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John Deere Manure Sensing

Features

  • Real time measurements of dry matter, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and ammonium on-the-go, with more than 4000 measurements per second.
  • Utilize the full potential of organic nutrients in manure.
  • Maximize yield and product quality while cutting costs on mineral fertilizer.
  • Maintain accurate records of the amount of nutrients applied and view this documentation directly in the Operations Center.
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    John Deere Manure Sensing

    Overview

    Manure is a nutrient-rich organic fertiliser. But, until now, natural variance and rapid settling left the success of manure fertilisation up to chance. With John Deere Manure Sensing, you can now precisely apply the slurry, based on a nutrient target and limit rate in kg/ha and even utilise site-specific prescription maps.

    With over 4,000 measurements per second our field proven HarvestLab sensor automatically controls the desired nutrient application rates on the go as accurately as never before. This helps you maximise yield and product quality while cutting costs on mineral fertiliser later in the spring.

    MANURE TYPE DRY MATTER (DM) N total P(P205) K(K20) NH4
    Pigs
    X X X X X
    Diary/Cattle X X X X X
    Biogas Digestate(will become available in 2017)
    X X X X X

    • Setting the parameters

      Setting the parameters

      John Deere Manure Sensing is controlled intuitively, via the familiar GreenStar 2630 Display. Prior to application, you define the target quantity for a nutrient in the manure, for example nitrogen. Simultaneously, you can also define a limit rate for a second nutrient, such as phosphorus. To make it even more convenient and accurate you can also upload predefined application maps to your GreenStar 2630 Display.

    • Applying the nutrients

      Applying the nutrients

      During application the NIR sensor compares actual nutrient levels with the desired target levels and automatically controls the precise application of these, utilizing the unique capability of John Deere tractors with fully automated speed adjustment. If speed adjustment has reached its limits, for example when driving uphill, flow rates can be adjusted for selected slurry tanker brands. On non-John Deere tractors, speed adjustment is performed manually.

    • Documenting the application

      Documenting the application

      For contractors and farmers alike, it’s essential to record each manure fertilisation and the amount of nutrients applied. The GS3 2630 display can document up to 4 different nutrients that can also be viewed in the Operations Center. The site-specific documentation of organic nutrients applied then serves as a basis for further analysis and can be leveraged to create prescription maps to fill in the specific nutrient gaps with the next mineral fertilizer application.

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    Operation

    HarvestLab NIR Sensor – the key to accurate measurements

    The heart of the solution is our Harvest Lab near-infrared (NIR) sensor, which was developed with Carl Zeiss and is mounted close to the applicator. It measures constituents of liquid manure ingredients – total Nitrogen, Ammonium-Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium and dry matter – with more than 4.000 measurements per second during application in the field. As a reference the NIR sensor uses calibrations developed by the LKV/LKS – Landwirtschaftliche Kommunikations- und Servicegesellschaft mbH. The LKS is an independent laboratory that owns and maintains a continuously growing database of liquid manure nutrient measurements which serves as the basis for the calibrations.

    Setting the parameters

    Setting the parameters

    John Deere Manure Sensing is controlled intuitively, via the familiar GreenStar 2630 Display. Thereby, the slurry application can be based on a nutrient target rate for one ingredient, for example nitrogen. Simultaneously, an optional limit rate for a second ingredient can be defined. To make it even more convenient, you can also use a prescription map.

    Applying the nutrients

    Applying the nutrients

    During application, the NIR sensor compares actual nutrient levels with target levels with more than 4000 readings per second. John Deere tractors offer fully automated speed adjustment, ensuring that the optimum amount is reaching the soil. On non-John Deere tractors, speed adjustment is performed manually. If the speed adjustment has reached its limits, for example when driving uphill, flow rates can be adjusted for selected slurry tanker brands.

    Documenting the application

    Documenting the application

    For contractors and farmers alike, it’s essential to record each manure application and the amount of nutrients applied. The GreenStar 2630 display precisely documents the site-specific application together with the volume of manure applied. The as-applied map can then be transferred to and viewed directly in the Operations Center on MyJohnDeere.com.

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