Deere’s NH3 Tender System Improves Safety, Efficiency

John Deere recently introduced its PitStop Pro anhydrous tendering system to help customers quickly and efficiently change anhydrous ammonia tanks without leaving the cab of the tractor. PitStop Pro will be available for use with John Deere 2510H Nutrient Applicators in 2010.

“This revolutionary new tender system sets a new standard in applying anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. It drastically reduces the amount of time it takes to switch from an empty tank to a full tank from about seven minutes down to two minutes. Best of all, the operator never has to leave the comfort of the tractor cab during the entire process,” says David Wendt, John Deere product manager.

To exchange a tank using PitStop Pro the tender driver arrives at the field with a fresh tank and unhooks the hitch and safety chain. Next the driver makes sure the tank’s hose is in the cradle, opens the valve on the tank, and then pulls away.

When their tank is empty, the applicator operator in the field finds a level surface and makes sure the applicator and tank are in a straight line before disconnecting. The operator then pushes the “decouple” button on the monitor. The coupler automatically moves down a track, places the hose in the stand, and then moves back up the track. The operator then presses the “unhitch” button to retract the hitch pin, and then pulls the applicator away from the tank. A stand drops down to support the hitch on the tank to complete the disconnection.

After they disconnect from the empty tank the operator drives to the fresh tank and lines the applicator up with the hitch on the trailer. They back the applicator in to trip the hitch pin and to automatically hitch up the tank. The operator then pulls forward to make sure the hitch is locked. After they press the “couple” button on the monitor, the coupler automatically moves down the track, engages the hose and moves back up the track to complete the connection. What used to take an operator seven to 10 minutes to complete, while they would get in and out of the cab numerous times and wrangle hoses around, now takes less than two minutes to accomplish.

“In a single day, with a 1,500-gallon tank and 400 acres, this process would typically be completed about 15 times. An operator that utilizes PitStop Pro can save more than an hour per day in what used to be wasted time. This enables a more timely application of nitrogen, and can increase revenue potential for commercial applicators. Thanks to greater productivity and efficiency of PitStop Pro, they can finish their work faster, or they can work more acres per day. Operator exposure is also greatly reduced while the connection process is underway,” says Wendt.

For more details, visit the local John Deere dealer or visit the Web site at www.JohnDeere.com.

Leave a Reply

One comment on “Deere’s NH3 Tender System Improves Safety, Efficiency

  1. I would like to see a pecture of the new nh3 connecting system , where and one would be available, cost ect.
    r0l 0×0
    Canada

Equipment Stories

EquipmentKinze, Raven Develop Touchscreen Monitor For 4900 Series Planter
July 23, 2014
Kinze Manufacturing announces a partnership with Raven Industries to develop a standalone monitor solution for the Kinze 4900 series planter. Read More
EquipmentMU Professor: Drones Have Major Potential In Agriculture
July 18, 2014
Despite strict federal rules regulating drones for agricultural usage, University of Missouri Professor Bill Wiebold believes it’s important to plan for the future. Read More
EquipmentKinze Electric Multi-Hybrid Planter Moves Closer To Full Launch
July 15, 2014
Based on early successes with the multi-hybrid planter, Kinze announced that it is putting the model into limited production for the spring 2015 planting season. Read More
EquipmentNovariant, Leica Collaborate On SteerDirect ES PLUS
March 24, 2014
The collaboration utilizes Novariant’s fourth generation Mechanical Drive Unit (MDU) with Leica Geosystems’ guidance technology. Read More

