John Deere to set ‘new standards’ in precision farming

John Deere will aim to set new standards in precision farming with its new generation StarFire 6000 satellite receiver.

The new receiver, which is set to make its UK debut at CropTec in November, is designed to set new standards in operational accuracy.

According to the manufacturer, the latest development will improve the connectivity of machines using the FarmSight range of precision farm solutions.

The new StarFire 6000 features an improved antenna and the latest in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signal processing technology.

Meanwhile, a new optional locking device for better theft protection is also available, John Deere outlined.

The receiver is available with an improved and free SF1 correction signal which has an accuracy range of 15cm, reduced from 23cm.

The StarFire 6000 is also available with the all-new SF3 signal with +/-3cm pass to pass accuracy and a number of major Real Time Kinematic (RTK) innovations.

In addition, the new ‘triple StarFire accuracy’ mode now tracks three geostationary satellites in parallel instead of one, according to John Deere.

This provides three times more signal stability in shady conditions and the potential to switch to a back-up satellite 80% more quickly than the previous model, the manufacturer added.

All of this new technology adds up to improved performance as well as lower operating costs, when paired with FarmSight precision farming systems such as AutoTrac automatic steering and John Deere Section Control for sprayers and spreaders.

Meanwhile, the John Deere FarmSight system enables farmers to remotely monitor machines to ensure preventative maintenance, optimisation for fuel consumption and output performance.

John Deere introduced its first StarFire guidance system 16-years-ago, with previous models including the StarFire iTC and StarFire 3000.

This newest guidance technology can be factory installed on sprayers, combines, tractors and John Deere machinery from 2017 on-wards, according to the manufacturer.

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