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John Deere Bale App Helps Growers Make More Informed Decisions
Hay producers can now capture yield and other relevant data on individual bales with the John Deere Bale Mobile app. When paired with a John Deere 1 Series large square baler (L331 or L341 model) equipped with optional moisture and weight sensors, the app can process moisture and weight data into useable information for baling, loading, and overall farm management.
“Tractor operators can see their information in near-real time while Bale Mobile documents the baling process,” says Nick McKelvey, John Deere senior marketing representative for hay tools. “Individual bale moisture and weight are tagged to each specific bale (georeferenced within the app) for improved traceability. Operators can also digitally tag specific bales with additional notes in the app that are useful for sorting and enable them to make better informed on-the-go decisions.”
Once a field is baled, a summary of crop tonnage, number of bales, and average moisture readings is created. Whether you’re loading a truck or moving a bale, Bale Mobile provides agronomic data for a producer to plan accordingly.
“With this information in hand, it makes it easier for bales to be sorted by moisture, weight, and whether or not there was a preservative applied,” McKelvey says. “If certain bales were wet or weedy, producers can quickly separate them from the hay stack.”
If you're a producer in a commercial operation, Bale Mobile allows you to view real-time bale weight and moisture readings for each round baler operating in the field via an iPad or tablet.
“A field summary shows yield information to help producers make appropriate agronomic decisions when it comes to taking future actions such as fertilizing, irrigating, or reseeding,” he says.
Contact your local John Deere dealer or visit JohnDeere.com/ag to learn more.