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Tractor in field photo


RowCommand product photo

Controlling input costs and improving productivity are key producer requirements today. RowCommand is an effective, integrated John Deere solution designed to meet these intensifying needs. The RowCommand system manages seed output, reduces yield drag, and improves harvest capabilities on all Pro-Shaft™ driven row units, and chain-driven MaxEmerge 5. RowCommand is a simple and efficient solution to control individual row planting. This system does not utilize air to operate; therefore, no compressor, entangling air lines, or valve modules are required.

It utilizes low-voltage controller area network (CAN) messaging to signal power to the desired clutches to stop planting or eliminates power to resume planting. This means very little power is used in normal planting conditions, and in the event a clutch fails electrically, the meter will continue to plant.

Variable Rate Drive

Variable Rate Drive product photo

Seed variable-rate drive provides the ultimate planting productivity by utilizing one, two, or three hydraulic motors (varies by model) to turn the seeding drive shaft. Hydraulic control of the seeding drive allows for on-the-go seeding rate changes right from the display mounted inside the tractor cab. Combine this seeding flexibility with the map-based planting option, and seeding rates adjust automatically based on the prescribed map. Variable-rate drive offers the following advantages over common, ground, or contact-tire drive systems:

  • Rate changes are almost instantaneous; no ramp up or ramp down of system as in some competitive systems
  • Permits the producer to match seed population based on different soil types or irrigation practices
  • John Deere design provides added operator safety by eliminating any possible drive creep found in some competitive variable-rate drive systems

Pro-Shaft™ Drive

Pro-Shaft™ Drive product photo

For operators who value improved performance and a trouble-free way to power seed meters, Pro-Shaft cable drives are the solution. This drive system utilizes a right-angle gear box at the drill shaft and at the meter housing, coupled by a cable driveshaft. The Pro-Shaft drive provides many advantages over a conventional chain drive system. Just a few of the Pro-Shaft drive advantages are as follows:

  • Durability. The Pro-Shaft drive eliminates nuisance failures associated with chain drives in heavy residue conditions. In fact, residue shields used to protect the drive chains are no longer needed with Pro-Shaft drives
  • Reduced maintenance cost and time savings. Pro-Shaft drive eliminates the need for daily chain oiling and yearly chain replacement-- it is maintenance- and mess-free
  • Quick and easy meter engagement or disengagement. A simple turn of a lever and movement of the shaft (in or out) engages or disengages the cable shaft