John Deere improves guidance with AutoPath

System stores exact row positions for more accurate in-season passes

For those Prairie producers who grow corn or use strip tillage, John Deere is introducing AutoPath row guidance to help improve accuracy during in-season field passes.

During seeding or planting, the system records the exact location of the crop row lines and stores that information about the field for later use.

How it works: The system records the exact location of the crop row lines and stores that information about the field for later use, which allows for subsequent field passes to be based upon actual recorded row locations rather than a conventional A-B line.

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Deere says this allows for subsequent field passes to be based upon actual recorded row locations rather than a conventional A-B line, which may or may not correctly represent the planted row positions due to implement drift on side hills or around curves. This saves the operator time in setting up guidance lines when starting subsequent field operations in standing crops during the growing season.

“When using AutoPath, guidance lines are automatically created from a map of crop row lines for each field,” said John Mishler, precision ag marketing manager for John Deere, in a press release. “These mapped row lines are used to automatically create guidance lines for the entire field for all other in-field passes, such as spraying or harvesting operations later in the year. Using this solution, operators know which rows to start on and can precisely follow the auto-generated guidance lines, regardless of the field application or machine width.”

Because AutoPath records precise row positions, crop damage is reduced by minimizing or eliminating off-track passes.

“Operators can use implements and platforms of different sizes or widths for subsequent field operations since AutoPath automatically adjusts the row guidance lines based on each machine’s size,” Mishler adds. “It helps operators automatically find the right row.”

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