At the heart of the John Deere guidance system is AutoTrac. This auto-steering system guides tractors, planters, sprayers and any other piece of equipment along pre-mapped lines using GPS signals, a local RTK network and in-field adjustments made by onboard touch and sight sensors. With these various inputs, your equipment can be guided automatically to accuracy levels of less than an inch. This allows you to move faster and cover more area during the day while limiting and even eliminating crop damage caused by drifting over rows. And by freeing up your operators from having to concentrate on threading their tractor between crops, they can concentrate on implement performance and stay aware of their environment, all while reducing fatigue over long days. This adds up to being able to hit narrow seeding, harvesting and application windows easier, improving yields.
This can be taken a step further, as each piece of equipment also has the ability to produce coverage maps for the areas they’ve sprayed or planted. By linking pieces of equipment together, they can share coverage maps and you can operate more than one machine at a time in a single field. Not only does this work great by coordinating combines and grain carts, but can also be used, along with section control, to get multiple machines spraying or planting in a field without overlap.
This guidance is accomplished by a couple of pieces of equipment that are either built into or added on to your machines. These receivers and screens are compatible with a huge range of models, including older equipment and different color equipment. So you can get the benefits of John Deere guidance regardless of the age or brand of your equipment. And if you’re buying new John Deere equipment, chances are that most of this is built in.
If you want to take your operation to the next level, John Deere guidance systems are an easy way to improve almost every regard. Make your operator’s shifts easier, reduce your costs and improve your yields all with the addition of John Deere guidance. To learn more, come by Eis Implement today!