The new John Deere application controller, available as a ‘bolt-on’ or ‘after-market’ kit and compatible with a host of existing machinery, enables enhanced Active Implement Guidance (AIG), Distance Trip and iGrade.
With the new upgraded John Deere AIG, “producers no longer have to worry about the final crop quality as both the machine and implement are operating on the A-B line,” says Wayne Spaumer, Product Specialist for Precision Agriculture, Sub-Sahara Africa at John Deere.
Moreover, AutoTrac assisted steering system paired with AIG allows operators to be more productive by allowing them to focus on tasks other than steering, says John Deere.
According to the manufacturer, using AutoTrac and AIG together greatly reduces the strain on the operator because the system accurately guides the implement to execute optimum passes, or accurately distribute seed or fertiliser by placing, “industry-leading implement control at the operator’s fingertips,” says Spaumer.
In addition, passive AutoTrac Implement Guidance allows machinery to travel off guidance lines, “meaning that no steering mechanism is needed to keep the implement on the intended path,” says Spaumer.
John Deere says this system is optimal for first-pass applications like pre-season nutrient dressing, tillage, planting and seeding, or strip-tilling and should lead to better crop quality and improved yield.
Other operator benefits of John Deere’s enhanced AIG include:
All of these benefits result in, “more uptime for the equipment – and an operator who is more alert throughout the day,” says Spaumer.
Risk is also minimised when seed is planted with AIG, claims John Deere. Precise seed placement is to provide a straighter path for subsequent passes throughout the season. Compaction and crop disturbance are to be reduced as AIG keeps the implement and tractor on the same guidance path.
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Recently, both the John Deere Application Controller 1100 and Application Controller 1120 were replaced with a new version of the hardware.
Key improvements to Application Controller 1100 include:
Key changes to AIG enables:
Key changes to iGrade and Distance Trip include iGrade compatibility with up to 3 scrapers with elevation and slope control.
The John Deere enhanced AIG also enables Distance Trip to create headland furrows in ditch irrigation, equidistant post holes for fencing operations, and plot-based alignments for seeding and spraying operations based on segment length.
The new functionality also, “provides up to 10 user-defined patterns with associated reference points including grid (90-degree, equilateral triangles, alternating rows, integrated angels), parallel lines, fence posts and plot pattern,” says Spaumer. Patterns may also use, “manually entered guidance line track spacing to synchronise application controller spacings,” he adds.
Furthermore, yield documentation enables producers to record harvest information from on-machine weight-based, harvesting operations. Typical uses include harvesting potatoes, onions, and beetroot. Thereafter, “data can be easily transferred to John Deere Operations Center via Wireless Data Transfer (WDT), JDLink or USB for further analysis around yield and agronomic impacts for nutrient removal and residue levels,” explains Spaumer.
AIG is available for all John Deere and non-John Deere tractors with either an open or closed-centre hydraulic system, “by merely adding an external suction control valve (SCV) and SCV switch available at any John Deere dealer,” concludes Spaumer.