The value of digital monitoring

When you’re in the field, you only get one chance to get it right. Getting the work done on time and with precision is the most important job you can do, but you can’t be everywhere. Monitoring what’s happening in near real time gives you the ability to ensure the work is being done right when you can’t be in the cab.

There’s no doubt that getting the crop in the ground at the right time and in precisely the right place is the key to getting any crop off to the right start. Precise placement of seed and nutrients requires precise control of equipment, and once you have everything set up you want the peace of mind of knowing it’s still working precisely the way you want it to. This is where our suite of precision monitoring and control tools come in.

The value of our Monitor tools include:

When you’re busy getting the crop off before the next storm, it’s easy to lose track of what everyone’s doing. Use John Deere Operations Center™ mobile to see what’s going on in near real time from your phone.

Are we on track, or does something need to change? Sometimes the best plans need to change.

Are we doing the job right? Knowing how your operators are getting the job done gives you peace of mind it’s being done right. Monitor job quality from in the cab, or remotely across the farm with Gen 4 Displays & Operations Center mobile.

Having multiple machines in a field can be hard to co-ordinate. Whether you need everyone using the same Guidance Line, or you want the yield data from multiple combines. Using In Field Data Sharing & Data Sync can get everyone on the same page.

To help you navigate the section, we’ve split it into 2 areas:

In Field Monitoring

The In Field section focuses on tools the operator has in the cab to assist them to accurately monitor and control the work they are doing.

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Remote Monitoring

The Remote section focuses on tools a manager can use to monitor and control multiple pieces of equipment when they can’t be in the cab.

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In Field

In Field Monitor

The Gen 4 suite of displays allow you to monitor and control what's happening in the field. For even greater visibility in Planting, Spraying and Harvest applications add Connect Mobile via an iPad application.

Gen 4 Displays

The Gen 4 Display is your interface to monitor and control the outcome you want in the field.

Let’s look at some of the applications on the Gen 4 Display that can help you do that.

The Work Monitor will help you monitor the machine’s productivity and performance. You are shown averages, totals and productivity of the machine, such as area worked, average working speed and fuel usage. You can configure your display homepage to show Work Monitor information so you can monitor without changing screens.

Work Monitor is standard on all Gen 4 Displays.

Flags can be used to mark areas in the field that need special attention such as rocks, power poles or weed pressure.

Flags recorded on the Gen 4 can be transferred between machines. Flags can also be sync’d to John Deere Operations Center™ and viewed on a phone, tablet or laptop if you have JDLink™ Connect. Whether you’re in a machine or on the go, you can see the flags anyone has created and take appropriate action.

Flags is standard on all Gen 4 Displays.

You’ll need to complete the Work Setup section if you want to collect data. In Work Setup you enter information related to the work being done such as:

  • Client, Farm and Field
  • Crop Type
  • Machine and implement dimensions
  • Variety and rate – Seeding, Planting, Application
  • Variable rate prescriptions (if being used)

This information is used to control machine functions such as rate and section control as well as document the work being done. Documentation data can be sent wirelessly or manually to Operations Center for record keeping purposes and will be available via your phone, tablet or laptop.

The following items are recorded on a Gen 4 Display for further analysis in the Operations Center:

  • Client, Farm and Field
  • Variety
  • As Applied map of rates – Seeding, Planting, Application
  • Products and/or Tank Mix
  • Harvest maps, including yield and moisture
  • John Deere Mobile Weather or manually entered weather and field conditions

And more…

Documentation is standard on all Gen 4 Displays.

Data Sync automatically syncs data between Gen 4 Displays and the Operations Center every 30 seconds. This means you can keep an eye on what’s going on in near real time. What’s more, your operators and partners can get access to information when they need it. This improves visibility of information across your business so people can make decisions faster and reduces the risk of losing data if something goes wrong.

