RowCommand™ individual-row control system for chain-drive planters
RowCommand controls seed output
 
RowCommand for chain drive

RowCommand for chain drive

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 select chain-driven MaxEmerge™ XP planters.
 
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.
 
RowCommand controls seed output by incorporating individual, low-amperage clutches inside the chain-drive gearbox. 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 the Swath Control Pro™ solution, clutches disengage the seed meters and the seed flow stops. Controlling seed output at individual rows reduces overplanting in point rows and maximizes seed placement when entering/exiting headlands.
Planter compatibility
 
RowCommand is available as an attachment for field conversion (AFC) for the following chain-drive planter models 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 Central Commodity System (CCS™)                          12-row, 16-row, and 24-row narrow
 DB44  24Row22
 
RowCommand is also compatible and designed to fit on those model year 2003 to 2008 (serial number range 700101 - 729999) planter models listed above that do not have controller area network (CAN) based frame control or CAN-based half-width disconnect. For model year 2008 and earlier planters (serial number -729999 and below), the correct AFC bundle along with additional components (planter mainframe monitoring harness, SeedStar™ 2 controller, and CAN adapter harness) are required for RowCommand operation. 
 
For all RowCommand eligible planters equipped with a mechanical transmission, a height sensor is required in order for RowCommand functionality.
Chain-drive RowCommand and heavy-duty downforce
 
Chain interference with heavy-duty downforce

Chain interference with heavy-duty downforce

As seen in the above image, 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.
System requirements
 
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 nine-pin ISO implement connector. All late-model 8X00 and 9X00 Series John Deere Tractors equipped with the nine-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 is required for operation and control interface. The GreenStar 2 display is where system setup, control settings, and manual control functions are performed. 
 
CodeAttachmentDescription
 BA92869

1720 12 Row, 1760 Wing-Fold, and 1770 Flex 12 Row with MaxEmerge XP row-units. Bundle contains RowCommand clutches, electronic power module (EPM) with brackets, EPM adapter harness, row-unit clutch and sensor harnesses, and hardware for model year 2011 - 2003 planters.


NOTE: For model year 2008 and earlier planters (serial number 729999 and below), additional parts will be required along with a GreenStar 2 display and SeedStar 2 monitoring for RowCommand operation. Also, if the planter is model year 2010 and older equipped with a mechanical transmission, a height sensor is required. All model year 2011 and newer RowCommand compatible planters will have a height switch installed from the factory.

 

Reference the 1720, 1760, or 1770 Planter RowCommand compatibility tool for a complete list of required components.

 

Replace with:

  • (3) - AH224250 - Electronic control unit
  • (1) - BA31331 - Harness kit
  • (12) - BA31572 - Chain drive clutch 
  • (1) - BA31815 - Active pneumatic downforce publications
 BA92870

1720 16-Row with MaxEmerge XP row-units. Bundle contains RowCommand clutches, EPMs with brackets, EPM adapter harness, row-unit clutch and sensor harnesses, and hardware for model year 2011 - 2003 planters. 


NOTE: For model year 2008 and earlier planters (serial number 729999 and below), additional parts will be required along with a GreenStar 2 display and SeedStar 2 monitoring for RowCommand operation. Also, if the planter is model 2010 and older equipped with a mechanical transmission, a height sensor is required. All model year 2011 and newer RowCommand compatible planters will have a height switch installed from the factory.

 

Reference the 1720 Planter RowCommand compatibility tool for a complete list of required components.

 

Replace with:

  • (3) - AH224250 - Electronic control unit
  • (13) - BA31572 - Chain drive clutch 
  • (1) - BA31815 - Active pneumatic downforce publications
  • (1) - BA32235 - Hardware kit
 BA92872

1770NT 12-Row and 1770NT CCS 12-Row with MaxEmerge XP row-units. Bundle contains RowCommand clutches, EPMs with brackets, row-unit clutch and sensor harnesses, and hardware for model year 2011 - 2003 planters.  