Trending Articles

ImageryFAA: We Plan To Meet September 2015 UAV Integration Deadline
July 15, 2014
Jim Williams, manager of the FAA’s Office of Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration, recently spoke at the Delta AgTech Symposium on the current state of commercial UAV regulation in the U.S. Read More
SoftwareTrimble Adds Multi-Spectral Processing Capabilities To Connected Farm
June 19, 2014
Trimble has added another new agronomic service to its Connected Farm solution. Read More
ImageryInfoAg 2014 Is Next Week, Record Crowd Anticipated
June 11, 2014
A new and improved InfoAg 2014 program hits the hot topics of today: unmanned aerial vehicles, big data and wearable computers. Read More
ImageryAUVSI Unmanned Systems 2014: 14 Cool Things We Saw For Precision Ag
May 20, 2014
We were in attendance May 13-15 in Orlando, FL, for the AUVSI 2014 Unmanned Systems conference. Here are 14 cool ag-related things we saw. Read More

Latest News

ImageryPresident Obama To Talk Commercial UAV Timeline
July 24, 2014
President Barack Obama is weighing in on the commercial drone boom, reports DroneLife.com and Politico.com. According to Politico, President Obama Read More
DataAgIntegrated Selected To Develop FS Advanced Informatio…
July 23, 2014
GROWMARK announced the selection of AgIntegrated to lead development of FS Advanced Information Services, a suite of data tools for advanced field optimization. Read More
EquipmentKinze, Raven Develop Touchscreen Monitor For 4900 Serie…
July 23, 2014
Kinze Manufacturing announces a partnership with Raven Industries to develop a standalone monitor solution for the Kinze 4900 series planter. Read More
ComputingPrecisionAg.com Relaunches With Responsive Design For M…
July 23, 2014
PrecisionAg, the worldwide leader in precision agriculture information and analysis, announces the launch of its completely redesigned Website, PrecisionAg.com. Read More
PrecisionAg InstituteLearn About The PrecisionAg Institute Partners
July 23, 2014
Learn more about the companies that have committed their corporate and financial support to the PrecisionAg Institute, an independent global forum dedicated to the sharing of precision agriculture practices, ideas, research, products, services and success stories. Read More
DataAgGateway’s SPADE Data Project Releases ISOBUS Ex…
July 22, 2014
AgGateway's Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Project has posted documentation that fills a critical gap in providing data exchange between diverse devices and systems used by farmers for seeding operations. Read More
ImageryPAAS ’14 Wrap: UAVs To Spark ‘Agricultural …
July 22, 2014
The folks over at Aironovo Advisors provide a wrap up of last week's 2014 Precision Aerial Agriculture Show in Decatur, IL. Read More
AwardsAbout The PrecisionAg Awards Of Excellence
July 22, 2014
The PrecisionAg Award of Excellence program sheds light on some of the most important people and programs that have helped agriculture realize the full benefits of technology to improve agronomy, efficiency, and stewardship in crop production. Read More
DataPlantBeat To Debut At InfoAg 2014
July 21, 2014
Phytech will reveal PlantBeat — a new service that assists farmers in the optimization of crop yields by translating plant needs into real-time alerts and expert recommendations — at the 2014 InfoAg conference in St. Louis, MO. Read More
EquipmentMU Professor: Drones Have Major Potential In Agricultur…
July 18, 2014
Despite strict federal rules regulating drones for agricultural usage, University of Missouri Professor Bill Wiebold believes it’s important to plan for the future. Read More
ImageryFAA: We Plan To Meet September 2015 UAV Integration Dea…
July 15, 2014
Jim Williams, manager of the FAA’s Office of Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration, recently spoke at the Delta AgTech Symposium on the current state of commercial UAV regulation in the U.S. Read More
EquipmentKinze Electric Multi-Hybrid Planter Moves Closer To Ful…
July 15, 2014
Based on early successes with the multi-hybrid planter, Kinze announced that it is putting the model into limited production for the spring 2015 planting season. Read More
AwardsTevis Named Co-Recipient of Award of Excellence For Leg…
July 9, 2014
Topcon's Joe Tevis joins four other recipients to be honored at the InfoAg Conference on July 29. Read More
EquipmentYetter Releases N Keeper
July 9, 2014
Yetter's new 6200-060 N Keeper helps plants take full advantage of pre-plant or side-dress applied Nitrogen, claims the company. Read More