John Deere John Deere Section Control

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John Deere John Deere Section Control
  • Reduce overlap and minimize skips ensuring precise placement of crop protectants and nutrients.
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John Deere Section ControlJohn Deere Section Control

John Deere Section Control (formerly known as Swath Control Pro™ software) is a software activation on the GreenStar™ 3 (GS3) 2630 Display. 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 off and reduce overlap in previously applied areas. It also can be used to reference interior and exterior field boundaries. 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. 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 utilized on 4830 Sprayer John Deere Section Control utilized on 4830 Sprayer

John Deere Section Control improves efficiency for producers. One of the primary benefits of Section Control is reduced product overlap in the field. Overlap reduction decreases the total amount of product used in the field to save the producer money by lowering the input costs for the farming operation.


The reduction of overlap can also improve the yield. Some crops are very sensitive to excessive seed population and product application. 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. John Deere Section Control reduces overlap and helps the crop achieve its highest yield potential.   


John Deere Section Control also reduces the stress level of the operator. By utilizing Section Control, the operator does not need to focus on manually turning the implement sections off and on. This helps reduce fatigue and enables the operator run longer hours in the field. It helps less experienced operators more accurately perform the product application in the field.



Section Control with Raven® ISOBUS product controlSection Control with Raven® ISOBUS product control

ISOBUS compliant implements utilize the GreenStarâ„¢ 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.

Raven is a trademark of Raven Industries Incorporated.

Four operations controlled simultaneously Four operations controlled simultaneously

John Deere Section Control on the GreenStar™ 3 (GS3) 2630 Display can simultaneously control implement sections on multiple product operations. 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 to four different products and operations. 

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. 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.

Control planter unitsControl planter units
Control boom sectionsControl boom sections

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.

Control implement sectionsControl implement sections
Control product binsControl product bins

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:

  • GreenStar 3 (GS3) 2630 Display
  • StarFire™ 6000 or StarFire 3000 Receiver
  • John Deere Section Control Activation

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. 

Tru Count Air Clutch is a trademark of Trimble Navigation Limited.

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.  Some 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:

  • Reducing seed costs by an average savings of 4.3 percent (see reference below)
  • Optimizing yield by preventing double application of seed that studies suggest reduces inputs between 1 to 12 percent yield loss (see reference below)
  • Reducing operator fatigue, allowing for more operational hours in the field

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 that 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 by entering distances and operating speed in the Section Control application. The application then makes the necessary changes to the system.

Enter distance and speed information for tuningEnter distance and speed information for tuning
Entering observed skips allows Section Control to adjustEntering observed skips allows Section Control to adjust

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 snoot to pass between rows would set a 15.2-cm (6-in.) skip within the Seed Placement Settings.

Seed Placement Settings of plant to row (default), skip or overlapSeed Placement Settings of plant to row (default), skip or overlap

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.

  • Enabling headlands allows operators to plant the headlands after the interior of the field has been planted.
  • Turning boundaries off provides operators with the flexibility to apply product outside of the field boundary while continuing to use the boundary for field totals, documentation, or field location.

An on/off shortcut key section status module allows you to quickly turn Section Control off for manual operation from any run page.

Section Control on/off shortcutSection Control on/off shortcut

Place the section status module on any run page to monitor Section Control performance on any screen with different layout options.

Section status moduleSection status module
John Deere planter ISOBUS implement split screensJohn Deere planter ISOBUS implement split screens

Monitor individual section statuses with the diagnostics table, allowing you to understand if a section is on or why the section is commanded off.

Section Control diagnostic tableSection Control diagnostic table
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