SeedStar XP overview
SeedStar XP shown on the GreenStar™ 3 2630 Display
SeedStar XP shown on the GreenStar 2 1800 Display
Building upon the foundation of SeedStar 2, the SeedStar XP system takes planter monitoring to the next level. SeedStar XP is compatible with the GreenStar 2 1800 and 2600 Displays, GreenStar 3 2630 Display, the Gen 4 4200 CommandCenter™ Display, the Gen 4 4600 CommandCenter Display, the 4240 Universal Display, and the 4640 Universal Display. SeedStar XP is not compatible with the Gen 4 Extended Monitor.
Specific information about how the planter is performing enables the operator to make needed adjustments for implement optimization.
The SeedStar XP planting functions are fully integrated with the full spectrum of Precision Ag Technology applications such as Swath Control Pro™ system for planters, Section Control, GreenStar AutoTrac™ assisted steering system, John Deere Operations Center, Documentation, and others. Integrated planting technologies for better asset utilization and ease of use is just part of what SeedStar XP provides.
SeedStar XP seed singulation monitoring
SeedStar XP seed singulation planter run page
Understanding the meter singulation performance on the planter is critical to minimizing the amount of seed multiples and skips. As a result, the SeedStar XP monitoring system provides real-time information from the row-units about the overall seed singulation performance.
As seen in the screen shot image above, seed multiple information is displayed on the top portion of the planter-at-a-glance bar with seed skip information on the lower portion. This provides the operator a better understanding of relative seed multiple and skip data on a row-unit basis, all within one easy glance.
Also, within the seed singulation planter run page, information about row-units with the highest percentage of seed multiples and skips is provided in order to make necessary adjustments for better planter optimization.
SeedStar XP row-unit ride dynamics planter run page
SeedStar XP ride dynamics planter run page
While operating a planter, travel speed and field conditions can affect the amount of row-unit bounce that is experienced. Excessive row-unit bounce or vertical motion can cause problems with meter performance. To better understand the amount of row-unit vertical motion when travelling through a field, the SeedStar XP monitoring system provides real-time information on row-unit ride dynamics.
As seen in the ride dynamics planter-at-a-glance screen shot image above, the SeedStar XP system provides ride dynamic information for each sensor node that is mounted on the planter. Each sensor node transmits ride dynamic information for each planter frame section to allow for the operator to make necessary operating adjustments to improve overall planting performance.
SeedStar XP seed spacing monitoring
SeedStar XP seed spacing planter run page
Throughout the planting process, obtaining good seed spacing is critical toward achieving plant growing conditions for maximum yield potential.
Today, many items are adjusted on the planter prior to planting to optimize overall seed spacing performance. After such adjustments are made, information about the actual seed spacing performance during planting was missing within the planter monitoring system. With SeedStar XP, seed spacing information is transmitted live via the GreenStar display to show the operator exactly what is happening with the planter behind them.
The SeedStar XP transmits seed spacing information onto the planter-at-a-glance bar for easy understanding of planter seed spacing performance. Also, information about seed skips and multiples is provided to help understand actual planter meter performance and other related system functions in order to make necessary adjustments if needed.
NOTE: Seed spacing and seed singulation information is only available when planting crops with seed drop rates below 40 seeds per second such as corn. With higher population crops such as soybeans the system does not provide spacing and singulation information because the number of seeds dropping per second is much higher.
Downforce sensor installed
Downforce sensor assembly
Depending on the planter size, different configurations of sensor nodes and downforce sensors are installed in support of the SeedStar XP monitoring system.
SeedStar XP row-unit downforce planter run page
SeedStar XP downforce planter run page
As row-unit downforce systems gradually change from heavy-duty downforce springs to pneumatic downforce, being able to understand the amount of as-applied row-unit downforce is needed while operating the planter.
With various soil conditions, moisture, etc. experienced while planting, it is imperative to have the ability to change actual row-unit downforce to have enough force for the Tru-Vee openers to penetrate the soil media. However, in some conditions, having too much downforce applied to the row-units for effective opener penetration could cause problems with side wall compaction from the gauge wheel.
