’s Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Project to ensure that common terms and data formats are the same. Specific areas of collaboration include data management for location and boundary, soil testing and crop identification.