Press Releases   March 04, 2020

New John Deere AutoTrac™ Controller 300 expands automated steering to more ag machines

Universal after-market system offers customisable precision guidance for wide variety of new and older machines, different platforms and brands.

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The benefits of AutoTrac are well-known: reduced skips and overlaps resulting in lower input costs.

Crestmead, Queensland (4 March, 2020) – Adding AutoTrac™ guidance to a wide variety of non-guidance-ready machine platforms is now easier and less expensive with John Deere AutoTrac Controller 300. This new universal after-market steering kit gives producers the benefits of integrated AutoTrac precision guidance with no impact on operator ergonomics and no steering wheel modifications.

According to John Mishler, precision ag marketing manager for John Deere, the AutoTrac Controller 300 system is customisable to different types, ages and brands of ag machines that have hydraulic steering from a single source and at least four wheels.

"We know that not all farmers operate new John Deere machines factory equipped with AutoTrac," Mishler explained. "This solution is compatible with many newer Deere vehicles not already equipped with AutoTrac, as well as older machines and other equipment brands. It integrates with a John Deere precision ag display and StarFire™ receiver for a complete guidance system and a consistent John Deere Precision Ag experience across the entire fleet."

John Deere AutoTrac Controller 300 is a dealer-installed kit that is easy to set up, calibrate and maintain with no modifications needed to the original steering wheel or operator area. It utilises proven hydraulic and electrical components that provide quick guidance line acquisition with the feel and function of a fully integrated system.

AutoTrac Controller 300 is an economical guidance solution for a wide variety of non-guidance equipped machines with single-point steering, including utility and row-crop tractors in 2WD, 4WD and articulated configurations. Later this year, John Deere plans to expand compatibility to include machines other than tractors. It can be used on cabbed or open-station Deere and other brands of ag machines with front- or rear-wheel steering and is compatible with both open- and closed-centre hydraulic systems.

"The benefits of AutoTrac are well-known: reduced skips and overlaps resulting in lower input costs for fuel, seed, fertiliser, and crop protectants. Now almost any producer can add guidance to their machines without having to trade vehicles, or more easily add it to non-Deere or smaller tractors to reap the productivity, accuracy and efficiency benefits precision guidance provides," Mishler said. "More importantly, customers can customise automated steering to the level of precision they choose based on their specific requirements, resulting in a package that best fits their operation without having to learn multiple user interfaces."

John Deere AutoTrac Controller 300 is available to order now. For more information on this universal guidance product and other precision ag technologies, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com.au.

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 JohnDeere.com or in Australia at JohnDeere.com.au.