Automated HID File Download Tool
By Edward (Ed) M. Barnes, Ph.D.
Agricultural and Environmental Research Division
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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.