During the first week in October Pringles Crouch hosted two events for customers in the lead up to the harvest season. Over 100 customers attended across both events
With a recent model John Deere S-series harvester on site the mornings were interactive sessions around the harvester learning how best to optimise settings for a variety of harvesting conditions. Pringles Crouch staff were on-hand to assist with specific issues and to help farmers develop the most appropriate solutions.
A feature of the mornings was a discussion of the capabilities of John Deere Connected Support. Exclusive to John Deere equipment connected support is an end-to-end portfolio of tools and supporting services including already familiar JDLinkTM, Service ADVISORTM, Remote programming and Remote Display Access that allow customers to monitor their machine remotely, view the in-cab display from almost anywhere and monitor and manage fuel levels and machine idle times.
After lunch a variety of industry leading guest speakers shared their insights on topics related to harvesting.
Ross Freeman, a Precision Ag Consultant based in Western Australia discussed the wide variety non-cropping data available to customers, that can be utilised to improve the performance of equipment while reducing input costs. This included things such as harvest logistics, fleet management and maintenance using the free John Deere apps that are available. The way things are done during busy periods can be tweaked using the information in JD Link and John Deere Operations Center to provide measurable benefits.
Landforming and control were presented by James Rover of TerraCutta explained the tools that are available in the John Deere Operations Center that allow growers to look at information layers such as elevation to visualise things like water runoff, ponding and frost prone areas. He also spoke about the options that are available to growers to be able to mitigate some of these issues through land forming. As well as using the Terra tools can allow growers to be more selective and precise with delving and clay spreading to get a more cost effective result.
A detailed examination of John Deere machine systems, and how the automated systems allow growers to maintain a higher average throughput and cleaner grain sample was provided by Lance Dickeson from John Deere. As well he was able to show the wide variety of functions embedded into John Deere equipment and the easy and seamless way that the equipment integrates across the full John Deere range.
Local mid-North farmer Scott Clark shared his experiences around their families journey through controlled traffic farming, which they are using to improve their soil structure, fight compaction and grow healthier crops. He went through the process they have gone through with the machinery to get their farming system onto true controlled traffic layout with 3m traffic lines. Scott outlined the steps and compromises they took along the way to achieve their goal of a full CTF system.
With harvest looming these events were a valuable opportunity for customers to get together with our staff to share knowledge and insights prior to the commencement of the busy harvest season.