Farmplan has announced a long-awaited Gatekeeper update that delivers integration with John Deere Gen 4 yield data. Charlotte Cunningham reports.

The John Deere Gen 4 integration will be released in phases, starting with Yield data.   This new functionality will enable users to import yield maps, and therefore view the variation in performance across the field.  This information can then be used to make more informed management decisions.

Phase 2 – planned next – will support the import of As Applied data from Gen 4 devices, for example seed, fertiliser and pesticide data.

The new update will allow data to be imported after being downloaded from the in-cab device or John Deere Operations Centre, or by using the Cloud connection from Gatekeeper to

“We appreciate that many farmers in the UK have been waiting a while for this update,” says Chris Wiltshire, marketing manager at John Deere. “We have heard you. This is a substantial upgrade and has taken a great deal of time and hard work to build. Farmplan have worked closely with us to make this a reality. We’d like to thank Farmplan for their diligent work and our users for their patience and trust.”

According to Sarah Alexander, arable commercial product manager at Farmplan, the firm has worked closely with John Deere – including local dealers – to make sure this update is fully integrated and seamless from day one. “The new upgrade will be available in early July and we are testing and refining this update right up to release to ensure the best possible user experience. We look forward to continuing our work alongside John Deere to make farming more precise and profitable for all Gen 4 users.”