Using SeedStar can make seeding an easier, more enjoyable experience for producers. With the John Deere GoSeed App, operators can also ensure they are making the most of their equipment while they’re out in the field.
Let’s take a closer look at the app and how it can be used to boost efficiency.
When you first open the app, you will be notified that GoSeed does not replace the operator’s manual. That being said, it is important to read the operator’s manual to learn how to properly use your equipment before deploying any information you use from the app. Once you have done so, you can press “Accept” and move forward.
Once you’ve pressed “Accept,” you will see a page that says “Help us help you.” Here, you will be asked to share your data anonymously with John Deere. If you choose “Yes,” you will anonymously provide information that helps Deere identify crashes, bugs and other relevant information to improve and enhance the quality of company products. If you press “No,” you can opt out of this option.
After you have made your decision on sharing analytics, you will be welcomed to the John Deere GoSeed App and asked to tell the app a little about your equipment. Pressing “Yes” and opting to do so will bring up a series of questions. First, you will be asked what your air cart capacity is. Then, you will be asked for your air drill model. Afterward, you will be asked for your drill’s working width, and whether you are using a double shoot or single shoot manifold. The app will also inquire about your drill’s row spacing before finally asking you to save your equipment data.
Using the App
Once you have provided your information at the beginning of launching the John Deere GoSeed App, you can begin to take advantage of its other features. The main menu consists of “Equipment Setup,” “Using SeedStar,” “Start Seeding,” “Change Crop,” “Maintenance,” “Safety,” and “Notebook.”
The first two options of the main menu will help ensure that you have all of your equipment set up properly. “Using SeedStar,” in particular, will help you operate SeedStar quickly and efficiently.
“Start Seeding” gives you all of the information you need to begin seeding, from how to position your closing wheels to how to gauge wheel seeding depth. “Change Crop” will help you prepare for meter cleanout.
Finally, “Maintenance” will give you helpful tips on how to maintain all of your equipment from the beginning to the end of the season. “Safety” rounds out the menu with insightful tips on how to follow your machinery’s instructions properly, and “Notebook” gives you a section where you can keep tabs on your own progress as you work.
John Deere recently searched to find a family that was effectively leveraging John Deere precision ag solutions to improve farming efficiency. In the middle of Sikeston, Missouri they found the Scott family.
Let’s take a look at this video and learn why after generations of traditional farming, the Scotts are upgrading their technology.
The Scott family’s farm has been in operation for generations. They primarily grow cotton but also produce soybeans and corn. Doug Scott is a creature of habit and isn’t as tech savvy as his two sons, Jerod and Taylor. However, having seen what farming technology can do for their operation, they’ve decided to adopt precision ag to assist in decision-making and how they manage their crops.
Precision ag gives farmers the insights they need to make profitable decisions regarding their fields and crops. It can provide valuable information about planting speeds, nitrogen applications, timing, increasing yields, and more. Having this data can help farmers plan ahead and uncover more about their farming operation than they thought possible.
The Scott family’s journey with precision ag is just beginning. Throughout the year, you’ll see more videos uncovering how they’re using new technology and how it can benefit you and your operation as well.
If you have livestock, you have manure around your property. To make the most of it and handle it properly, you’ll want a manure fork from John Deere. The manure fork can be used in a wide array of applications, whether you’re harvesting a large amount of manure or simply relocating it on your property. Manure forks also work seamlessly with Deere tractors for ease of use.
Let’s take a look at a few ways you can use your manure fork to your advantage out in the field.
Run the tines as close as possible to the ground or barn floor. Outdoors, you may penetrate the surface of the ground with the manure fork.
Be careful not to disturb any foundation base layer as you work if you are utilizing the fork in a stall or barn.
Make sure the weight of the material is as centered as possible on the bottom of the fork and as close to the back of the fork as possible.
Before lifting, make sure the fork is completely under the load and tilted back slightly.
Decide exactly where you want to dump each load before you start. Ideally, you’ll want to place the manure in a compost pile nearby. By placing it on a compost pile, you’re giving the manure a chance to break down further until it’s ready for spreading.
Deere’s AM20F manure forks have working widths of 50 or 60 inches. They are 20 inches high, 24.7 inches deep, and have seven tines for moving manure-filled hay and bedding. The manure forks are also made to work efficiently within barns and stalls, meaning these areas are no longer hard to get to for operators.
