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03.11.2020 - Hermann Leithold (Send email to Hermann Leithold)

Interface from agriPORT to the JD Operation Center

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Step-by-Step Guide:


Who of you has not been annoyed by a lack of compatibility in precision farming? Be it spreading maps that do not work from one terminal to another, special folder structures that are necessary, at the same time the folder must also have the right name, otherwise the terminal will not read the spreading maps. Another problem is ISOBUS devices that do not work together with ISOBUS devices. And that is where we present a better solution.

For some years now, our N-Sensor customers have had the option of sending application cards directly from the agriPORT to the terminal. Until now, however, this always required a terminal from us. Now you can send your spreading maps directly from the agriPORT to your John Deere terminal. No additional hardware is required. All you need is agriPORT access and a John Deere tractor.

The process in detail

1. Soil testing and crop rotation
First start agriPORT, log in, select your farm and in the next step go to the "Basic fertilisation" area. The very first thing you will see is the nutrient distribution maps of the different nutrients phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and the pH value. From these we now create a spreading map to send directly to a JD tractor. To do this, we go into fertiliser planning. In our example, we have already entered the yields and the crop types for this year and the next for all fields.

2. First planning then the application card
Now we go into a field, click on "New planning" and create a phosphorus application, for example. We assume that 100% phosphorus will be applied on this field. We click on "Plan". Now the spreading map is calculated and planned in the background. How do we get this spreading map onto the John Deere tractor terminal? To do this, we close fertiliser planning and go to order management. In order management, we next select "Basic fertilisation" again and phosphorus as the lead nutrient, as we have just created a phosphorus spreading map. Then we select the product, e.g. TSP and click on "Next". Now we see the field we have just planned and select this as an example, press "Next". We have now saved an order with the previously created spreading map.

3. Directly to the JD OP Center
In the left-hand area you will find the new icon "John Deere MyOperationCenter" (abbreviated JD OPC). With this we can send jobs directly to the machine. When using it for the first time, a login screen appears. The very first thing to do is to link the agriPORT to the John Deere MyOperationCenter. Once you have done this linking, this login remains and the next time you start, you can directly select your organisation. In our example, this link is already set up. Now we see the possibility to choose between different organisations. You already know this functionality from agriPORT, where each user can also unite several farms under his account. We select the desired organisation. Then we click on "Upload". We now see a progress bar. Once the loading process is complete, the scatter maps are uploaded in the Operation Centre and on their way to the machine.

And that's it at this point. We have managed - without thinking about folder structures and data formats, USB sticks or anything else - to send a scatter map directly to the machine. In the next step, we look at how to distribute the scatter map to our machines. To do this, we switch to John Deere's MyOperationCenter. 

4. From the JD OP Center directly to the machine
We log into the John Deere MyOperationCenter. The first thing we see is our machine overview. We switch to the file manager and click on the menu at the top, select the yellow file symbol and next we see all the spreading maps that are currently available to us. The top file is the spreading map that we have just sent to ourselves. We now want to transfer this to our tractor terminal. To do this, we select the spreading map, click on "Assign" and see the list of all machines that are available to us. In our example, we now select our demo machine and then go to the "Transfer" button.

5. Processing on the GS4 terminal
It only takes a few minutes to send the files. This is about the time it takes you to walk from your office to the machine. When the files have been received, you will see a pop-up window on your tractor terminal in the upper area showing you that the terminal is ready for import. In the status centre you can now import the received file. You go to the file manager and select the corresponding file to import to the terminal. We click on "Next" and here we see the file that we just sent to the machine from the Operation Centre. The files are briefly checked. We then see how many prescription maps are present and that the import process was completed successfully. To load and use the file for work, we click on the menu, on Applications, Work Settings and select the appropriate file for the target rate. Under "Rx" we find the scatter map we created earlier. We confirm this. Now we get a view of the scatter map, see the areas with high and low supply and save them. At this point we are already finished, can drive to the field and start with the application.

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