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John Deere introduces MY24 updates to prepare tractors for precision agriculture

John Deere has announced MY24 updates for its line-up of seven, eight and nine Series Tractors that will help prepare them for the future of precision agriculture

Key updates include the new StarFire 7000 integrated GPS position receiver and an all-new G5Plus CommandCenter Display. (Image source: John Deere)

Key updates include the new StarFire 7000 integrated GPS position receiver and an all-new G5Plus CommandCenter Display. Both will be included as base equipment.

“We updated our largest John Deere tractors with new technology to help our customers achieve the highest levels of precision-ag efficiency and ease-of-use today, while ensuring their tractors are prepared to work autonomously in coming years,” said Ryan Jardon, marketing manager for John Deere.

The StarFire 7000 Receiver features five years of repeatability and 73% faster pull-in times, and is 17% more accurate when using SF-RTK when compared to previous models using SF3 signal. In addition, signal stability and reliability were improved and provide the highest level of guidance and accuracy ever offered by John Deere. SF-RTK gives farmers year-over-year repeatability without the need for base stations.

Inside the cab, farmers will find the all-new G5Plus CommandCenter Display (and optional G5Plus Extended Monitor) that features a larger screen, increased processing power and faster file transfer times compared to previous displays. G5Plus features a 35% larger viewing area and 1080p high-definition video resolution. The 12.8-inch touchscreen display and higher video resolution provide farmers with clear, bright and easy access to machine controls. AutoTrac guidance, and Section Control are now included in base equipment.

“Farmers can add the optional G5 Advanced package to take advantage of John Deere applications that include AutoTrac Turn Automation, AutoPath, AutoTrac Implement Guidance, Machine Sync, and In-Field Data Sharing,” said Jardon. “The G5 Advanced software license provides these valuable capabilities while providing lower up-front cost, gets better over time, and you only pay for what your farm needs. These applications help farmers cover more acres per day with less time and stress. The G5 Advanced package is available as a one- or three-year option from the factory. With G5Plus farmers can be confident in knowing they’re using the latest, most advanced features each year.”

Another feature John Deere is making available is a factory-installed implement ethernet. This new connection enables future high-bandwidth communication between tractors and implements.

John Deere is also offering an Autonomy Prep package for eight and nine Series Tractors that ensures these machines have the known components needed to operate autonomously in the future.

“This includes the right transmission and visibility package, implement ethernet, a 330-amp alternator and other additional hardware,” Jardon said. “More components will likely be needed, but the Autonomy Prep package outfits these tractors with important known autonomy components to reduce what may be needed in the future when autonomy becomes more widely available.”

A new right-hand cornerpost display was added inside the cab of all seven, eight and nine Series Tractors. The easy-to-read display features digital readouts and an illustration area to help ensure these tractors can take advantage of advanced features as they become available. A factory-installed rear-window tint is also available for John Deere CommandView 4 cabs to help keep operators comfortable while providing better visibility to display screens on the brightest of days.

Other updates include the addition of 20 horsepower for all 9RT two-track tractors. Farmers can now choose from the 9RT 490, 9RT 540 or 9RT 590.

For potato, sugar beet and vegetable growers, John Deere added wider track-spacing options for its line-up of 8RX four-track tractors. These include 132-, 136-, 144- or 152-inch-wide track spacings. The wider spacings are compatible with 16.5-, 18-, 24- and 30-inch track widths and John Deere ExactRate fertiliser tanks.

Additional model year updates and options are available for seven, eight and nine Series Tractors. To learn more, visit or contact a John Deere dealer.

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