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John Deere leverages Machine Sync to automate forage and speciality crop harvest

A new 20-3 software update for the Generation 4 4600 CommandCenter displays has been released by John Deere. New features and enhancements to Machine Sync are included in the update. 

Previously, farmers used Machine Sync to automate the combine unloading process during harvest, which allowed them to focus on harvest or other machine functions. As the application speeds up harvest, it reduces grain loss and stress on combine and grain cart operators. 

Because the update includes additional capabilities, John Deere self-propelled forage harvesters can now leverage the functionality of Machine Sync to fill carts on the left or right side or directly behind the machine.

The application can also be used when harvesting other direct cut specialty crops, like potatoes or onions, when harvest equipment is pulled with a John Deere tractor and unloads directly into a commodity cart also pulled by a John Deere tractor.

“The same customer values of Machine Sync that were true for grain harvest have now been extended bringing higher levels of automation to a broader range of crops,” says John Mishler, marketing manager for precision ag technologies at John Deere.

Customers can order Machine Sync as part of the automation bundle of applications for John Deere Premium Generation 4 displays. 

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

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