RowCommand™ individual-row control system
RowCommand controls seed output
 
RowCommand on a Pro-Series XP row unit

RowCommand on a Pro-Series XP row unit

RowCommand on a chain drive MaxEmerge XP row unit

RowCommand on a chain drive MaxEmerge XP row unit

Controlling input costs and improving productivity are key producer requirements today. RowCommand is an effective, integrated John Deere solution designed to meet these intensifying needs. The RowCommand system manages seed output, reduces yield drag, and improves harvest capabilities on all Pro-Shaft™ driven row units—both Pro-Series™ and MaxEmerge XP™, and chain-driven MaxEmerge XP™.
 
NOTE: Chain drive RowCommand is only compatible with planters equipped with pneumatic downforce systems. On planters equipped with the heavy-duty downforce springs, potential chain interference may result and is not recommended.
 
NOTE: Chain drive RowCommand requires some modification to brackets in order to function with corn finger pickup meters. Information on the modifications needed is found in the following sales material.
 
NOTE: Pro-Shaft drive RowCommand is compatible on MaxEmerge XP row units with vacuum and corn finger pick-up meters. For Pro-Series XP™ row units, RowCommand is compatible on vacuum meters only and is not compatible on corn finger pick-up meters. There is a select group of planters that might have Pro-Series XP row units with corn finger pick-up meters in which RowCommand will not be compatible. 
 
RowCommand controls seed output by incorporating individual, low amperage clutches inside the Pro-Shaft and chain-driven gearboxes. Clutches are completely enclosed within the gearbox housing to protect them from the elements and harsh operating conditions.  
 
When power is supplied, either manually or through Swath Control Pro™, clutches disengage the seed meters and seed flow stops. Controlling seed output at individual rows reduces overplanting in point rows and maximizes seed placement when entering/exiting headlands.
Components and operation
 
EPMs shown on a 1770 NT 16-Row Planter

EPMs shown on a 1770 NT 16-Row Planter

RowCommand clutch on MaxEmerge XP

RowCommand clutch on MaxEmerge XP

RowCommand is a simple and efficient solution to control individual row planting. This system does not utilize air to operate;  therefore, no compressor, entangling air lines, or valve modules are required. 

In fact, RowCommand utilizes low-voltage CAN messaging to signal power to the desired clutches to stop planting or eliminates power to resume planting. 

What does this mean? Very little power is used in normal planting conditions, and in the event a clutch fails electrically, the meter will continue to plant. 

The RowCommand system requires the following five basic components to operate: 
  • Electric clutches
  • Electronic power modules (EPMs)
  • SeedStar™ 2 monitoring (wedge box/controller)
  • GreenStar™ 2 display
  • Planter wiring harnesses

Clutches are protected within the sealed Pro-Shaft and chain-driven gearboxes for years of trouble-free operation and simple installation or removal. RowCommand has true individual-row control of up to 16 clutches or sections for planters larger than 16 rows. 

Unique to RowCommand, the 16 available control sections can be configured based on operator preferences. For example, on a 1770 NT 24-Row Planter, every two rows can be paired together for a total of 12 control sections, or control the outermost eight rows individually and the remaining inner rows paired together for 16 control sections. No other system can match this flexibility.

While SeedStar 2 with RowCommand has 16 control sections, a minimum of 60-in. wide sections are recommended for optimum Swath Control Pro capabilities. As with other Swath Control Pro products, a StarFire™ 2 signal is the minimum level of accuracy recommend for operation. 

Pro-Shaft drive RowCommand planters
 
RowCommand is available as a factory-installed option or as an attachment for field conversion bundles for the following Pro-Shaft drive planter models (see chart below).
 

