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See & Spray

When margins are tight and application windows are narrow, every dollar and every droplet need to work as hard as they can. With See & Spray Premium being factory installed on Hagie STS sprayers, the most advanced, versatile, agile and productive sprayer is now a targeted weed killer. With John Deere See & Spray Premium, bring resource-saving precision to the field.

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See & Spray Premium: For in-season application on corn, cotton, or soybeans in 76.2-cm (30-in.) or greater rows, or fallow ground using machine learning to identify weed from crop. It can also apply traditional broadcast application.

John Deere has focused on taking farmers’ application from field level to plant level over the years. From field to broadcast, section control to ExactApply™ individual nozzle control, and now the next step – to artificial intelligence and machine learning. See & Spray Premium works in conjunction with ExactApply nozzle control. It uses a combination of cameras and processors to detect weeds before activating only the nozzles necessary to apply a burst of herbicide to the weed, achieving a hit rate comparable to traditional broadcast spray.

How do you know See & Spray is doing its job? With the monitoring capabilities of John Deere Operations Center™ application and the G5Plus CommandCenter™ Display, you can track job quality and savings during and after application. These technology tools also offer weed pressure mapping, providing insights to make even better field management decisions. Weed pressure mapping only occurs when See & Spray is active during an operation.

Using less herbicide means using less water and creating less opportunity for drift, and that’s good for the land, water, and air that sustain us.

Additionally, See & Spray provides even more benefits for growers looking to make the best possible decisions about weed control.

Reduce solution use – Reduce the applied volume of herbicide by up to 50% by avoiding inefficient traditional broadcast application in corn, cotton, and soybeans.

Gain cost efficiency – With up to 50% spray volume reduction, this means significantly lower herbicide costs, fewer tendering stops, and more acres covered in a day.

Sustainability and stewardship – See & Spray Technology allows customers to spray only the weeds, reducing the amount of chemical applied.

Improve weed control – You may save enough to justify applying a different chemistry while improving your ability to manage herbicide-resistant weeds. Research has shown that weeds sprayed with complex tank mixes and more than two modes of action are 83 times less likely to develop herbicide resistance.

**NOTE: In tests over 75,000 acres of fallow ground, typical weed pressure of 3,000 weeds per acre, and with spray length settings of small medium, customers experienced an average herbicide savings of 77 percent compared to a traditional broadcast sprayer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Field and rows

  • 30-in. width or greater, including 38-in. twin rows
  • In post emerge, See & Spray is optimized with row passes
  • Headlands with some passes across the row is okay with potential performance impact. Terraces require driver to slow down over the terrace.
  • No narrow rows less than 30 inches

Minimum crop height

  • Soy: V1 stage when plants have leaves beyond the cotyledons and have their first true leaves
  • Corn: Not before V2 stage, when corn plants have two leaves with visible collars (not just young leaf shoots)
  • Cotton: No lower limit for cotton; can be sprayed as early as cotyledon stage

Maximum crop height

  • If you can’t see the weed, then the camera and sprayer can’t either!
  • Maximum crop height is 16 inches.

See & Spray Select is a one-time purchase.

See & Spray Premium and Ultimate are a one-time purchase on equipment, followed by a recurring software license for acreage passes when See & Spray is engaged. Product use requires the purchase and use of a software license.

  • Lowers the up-front cost of the equipment.
  • As the machine covers more passes it gets better, thus getting better over time.
  • Customers will only pay for what their operation needs.

See & Spray Premium

  • Model year 2025 See & Spray Premium: No. Must be used 30 minutes after sunrise and 30 minutes before sunset.

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