To work within a tight barn or stall, operators may want to pair their manure fork with the John Deere 1025R compact utility tractor. The small size of the tractor makes it perfect for working in small spaces, such as horse stalls. The tractor may also come with the factory installed John Deere 260 backhoe, which provides ballast for any implement used with the tractor.
With springtime approaching, it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to protect your property and ensure it turns into a healthy and green area.
As most property owners know, this is typically easier said than done, mainly because weeds can sprout with very little warning. However, just because weeds are popping up, it doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Weed control is attainable with a little hard work.
Why Is Weed Control Important?
Weed control best practices are a must for those that have a pasture for livestock to graze, or property owners that have a large amount of acreage where they want to have healthy vegetation. Weeds overtaking the pasture or acreage will result in lower quality hay or grazing vegetation.
How Can I Control Weeds?
Mowing and spraying are two of the most basic and effective ways to control weeds that are already present. Here are some weed control tips (for each) to keep your pasture or property healthy throughout the year.
Periodic mowing of the pasture is a good choice if you are able to cut weeds after they’ve grown above the height of the grass in the field (but before they’ve filled out with seeds). This helps to control the spread of the weeds.
A rotary cutter is a great tool to use for this process. Cutting the weeds before the seeds spread will reduce their ability to grow and survive. Keep in mind, if you’re property is primarily used for livestock grazing, you will likely want the desirable vegetation to grow more than four inches tall. In this instance, rotary cutting may not be the best long-term solution.
Those that are looking for a longer-term weed control solution (without regular cutting) should consider finding the best herbicide to spray their pasture with.
When this decision is made, you will have to the select a sprayer that matches your needs. When choosing a sprayer and solution, be sure to first evaluate the types of weeds that are present on your property. Contact your local county extension office if you are unsure of the weeds you want to control.
With the John Deere C850 Air Cart, operators can cover approximately 170 acres per fill and easily seed a quarter section without needing to stop. The C850 Air Cart is the largest in the market, and it strikes the perfect balance between cart, tractor, tool size, and precision ag technology.
The John Deere AirPower 2 system uses two separate, high-capacity fans – one for seed and one for fertilizer. Together, they can deliver 550 pounds of material to all eight primary lines. This means great consistency across the drill, uniform seed emergence, and even flowering and copy development.
But, how do you load the cart without moving the grain truck?
Refer to your operator’s manual for all safety guidelines prior to operation.
Place the conveyance system into a tank-loading position.
Back the grain truck up to the low-profile hopper. Ensure that the hopper is lined up with the middle tank. This will allow you to place the spouts in all four tanks without moving the hopper.
Move the primary and secondary arms of the conveyance system using your remote. This will put you in a position to lower the spout after the tank has been filled.
Notice the movement of the secondary arm. It will have adequate movement for filling the rear tank when the hopper is accurately positioned in line with the middle tank.
Continue to use the remote to maneuver the primary and secondary arms to fill each tank.
For more insight into loading your tanks, refer to your operator’s manual or contact your local John Deere dealership.
The John Deere C850 Air Cart has four tanks in total, including a 50-bushel low-rate tank, for a total 850-bushel capacity. This is 55 percent larger than John Deere’s previous cart. However, the C850 is substantially less weight, meaning horsepower requirements are reduced. In turn, this results in less compaction and better floatation for operators. Producers will enjoy uniform seed emergence while still covering a large number of acres in between fills.
The conveyer belt and tube are wider than before, meaning product can be moved as fast as 100 bushels per minute. As a result, all four tanks can be filled in under 10 minutes for maximum efficiency.
When producers need a planter that can cover an ample amount of ground, they know they can turn to John Deere for all of their needs. There are various models of the John Deere DB60, for instance, that are specifically designed to cater to a wide array of conditions.
Let’s take a look at some of the John Deere DB60 models and how they can help producers out in the field.
The John Deere DB60 24Row30 has 24 rows and spacing of 30 inches. It also has a transport width of 13 feet, 3 inches, and a central commodity system of 100 bushels, similar to other DB60 models. It is available in a mini-hopper MaxEmerge 5 row unit, and there is an insecticide option for the mini-hopper.
