John Deere Section Control (formerly known as Swath Control Pro© software) is a software activation on the GreenStar©Â 3 (GS3) 2630 Display.Â John Deere Section Control automatically controls the sections on an implement.
When John Deere Section Control is enabled, it utilizes global positioning system (GPS) information to turn implement sections on and offÂ and reduce overlap in previously applied areas.Â It also can be used to reference interior and exteriorÂ field boundaries.Â John Deere Section Control automatically controls the implement sections as the implement passes through defined boundaries.
John Deere Section Control can be used to turn sections on and off at an exterior headland boundary before the headlands have been applied.Â This allows the producer to apply the product application last, after the main portion of the field has been applied.
A 15-hour demo activation for John Deere Section Control is included with the GS3 2630 Display.
John Deere Section Control improvesÂ efficiencyÂ for producers.Â One of the primary benefits of Section Control is reduced product overlap in the field.Â OverlapÂ reduction decreases the total amount of product used in the field to saveÂ the producer money by lowering the input costsÂ for the farming operation.
The reduction of overlap can also improveÂ theÂ yield.Â Some crops are very sensitive to excessive seed population and product application.Â These crops typically yield less in overlapped areas of the field where the seed population is too high. Some crops can be easily harmed by excessive chemical or fertilizer applications that negatively impact the yield potential of the crop.Â John Deere Section Control reduces overlapÂ and helps the crop achieve its highest yield potential.Â Â Â
John Deere Section Control also reduces the stress level of the operator.Â By utilizing Section Control, the operatorÂ does not need to focus on manually turning the implement sections off and on. This helps reduce fatigue andÂ enables the operator run longer hours in the field. It helps less experienced operators more accurately perform the product application in the field.
ISOBUS compliant implements utilize the GreenStar© 3 (GS3) 2630 Display as a virtual terminal that serves as the operator interface for the implement. The GS3 2630 Display and John Deere Section Control are capable of automatically controlling the sections on ISOBUS-compliant implements.
The John Deere Section Control activation can automatically control the implement sections on John Deere equipment and ISOBUS-compliant equipment without the need of a separate activation. The functionality of the ISOBUS implement needs to be verified to ensure compatibility.
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John Deere Section Control on the GreenStar© 3 (GS3) 2630 Display can simultaneously controlÂ implement sections on multiple product operations.Â The GS3 2630 Display, with John Deere Section Control, can automatically control up to four different sets of implement sections on equipment capable of applying or performing up toÂ four different products and operations.Â
Each product application or operation (set of implement sections) can be configured with their own turn on and off times to allow for different application or control points on the equipment and for different product types.Â The number of sections for each product application can be different from the number of sections for the other product applications on the equipment.
The ability to control equipment with multiple product operations provides producers with the capability and flexibility for applying multiple products with a single piece of equipment in one pass.
John Deere Section Control is versatile and adaptable. It can be used on a variety of John Deere and competitive equipment to provide producers with the benefits of John Deere Section Control throughout multiple operations and seasons.
To use John Deere Section Control, vehicles must be GreenStar™ system ready. The following Ag Management Solutions (AMS) components are required on all equipment configurations:
Implements like NH3 applicators, planters with the Tru Count Air Clutch® system, and dry box spinner spreaders may require the use a GreenStar Rate Controller or GreenStar Rate Controller Dry. The Rate Controller serves as the interface for the GS3 2630 Display to control the sections on the implement.
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Section Control improves placement of agricultural inputs and reduces operator fatigue by automatically turning implement sections on and off. By reducing product application overlap, Section Control decreases the total amount of product used in the field, lowering the input costs for your operation. Additionally, an increase in yields can be seen as there is less competition amongst plants who may suffer in overlapped areas of the field where the seed population is too high. ãSome crops can be easily harmed by excessive chemical or fertilizer applications that negatively impact the yield potential of the crop.
Section Control also reduces your stress level, as you no longer need to focus on manually turning the implement sections on and off. This helps reduce fatigue, enabling you to run longer hours when time is of the essence. Section Control puts your mind at ease as less experienced operators get behind the wheel knowing that your product will be placed where intended.
Section Control improves efficiency of producers by:
For compatibility information, reference Generation 4 Display compatibility.
Get the best use of Section Control with performance tuning, which enables you to tune the planter mechanical delay on and off times so seed is placed at the intersection of two perpendicular passes. Correct skips and overlaps during entry and exit by setting the appropriate on/off time adjustments when entering distances and operating speed in the Section Control application. The application then makes the necessary changes to the system.
Once the system has been tuned, you can visualize the mechanical delay turn on/off times so that driving performance can be seen and better understood. For example, if there are acceleration changes when coming into or out of coverage, it can impact the look-ahead times to properly turn the seeder on or off, which can lead to more overlap or gaps in seed coverage. This additional visualization provides feedback to the operator on how the system is functioning and when the planter is turning on or off.
In addition to tuning, plant-to-row functionality enhances your field performance by allowing you to customize the in-line skip or overlap observed at the intersection of a perpendicular planting pass. Default Performance Tuning settings command the planters mechanical delay times to place seed at the intersection of the last outer headland row, but skip or overlap settings can be customized to meet the specific needs of your operation. For example, producers who want a 15.2-cm (6-in.) skip to allow the corn head snout to pass between rows would set a 15.2-cm (6-in.) skip within the Seed Placement Settings.
Section Control is also capable of preventing application of inputs outside of a field boundary, inside an interior field boundary, or outside of a headland boundary.
An on/off shortcut key section status module allows you to quickly turn Section Control off for manual operation from any run page.
Place the section status module on any run page to monitor Section Control performance on any screen with different layout options.
Monitor individual section statuses with the diagnostics table, allowing you to understand if a section is on or why the section is commanded off.
Optimize driving patterns to reduce or eliminate operator-caused skips, gaps, or uneven performance across the width of a Section Control enabled tool. Operators cause variability in performance with changes in driving while Section Control commands the tool to transition between on/off. Speeding up, slowing down quickly, or changes in direction of travel result in undesired Section Control performance. Enabling the Section Control visualization within advanced settings allows operators to confidently make driving changes knowing the impact to their operation.
When used in a combine or other harvesting equipment, Overlap Control automatically reduces the header width when harvesting over previous coverage. Reducing the width over previous coverage enables for more accurate area and yield information. In cases where crop has drowned out or is unable to be harvested, Overlap Control allows for sections or rows of the header to be manually be turned off.