Agriculture   March 15, 2021

Near real-time monitoring headlines John Deere Digital Ecosystem Update

Seeding - C650 Aircart

The latest upgrade will streamline the logistical management of agricultural businesses for farmers and contractors.

Crestmead, Queensland (15 March, 2021) — A STEP change in the speed at which farmers can view and monitor their equipment's movement, performance and work totals will be delivered in the latest update to the John Deere Digital Ecosystem.

From mid-March, equipment location will be updated every five seconds (up from 30-60 seconds), while associated work information, including work totals and averages, will be refreshed every 30 seconds (previously 10-30 minutes), to provide near real-time monitoring capability through John Deere Operations Center mobile.

John Deere Australia and New Zealand, Precision Agriculture Manager, Benji Blevin, said the enhanced monitoring technology would help to ensure work is completed in the right place and in the right way, and minimise errors in the field.

"This near-real time technology will allow farmers, at a glance, to see exactly where their equipment is in the paddock," Mr Blevin said.

"It will give them the power to check the machine is running on the correct settings to optimise performance, and they will know the precise progress that is being made in the field.

"For example, during planting, this will mean farmers and contractors will know where the seeder is in the paddock and assess when it will need refilling. During spraying and fertilising, they will be able to see the inputs being placed in the paddock at the field or machine level, very close to real time.

The upgrade is available to all John Deere customers using the Gen 4 display and a 4G MTG with JDLink™.

Other key updates that will be available in March, include:

Improvements to AutoTrac™ Turn Automation (ATTA)

  • New updates have been released for the AutoTrac Turn Automation (ATTA) feature for the Gen 4 family of displays. ATTA enables growers to set up their machines to perform smooth, accurate and consistent automatic turns on headlands. It is especially helpful at seeding or planting time when growers want to make sure that they are entering and exiting each pass up and down the field accurately, and at the right speed, with consistency, turn after turn. This ensures that seed and fertiliser is placed in the ground in the right place, and at the right rate.
  • Having consistent end turns also helps control wheel traffic from machines on paddock headlands, helping to minimise ground compaction to a smaller area, while reducing overlaps with previous passes down the field.
  • The new updates to ATTA also include the introduction of compatibility with AutoPath™, and A-B Curve guidance lines, as well as the release of a new "figure of eight" turn designed to keep machines within boundary limits.

Free form notes in the Gen 4 display

  • In the Gen 4 display farmers can now record free form notes at the time of operation in the paddock. These notes are sent wirelessly to the Operations Center where they can be viewed when reviewing data in Field Analyser Beta.
  • This update enables growers to provide better in-field context to the data they review in Operations Center. For example, a grower might record a note about the variety or rate trial they are conducting in a specific field or record the brand and size of nozzle being used for a spray application.

Operations Center mobile is active through Apple App Store® and Google Play™, and new users can create an Operations Center account at or contact their local John Deere dealer for more information.

About John Deere:
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at in New Zealand at

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