Deere Adds Guidance On The Corn Head

The system accurately guides the combine down the row at optimal harvesting speeds and helps maneuver around curves, through waterways, or in weedy areas. Steering is handled by the AutoTrac system while the cornhead, with RowSense, makes small adjustments to keep the machine on the row to maximize harvest, even in down corn.

“AutoTrac Row Sense is the next step to pinpoint accuracy in corn harvesting,” says Laura Robson, senior marketing representative, John Deere Ag Management Solutions. “This new system works by integrating GPS data from the StarFire Receiver with mechanical feeler data from new row sensors located on the corn head.”

“This system also helps reduce operator fatigue,” explains Robson. “The operator does not have to make constant steering adjustments and can focus on header and separator performance, obstacles in the field, and make adjustments for varying crop conditions.”

The RowSense system allows for harvesting in variable conditions. With down corn, weedy conditions, or reduced visibility on the rows, the corn head sensing system actually “feels” the base of the corn stalk and ensures that the operator stays on the row without having to manually steer the machine.

“Growers will truly appreciate the productivity and efficiency they will gain from this system,” emphasizes Robson. “More acres can be harvested in less time because AutoTrac RowSense helps maintain a consistent, optimum harvesting speed. This also allows for a more even feed rate which improves overall harvest quality. Operators will also appreciate being able to harvest more acres with reduced stress and fatigue.”

AutoTrac RowSense will be available for harvest 2008. For more information, visit our Web site at or contact your local John Deere dealer.

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