As with most things that involve technology, machinery companies are working to continuously keep equipment up-to-date and relevant in an ever-changing landscape. John Deere is no different, as they debuted updates to the 8R tractor series at Commodity Classic at Orlando, Florida, last month.
One of the stand-out updates to the 8R tractors for model year 2024, is the G5 Plus Universal Display, says Ryan Jardon, of John Deere, in the interview below.
“Those displays that are in the cab are bigger, they’re brighter, and they’re faster. So they make that in-cab experience a lot easier for a grower to interact with the display on the tractor — all of our sevens, eights, and Ines for model year 24 will have those displays standard in base equipment,” he explains. (Story continues below video)
The other thing that’s new for the model year is the integration of the Starfire 700 receiver into the cabs, which as Jardon notes, increases the receivers accuracy and repeatability.
“This allows us to do what we now call SF RTK, or Starfire RTK, which gives you year-over-year RTK and like repeatability and accuracy without the need for a localized base station. So from a receiver standpoint, that’s something we’re pretty excited about.”
As well, the updated tractor is equipment with a set of cameras on the front of the weights, and then on the back of the cab — which allows the tractor be outfitted with John Deere’s autonomous technology.
“This machine can be operated without an operator in the cab. Most of the applications that our display run today such as auto track, auto track turn automation, etc., things like the tallow the machine to run basically autonomous but with somebody in the cab, meaning that they can steer themselves, they can executive in row turns, things like that. However, we still require that operator in the cab today to watch out for anomalies, make any implement adjustments,” he says.