Posted 2/21/2021 08:25 (#8848099 - in reply to #8847075) Subject: RE: raven vs JD 2630
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PLO NW MN - 2/20/2021 16:43
So you have to purchase a raven 450 but it has the valves and a flow meter?
You should double check with local Deere dealer but you should be able to put a Deere rate controller on the sprayer instead of the raven 450 in the cab.
If you go with the raven 450 it can still talk to the 2630 through a field connect cable/serial cable. I’m not sure if the 2630 will do section control that way or just document. I’ve only documented and did prescriptions with that setup.
There are two general approaches to these situations: 1) Continue to use the Raven 440/450 as before but have another system communicate with it via a serial cable. 2) Completely replace the Raven 440/450 with appropriate modules.
Both Deere and Ag Leader can handle both approaches.
With the first approach, the Raven is still used for rate control, section control etc. as before. It exchanges information back/forth with the Deere or Ag Leader systems. Due to this back/forth exchange of information, the Deere or Ag Leader can make maps, compute the applied rate, calculate various totals etc. Prescriptions from the Deere or Ag Leader systems can be sent to the Raven. The systems send over the desired target rate which literally changes the value for Rate 1 in the Raven as if you had changed it with your fingers. Auto section control is not possible since the section ON/OFF is still handled by the Raven as before.
With the second approach, the 440/450 is removed and not used at all. Appropriate modules from Deere or Ag Leader are used to handle all aspects of application. The desired target rate etc. are all entered into the system. Since they are in charge, they handle rate control and all the other spray application related items. This approach DOES allow auto section control.
The first approach is generally cheaper and can be very helpful.
The second approach is the more deluxe of the two and has the advantage of being able to remove the Raven completely and also handle auto section control. Both Deere and Ag Leader have adapter cables to allow you to connect to the Raven cables and leave the wiring, flow meter, control valves, section valves etc. as they were.
It sounds as if the OP does not have a Raven. It would seem that going with approach #2 and getting a Deere Rate Controller would be the best choice.