DB60 24Row Split 47 or 48
This DB60 comes with 24 rows on 30-inch spacing. Similar to other DB60 models, a mini-hopper with an insecticide option is available for use. John Deere Connect Mobile is also compatible with this machine, meaning operators can monitor their performance right from the cab.
With 36 rows on 20-inch spacing, coverage is not a problem with this John Deere DB60 model. The mini-hopper with an insecticide option can be used with the planter as well. For customers who are interested, pneumatic closing wheels are compatible with the MaxEmerge 5e and ExactEmerge row units. This gives producers the option of closing the wheels without leaving the cab.
This John Deere DB60 model comes with 47 rows on 15-inch spacing. Like the other DB60s, a mini-hopper with the MaxEmerge 5 row unit is available as an add-on option. The Easy Adjust row cleaner and coulter combo is a pneumatic row tillage solution that can be easily controlled directly from the seat of the tractor.
With 36 rows on 20-inch spacing, planting with the DB60T is a breeze. It comes with the Pro-Shaft variable-rate drive standard, and it has a twin-row configuration for 72 rows in total. A drawbar hitch can also be used with the DB60T; it utilizes a hydraulic cylinder to raise the planter hitch for transport. The cylinder can be easily activated with a single switch on the display and the marketer selective control valve.
For operators who need a machine that can work in small spaces over rough terrain, John Deere has developed two new compact wheel loaders for the job – the John Deere 204L and 304L.
These models are evolutions of the 204K and 304K machines, and they are specifically designed for rugged conditions and small spaces. They are also equipped with features to minimize maintenance and downtime.
“We’re packing more productivity and efficiency into the wheel loader with the release of our L-Series models,” said Drew Miller, product marketing manager of compact wheel loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Perfect for year-round use, these workhorses were designed to take on tough jobs from warmer summer months to snowy winter conditions, while enabling the use of a versatile attachments portfolio when you need them.”
John Deere 204L
The John Deere 204L now has boom, bucket F-N-R and third-function hydraulic controls positioned on the same ergonomic lever for one-handed control. The machine itself is only eight feet in height, meaning it can squeeze into those low clearance areas without any issues. It has a hydrostatic transmission for quiet operation and a Final Tier 4 Yanmar engine for fuel efficiency. Customers can opt for either an enclosed cab or open station, both of which provide 360-degree visibility. Inside of the cab, a new interior cooling system is designed to keep operators comfortable in warm environments. Easy-access vertical filters and environmental drains make it simple to change fluids and keep them clean on the job.
John Deere 304L
The John Deere 304L also has boom, bucket F-N-R and third-function controls on the same lever for one-handed control and convenience. It measures eight feet in height, giving operators the ability to work in low clearance environments without any issues. The 304L can reach top speeds of 12 miles per hour, and it has up to 3-foot 1-inch reach and 8-foot 7-inch dump clearance. Loading trucks or maneuvering pallets is a breeze with the John Deere 304L. Similar to the 204L, the 304L has self-adjusting park and service brakes, as well as ground-level maintenance points for easy accessibility. It also has a Final Tier 4 Yanmar engine for efficiency and enough horsepower for every task at hand.
John Deere has a long history of developing quality agricultural equipment like the John Deere 34 Forage Harvester for their loyal customers. These strong machines were built to last and for many, they’re legacy pieces that have been in their family for generations.
Let’s go back in time to 1967 and take a closer look at this “Out of the Vault” video featuring the first John Deere 34 Forage Harvester ever created.
Out of the Vault: John Deere 34 Forage Harvester - YouTube
This video is a great testament to not only how advertising and commercials have changed, but also how farming has changed since the first John Deere 34 Forage Harvester model. The 1967 model featured a 6-knife cutter head for cutting and throwing. A knife sharpener with a tungsten carbide cutting edge was included to sharpen the cutter heads and increase their lifetime.
The length of the cut was largely determined by the number of knives on the cutter head and the speed of the feed rolls. You could change the speed of the feed rolls by changing the sprocket or reduce the length of cut by simply pulling a pin and sliding a shaft in or out depending on the desired length.
