John Deere has added to its guidance portfolio the AutoTrac Controller and AutoTrac RowSense Universal systems.
AutoTrac Controller is new for 2010 and expands John Deere's AutoTrac SF1, SF2, and RTK (real-time kinematic) compatibility onto select non-John Deere platforms. Customers can now integrate their John Deere GreenStar equipment onto more vehicle platforms that include select Case IH Magnum and MX Series Tractors.
"This helps customers better leverage their guidance equipment investment while it brings additional performance and accuracy to non-John Deere machines," said Mark Theuerkauf, factory-marketing manager for John Deere ag management solutions.
AutoTrac RowSense Universal is a universal guidance option for combines that's ideal for customers who grow corn and run older or non-John Deere machines. AutoTrac RowSense Universal is compatible with all combines approved for use with the AutoTrac Universal Kit as well as select models of John Deere and non-John Deere corn heads.
Theuerkauf said the guidance system utilizes both GPS-based and mechanical-feeler data to accurately guide the combine on the corn row.
This system reduces operator fatigue and allows operators to more efficiently harvest downed corn or harvest in curve pass conditions while it helps the machine operate at peak efficiency throughout the day.