NEWS RELEASE September 15, 2022
John Deere Digital Ecosystem tailored to New Zealand farmers
Crestmead, Queensland (15 September, 2022) – MACHINE monitoring, tracking input application and record keeping have reached a new level of precision and ease for the user with the latest John Deere Operations Center™ update.
John Deere Australia and New Zealand, Precision Agriculture Manager, Benji Blevin, said the most significant updates for New Zealand farmers included the expansion of John Deere’s input product database, and Operation Center’s ability to provide ‘estimated time remaining’ for tasks to be completed in the field.
"The latest update includes a number of improvements that will directly increase productivity for farmers’ businesses through time-saving and management insights," Mr Blevin said.
"Prior to this update, growers in New Zealand had to manually input their own product information into Operations Center, which led to errors in record keeping and ultimately unusable data.
"Now customers can select products from more than 3500 varieties, 5000 chemicals, and almost 1000 fertiliser products specific to Australia and New Zealand, ensuring they are capturing accurate records against farm operations including product name, brand, and registration number.
"This is an important update, as products form a key part of digital work plans that can be sent to machines wirelessly, ensuring that the right product is applied to the right fields and with the right rates. It will also improve the data available for farmers to make improved decisions for the next season."
Monitor machine performance
As part of the new upgrade, farmers will also now receive Uber-like updates on the efficiency of multiple machines in a paddock with the addition of the feature, Estimated Time Remaining.
"Operations Centre mobile will now provide farm managers with near real-time estimates on activity in a field," Mr Blevin said.
"Estimated Time Remaining applies data science to current and historical productivity to provide an accurate calculation of how long it will take a single machine or multiple machines to complete field work. The calculation, which updates every five minutes, is based on a number of factors such as turn times and machine configuration.
"Now farmers will know, to the minute, how long it will take to complete the work in the field before the rain sets in or the exact time a tender truck needs to meet the sprayer."
Another effective farm management feature included in the update is the ability for managers to track the amount of time a machine stays idle.
"A timer begins when any equipment begins idling and continues counting up until the machine is back in action again," Mr Blevin said.
"All these machine monitoring features alert farmers on potential inefficiencies in their operations, and provide invaluable insights for the better management of labour and flow of operational activity."
Other updates include:
Improved map experience
The new and improved map page in Operations Center web has simplified farmers’ experience of monitoring fieldwork and equipment from the office. The update also allows farmers to select multiple partner organisations to view equipment information, as well as visualise complete location history including direction of travel and a time filter.
Machine Analyzer updates
Farmers will also now be able to compare the performance of older machines that are no longer in your organisation with new equipment you currently own, providing valuable insights into the performance of new machinery investments.
New equipment management tool
The new equipment management tool enables farmers to view and manage their entire fleet in one place, including machines, implements, and precision ag devices.
For more information about the updates, refer to the Release Notes or contact your local John Deere dealer.
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