AgGateway Digital Ag In Action: Minnesota Co-Op Streamlines Agronomy and Operations

Central Farm Service (CFS), founded in 1937, is a cooperative based in Truman, Minnesota, serving growers throughout the state. ( Central Farm Service )

This article is part of AgGateway’s case study series on digital agriculture, a partnership with Farm Journal. AgGateway is a non-profit org dedicated to promoting and enabling the industry's transition to digital agriculture.

Central Farm Service (CFS), founded in 1937, is a cooperative based in Truman, Minnesota, serving growers throughout the state.

CFS is one of the first companies to benefit from implementation of the ADAPT (Agricultural Data Application Programming Toolkit) framework. To streamline their agronomy and operations departments, Premier Crop Systems and SSI/Agvance took the initiative to address this challenge, through their active participation in AgGateway’s ADAPT framework project. ADAPT is an open-source project designed to make it easy for various hardware and software systems that growers use in their businesses to seamlessly communicate with one another in a shared data format.

Mark Stelford with Premier Crop Systems joined Margy Eckelkamp on today’s AgriTalk to discuss the project and its benefits:

The team at CFS shares these takeaways.

Using ADAPT provides a smoother CFS process in terms of the time it takes to enter a ticket, and ensuring that correct fields are selected and that accurate rates are applied. “The agronomists who used the new approach this fall [2018] were really happy with how much simpler it made their process for getting tickets in,” said CFS Precision Agronomist Ashley Schmeling.

Added Courtney Severson, CFS Regional Sales Agronomist, “Being able to import the fertilizer I wanted to spread into Agvance from Premier Crop Systems made the whole order come together quicker and saved me time compared to how we have typically done things. I found the account linking to be very easy. Teaching the agronomists how to do it was easy as well, because the steps make sense with how someone would think through a process like this.”

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