The value of digital setup

You already know good machine setup and maintenance maximises machine performance, your data is no different!

Digital setup is the creation of physical assets like field boundaries, guidance lines, equipment, products (e.g. chemicals, fertiliser and seed) and operators in the digital ecosystem. We call this standard list of assets ‘master setup data’.

The fact is, good setup can take time, but the great news is it only needs to be done once and maintained each season if anything has changed.

Once created, your master data can be leveraged by people, equipment and partners across your entire digital ecosystem. This makes other activities such as planning, execution, monitoring and analysis more streamlined, enabling you to measure performance more consistently year-after-year, leading to better decisions.

Some of the benefits of creating good master setup data include:

When field conditions are right, you don’t want to be stopped entering data into a display. Taking the time to create your master setup data before the season starts means when you get in the field, you just select what you need from a list and get going.

It’s much easier to select a guidance line from a list than it is to create one every time you go to the field. Taking the time to create master setup data makes it easier for your operators to collect data.

Having accurate boundaries established ensures you are capturing the right data in the right place on your farm and that you’re able to visualise it.

We suggest you set up the following assets

Your Team

Farm Staff, Operators and Partners

To run your farm effectively you need to communicate and share various information with your staff, operators or trusted partners such as an agronomist. But you probably don’t want them to see everything. The good news is you’re in complete control of your data and can choose who you share your data with and what you share with them. And if circumstances change for any reason, you can remove staff, operators or partner access at any time.

Team Manager

Team Manager allows you to manage access for your staff, operators and partners to John Deere Operations Center™. Depending on your preference you can grant access from ‘view only’ through to ‘edit and manage’. You can choose to share everything with everyone, or only one data layer from one field with one partner. It’s up to you.

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Your Equipment

Having equipment set up correctly in the John Deere Operations Center™ unlocks a number of opportunities to improve your efficiency such as:

Ever wondered “Is my operator in the right field doing the right job?” A quick look at the Operations Center mobile can confirm the machine is in the right field.

Like to know when your next service is due? The JDLink™ Mobile app can send you alerts.

Would you like an estimate of when the combine will finish harvesting a field so you can start moving grain bins? Operations Center mobile can provide near real time updates on job progress.


The Equipment page allows you to create, view and manage all your equipment in one place.

You’ll have two types of equipment:

Connected equipment such as your
John Deere Tractors and Combines

Non-connected equipment
such as implements

To get the most from the system we recommend you set up both connected and non-connected equipment you’re going to use.

Your connected equipment should automatically be in your account, so you’ll just need to add the non-connected equipment you want to see.

If you want to get the location of non-connected equipment you can use Mobile Location Tracking within Operations Center mobile on your phone to update the equipment location. You can also use Mobile Location Tracking to keep an eye on your staff, which can help if you’re concerned about their safety at any time.

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Your Land

Fields, Boundaries, Guidance Lines and Flags

In the real world, land is your greatest asset. And in a digital world it’s no different. The Land tool is where you will set up and maintain all your land assets such as Fields, Boundaries, Guidance Lines and Flags.

Some of the benefits include:

With clear and structured naming conventions for Fields and Guidance Lines.

When an operator makes a mistake with documentation. For example, if an operator forgets to change fields on the display when moving to a new field, as long as you have boundaries in John Deere Operations Center™, the Field Detection feature it will automatically move the data to the correct field.

Like Section Control and AutoTrac™ Turn Automation.

From in the cab or remotely.

Setting up your location data in Operations Center web before your operators get to the field saves your team time and increases fieldwork precision from pass to pass. This information can be reused across field operations over time.

You can create all of these Land Assets in Land, or you can create them on a display in the field and import them into the Land tool in Operations Center. Whether you create them in Land or in the field depends on what you want to use the assets for.

Best practice is to create Boundaries and Guidance Lines in the field using RTK accuracy as this is accurate to 2.5 cm and repeatable over time. You should use this method if you want to use machine automation features like Section Control, AutoTrac™ Turn Automation, or Boundary Track.

However, if you only want to use Boundaries for record keeping, and you don’t require accurate and repeatable Guidance Lines, then you can create these in the Land tool or import them from another source, which can be much faster and easier.

Want to know more about how and why boundaries will drive the farms of the future? Read our opinion-editorial and Q&A from Precision Ag Manager, Benji Blevin, to find out.

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Your Products

Chemical, Fertiliser, Seed

Farm data is only valuable when you can measure and compare performance over time. Therefore maintaining an accurate list of inputs will allow you to make decisions about product performance.

Product Manager

Product Manager is where you’ll create and maintain the inputs you use such as seed varieties, fertiliser and chemicals. You can also set up tank mixes to provide your operators with accurate mixing instructions when filling the tank.

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Now you have your team, equipment, land and products set up, it’s time to move onto planning the season. Having good setup data will allow you to communicate plans more effectively with your team, enabling them to get going faster and avoid mistakes.

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