 

An EPM harness will need to be procured through Service Parts in order to complete the RowCommand installation. Please refer to the following planter model year breakdown for the correct EPM harness to order:

 

Model year 2011 and newer - Order AA74105 EPM harness through Parts

Model year 2010 and older - Order AA70058 EPM harness through Parts


NOTE: For model year 2008 and earlier planters (serial number 729999 and below), additional parts will be required along with a GreenStar 2 display and SeedStar 2 or SeedStar XP monitoring for RowCommand operation. Also, if the planter is model year 2010 and older equipped with a mechanical transmission, a height sensor is required. All model year 2011 and newer RowCommand compatible planters will have a height switch installed from the factory.

 

Reference the 1770NT Planter RowCommand compatibility tool for a complete list of required components.

 

Replace with:

  • (2) - AH224250 - Electronic control unit
  • (12) - BA31572 - Chain drive clutch 
  • (1) - BA31815 - Active pneumatic downforce publications
  • (1) - BA31953 - Bracket kit
 BA92873

1770NT 16-Row and 1770NT CCS 16-Row with MaxEmerge XP row-units. Bundle contains RowCommand clutches, EPMs with brackets, row-unit clutch and sensor harnesses, and hardware for model year 2011 - 2003 planters. 

 

An EPM harness will need to be procured through Service Parts in order to complete the RowCommand installation. Please refer to the following planter model year breakdown for the correct EPM harness to order:

 

Model year 2011 and newer - Order AA74105 EPM harness through Parts

Model year 2010 and older - Order AA70058 EPM harness through Parts


NOTE: For model year 2008 and earlier planters (serial number 729999 and below), additional parts will be required along with a GreenStar 2 display and SeedStar 2 or SeedStar XP monitoring for RowCommand operation. Also, if the planter is model year 2010 and older equipped with a mechanical transmission, a height sensor is required. All model year 2011 and newer RowCommand compatible planters will have a height switch installed from the factory.

 

Reference the 1770NT Planter RowCommand compatibility tool for a complete list of required components.

 

Replace with:

  • (2) - AH224250 - Electronic control unit
  • (16) - BA31572 - Chain drive clutch 
  • (1) - BA31815 - Active pneumatic downforce publications
  • (1) - BA31953 - Bracket kit
 BA92874

1770NT 24-Row and 1770NT CCS 24-Row with MaxEmerge XP row-units. Bundle contains RowCommand clutches, EPMs with brackets, row-unit clutch and sensor harnesses, and hardware for model year 2011 - 2003 planters. 

 

An EPM harness will need to be procured through Service Parts in order to complete the RowCommand installation. Please refer to the following planter model year breakdown for the correct EPM harness to order:

 

Model year 2011 and newer - Order AA74132 EPM harness through Parts

Model year 2010 and older - Order AA70059 EPM harness through Parts


NOTE: For model year 2008 and earlier planters (serial number 729999 and below), additional parts will be required along with a GreenStar 2 display and SeedStar 2 or SeedStar XP monitoring for RowCommand operation. Also, if the planter is model year 2010 and older equipped with a mechanical transmission, a height sensor is required. All model yera 2011 and newer RowCommand compatible planters will have a height switch installed from the factory.

 

Reference the 1770NT Planter RowCommand compatibility tool for a complete list of required components.

 

Replace with:

  • (3) - AH224250 - Electronic control unit
  • (24) - BA31572 - Chain drive clutch 
  • (1) - BA31815 - Active pneumatic downforce publications
  • (1) - BA31953 - Bracket kit
 BA92876

DB44 24-Row with MaxEmerge XP row-units. Bundle contains RowCommand clutches and row-unit clutch/sensor harnesses and hardware for model year 2010 - 2003 planters. Additional harnesses are required for complete installation of RowCommand and are sourced through Bauer.


NOTE: For all DB Planters, additional parts will be required along with a GreenStar 2 display and SeedStar 2 or SeedStar XP monitoring for RowCommand operation. Reference the DB Planter RowCommand compatibility tool for a complete list of required components.
 
Last Updated : 04-Feb-2020