John Deere expands guidance and machine data range

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John Deere’s latest AutoTrac and in-field data sharing applications will provide new levels of machine automation and data sharing for Generation 4 displays

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AutoTrac Turn Automation automates machine functions previously required at the end of the field, when operating drawn implements.
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The AutoTrac Turn Automation, AutoTrac Implement Guidance, AutoTrac Vision for Tractors and In-Field Data Sharing applications are being sold as bundled activations for John Deere 4600 CommandCenter and as bundled subscriptions for 4640 Universal Displays.

"These new applications provide late-model John Deere machine owners with outstanding technology value," John Deere product marketing manager John Mishler says.

For owners of machines equipped with a 4640 Display, the applications are offered as bundled one- or five-year subscriptions.

AutoTrac Turn Automation automates the tractor and implement functions during end-of-row turns. Mishler says this new application provides automation across the paddock rather than just between headlands, allowing operators to focus on machine and job while reducing fatigue.

When AutoTrac Turn Automation is activated, the machine functions previously required at the end of the paddock, when operating drawn implements, no longer require user input.

"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 says.

Ideal for first-pass tillage, planting and seeding, AutoTrac Implement Guidance enables the tractor to move off the intended path or guidance line, reducing implement drift.

"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 says.

Differential correction signals can be shared between the receiver on the tractor and the implement. Mishler says the application is easy to install, calibrate and operate.

AutoTrac Vision Guidance was previously released for John Deere 30-Series and newer sprayers but is now expanding to include 7X30 large-frame, 8X30 and 8X30T, 7R and 8R/8RT tractors.

ATVG can be utilised in post-season crop applications to detect the crop row and provide input to the machine’s AutoTrac system to keep the tractor’s wheels or tracks between the crop rows.

"This application is supported when the tractor is working in corn, soybeans and cotton at least 6 inches tall with up to a 90 percent canopy," Mishler adds.

In-Field Data Sharing makes it easier for producers to coordinate multiple machines working in the same paddock. Operators can use the application to share coverage, application, yield and moisture maps along with straight tracks and circle tracks with up to six other machines.

During planting, seeding, harvesting, spraying and nutrient application, In-Field Data Sharing helps producers maximise each pass through the paddock.

"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, maximising 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," he adds. "By using the application, operators can more efficiently manage nurse trucks, tenders and grain carts while decreasing operating costs."

Each of the four new applications is compatible with the John Deere 4640 Universal Display and with Gen 4 4600 CommandCenter displays.

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