Planter model  Row configuration
 1720  12-row narrow, 12-row wide, and 16-row narrow 
 1720 CCS™  16-row narrow
 1760  12-row narrow
 1770  12-row narrow
 1770NT  12 row, 16 row, and 24-row narrow
 1770NT CCS  12 row, 16 row, and 24-row narrow
 1790  12/23 row, 12/24 row, 16/31 row, and 16/32 row
 1790  24 row, 20 in.
 DB 44  24 row, 22 in.
 DB 58  32 row, 22 in.
 DB 60  36 row, 20 in. or 47 row, 15 in.
 DB 66  36 row, 22 in
 DB 80  32 row, 30 in. or 48 row, 20-in.
 DB 88  48 row, 22 in.
 DB 90  36 row, 30 in.
 DB 120  48 row, 30 in.
 DR (Deere/Orthman) 16R40
 16 row, 40 in.
 DR (Deere/Orthman) 18R38  18 row, 38 in.
 
Chain drive RowCommand planters
 
In terms of planter compatibility, RowCommand for chain drive is designed for the following planter model configurations equipped with pneumatic downforce systems.


Planter model  Row configuration
 1720    12-row narrow, 12-row wide, and 16-row narrow 
 1760  12-row narrow
 1770  12-row narrow
 1770NT  12 row, 16 row, and 24-row narrow
 1770NT CCS                          12 row, 16 row, and 24-row narrow
 DB 44  24 row, 22 in.
 
Chain drive RowCommand and heavy-duty downforce
 
Chain interference with heavy-duty downforce

Chain interference with heavy-duty downforce

As seen in the picture to the left, chain interference may result when operating chain drive RowCommand on planters equipped with short- and long- parallel arms and heavy-duty downforce springs.
 
NOTE: Chain drive RowCommand is only compatible with planters equipped with pneumatic downforce systems. On planters equipped with the heavy-duty downforce springs, potential chain interference may result and is not recommended.
 
Chain drive RowCommand with corn finger pickup meters
 
Bracket material removal

Bracket material removal

Due to the design characteristics of the chain drive RowCommand clutch, some modification to the corn finger pickup meter drive bracket is required. As seen in the picture to the left, some material needs to be removed from the front of the meter drive bracket in order for the chain drive RowCommand clutch to have sufficient space for installation.
 
NOTE: Chain drive RowCommand requires some modification to brackets in order to function with corn finger pickup meters.
RowCommand ordering information
 

To add RowCommand to a 2009 and newer planter model listed above is simple. Pro-Shaft drive attachments for field conversion and chain drive attachments for field conversion are available by planter model to add the appropriate number of clutches, EPMs, brackets, hardware and row-unit harnesses. But for complete installation and part detail for the RowCommand conversion, please use the RowCommand Compatibility Tool per specific planter model.
 
RowCommand is compatible and available for model year 2003 (serial number 700101) to 2008 (725101) planter models listed above. In addition to the attachment for field conversion bundle, a planter mainframe harness, SeedStar 2 controller (wedge box), and additional CAN harnesses are needed. 

 
Integrated Swath Control Pro™
 

Coupling RowCommand with Swath Control Pro provides the ultimate in precision planting and productivity. One company, one integrated solution are what we offer by incorporating Swath Control Pro capabilities within the SeedStar 2 wedge box (controller). Unlike previous systems, no rate controller, additional harnessing, or components are required to achieve automated individual-row control.
 
SeedStar 2 monitoring, RowCommand, and a Swath Control Pro activation from AMS are all that is needed to reap the benefits of this technology. What's even better, a single Swath Control Pro activation can now be leveraged across sprayers, nutrient applicators, planters and air seeders.

System requirements
 
RowCommand is a simple and efficient means to control individual row planting through the use of low-voltage electric clutches. When activated, each clutch consumes no more than 0.5 amps. By design,  power is only supplied to the clutch when a signal is received to stop planting. In a normal planting condition, no power is supplied and the clutch is de-energized. 
 
Power for the RowCommand system is provided from the 9-pin ISO implement connector. All late-model 8X00 and 9X00 Series John Deere Tractors equipped with the 9-pin ISO implement connector are capable of supplying ample power for system operation. 
 
Along with ample system power, a GreenStar 2 display and SeedStar 2 monitoring are required for operation and control interface. The GreenStar 2 display is where system setup, control settings, and manual control functions are performed. 
 
Last Updated : 29-Jan-2010