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John Deere Updates Gen 4 Software and Machine Sync

With the release of its 19-1 software, the automation, documentation, functionality, and security of John Deere’s Generation 4 4600 CommandCenter and 4640 Universal Displays will be enhanced. It also includes a higher level of automation activation, which enables Machine Sync harvest automation functionality on the Gen 4 platform for tractors and combines.

The software update provides more features that customers will benefit from immediately, notes John Mishler, marketing manager for precision ag technologies for John Deere. “It also enables Gen 4 Display compatibility with more Deere equipment, including 8000 and 9000 series forage harvesters, documentation of weather and field conditions, expands AutoTrac functionality and automation on more equipment, and provides additional levels of security than before.”

Gen 4 Displays will now show area remaining and estimated time to completion for many field operations. It also doubles the number of legend colors on the display so operators can view yield, prescriptions, and as-applied maps in much greater detail when viewed on the display or in the John Deere Operations Center.

In addition, operators will have the ability to manually document weather and field conditions from the cab – information that can be critical for application and planting records. Wind speed and direction, weather, and soil and field conditions as they change throughout the day are a few examples of the data that can be recorded. When used with JDLink Connect, this documented information can be viewed by any web-connected device through John Deere Operations Center and the MyOperations mobile app.

When planting, customers can now use AutoTrac Turn Automation and AutoTrac Implement Guidance with SeedStar 4. These applications allow operators to automate end-row turns and guidance, which results in easier, faster, and more accurate headland turns and ensures the implement stays on its intended path. 

The 19-1 update also enables users to secure their John Deere displays and receivers from improper use and theft by requiring a 4-digit PIN. Users can lock devices with administrator, operator, or master unlock codes for Gen 4 Universal Displays and StarFire 6000 receivers.

Machine Sync Features Expanded

John Deere is also expanding its Machine Sync feature, which synchronizes tractor and grain cart speed and position with the combine for on-the-go unloading during harvest. Gen 4 Machine Sync uses newer technology already built into all S700 combines and is available at a much lower total solution cost than with previous generations of displays.

As part of the application, customers can also use In-Field Data Sharing to wirelessly share guidance lines, coverage maps, machine location, grain tank fill level and unloading auger status between machines.

“Machine Sync greatly simplifies harvest by automating the combine unloading process, allowing the operator to focus on harvesting the crop or other machine functions,” Mishler says. “Its use has proven to speed up harvest operations and reduce grain loss and stress on both the combine and grain cart operators during this busy time, especially when harvesting at night or when visibility is compromised.”

The 19-1 software update is available now, and customers are encouraged to download and install it on all their Gen 4 Displays before the busy spring season arrives.

For more details about the Gen 4 19-1 software release and Machine Sync update, visit or contact your local dealer.

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