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How to connect to John Deere Operations Center from PIX4Dfields

This article explains connecting to the John Deere Operations Center and how to upload layers directly within PIX4Dfields.

Introduction to John Deere Operations Center

PIX4Dfields users can connect a John Deere Operations Center account to seamlessly upload boundaries, aerial crop health maps, and variable rate applications directly into farm/field operations. Connecting to a farm management system allows one to utilize data further and visualize it next to other layers of information (yield maps, soil maps) so as to make more informed decisions. It can also aid in transferring prescription files to machines in the field.

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Connecting and sharing to John Deere Operations Center.

  1. Open PIX4Dfields.
  2. Open the project that contains the layers to export to the Operation Center.
  3. Click the EXPORT button at the top right corner of the dashboard.
  4. Click Share:
    share icon
  5. Click John Deere Operations Center.
  6. Click Connect with John Deere:
    Connect icon
  7. It will take to the Sign-in page.
  8. Enter valid credentials.
  9. Click Allow Access
    allow access
  10. After the login is successful, go back to PIX4Dfields.
Note: If client, farm and field are not shown, go to the Operation Center Connections >> Find PIX4Dfields >> Click Connect>> Click Allow access.

11. Select the Organization, Client, Farm, and Field specified in the John Deere Operation Center.

Share menu

Warning: To upload layers to John Deere Operations Center, it is important to have an Organization, Client, Farm, and Field. You can create a Field on the Operation Center Map, here.
Warning: When an organization is created, the organization owner can add users and should set the access level for the people in that organization. Verify that you have all the permissions such as the right to create a map layer summary in an organization

Can't connect to John Deere Operations Center

  • If client, farm and field are not shown, go to the Operation Center Connections >> Find PIX4Dfields >> Click Connect>> Click Allow access.
  • The organization is visible, but can't select it as it is greyed out.
    • In this case, the greyed Organization does not have permissions:
    • Please visit Connect to PIX4Dfields and select the organization and partners that need access to PIX4fields.

Which layers can be uploaded?

Orthomosaics, reflectance maps, vegetation indices, and Targeted Operations maps (zonations and prescription) can be uploaded to the John Deere Operations Center.

Warning: The maximum file size is 100 MB. 

When sharing, it is possible to upload one at a time, selecting between:

  • A layer:
    • This option allows uploading Orthomosaic, Digital Surface Model, and Index maps.
    • It is possible to change the name and add a description.
  • A prescription map:
    • This option allows uploading all types of Targeted Operations maps.

Using Targeted operation map

  • Boundaries:
    • This option allows uploading boundaries, possibly converting holes to Obstables if needed and setting the Obstacles as Impassable or Passable. boundaries menu
    • Click Upload to John Deere, after a few minutes, the layer is available on the platform.


Essential tools from the John Deere Operations Center


The layers that have been uploaded through PIX4Dfields will be displayed Map display.

In order to see the layers:

  • Click the Fields tab to see the fields.
  • Select a field and click the layers icon.
  • Select the available layers in the timeline:




To see which files have been uploaded using the PIX4Dfields API go to More, Files.

Field Analyzer

The Field Analyzer allows you to evaluate operational layers individually, compare the performance of the field during different years, and access agronomic information. For more information: here.

Work Planner

To plan a variable rate application using a Targeted Operations map:

  • go to Plan, Work Planner.
  • Select the field.
  • Go to Rate and select the map

variable rate map