John Deere says its new SeedStar XP monitoring system provides more real-time information about planter performance and seed placement to the operator in the tractor cab than its previous SeedStar 2 did.

The system is compatible with GreenStar 2 and features a full-color planting monitor or can be integrated with an existing GreenStar 2 display. SeedStar2 uses a series of row-unit sensor nodes and downforce sensors configured to the specific model of planter.

“Ultimately, the SeedStar XP monitoring system helps ensure that every seed is planted to the correct depth and spacing within the seed furrow across the entire field. Tests show that the system helps producers save planting time and seed while maximizing yields,” says Chris Savener, John Deere Seeding project manager, planters.

Other enhancements to the system include seed singulation and seed spacing monitoring, row-unit downforce monitoring and adjustment, row-unit ride quality monitoring, and overall row-unit and planter performance monitoring. SeedStar XP has split-screen applications for planting and guidance.

SeedStar XP will only be available on John Deere 770NT, 1770NT CCS, 1790 and DB series planters. The system is integrated and compatible with other Ag Management System products such as Swath Control Pro for planters, GreenStar AutoTrac assisted steering, and Apex farm management software.

The system retails for $2,400 to $5,600, depending upon the model and size. For more information, visit www.johndeere.com.