John Deere introduces three new AutoTrac applications and a new in-field data sharing application for its Generation 4 displays. AutoTrac Turn Automation, AutoTrac Implement Guidance, AutoTrac Vision for tractors and In-Field Data Sharing applications are being sold as bundled activations for the John Deere 4600 CommandCenter and as bundled subscriptions for 4640 Universal Displays.
AutoTrac Turn Automation makes end turns smooth, consistent and comfortable during tillage and planting when using straight-track guidance modes. The new application provides automation across the field rather than just between headlands. When activated, the machine functions previously required at the end of the field, 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,” explains John Mishler, precision agriculture product marketing manager with John Deere.
AutoTrac Implement Guidance enables the tractor to move off the intended path or guidance line to achieve expected accuracy of the implement. The application is ideal for first-pass tillage, planting and strip till when using straight- or curve-tracking modes and when operating on hillsides. Differential-correction signals can be shared between the receiver on the tractor and the implement.
AutoTrac Vision Guidance, previously released for John Deere 30-Series and newer sprayers, is being expanded to include 7X30 large-frame, 8X30 and 8X30T, 7R and 8R/8RT tractors. AutoTrac Vision can be used 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 rows. This level of precision can be beneficial when sidedressing fertilizer, post-emerge spraying and cultivating. “This application is supported when the tractor is working in corn, soybeans and cotton at least 6” tall with up to a 90% canopy. This level of advanced guidance minimizes crop damage, reduces operator fatigue and maximizes tractor productivity in fields with 20” to 40” row spacing,” Mishler adds.
In-Field Data Sharing makes it easier for producers to coordinate multiple machines working in the same field. 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. The application helps machines, such as nurse trucks, tenders and grain carts, to work together more efficiently, reducing skips, overlap, fuel and input costs. Guidance lines can be shared without moving a USB stick from one machine to another, Mishler says.
The new applications are machine-specific bundled activations with the 4600 CommandCenter, Mishler says. For owners of machines equipped with a 4640 Display, the applications are offered as bundled one- or five-year subscriptions. For more information, visit a local John Deere dealer or www.johndeere.com.