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Standards Development Award

The following standard projects are being recognized in 2017 for major contributions in ASABE standards development. Nominations are submitted by a standards development committee or sub-committee and approved by the Standards Policy and Procedures committee, STC-01.

 ANSI/ASABE S629, Framework to Evaluate the Sustainability of Agricultural Production Systems                                         ASE-16, Engineering for Sustainability                                                                                                                                                                    Led by Dr. Marty Matlock and Dr. Ed Barnes since its inception in 2011, the project was a very collaborative process and involved direct input from agricultural producer groups (cotton, soybeans, corn), Field to Market, a formal representative from the American Society of Agronomy (Doug Karlen) and several different divisions within ASABE, including Machinery Systems, Natural Resources & Environmental Systems, and Applied Science & Engineering.  A significant engineering contribution toward a sustainable tomorrow, this standard establishes a framework for developing programs to chart progress towards sustainable agricultural production by defining and benchmarking key performance indicators and implementing strategies for continuous improvement, and reporting improvements over time.  Therefore, the farmer has more freedom to choose production systems that will reach the desired performance measures to address resource concerns specific to their farm.

 ANSI/ASABE S592.1, Best Management Practices for Boom Spraying MS-23/6/1, Liquid Application Systems                                             Serious discussion/activities of upgrading Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Boom Spraying started in June 2015. Participation in this project led by Alvin (Al) Womac, was broad, and represented not only full-line agricultural equipment manufacturers (Deere, CNH, Agco, etc.), but also the nozzle manufacturers, the agrochemical industry, university and independent researchers, and manufacturers of specialty sprayers.                                                                                                                                                                            The standard is a one-stop source for step-by-step, updated boom spraying practices. In this revision, the need for a much more comprehensive document was identified by stakeholders. The new ASABE boom sprayer BMPs can guide applicator training, pesticide labels, regulatory efforts, and serve as an overall repository of responsible application techniques. The language of the standard was comprehensive but not prescriptive, such that it could adapt and remain relevant with respect to evolving technology and the nearly endless combination of field conditions in which it might be applied.

ANSI/ASABE S620, Safety for Anhydrous Ammonia Application Equipment, MS-23/6/5, Anhydrous Ammonia Application Equipment, developed by X620 Development committee                                                                                                                                        The development of this standard involved strong ASABE and FEMA member input and participation. The committee consisted of equipment and component manufacturers, state DNR regulatory and inspection personnel, university extension engineers, crop farmers, industry product safety experts, fertilizer distributors and applicators, Ag retailers and other industry experts. Additional experts provided guidance from ASABE technical committees MS 23/4/5, MS 23/3, MS 23/4/3 and MS 23/19.                          Prior to the availability of this document there was not a standardized approach to the safety aspects of anhydrous ammonia application equipment design, construction and use. With the availability of this standard each organization can now focus and collaborate on a consistent approach that augments the safe use of the equipment as well as the design for safety process.                                    Key contributors to the development of this standard were Co-Chairs: Jim Hellbusch and Randy Renze; Working Group Leaders: Mark Hanna, Pat Hodges, Ed Kaiser, Ed Kreis, John Lang, Dave Raabe, Judd Stretcher, and Tom Tuttle.

 ANSI/ASABE S626, Landscape Irrigation System Uniformity and Application Rate Testing, NRES-246 Turf and Landscape Irrigation, developed by X626 Development committee                                                                                                                                         This standard was proposed by the Irrigation Association in response to changes and shifts in the landscape irrigation market. In addition to describing a procedure for setting out catch devices in an irrigation test area, the standard also establishes procedures for measuring the effects of sprinkler irrigation by use of a portable soil moisture sensor to describe soil moisture uniformity and guidelines for auditing landscape drip irrigation systems.                                                                                                                                            S626 provides a needed reference that describes a methodology or procedure that is practical, repeatable and defensible for evaluating irrigation performance which could provide useful tools for programs such as US EPA WaterSense program, or California’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.                                                                                                                                                                Key contributors to the development of this standard were Mike Huck, Jeff Kremecki, Brent Mecham, Tige Procyshyn, Daniel Ransom, Tom Reynolds, Andy Slack, Andy Strother, Sam Thayer, Tracy Tucker, and Brian Vinchesi.

ASABE/ISO 3767-1:2016, Tractors, machinery for agriculture and forestry, powered lawn and garden equipment — Symbols for operator controls and other displays — Part 1: Common symbols; ASABE/ISO 3767-2:2016, Tractors, machinery for agriculture and forestry, powered lawn and garden equipment — Symbols for operator controls and other displays — Part 2: Symbols for agricultural tractors and machinery, MS-23/14 Machine Symbols, Displays and Manuals                                                               Consistent universal symbols are a necessity for ensuring equipment designed today will meet the criteria for use in North America and worldwide. These identical ISO standard adoptions replaced the earlier 1998 versions of the ISO documents which were initially adopted by ASABE in 2006. The adoptions of the 2016 versions as national standards added over 300 symbols to Part 1 and over 200 to Part 2.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Richard Gast was a key contributor in the development of the 2016 versions of the ISO documents and Bruce Hawkins led the US adoptions. Many of the new symbols incorporate technological modernization changes and allow for a more precise monitoring of agricultural equipment.                                                                                                                                                                                               These symbols are applicable to multiple types of agricultural tractors and machinery, forestry machinery, and powered lawn and garden equipment and displays agricultural equipment standards Part 1 covers harvesting machinery and equipment, harvesters (combine, cotton, forage, sugar cane), windrower, sprayers, and balers. Part 2 includes system symbols for the engine, transmission, hydraulic, brake, fuel, lighting, climate, seat, tires, steering, and window and visibility.

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