John Deere has launched the latest ground-breaking technology expected to set customers’ farming operations up for success.

“Our expertise is not just iron anymore, we are delivering agronomic solutions backed by ground-breaking technology,” said Jaco Beyers, Managing Director Africa Middle East, adding that the company’s solutions are developed around agronomic benefits aimed at giving customers control over more farming variables.

“In many industries, the effect of a slight modification to a production system can be measured after a minute, a day, or a month. In agriculture, however, we do not have that luxury, and the effect modifications have on a crop production system can usually only be measured after the season,” said Beyers urging customers to make use of operations centres to record all actions, and, when the time comes, to measure the effect.

He said the data will then be available to support and improve your decision-making in the upcoming seasons.

“By combining and using third-party connections, all your most-loved applications can live on our platform to assist in seamless data sharing and ultimately unlock the actionable data that you need to improve your farming operations.”

Beyers said John Deere is integrating more precision technology into its machines, to bring a full turnkey solution. He said precision technology is now no longer a mere bolt-on solution but forms a part of the machine’s DNA.

“With the crop harvest around the corner, I am looking forward to more customer feedback on our S700 series Combine Harvesters and finding out the effect that this technology has on your farm’s harvesting experience. In previous seasons, the combine’s automated optimisation functionality and its ability to optimise the machine settings with remote display access were two major features that stood out to our farmers. These features allow the operator to adjust the harvester remotely and minimise losses.”

He further highlighted that field logistics can sometimes hold back highly productive harvesters.

“This is where machine sync eliminates the guesswork and ensures the grain cart arrives on time and automatically follows the harvester for uninterrupted unloading. The grain cart can be sped up or down from the harvester cab to ensure even loading.”

Beyer further indicated that where the harvester has dropped any maize and the operator is unable to see the rows clearly, the John Deere industry-first AutoPath™ is able to guide the harvester so that it can pick up fallen produce and eliminate any further crop-loss.

“The AutoPath™ uses an implement receiver to record the rows at planting time. This technology simplifies all in-field operations from then until harvest time and ensures that implements with the same row spacing can now be used throughout the season without manually adjusting guidance lines, while the tractor display automatically generates guidance lines that are applicable to the implement’s row-unit numbers.”

Beyer further said with weather patterns being as unpredictable, anything that can save time and improve productivity will benefit crop performance highlighting that Connected Support™ allows dealer technicians to remotely access the machine and receive alerts.

“This shortens the troubleshooting process to ensure maximum uptime which allows all of your seed crops to benefit from a full growing season.”

Another exciting development at John Deere is with the See & Spray Technology, after acquiring Blue River Technology in 2017.

“We have made it clear that our customers will have access to plant-by-plant application solutions. See & Spray™ Select is our first product in the line-up that greatly reduces the use of chemicals. While other modes of action can be considered to prevent herbicide-resistant weeds from developing, this solution has been planned to be factory-installed so that it works with the machine and not on the machine.”