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John Deere Adds to Technology Portfolio

John Deere has expanded its technology portfolio with the addition of Harvest Mobile and Field Connect with a Gateway 3G upgrade and Wireless Radio kit.

“These updates provide our customers with more functionality and service, which means higher levels of machine performance and decision-making in the field,” says Kathy Sponheim, Senior Product Manager, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG).

Harvest Mobile

Optimizing machine functions to improve grain harvesting operations is what Harvest Mobile is all about. This easy-to-use tool also features data collection and transfer to help farmers make timely decisions. The simple interface makes harvest information easily accessible to not only the farmer but his trusted advisors.

According to Sponheim, Harvest Mobile integrates with a customer’s equipment and technology, which makes the transition simple and easy. “In addition, the Interactive Combine Adjustment (ICA) function optimizes combine performance by guiding users to make adjustments when necessary.”

ICA also helps improve grain quality, which reduces docking fees. In addition, the clean grain optimization function captures more grain and reduces harvest losses. Harvest Mobile will be available to order on August 31.

Field Connect Gateway 3G and Wireless Upgrades

With Field Connect Gateway 3G and Field Connect Wireless Radio users have a wider range of serviceability for remote moisture and environmental sensing. New Field Connect Gateway units will be equipped with 3G modems. If you’re looking to upgrade from 2G to 3G, that option is also available to current users at a low cost.

Modems equipped with 3G, which you can order now, have the ability to reach more locations with faster connection speeds. In addition, the upgrade prepares field units for wireless connectivity, an optional feature that maximizes Field Connect Gateway in remote locations.

“The Wireless Radio kits allow producers to add up to eight radios to be used as field nodes for each gateway to provide more detailed field information,” notes Sponheim. “Customers can use the kits to optimize the number of nodes within one mile of the gateway, and can connect up to eight nodes per gateway with 3G coverage.”

The wireless option is compatible with existing Field Connect Gateway systems, soil moisture probes and environmental sensors, and will be available to order beginning August 31.

Look for more features in 2016, like Active Yield, which is an automatic calibration feature.

(Source – http://www.agriculture.com/technology/john-deere-adds-to-technology-ptfolio_569-ar50046)

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