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Gain more accurate row guidance all season long with AutoPath from John Deere 

Setting up a traditional guidance line can be a challenge for some farmers, according to John Mishler. With the introduction of AutoPath, producers will now have the ability to more accurately document and follow each row throughout the season. Whether you’re planting or strip-tilling, the application uses data collected from the first pass to establish precise row guidance for all passes that follow, no matter your machine type or width of equipment.

“When using AutoPath, guidance lines are automatically created from a map of crop row lines for each field. These mapped row lines are used to automatically create guidance lines for the entire field for all other in-field passes, such as spraying, nutrient application or harvesting operations, later in the year,” says Michler, precision ag marketing manager for John Deere. “Using this solution, operators know which rows to start on and can precisely follow the auto-generated guidance lines, regardless of the field application or machine width. This increases operator confidence in being on the right row and the efficiency of field operations throughout the growing season and harvest.”

In order to precisely record the location of each row with AutoPath, the planter or strip-till implement and tractor are equipped with StarFire receivers during the first field pass. Rather than a static AB line, which may or may not truly represent the planted row due to implement drift on side hills and curves, subsequent field passes are based on actual documented row location. This reduces guidance line setup time and line management 

When starting the following field operations in standing crops, it eliminates the need to count rows, optimizes your field operations and helps reduce crop damage.

“Operators can use implements and platforms of different sizes or widths for subsequent field operations since AutoPath automatically adjusts the row guidance lines based on each machine’s size,” Mishler says. “It helps operators automatically find the right row, maximize each field pass to help reduce overlaps and damage to standing crops while saving time, fuel and equipment hours.”

Included in the John Deere Generation 4 automation bundle, and available for either the 4600 CommandCenter Integrated display or the 4640 Universal display, AutoPath can be used on tractors, sprayers, and combines. It can also be integrated with active and passive implement guidance systems for planters, nutrient applicators, and other field equipment.

Contact your local John Deere dealer or visit to learn more about AutoPath.

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