Press Releases   January 18, 2021

Game-changing technology will take work from office to paddock

A man using a tablet in a crop field

Work planned in the office will seamlessly translate to an automated set up in the cab.

Crestmead, Queensland (18 January, 2021) – WORK planned in the office will seamlessly translate to an automated set up experience in the tractor cab from today with the launch of Work Planner via John Deere Operations Center mobile.

A centralised solution for planning and tracking the work that needs to be done, Work Planner is being brought online as part of the latest upgrades to the John Deere Digital Ecosystem. It will help farmers and contractors ensure their business's workflow is running smoothly and data is being collected accurately, while allowing operators to start work as soon as they are in the paddock.

John Deere Australia and New Zealand's new Precision Agriculture Manager, Benji Blevin, described the technology as a "game changer", and one that is aligned with John Deere's focus on helping farmers synchronise the management of their people, equipment and data.

"This technology means farmers can plan and communicate much more efficiently with their operators about work that needs to be completed," Mr Blevin said.

"Because the information is synced, everyone is working off the same plan. This helps reduce mistakes, and also assists farm managers to more effectively monitor overall job quality as they can see exactly what's happening and make adjustments if needed."

Plans can be created, modified and actioned instantly either from the office, or on the go through a mobile phone.

"For the operator, this means when they drive into a paddock a pop up will appear on the Generation 4 CommandCenter™ with the Work Plan for that field, and they can click one button to set up data collection on the display and get started," Mr Blevin said.

Other key upgrades in the January software update include the coming together of Operations Center web (for desktop) and Operations Center mobile (formerly called MyOperations™) to create an aligned user experience. This includes adoption of a common and easy-to-use interface to streamline and simplify use of the technology for customers.

The improved Operations Center brings clarity and organisation to farm data management, and helps farmers set up, plan, and monitor their field work, and analyse their data to make sound business decisions.

In a nutshell, the new Work Planner functionality allows users to:

  • Schedule jobs for operators using their mobile device and include information such as fields, varieties, and products and sync tasks remotely to the machine display via a JDLink™ connection, which reduces set up time in the field
  • Monitor equipment and fieldwork from anywhere using the Operations Center mobile app to optimise productivity and job quality
  • Analyse the performance of fields, varieties, and products with the new analysis tools to turn this year's results into next year's plans.

Announcing the John Deere January upgrades is one of the first tasks for Mr Blevin in his new role, which commenced in November 2020. Previous John Deere Australia and New Zealand Precision Ag Segment Manager, Ben Kelly, has been promoted to Production System Manager – Production & Precision Ag.

Raised on a horticulture operation in Zimbabwe and with qualifications as a mechanical engineer, Mr Blevin commenced his career in the John Deere graduate program in 2016, and later worked as a Precision Ag Specialist in Western Australia, then Queensland.

"I foresee the most rewarding aspect of my new role as helping deliver precision agriculture technology which will enhance productivity, profitability and sustainability outcomes to farmers," he said.

The improved Operations Center mobile is active online, while the iOS version for Apple® mobile products is available in the Apple App Store®. The Android version will be available from Google Play™ in coming weeks. New users can create an Operations Center account at OperationsCenter.Deere.com or contact their local John Deere dealer for more information.

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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.