John Deere has released new software updates to its Operations Centre and its MyOperations App aimed at making the benefits of precision agriculture easier to achieve and more accessible.
Since its launch almost a decade ago the Operations Centre has become a key tool for Australian farmers and operators to unlock the power of precision agriculture and to optimise machinery performance.
The MyOperations App enables growers to conveniently take information from their Operations Center account into the field to help manage equipment information, production data and farm operations from a mobile device.
John Deere precision agriculture manager Ben Kelly said the latest updates further expand the capabilities of both the Operations Centre and MyOperations App to support farmers in achieving in-paddock gains.
The updates will allow growers to more easily collect and edit a variety of field information from the convenience of their phone or tablet, he said.
"There remains no question digital technology is one of the keys to greater efficiency, profitability and sustainability in Australian farming," Mr Kelly said.
"In fact, modelling from the Australian Farm Institute has shown $20.3 billion can be added to the gross value of agricultural production by embracing digital technology.
"However, one of the greatest barriers to uptake, outside of connectivity challenges, has been a perception that the technology can be time consuming or complicated to implement.
"Our technology is simple and effective, and we have support networks in place to help farmers get the most out of the machines and the technology they have. The MyOperations App is an easy-to-use and portable tool to help bring information together."
He said the expansion of data editing capabilities from MyOperations would improve data accuracy and quality by enabling growers to edit field information from their mobile device and sync it across the John Deere digital ecosystem.
New data editing capabilities included crop type, crop season (year) and post-calibration of yield and area harvested.
Growers will be able to manually add tillage, planting, application and yield information from their mobile device for complete paddock records, regardless of a machine's data collection capability.
Unnecessary logins would also be removed to view a machine display from MyOperations.
"By simplifying the way farmers can input and edit key data from their mobile or tablet, we're helping them to compile high-quality information and insights about each field," Mr Kelly said.
"This is particularly important given the results which can be gained through the implementation of precision agriculture are directly linked to the quality of the data which is fed into the system.
"This update also demonstrates how John Deere is prioritising making technology simple to use so that the powerful benefits it brings to agriculture are available to as many growers as possible, regardless of where they are in their precision ag journey.
"We encourage farmers and operators to check out and install the new updates for access to the most up-to-date and easy-to-use technology available."
The John Deere Operations Center is free online software from John Deere designed to help farmers manage their equipment and farm data.
MyOps Image One: John Deere has updated the John Deere Operations Center and MyOperations App.
MyOps Image Two: John Deere Precision Agriculture Manager, Ben Kelly.
Updates will allow growers to more easily collect and edit a variety of field information from their phone or tablet.
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