Tech innovations from John Deere

03/01/2013 @ 9:44am

“Our customers are in control of their data,” said Patrick Sikora at John Deere’s press conference this morning at Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Florida. While the focus of the presentation was on technology innovations to help customers gather data, John Deere made the critical point that it is the customers who own their data and they can decide how to use it.

John Deere showed a sneak peak of innovations coming soon to www.MyJohnDeere.com. The goal of the platform is to function as a central hub from which farmers can access information from their machines. Current functions include machine status, location history for the past 24 hours, and custom alerts. 

Soon users will see more detailed dashboards, including field boundaries, and have the ability to combine dashboards to see what each machine is doing and the specific field it is in, all from one screen.

Deere’s Field Connect soil moisture monitoring system is also receiving some upgrades, including new environmental sensors. The new sensors include:

  • Weather station
  • Rain gauge
  • Temperature sensor
  • Pyranometer
  • Leaf wetness sensor

The sensors will provide data on temperature, wind speed, wind direction, humidity, solar radiation, leaf wetness, and rainfall. Nicholas Shafer, with John Deere, says the new environmental sensors, along with the multiple capacitance soil moisture sensors, give customers a more comprehensive and accurate picture of what’s going on in their fields. “With this detailed site-specific information, producers are able to more efficiently utilize water resources, as well as schedule, and perform other agronomic practices dependent on soil and environmental conditions,” he says.

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