Once crops have been planted and emergence begins, producers move on to spraying, with an eye towards a healthy yield come harvest season. However, without machine guidance solutions, producers may struggle with challenging terrain, drift, or irregular planting patterns.
Thanks to John Deere’s new AutoTrac™ Vision and AutoTrac RowSense™ solutions, these challenges can be overcome and spraying equipment will be able to track with increased accuracy between crop rows.
If you have corn, soybean, or cotton crops that have grown to be at least 6 inches in height, AutoTrac Vision will be able to use its single-lens camera (mounted on the front of the sprayer) to help the equipment’s wheels stay in the center of the rows. If you are battling tight application windows, this solution will allow you to increase sprayer speed from 14 to 18 mph. The technology can be used up until there is 90 percent canopy closure.
As a result of equipping sprayers with AutoTrac Vision, you will likely realize a severe reduction in crop damage and be able to turn your focus to tasks outside of steering the equipment.
As a crop producer, you know corn stalks can be high enough to completely cover the wheels of your spraying equipment. By equipping your sprayer with Deere’s AutoTrac RowSense technology, you will be able to take the guessing out of spraying. The technology uses a mounted paddle sensor (on the front wheels) to “feel” its way through tall crops and keep the machine on track.
Just like AutoTrac Vision, this solution will allow you to increase sprayer speed from 14 to 18 mph and pay closer attention to other aspects of spraying responsibilities.
Now, you may be asking “what sprayers models can I hook this technology up to?” We’ve got you covered. Both AutoTrac Vision and AutoTrac RowSense can be field installed on currently operating machines or straight from the factory on new John Deere R4023, R4030, R4038 and R4045 Sprayers. Regardless of what option you select, a GS3 AutoTrac RowSense activation is mandatory.
We hope this post provided you with the answers to questions you had about John Deere’s AutoTrac Vision and AutoTrac RowSense row guidance solutions.