Side wall compaction within the seed furrow can cause hatchet roots to develop, or roots that do not have the ability to penetrate the seed furrow soil media. This could lead to poor plant emergence and eventually lower overall yield performance.
With the SeedStar XP monitoring system, row-unit downforce information is measured by the downforce sensor and sensor nodes and transmitted to display in the tractor cab (as seen in the image above). The row-unit downforce information is displayed on the top portion of the planter-at-a-glance bar with more row-unit downforce information on the lower portion.
Two different control options are available on 1775NT, 1795, and DB Series Planters for pneumatic downforce. The base pneumatic downforce system requires manual control of the downforce to maintain the desired planting results or row-unit margin. Optional active pneumatic downforce takes SeedStar XP even further by removing constant downforce adjustments from the operator and actively controlling the downforce system to maintain a desired target margin.
The 1745 Planter with pneumatic downforce and SeedStar XP will require manual control of the downforce to maintain row-unit margin.
SeedStar XP full planter performance page
SeedStar XP planter details
With the capability of monitoring differences in planting performance items such as seed singulation and row-unit downforce, having one screen to view all planter performance elements is needed to understand the whole planting system. SeedStar XP combines all of the various planting performance elements into one full-color, planter overview screen to enable for a quick understanding of relative planting functionality.
SeedStar XP half screens and other features
SeedStar XP seed singulation half screen
SeedStar XP seed spacing half screen
Other SeedStar XP monitoring features include:
- Capable of monitoring individual row-unit and overall planter performance in terms of seed spacing, singulation, and row-unit downforce
- Split-screen applications to enable use of popular guidance features such as AutoTrac assisted steering system
- On-screen indication of sensor node/downforce sensor assemblies once configured within the monitor settings application
- Full-color display icons for easy recognition and overall aesthetics
- Pneumatic downforce system controls with the GreenStar display application
SeedStar 2 monitoring original features
SeedStar XP retains all of those SeedStar 2 features that producers value and have come to expect:
Planter-at-a-glance – allows operator to view relative population levels of all rows on one screen.
Automatic valve calibration – with the SeedStar variable-rate drive (VRD), this is completed automatically. There is no longer a need to manually calibrate the hydraulic valves.
Increased population updates – SeedStar will update population levels once per second at planter start up then approximately once every three seconds.
Mapping of actual seed rates – when combined with documentation, actual and target seeding rates can be mapped in John Deere Operations Center.
Reprogrammable utilizing controller area network (CAN) via Service ADVISOR™ diagnostics system.
Improved diagnostics/event recorder – on SeedStar VRD planters, additional diagnostic information is available, as well as an event recorder to capture system performance data at a specific point in time.
Ability to run motors at different population levels – on SeedStar VRD, operators running multiple motor systems can run each motor at a different speed, allowing different population levels within a planter.
User-configurable high fertilizer pressure alarm – allows the operator to be warned when fertilizer pressure reaches a specific level.
Automatic quick-start for SeedStar VRD – no longer does the operator need to press the quick-start button on end row turns to resume planting.
Automatic tractor speed source selection – when equipped with an 8000/9000 Series Tractor, the system selects the radar speed or allows for manual speed input selection.
Components and operation
Planter main 2 controller
Sensor node assembly installed
The SeedStar XP monitoring system contains the following components in order to support the planting data transfer to the GreenStar 2 Displays:
- Seed monitor/variable-rate (SMVR) controller with model year 2011 or newer software
- Planter main 2 controller (installed on all SeedStar XP eligible models for model year 2011 or newer)
- Sensor node(s)
- Downforce sensor assembly
The planter main 2 controller processes the row-unit data from the sensor node assemblies located on the row-unit head casting. The processed information is then sent to the SMVR controller to be integrated into the displayed information being sent to the GreenStar Display.
Downforce sensor assemblies are found on row-units with sensor nodes installed. The downforce sensor assembly is assembled with the gauge wheel depth-adjustment handle and provides gauge wheel pressure information to the respective sensor node for data processing.