Farmobile announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 10,963,825, entitled “Farming Data Collection and Exchange System.”
The patent is directed to a cloud-based farming data collection and exchange system capable of capturing, processing, and sharing machine-generated data while being used for farming operations, such as fertilizing, planting, spraying, or harvesting crops on a field. The patented online system includes a relay device installed in the farming vehicle that automatically receives, stores and processes detailed machine and agricultural data captured by the machine during farming operations.
The patented technology enables the real-time collection, tracking, monitoring, sharing, and monetizing of critically important farming operation data. This includes activities such as: how much seed, fertilizer, water, and pesticide were used on a particular field; how often the field was treated with a particular chemical; which parts of the field were left untreated; the weather conditions during the farming operation; the equipment used to perform the farming operation; the equipment settings activated and/or deactivated during the farming operation; and which field was treated during the farming operation.
The patent claims priority back to the 2013 patent application filed by co-founders and inventors Jason G. Tatge, Heath Garret Gerlock, and Randall Thomas Nuss. The patent expires on September 22, 2034.
“When we’re able to leverage high-integrity data as a system-of-record, we not only empower our customers to make better decisions, we help them find additional revenue-generating opportunities with those data sets. For example, as carbon credits become more of a regulatory focus, our customers will be able to use these interoperable data sets to recoup costs based on the sustainability of their operations,”
says Farmobile CEO Jason Tatge.