The crop-handling attachment and the feeding mechanism would pivot on this model, which at the time was a John Deere exclusive. The commercial boasted that the pivoting action provided more capacity, uniform feeding, and simple pin joints to fasten the attachment to the machine. Other attachments available included a 6-foot mower bar and varying length stalk guides.
John Deere forage harvesters have improved vastly in the years since their creation. Today, many are equipped with features like Active Fill Control technology, precision ag capabilities, and best-in-class cabs for operator comfort.
The Iowa Power Farming Show brings together the largest names in the agricultural industry each year in Des Moines, Iowa to showcase the latest innovations in the world of professional ag. It is the third largest indoor farm show in the U.S., drawing almost 700 exhibitors every year and spanning seven acres.
Six floors across the Iowa Events Center are full of everything from demonstrations to machinery, all for attendees to enjoy. The 2018 event will be hosted from January 30 to February 1.
At this year’s Iowa Power Farming Show, there will be approximately 1,932 booths spanning across 7.7 acres of exhibition space, and about 750 companies will be taking part in the event, including John Deere. Free seminars will be hosted throughout the event, covering topics including estate planning, water quality, weather, and commodity trends.
This year, John Deere will be one of the many exhibitors on hand to demonstrate its equipment. Some of the Deere products that will be on hand are ATV/utility vehicles, construction equipment, and hay and forage equipment. The company will also have landscape tools, outdoor power equipment tools, planting/drill accessories, sprayers and tillage items on display.
The other participants at the show are expected to show off ag equipment in categories including big iron, precision ag, aerial imaging, livestock production, and data management.
Kiosks and Demo Stations
At this year’s Iowa Power Farming Show, John Deere will have Booth No. 2038. Here, visitors will be able to meet with John Deere representatives, who will answer any questions they have on equipment and the company.
There will be several educational sessions hosted throughout the Iowa Power Farming Show. On January 30, sessions will be held on farmer succession strategies, historical Iowa climate trends, and increasing yield potential, just to name a few. On January 31, seminars will tackle topics including soil health, weather outlook and the use of drones in agriculture. February 1 will incorporate sessions on women in agriculture and farm marketing.
Where to Find Deere
John Deere will be located at Booth No. 2038 in Hy-Vee Hall, located between the J&M and Unverfeth booths on the west side of the building.
John Deere has several sprayer models to take care of a wide range of jobs out in the field. As you look to protect your crops, you may want to consider a John Deere Hagie model. They come with varying engines, solution capacities and application speeds to suit your specific needs.
Let’s take a look at the John Deere Hagie options available to customers today.
The Hagie DTS10 has a low center of gravity, balanced front-to-back and side-to-side for the utmost stability. Its spray booms are also controlled by an electrohydraulic system, which consists of operator-manipulated switches and hydraulic cylinders. The DTS10 comes with a 6.7-liter diesel engine, which can be configured in a 215-horsepower or 225-horsepower emissions-compliant model for operator needs.
The Hagie STS10 can reach 300 horsepower and also comes with a Final Tier 4 compliant engine. It has a fuel tank capacity of 135 gallons, and a spraying capacity of 1,000 gallons. Its tank is composed of a durable polyurethane material and stainless steel. It has nine boom sections, and can operate at transport speeds up to 35 miles per hour.
The Hagie STS12 can also reach 300 horsepower and comes with a Final Tier 4 compliant engine. Its tank is composed of stainless steel, and it has a spraying capacity of 1,200 gallons. Full-time four-wheel drive makes it easy to maneuver, along with its hydrostatic drivetrain system.
Similar to the STS12, the Hagie STS14 has a stainless steel tank. It has a spraying capacity of 1,400 gallons, and a rinse tank capacity of 379 liters. Its Final Tier 4 compliant engine can reach 300 horsepower, and it has a fuel tank capacity of 135 gallons. The STS14 comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive and a hydrostatic drivetrain. Out in the field, it has a transport speed of 35 miles per hour.
This Hagie has a cross-coupled dual hydrostatic drivetrain system, as well as full-time four-wheel drive. It has a spraying capacity of 1,600 gallons and a stainless steel tank for maximum durability. Its engine has a peak rated power of 375 horsepower, and it comes with nine boom sections, similar to the other STS models. In addition, it has a maximum transport speed of 35 miles per hour.