ActiveYield Retrofit Kits for John Deere S-Series Combines

ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available Now
ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available for this S670

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL 

Although the first official day of summer is a few days away we are experiencing some very warm temperatures around central Illinois. With highs in the 90’s and considerable amounts of rainfall recently, the crops are growing fast! Harvest will be here before we know it so now is a great time to think about upgrading your S-series combine!

In 2018, John Deere introduced the ActiveYield automatic yield calibration system as a factory option with the ability to retrofit back to 2012 and newer S-series combines. For many years we have had the ability to map our yields however the calibration process is critical for yield accuracy. On all S-series combines in the past, getting accurate yield readings meant collecting multiple calibration loads, manually weighing these loads with scales on a wagon or at the elevator, then inputting these weight values back into the display.  Though this process can be very accurate if completed correctly, it could also prove to be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating for new users.  As crop conditions such as moisture change throughout the season, this process had to be repeated to maintain accuracy.

With the introduction of the ActiveYield system, we no longer have the frustration of the multipoint yield calibration process!  ActiveYield eliminates time-consuming manual calibrations and replaces them with automated sensors that calibrate the machine by measuring the grain as the tank fills. This enables decisions to be made in real-time without leaving the cab while providing more accurate yield mapping data.  These automated sensors are scale pads mounted on the cross auger covers in the grain tank.

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

This exciting new system requires very little user input since it is designed to perform calibrations on the fly while harvesting. There are several precautions built into the software to maintain the accuracy of the system.  Any pitch or roll of the machine over 4 degrees of levelness measured by the Starfire receiver (SF3000 or SF6000) will cancel a calibration load that is in process. This amount of pitch or roll can cause the pile of grain to shift on the sensors resulting in inaccurate readings. The system will also reject a load that has inconsistent grain flow due to waterways and headlands, drastic changes in speed, or inconsistent crop conditions.  If a load is rejected, a new calibration load automatically starts once the grain is below the cross auger sensors.  The operator can monitor the active yield system on the combine’s Greenstar display to see the quality of the calibration, the number of accepted loads, and current status.

Active Yield Calibration Screen

Active Yield Calibration Screen

To sum it up, ActiveYield will save the operator time while improving yield data accuracy. When paired with a JDLink Connect subscription, your ActiveYield maps can be automatically sent to the Operations Center in MyJohnDeere.com and you can access your accurate yield data within minutes of finishing the field.  We had the opportunity to see a few limited production machines in the field with active yield in 2017 and the results were excellent.  See your local Sloan Implement dealer today for more information on compatibility and pricing on a retrofit kit for your machine!

At this time the ActiveYield retrofit kit is compatible with all S670, S770, S680, S780, S690, and S790 combines.  It is not compatible with S550, S650, S660, & S760’s with manual grain tank extension.

If you have an older 60 or 70 series machine, you can trade up to an S-series combine to take advantage of an ActiveYield retrofit kit for the upcoming harvest.

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Also ActiveYield supports the following crops:  Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Canola, and Barley.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Sidedress Simpler with AutoTrac Vision for your John Deere Tractor

AutoTrac Vision Guidance for Tractors

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

AutoTrac Vision for tractors is a great new product for customers that sidedress and/or row crop cultivate.  John Deere previously released this for sprayers,  but it is now available for 7 and 8 family tractors, 30 series and newer.  The system works in row spacings from 20 up to 40-inch row crops in the early stages between 6 inches tall and 90% canopy.  The camera detects the color difference between the crop and soil and guides the tractor between the rows.

AutoTrac Vision Camera Mounted in front of the SF6000 Receiver

This new technology is ideal for customers that are in fields where they don’t have the original planting guidance lines.  It also works great for customers experiencing GPS drift or customers whose implement width doesn’t match the planter width.  We demoed this unit to a customer who planted with a 24 row planter using RTK signal and then came back and sidedressed with a 15 knife bar.  Even though the customer planted with RTK, the planter would sometimes pull to one side.  Also, the “guess” rows were occasionally off a couple inches and he would have to side shift his guidance line in the sidedress tractor to make up for it.  These additional steps are eliminated with the AutoTrac Vision system because the tractor is now automatically side-shifting for you by using the crop row as the reference point for guidance.

Gen 4 Monitor AutoTrac Vision Run Screen

I think this product would be especially beneficial for ag retailers that are custom applying because they usually don’t have the customers planting guidance lines to go off of when they are applying fertilizer.    The camera will guide them through the field with ease.  Contact us today for more info or to schedule a demo.

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

 

 

Common Wear Parts on a John Deere ExactEmerge High Speed Planter

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

John Deere’s ExactEmerge Planter has completed another successful spring planting season.  The productivity, seed placement, and uptime of these planters are impressive when compared to even the most stringent of standards.  This is the 4th season for ExactEmerge Planters and John Deere has continuously improved this product.  In this post, we will review some of these improvements and after four years we have a good feeling for the wear life of the planter components.

