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John Deere Active Implement Guidance

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Automatically steers implement to guidance line

Without the use of AIG, drawn implements are susceptible to implement drift caused by varying soil conditions as well as gravity in sidehill applications. John Deere AIG automatically steers the implement to the guidance line by providing GPS receiver position data to the implement steering system, reducing the adverse impact of implement drift

The benefits of John Deere AIG include:

  • Positive impact on inputs 
  • High crop quality 
  • Industry-exclusive fingertip controls
  • Reduced operator fatigue 
  • Flexibility of signal options with StarFire™ 3000 Receiver and StarFire 6000 Receiver


Shared Signal can also be used with AIG to improve performance and reduce the overall cost of the system.

The tractor and implement can use a combination of StarFire receivers. Use the following chart to determine the correct receiver configuration.

Tractor Implement Recommended
StarFire 3000 StarFire 3000 Yes†
StarFire iTC StarFire iTC Yes
StarFire 3000 StarFire iTC Yes*
StarFire iTC StarFire 3000 Yes*

Positive impact on inputs

AIG helps optimize the use of inputs by increasing accuracy at the implement and facilitating seamless, repeatable passes throughout the growing season.

AIG can help to reduce input costs in a variety of applications. Potato producers and other specialty crop producers that make frequent passes through the field have seen the value of AIG as they precisely plant and care for their crops. Additionally, producers employing strip-till practices are better able to align their seed placement with their fertilizer placement, maximizing the uptake of their valuable nutrients.

High crop quality

Maintaining the best crop quality is important in all farming operations, and is made especially difficult in cropping practices that require multiple passes through the field. Each pass during the production cycle puts the crop at risk. With AIG, producers no longer have to worry about the emerged crop, as both the tractor and implement are operating on the A-B line.

A risk is also minimized when seed is planted with AIG. The improved precision of seed placement provides a straighter path for subsequent passes throughout the season. Compaction and crop disturbance are also reduced as AIG achieves its precision by keeping the implement and tractor on the same guidance path.

At the end of the season, the results are better crop quality and improved yield, a value all producers can appreciate.

Industry-exclusive fingertip controls

Active Implement Guidance (AIG) requires an implement steering mechanism. This is common with any active implement supplier on the market. The method of controlling the mechanism can only be found from John Deere.

John Deere controls the implement steering device through the tractor's SCV. This industry-exclusive technology allows operators to engage and disengage AIG quickly and easily.

Operators appreciate this when turning in fields with limited headland space. Simply disengage AIG and manually straighten out the implement after a turn by feathering the SCV lever.

Many minutes are saved, even with the most experienced operators, by eliminating the process of backing up after turns to align implements. The time an operator spent getting frustrated turning large implements can now be spent enjoying planting.

The fingertip controls also provide ease when parking implements in tight places or pulling through narrow spaces.

Fingertip control is available for

    • John Deere
      • Large-Frame 7X30 and 7R Series Tractors
      • 8XXX  and 8R Series Tractors
      • 9XXX and 9R Series Tractors


Other tractors are compatible with John Deere AIG with the use of an external SCV.

AIG is available for all other John Deere and non-John Deere tractors with the addition of an external SCV valve and SCV switch. Both can be ordered from a John Deere dealer. The tractor can have an open or a closed-center hydraulic system.

Reduced operator fatigue

AutoTrac™ assisted steering system paired with Active Implement Guidance (AIG) allows operators to be more productive as they focus on tasks other than steering while traveling down the field.


When operators have to spend their entire workday manually steering a machine while watching for obstacles and checking to make sure the implement is operating as expected, they tend to get worn out.

Using AutoTrac and AIG together greatly reduces the strain on the operator because the system accurately guides the implement down the most optimum pass, accurately placing inputs, such as seed or fertilizer, in the field.

Other benefits to the operator:

  • The implement can be monitored more closely to see if parts are wearing out or failing, allowing the operator to be proactive rather than reactive.
  • A watchful eye can look for damaging obstacles in the field such as rocks, washouts, or holes caused by broken tile lines.
  • An industry exclusive to John Deere, fingertip controls allow operators to turn the implement steering mechanism manually in tight spaces.


All of these benefits result in more uptime for the equipment and an operator who is more alert throughout the day, a benefit everyone can appreciate.

Shared signal improves performance and lowers investment cost for precision agriculture systems

First introduced with the StarFire™ 3000 Receiver, the StarFire 6000 continues to provide shared signal functionality when pairing two receivers with AutoTrac™ Implement Guidance, Active Implement Guidance™, or Machine Sync combine harvest automation via the GreenStar™ 3 2630 Display, Generation 4 4600 CommandCenter™, or 4640 Universal Display. Shared signal allows correction signals to be communicated between a pair of receivers, improving relative system accuracy and reducing the initial investment required to use AutoTrac Implement Guidance, Active Implement Guidance, or Machine Sync combine harvest automation.

  • Reduce the producer’s cost by utilizing a StarFire 3000 or StarFire 6000 with RTK and an SF1 StarFire 3000 or StarFire 6000. The highest level of accuracy is shared and RTK accuracy is available on the SF1 receiver (see chart below).


Supported configurations:

  • StarFire 3000 leader to StarFire 3000 follower
  • StarFire 3000 leader to StarFire 6000 follower - new with the 17-1 software update. StarFire 6000 must be running 19-1 (4.10J) or newer software.
    • SF2 fallback is not a supported mode for this configuration and the use of SF2 if RTK Signal Lost check box should be deselected by the operator if using Radio RTK or Mobile RTK with StarFire 3000
  • StarFire 6000 leader to StarFire 6000 follower – updated to 19-1 (4.10J) or newer software


Leader definition - tractor receiver for Active Implement Guidance, combine receiver for Machine Sync combine harvest automation

Follower definition - implement receiver for Active Implement Guidance, grain cart tractor receiver for Machine Sync combine harvest automation

NOTE: StarFire 6000 must be updated to 19-1 (4.10J) software update to ensure performance and compatibility with shared signal.

NOTE: StarFire 6000 leader to StarFire 3000 follower is not a supported configuration.

AutoTrac Implement Guidance and Active Implement Guidance

Shared signal enables StarFire receivers to share information when paired using implement guidance. This allows a StarFire receiver using a lower accuracy to be used on the implement for an implement guidance system and take advantage of the higher accuracy used by the machine receiver. The following table describes the accuracy expected from this system:

Machine receiver activation level Implement receiver activation level Overall system accuracy level Relationship between two receivers

Machine Sync combine harvest automation

Shared signal enables StarFire receivers to share information when paired using Machine Sync combine harvest automation. This allows the two vehicle receivers to maximize system performance during harvest. To ensure optimal performance and compatibility, always update receivers to the most current software version available on StellarSupport™ portal. The following table describes the accuracy expected from this system:

Combine receiver activation level Grain cart tractor receiver activation level Overall system accuracy level Relationship between two receivers

Generation 4 Display compatibility

This document lists all the compatible equipment approved with the software update 19-2 release, and is subject to change with newer software updates. To ensure complete and proper compatibility, the most current version of implement control unit software, Generation 4 Display software, or compatible farm management information software (FMIS) should be used. Non-current software versions will require an update before support can be provided. Unapproved software version configurations will not be supported.

The software update 19-2 release is only compatible with 4600 CommandCenter™ v2 processors. Software update 17-2 is the last release that was compatible with 4600 v1 processors.

Server serial numbers are as follows:

  • v1 = RWG prefix
  • v2 = PCG prefix


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