Software update released by John Deere

Software update released by John Deere

Operation Center gets new features, including less reliance on desktop tools.

The John Deere Operations Center includes a range of online tools to provide growers easier access to their farm information for improved management. With the system users can see performance of machines, and the farm, over time and collaborate with partners to gain insights for improve profit potential.

The new software release announced recently for Operations Center allows growers to reduce their reliance on desktop software - such as Apex - and eventually use a single system for farm data management needs. The latest update will more seamlessly connect in-cab monitoring technology such as SeedStar Mobile with Job Monitor and the45600 CommanderCenter Display.

Farmers will be able to do more work remotely with the updates John Deere has released for its Operation Center software.

Tyler Hogrefe, senior product manager, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, explains that "the latest release of the John Deere Operations Center is a big step forward for our customers. We're making machines and agronomic information available to users where they want it and when they need it. Users will be able to see how their operation is performing, direct and adjust operations in the field, and seamlessly collaborate with trusted partners in order to increase efficiency and profitability."

Here's a rundown of the new tools available:

Prescription Creator by Agrian - New functionality added by a connected partner (Agrian) to the Operations Center so that growers can easily make management zones and variable rate prescriptions for seeding and application operations.

4600 CommandCenter doc data compatibility - Agronomic data captured from the 4600 CommandCenter can now be stored and viewed in Operations Center.

SeedStar Mobile integration with Job Monitor - New functionality in Job Monitor offers growers the ability to remotely monitor planter performance through the use of SeedStar Mobile and continue to view that performance information after a job is done.

New Notifications Center - The Notifications Center replaces the Recent Activity Panel to provide a place to contain alerts, notifications, and other information, with the ability to filter those messages.

Data cleanup tools - New editing functionality available for users to adjust documentation data received, such as crop type, variety, and crop season.

Setup Builder enhancements - Capabilities of the Setup Builder are improved to include new functions such as templates and profiles.

Shapefile export of application data - New ability to export all application data from Operations Center as a shapefile.

Hogrefe points to the update in the company's partnership with Agrian as the most significant update which offers customers an opportunity to optimize their placement of inputs through the Prescription Creator. That tool, available at no extra cost, allows farmers and their consultants to construct management zones and variable rate prescriptions based on yield and moisture data. Prescriptions based on soil types will also be made available later in February 2016.

The resulting prescription is then available in the Operations Center where it can be sent directly to the machines through Wireless Data Transfer (via JDLink Connect) or Mobile Data Transfer, downloaded to a USB stick, or shared with a partner directly within the application. Learn more at

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