PlugfestA shared interest in testing and developing solutions to ag electronics brought more than 130 electronic developers together for the Ag Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) Spring Plugfest event.

Held from May 9-11 in Lincoln, Nebraska -- and supported by the Nebraska Tractor Laboratory -- the latest Plugfest saw 62 ISOBUS systems tested.

“Plugfest events offer electronics developers at participating companies the chance to test the compatibility of their systems with one another, providing improved communications between tractors, implements and agricultural software produced throughout the world,” said AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek.

A half-day conference activity was also offered at the Lincoln event, one which focused on ISOBUS product marketing. Five experienced AEF members provided valuable information, and a live demonstration of the ISOBUS conformance test also took place.

AEF Plugfest events are held every spring and fall, alternating between the U.S. and Europe. The next event is slated for October 17-19 in Stuttgart, Germany. Interested individuals should note the events offer two levels of involvement: visitors and participants. Registered visitors are able to observe the Plugfest activities, but they cannot participate in testing.

AEF is a global foundation initiated in 2008 by agricultural technology companies AGCO, CLAAS, CNH Industrial, Grinne, John Deere, Kverneland Group, and Poettinger, as well as associations AEM, VDMA and Unacoma. SAME DEUTZ-FAHR joined the leadership of AEF as its eighth core member in 2013.

For more information on AEF Plugfest events, contact AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek (, tel: 414-298-4118).