Currently Data Sync syncs the following data, but we’re adding more items all the time so be sure to check back often:

  • As Applied maps (seeding/planting, application)
  • Harvest data (yield, moisture maps)
  • John Deere Mobile Weather data maps (temperature, humidity, wind, speed, Delta T)

Data Sync requires JDLink™ Connect and is standard in all Gen 4 Displays.

When you have multiple machines in the field, you want them to work together and share information. Sharing data between machines can help multiple machines get working faster and collect data more consistently by sharing setup information such as Client, Farm, Field, Guidance Lines, Crop Type, Products and Tank Mixes. Work data such as yield maps and as applied rate maps can be shared between machines every 30 seconds and machine location every 6 seconds.

NOTE: Data transfer times can vary depending on strength of data connection. In Field Data Sharing (IFDS) is an additional option on the 4600 and 4640 displays. IFDS is not available on 4200 and 4240 displays.

3 machines working together with In Field Data Sharing.

Get multiple machines going faster and more accurately

When you have multiple machines in the field it can be difficult to get everyone set up to use the right guidance lines and collecting data consistently. In Field Data Sharing allows the lead operator to share setup information with all other operators, enabling everyone to use the same information in the field.

Trigger functions like Section Control from multiple machines

When there are multiple machines is a field it can be difficult to know where someone else has been. With Infield Data Sharing you can not only see where other machines have been, but Section Control will also turn on and off based on where the other machines have been, meaning you aren’t wasting products or over applying.

Monitor the quality of work all operators are doing

If you have a lead operator, they can monitor the quality of work other operators are doing. If they see an issue, they can correct it quickly.

Connect Mobile is an in-cab iPad application that provides a higher resolution view of what’s happening on the machine.

Connect Mobile can be used in three applications:

John Deere Planters

  • Monitor planting attributes such as seed population, seed singulation, seed spacing coefficient of variation, downforce, gauge wheel margin, ride quality and ground speed in high definition, enabling the operator to manage planting quality.
  • Custom alerts allow the operator to make adjustments quickly to maintain planting quality.

John Deere Self-Propelled Sprayers

  • Monitor spraying attributes such as rate, rate deviation, ground speed and pressure to enable the operator to manage spray quality.

John Deere Combines

  • Monitor Harvest attributes such as ground speed, grain moisture and yield.
  • Monitor relative grain loss to improve combine productivity.
  • Monitor variety performance while harvesting to assist with decision making.

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Remotely Monitor

You can’t always be in the cab, but with John Deere’s Digital Ecosystem you can always be connected. The Gen 4 display and John Operations Center™ mobile were designed to work together and always be connected with JDLink™ Connectivity.

The following tools will help you understand how you can monitor what’s happening across your farm when you can’t be there.

Operations Center mobile can be connected to your entire fleet and allows you to monitor what’s happening in near real time across your entire farm from your phone or tablet.

Start Monitoring your Operation

Monitor progress

View the progress of the season (seeding or harvest) or the progress in a single field.

See who’s working right now

See which machines are working right now and what they are working on. Monitor the progress and the quality of the job.

Know when a machine is having a problem so you can manage it

You can setup Operations Center mobile to alert you about activity on your farm. The alerts are can be configured so you only receive information that you want to see.

See what’s been completed for the day, week, month or year

If you want to know how many acres have been completed or how many tonnes of grain have been harvested, you can see it in just a few short clicks.

See where machines are located

If you need to know where machines are, how many hours they have, or how much fuel they have, you can see it all in the Map page.

Monitor combine settings or make a change to the settings from your phone

You can with Remote Combine Adjust. This allows you to ensure things are being done the way you want them to.

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If your operators need help in the field, remote display access gives you the ability to view the machine’s display on your phone, tablet or laptop. Whether you need to help an operator navigate the display, help them diagnose an issue, or just check their settings, Remote Display Access allows you to see exactly what your operators are seeing and get them going faster. This will give you peace of mind everything is running the way you want it to.

Now you can see what is happening in real time, it’s time to Analyse the data you have collected over the season.