“From planting to harvest, autoguidance systems have boosted quality by taking a set of worries off the operator’s mind allowing them to be more productive for longer periods of time,” Maes says. “With more acres to farm, days are inherently longer and operator fatigue, the enemy of productivity, can disrupt efficiency. John Deere has devoted a great deal of time and resources to create operator environments that combine comfort and real-time operations feedback.
“When the operator performs better, the crop, producer and grain buyer all benefit. And that’s what we like most,” Maes concludes.
Like Flanley, Maes feels the sky is the limit on emerging precision technologies that drive grain quality.
“With the adoption rate of autoguidance systems growing quickly, future advances will likely come in the area of field logistics and information suites dedicated to total machine function management and real-time quantification of quality assets during harvest,” he ponders. “I would think elevator managers would be especially eager to have reliable crop quality data for marketing and profiling purposes. That could arrive relatively soon.”