First, we will look at the new meter housing wear pad pictured below.  Starting in 2018, this wear pad is made out of a new ceramic material.  In previous years it was made out of the same metal material as the housing.  Prior to the change, this proved to be an annual replacement item.  If not replaced annually, the bowl would begin to wear into the housing during the second planting season.  The new ceramic wear pad pictured below is from a 16-row planter that planted over 3200 acres this spring.  As you can see, there is very little wear and the wear dimple is still clearly visible.  These ceramic wear pads retrofit back to previous model year ExactEmerge Planters.  This is a nice improvement by Deere and was factory installed starting in 2018.

New Meter Housing Ceramic Wear Pad

The next item we will cover is the lower pulley assembly.  In 2017, John Deere changed the design of this assembly and assembly cover.  In the picture below, the bottom pulley is the older style and the top one is the newer style and it is shown installed in the brush housing.  Notice the front or lower portion of the older style.  It has a plastic lip that the newer one does not as shown by the arrow.  John Deere removed this lip since crop material could build up between the brush and the housing wall, causing the brush to stall and even causing undue wear on the brush.  This was noticed mostly in soybeans.  The new assembly is opened up to allow excess debris collected by the brush to discharge automatically.  This new style is retrofittable to older model ExactEmerge Planters, but you will also need to replace the lower cover as well.

The top picture is the new style assembly

A common wear issue with the lower pulley assembly is the outer lip of the lower idler.  We have seen some of the lower idlers with the outer lip worn completely off.  This will cause the belt to come off track and potentially damage the brush belt.

Worn outer lip of the lower idler

New lower idler

The wear in the top picture has happened after several thousand acres, but should be a part of your postseason or pre-season inspection to make sure you don’t have a thin outer lip on the lower idler.  The new lower pulley assembly does not have any changes to address this issue.  Again, this doesn’t start to show until after many, many acres.  One of the symptoms you may encounter with this issue is a row starting to plant low, especially in soybeans.  Upon inspection of the brush (see pic below) you will notice that the brush is shifted to the edge of the idler and the worn outer lip has cut into the brush and reduced its width.  This will prevent a crisp and efficient handoff of the seed from the meter to the brush and some seeds will “free fall” in the brush module.

The reduced width of brush belt

One of the most common questions is, “How long do the brushes last?”  Of course, this depends on the environment they have worked in as well as the care they have received.  We are seeing an average brush lifespan of 12,000 acres on a 24 row planter.  We have seen some last significantly longer and some significantly less.  Again, the care received and the exposed environment will have a large impact on the brush life, but 12,000 acres can be used as a normal wear guide.  The symptom of a worn brush is low population on that row, again which is especially noticeable in beans.

The last thing to pay attention to is the sensor installation which should be properly inserted into the sensor slot.   We have seen when these sensors are incorrectly installed they can cause a false “double” and false high population.  It will also significantly impact seed spacing.  Notice in the first pic that there is a tab on the stainless steel wear strip.  If this tab is outside of the sensor slot, the seed will hit the tab and move back in front of the sensor eye causing the false double and false high population.  The lower picture show the correct sensor installation.

Incorrectly Installed Seed Sensor

Correctly Installed Seed Sensor

Hopefully, you have picked up some tips as you inspect your ExactEmerge Planter before putting it in the shed for next year.  Always remember to remove the seed disks from the seed meter and remove the brush from the brush module for winter storage.  Also, don’t forget to check out our planter videos on www.sloans.com for more information.

Thanks,

Lucas

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

New Video: Setting up Seedstar 4HP on a 2018 John Deere Planter

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

In this video, product support specialist Lucas Veale walks you through the features of the new John Deere Seedstar 4HP planter monitor available on model year 2018 planters.

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

Sloan Support Call Center Now Open With Extended Hours

The Sloan Support Call Center is Open for Plant '18

by Weston Adcock, Assumption, IL 

Starting today, April 20th, Sloan Implement will open its call center for the 2018 spring planting season. If you do business with Sloan Implement, AMS call support is free during business hours.  Business hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.  We have 3 experienced Product Support Specialists staffing the call center each day.  This is the best outlet for the fastest response to your AMS/Precision Farming questions.  Last spring we took 3,500 calls, with over 200 per day and still averaged a wait time of fewer than 30 seconds. If by chance all 3 lines are busy and you do not want to wait on hold, you can leave a call back number that saves your place in line and generates an automatic return call. You can also connect with the call center by sending an email or requesting a call back through our Sloan Implement Smartphone App.  You can download the Sloan App for iPhone and Android by clicking here.

