John Deere Digital Ecosystem Updated to Monitor Farmers’s Equipment Faster

A step-change in the speed at which farmers can view and monitor their equipment’s movement, performance and work totals will be delivered in the latest update to the John Deere Digital Ecosystem.

The latest John Deere Digital Ecosystem upgrade will streamline the logistical management of agricultural businesses for farmers and contractors. Source: John Deere

From mid-March, equipment location will be updated every five seconds (up from 30-60 seconds), while associated work information, including work totals and averages, will be refreshed every 30 seconds (previously 10-30 minutes), to provide near real-time monitoring capability through John Deere Operations Center mobile.

John Deere Australia and New Zealand, Precision Agriculture Manager, Benji Blevin, said the enhanced monitoring technology would help to ensure work is completed in the right place and in the right way, and minimize errors in the field. Mr Blevin said:

“This near-real-time technology will allow farmers, at a glance, to see exactly where their equipment is in the paddock.”


“It will give them the power to check the machine is running on the correct settings to optimize performance, and they will know the precise progress that is being made in the field.”


“For example, during planting, this will mean farmers and contractors will know where the seeder is in the paddock and assess when it will need refilling. During spraying and fertilizing, they will be able to see the inputs being placed in the paddock at the field or machine level, very close to real-time.”

The upgrade is available to all John Deere customers using the Gen 4 display and a 4G MTG with JDLink.

Harvest ID (HID) Cotton will also be enhanced as part of the latest round of John Deere Digital Ecosystem updates. This technology uses the radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader on the John Deere CP690 Self-Propelled Cotton Picker or CS690 Self-Propelled Cotton Stripper to read a module serial number from the RFID tags that are embedded in the bale wrap.

With this update, improved reporting and ease of access to data related to cotton bales will be available within Operations Center using the Analyse tool and to stakeholders across the supply chain.

Mr Blevin said the new reporting was easy-to-use for cotton growers as well as gins, enabling them to view cotton harvest and module data by field, variety, machine or even at the individual module level. Mr Blevin said:

“The module serial number is not only read, it is enhanced with information about the client, farm, field, and cotton variety, which is combined with the machine identifier details, plus, the date, time, and GPS position of where the module was wrapped.” 


“This is important to help farmers better understand yield performance and to monitor the quality of their crop while simplifying bale handling.”


“Processing is also streamlined because as soon as the gin takes receipt of a cotton bale it can quickly identify key information such as where it was grown, when it was wrapped and what variety it is. The gin can also easily report back to the producer when their crop is being processed and what results were achieved.”


“There are also considerable advantages in terms of industry being able to demonstrate transparency to the supply chain, as they can see the complete journey of cotton from the farm where it was grown, all the way to when and where it was made into a textile.”

Farmers will be able to monitor their machines working in the paddock in near-real-time with the latest upgrade to the John Deere Operations Center mobile. Source: John Deere

Other key updates that will be available in March, include:

Improvements to AutoTrac Turn Automation (ATTA)

  • New updates have been released for the AutoTrac Turn Automation (ATTA) feature for the Gen 4 family of displays. ATTA enables growers to set up their machines to perform smooth, accurate and consistent automatic turns on headlands. It is especially helpful at seeding or planting time when growers want to make sure that they are entering and exiting each pass up and down the field accurately, and at the right speed, with consistency, turn after turn. This ensures that seed and fertiliser is placed in the ground in the right place, and at the right rate.
  • Having consistent end turns also helps control wheel traffic from machines on paddock headlands, helping to minimise ground compaction to a smaller area, while reducing overlaps with previous passes down the field.
  • The new updates to ATTA also include the introduction of compatibility with AutoPath, and A-B Curve guidance lines, as well as the release of a new “figure of eight” turn designed to keep machines within boundary limits.

 Free form notes in the Gen 4 display

  • In the Gen 4 display farmers can now record free form notes at the time of operation in the paddock. These notes are sent wirelessly to the Operations Center where they can be viewed when reviewing data in Field Analyser Beta.
  • This update enables growers to provide better in-field context to the data they review in Operations Center. For example, a grower might record a note about the variety or rate trial they are conducting in a specific field or record the brand and size of the nozzle being used for a spray application. 
John Deere Australia and New Zealand, Precision Agriculture Manager Benji Blevin. Source: John Deere'
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