Christoph Beyer, head of the plant production team at Agraset agricultural co-operative, says the first fuel consumption evaluations on tractors equipped with JDLink led to heated discussions between the drivers. In one case the John Deere dealer had to help optimise the tractor. But the additional transparency created by JDLink has meant that Mr Beyer’s entire team of drivers can now handle the machines better and more efficiently than before.
In spring, he equipped a Claas forage harvester and five John Deere tractors pulling trailers with the new Data Connect system for the first time. Data Connect does not require any separate hardware and enables machine location tracking, the location history for up to two years after first use, fuel levels and the travel direction in the John Deere Operations Centre. Mr Beyer can now immediately recognise if there are bottlenecks or traffic jams in the chopping chain and intervene if necessary.
Planning for entry into site-specific management
Not all of his machines are equipped with a telemetry system yet, so Mr Beyer does not have a complete overview. He plans to close these gaps: In total, it will take around three to five years for all important machines to be equipped with Data Connect.
However, Mr Beyer’s plans do not end with an optimization of the use of the machine fleet. The company management team is also thinking intensively about an entry into site-specific farm management. A start should be made with variable N fertilization based on scanner data. Initially, this does not require the creation of application maps, for which a large amount of soil and other data must be collected first.
However, a large amount of data is required for optimising the machinery fleet and for site-specific management, which can easily be brought together in one place in the Operations Centre and used for various tasks. Mr Beyer is increasingly using the John Deere Operations Centre as a cloud solution in addition to Excel tables and field maps. He’s been very happy with it, especially since the last update, and can certainly imagine continuing to use it. His vision is that all machines in a mixed fleet understand each other.