​​​Automated HID File Download Tool

July 2017 | 13 min., 45 sec.
by Edward M. Barnes
Cotton Incorporated

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​The new cotton harvesters from John Deere have the option of directly transmitting module serial numbers and other associated information directly to the “MyJohnDeere” web site in the form of a Harvest Identification (HID) file. This presentation is intended primarily for gin managers who are interested in automating the process of retrieving the HID file from their producers. The Cotton Harvest File Download Utility may be used to automate the download of Harvest ID files from the website after a gin has established a MyJohnDeere account. Once the account is established, the program will assist in requesting permission to receive files from producers. The file will be uncompressed in a folder specified by the gin manager as a comma delimited file that can be imported to Excel or other software packages. While the software is specific to John Deere harvest ID files at the present time, it has been designed to support other data providers in the future as they become available.

About the Presenter

Edward M. BarnesEdward M. Barnes is Senior Director of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated where for the last fourteen years he has managed agricultural engineering related projects, including programs on: precision farming, ginning, irrigation management, conservation tillage, and cotton harvest systems. He has also served as a team member in documenting cotton’s progress in reducing its environmental footprint while at the same time increasing productivity and currently serves on the Science Advisory Council of Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. Prior to coming to Cotton Incorporated, he spent seven years as an Agricultural Engineer for the USDA, Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory in Phoenix AZ developing uses of remotely sensed data for agricultural management, with a focus on water optimization. He has been a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineer’s (ASABE) for 30 years and served as chair of the society’s Engineering for Sustainability Committee, and is a trustee of the ASABE Foundation. In 2013 he was awarded the National Conservations Systems Precision Agricultural Researcher of the year award, and in 2014 the ASABE Mayfield Cotton Engineer of the Year Award. Over his career he has received five ASABE Blue Ribbon awards for agricultural education activities, two USDA Certificates of Merit for research accomplishments, and authored or co-authored over 80 technical publications. He received his BS and MS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from NC State University and PhD in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Contact Information:
Email: EBarnes@cottoninc.com


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