As reported last week in Farm Equipment, Agricultural Industry Electronic’s Foundation (AEF) will host its next ISOBUS Plugfest this month at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This is where manufacturers of farm machinery and electronics convene to test whether the electronics on the tractor and implement work with each other according to the rules set out by the International Standards Organization (ISO).
Transferring data continues to be a challenge for the industry since, until recently, there was no common standard all brands of manufacturers used. ISOBUS and AEF are working hard to change this.
This year the focus will be on Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS) to ensure the farm data that is transferred between tractors and implements doesn’t have any hiccups. Examples of the data being looked at are equipment diagnostic reports and field maps that show nutrient levels, yield history, and soil types.
Systems that pass the test are labeled ISOBUS-complaint, so look for that term when buying equipment.
For more information, contact www.AEF-online.org