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Deere Introduces New Advanced Guidance and Machine Data for Generation 4 Displays

With the introduction of three new AutoTrac applications and a new In-Field Data Sharing application for its Generation 4 displays, John Deere is offering its customers new levels of machine automation and information sharing.

Whether you’re tilling, planting, seeding, or performing pre-emerge applications, AutoTrac Turn Automation makes end turns smooth, consistent, and comfortable when using straight-track guidance modes. The new application for tractors, says John Mishler, John Deere precision agriculture product marketing manager, provides automation across the field rather than just between headlands. An operator can now focus on machine and job performance while reducing fatigue.

Once the application is activated, machine functions that once required user input at the end of the field, when working with an implement, are no longer required. “For example, making end turns, raising and lowering the implement, PTO control, three-point hitch functions, and speed can be established in sequences from one setup page to become automated,” Mishler explains.

In order to achieve the expected accuracy of the implement, AutoTrac Implement Guidance (passive) enables the tractor to move away from its intended path or guidance line. Implement drift, he says, diminishes accuracy of the implement while the tractor is traveling on the guidance line. “AutoTrac Implement Guidance helps operators improve pass-to-pass accuracy by placing the implement consistently on the guidance line, helping to reduce the impact of implement drift,” Mishler adds.

This function is excellent for first-pass tillage, planting, seeding, strip-till, or other applications with drawn implements when using straight- or curve-tracking modes and when operating on hillsides. Differential-correction signals can be shared between the receiver on the tractor and the implement. He also notes that the application is easy to install, calibrate, and operate.

Previously released for John Deere 30-Series and newer sprayers, the company’s AutoTrac Vision Guidance application will now be available on the 7X30 large-frame, 8X30 and 8X30T, 7R, and 8R/8RT tractors. It can be used in postseason crop applications to detect the crop and provide input to the machine’s AutoTrac system to keep the tractor’s wheels or tracks between the rows. This level of precision can be useful when side-dressing fertilizer, post-emerge spraying, or cultivating.

“This application is supported when the tractor is working in corn, soybeans, and cotton at least 6 inches tall with up to a 90% canopy,” adds Mishler. “This level of advanced guidance minimizes crop damage, reduces operator fatigue, and maximizes tractor productivity in fields with 20- to 40-inch row spacing.”

Coordinating multiple machines working in the same field is made easier with In-Field Data Sharing. This application enables an operator to share coverage, application, yield, and moisture maps along with straight tracks and circle tracks with up to six other machines. By working together, machine efficiency is increased, and skips, overlap, fuel, and input costs are reduced. Whether planting, seeding, harvesting, spraying, or applying nutrients, In-Field Data Sharing helps a producer maximize each pass in the field.

“It’s easy to share and check maps with In-Field Data Sharing. Operators can monitor machines’ as-applied maps to see if they’re properly calibrated and performing in a similar manner, thus maximizing machine performance,” Mishler says. “In-Field Data Sharing also lets users transfer guidance lines between machines without manually moving a USB stick from one machine to another. This is a real time-saver when machines are working in the same field. By using the application, operators can more efficiently manage nurse trucks, tenders, and grain carts while decreasing operating costs.”

Bundled Activations

AutoTrac Turn Automation, AutoTrac Implement Guidance, AutoTrac Vision for tractors, and In-Field Data Sharing applications are sold as bundled activations for the John Deere 4600 CommandCenter and as bundled subscriptions for 4640 Universal displays.

“These new applications are machine-specific bundled activations with the 4600 CommandCenter and provide late-model John Deere machine owners with outstanding technology value,” says Mishler.

If you own a machine equipped with a 4640 display, the applications are available as a bundled one- or five-year subscription. 

Each of the four new applications is compatible with the John Deere 4640 Universal display and with Gen 4 4600 CommandCenter displays. Activations and subscriptions are available to order immediately, and will be delivered beginning in February 2018.

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