The following standard projects are being recognized in 2018 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.

Revision ANSI/ASAE S318.18 JUN2017, Safety of Agricultural Field Equipment
ESH-03/2, Internal Standard Development
Generally accepted as the North American overall product safety standard intended primarily for use by design engineers and product safety validation work and originally published in 1964, the standard was revised based on the evolution of technology for design and use of agricultural equipment. The driving force and inspiration for upgrading content has some reflection of the structure of the EU Machinery Directive - not as a statutory document, but as a discipline to an overall approach to integrating product safety measures into agricultural machinery design. The standard is a result of a collaborative effort by colleagues, normally considered competitors, in the agricultural machinery industry led by Karl Klotzbach as project lead with Chris Bursiek, Mike DeSpain, Howard Douglas, Todd Howatt, Dan Moss, Randy Renze, Eric Smith, and Mike Weber.

New standard ANSI/ASABE S613-4 AUG2017, Tractors and self-propelled machinery for agriculture—Air quality systems for cabs—Part 4: Performance test of a cab
MS-23/2/1, Environment Within Ag Vehicle Enclosures
S613-4 is the final part of the series, but it is also the final result of work that began in the mid-1990’s.  The original standard on this topic, ANSI/ASAE S525, was withdrawn, and beginning in 2007, a management system approach was pursued in S613. This standard provides a means to ensure protection of the operator working in contaminated environments associated with agricultural crop production. It supports development of a cab that is capable of meeting the operator protection needs in an application, as well as other factors to be considered in successful use and maintenance of the system. It is applicable in protection against both particulate and vapor contaminates. Major contributors were Richard Job who was the project lead, also Eugene Arenholz, Jason Dohrman, Al Leupold, Jeff Moredock, John Organiscak, Melinda Pell, Michael Schmitz, and Eric Smith.

New standard ASABE EP621 JUN2017, Guidelines for Calibrating, Validating, and Evaluating Hydrologic and Water Quality Models
X621, Standard Development Committee and NRES-21, Hydrology Group
Although information to support application of Hydrologic and Water Quality models abounds, model practitioners commonly use inconsistent methods to conduct, document, and report model calibration, validation, and evaluation. When applied, this engineering practice should facilitate sound model development and meaningful results. During the development of the content, the committee collaborated with industry leaders within and outside of ASABE. Industry leaders contributed to the draft by providing early feedback about the scope and format that would be most useful to the industry, as authors of two related special issue papers, and by serving on the advisory committee to review, comment on, and approve the final draft. This development effort was led by Claire Baffaut and Daren Harmel with the support of many experts from industry academia and research organizations.

New standard ANSI/ASABE S640 JUL2017, Quantities and Units of Electromagnetic Radiation for Plants (Photosynthetic Organisms)
ES-311, Electromagnetic Radiation Application for Plants
Prior to the development of this standard, the industry did not have consistent and clear definitions for metrics used in horticultural lighting. In July 2014 industry and academia began Round Table discussions to develop a strong standardized consensus for metrics, testing and performance. This standard is the result and provides consistent and clear definitions that will guide the wide-range of practice for producers, users, regulators, and those interested in horticultural lighting. The project leader, Jianzhong Jiao, had broad support from participation of industry and academia with representatives of IES Testing Procedures Committee, Design Light Consortium, and CIE (International Commission on Illumination).

Revision ANSI/ASABE AD6489-3:2004 JUL2017, Agricultural vehicles — Mechanical connections between towed and towing vehicles — Part 3: Tractor drawbar.
MS-23/4/5, Tractor/Implement Interface and MS-23/4, Tractors
Tractor drawbars are commonly used in North America. The dimensions in this standard must relate with PTO drive shafts, drawbar pins and implement hitch rings. ISO 6489-3 was originally based on ASAE S482, a historic standard. This project focused on permanently capturing important North American design details. These include adding pictorials to further clarify the drawbar clearance for tracked tractors and addressing uploading on hitches. Nolan House was instrumental in developing the highly debated draft language and creating the tracks pictorial. Ed Kreis and Tom Tuttle assisted with additional draft input.