To help growers monitor, adjust and learn from the performance of their planter or sprayer while it moves through the field, the company has introduced the new John Deere Connect Mobile App.
Over time, Connect Mobile will include other operations, such as harvesting, the ability to add more data and to help growers make better-informed decisions with greater confidence. “By using Connect Mobile, operators will know they’re doing the best possible job with the investment they’ve made in their John Deere equipment,” says John Mishler, production and precision ag marketing manager for John Deere.
Growers can monitor job quality in real time and better understand what’s going on with their sprayer or planter in nozzle-by-nozzle and row-by-row detail. “It’s managing the job at a micro level to make macro improvements,” Mishler says.
By visualizing job performance, operators can quickly and more easily identify potential problems. Multiple map layers across production steps provide additional insights for growers to consider that can improve their productivity and reduce operating costs.
Operators can seamlessly move the app from one John Deere machine to the next, and from one production step to another with confidence and familiarity thanks to Connect Mobile’s common user interface. “The result is a better understanding of the job being performed. Data is saved on the iPad® so it goes where you go. At any time, or in any location as the data is saved, you can quickly review past work,” Mishler adds.
Using the app, operators can easily compare data layers from previous production steps with what’s seen when scouting fields. “This information can help growers better understand what might have caused what they’re seeing in the field,” Mishler explains.
Connect Mobile provides more options for operators to view data in the cab, including the John Deere Gen 4 CommandCenter that shows performance data averaged across the field, the boom, or the planter section.
“Connect Mobile takes this one step further and maps specific details at specific points – row-by-row or nozzle-by-nozzle,” Mishler adds. “Operators can use their iPad with Connect Mobile to monitor planter performance while using the Gen 4 CommandCenter for AutoTrac, Section Control, and other precision-ag applications. Regardless the operation being performed, the application has the same look and feel.”
In John Deere 4 Series Sprayers, operators can view mapping of critical job quality information that includes as-applied rates, rate deviation, spray pressure, and ground speed. In addition, Connect Mobile delivers high-definition documentation for ExactApply Nozzle Control, and provides real-time visibility to estimated droplet size information.
“This ensures on-target application, mitigating the risk of product drift and avoiding the need for re-application. You can more quickly see and react to any problems and optimize job performance,” Mishler says.
Factory-installed hardware creates green-on-green simplicity and a consistent cross-platform experience with a familiar, easy-to-use interface. John Deere Connect Mobile is available as a free download from the Apple App Store. Subscriptions in 2017 are free. For customers who previously used SeedStar Mobile, the data stored on their iPad will migrate to Connect Mobile after the new app is installed.