If you need assistance after business hours, Sloans will continue to offer after-hours support to keep your operation going into the night and on weekends. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the week, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays we will be providing voicemail support. If you leave a detailed message of your issue with your name and number, you will get a timely response from a member of our AMS team.  For this added service we will charge $50 for the call.  The phone numbers remain the same and we now have a call center solely for our Ag Retail customers.

Sloan Support AMS Call Center – 217-693-6209

Sloan Support Farmer Call Center

Ag Retail Call Center – 833-777-2911

Ag Retail Call Center

Thank you again for your business, we look forward to helping you through this spring’s planting and spraying season.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Video: Setting Up TruSet™ on a John Deere 2230 Field Cultivator

How to set up TruSet Tillage on your Display

by Jake Pippin, Assumption, IL 

In this video, tillage specialist Jake Pippin walks you through how to set up TruSet for a John Deere 2230 field cultivator on a John Deere gen 4  display.

 

WHAT IS TruSet™ and why you need it:

  • TruSet™ Tillage technology helps you increase your productivity in short tillage windows by making on-the-go depth and down-pressure adjustments from the cab in only six seconds.
  • Cover more acres in a day because you spend more time tilling and less time manually adjusting your implement for changing conditions from one field to the next.
  • Do a better quality tillage job because it’s easy to fine-tune the implement with 1/10th of an inch adjustments, all from the cab with the touch of a button.
  • Execute prescriptions and document the tillage operation.
  • Run variable-depth tillage prescriptions to incorporate residue at different levels across the field or change the depth of tillage for different conditions such as lighter soils or areas of known compaction.
  • Document your tillage passes to see if different tillage strategies affected crop emergence or yield.

TruSet is available on all model years of the following tillage implements:

TruSet™ Tillage compatibility requirements

TruSet Tillage requires a GreenStar-ready tractor with a supported display and receiver. The TruSet Tillage system must have a connection to the tractor ISO connection. Additional TruSet Tillage information:

DISPLAY COMPATIBILITY DISPLAY TYPE IN-CAB CONTROL COVERAGE MAP DOCUMENTATION PRESCRIPTION

SDUA

GS3

Yes

No

No

No

2630

GS3

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4100

Gen 4

Yes

Yes

No

No

4600

Gen 4

Yes

Yes

Not yet

Not yet

TruSet can be run on John Deere and competitive tractors. For older John Deere and competitive tractors, a compatibility kit is needed in addition to the TruSet Tillage system. The compatibility kit includes an add-on selective control valve (SCV) and installation components.

These John Deere models are TruSet ready and will require the compatibility kit.

TRACTOR COMPATIBILITY MULTI-DEPTH OPERATION ADDITIONAL DISPLAY REQUIRED

9R Interim Tier 4 and Final Tier 4 (IT4 and FT4)

TruSet ready

No

8R (IT4 and FT4)

TruSet ready

No

7R (IT4 and FT4)

TruSet ready

No

9×30, 8×30

TruSet ready

Yes

If you would like to see Tru Set in action, call your nearest location of Sloan Implement and schedule a demo this spring.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

How to Winterize your Final Tier 4 Engines and DEF Tanks

In Memory of Austin Shellhause

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Canadian air has definitely arrived in central Illinois.  With this cooler air, attention is needed for the storage and care of any DEF fluid.  DEF fluid should be stored inside and at a temperature that will remain fairly constant, preferably above 40 degrees.  If you have John Deere machines that will be stored in cold storage for the winter, make sure you allow the DEF pump to stop running before you turn off the battery switch.  This allows the pump to evacuate the lines of any DEF fluid and bring it back into the tank.  DEF freezes at 12 degrees.  The tank has a coolant line running through it that will thaw the DEF out if the vehicle is needed to be operated during cold weather.  There is no provision, however, to warm the DEF lines that feed the exhaust treatment system.  This is why the pump needs to be allowed to run and evacuate the lines.  It evacuates the lines automatically when you turn the key off.  You can hear the pump running for about 45-60 seconds after the key is turned off and the pump will then shut off.  It is safe to turn off the battery switch once the pump stops running.  It is ok to leave the DEF in the vehicle tank in cold weather.  There is no need to drain it.  The coolant lines will thaw the DEF if needed.  With some basic common sense care, DEF has a good shelf life and should cause few problems.  Contamination by foreign material is the most common issue.  Failure to keep the cap on the bulk and vehicle tank and failure to maintain clean handling equipment are the most common occurrences.

4 Tips For Winterizing:

  • DEF freezes at 12° F. If your DEF is located outside move it to a warm, dry location if possible.
  • If your shop or garage does not have room to accommodate your totes, invest in a DEF shelter or heated tote blanket to prevent your DEF from freezing.
  • When DEF freezes it will expand approximately 7%. To avoid tote and drum ruptures, leave room for expansion.

Sloan Implement offers many different options to store and handle DEF fluid.  See your local Sloan parts department for pricing and options available or you can find out more online at sloans.com.

John Deere engines in large tractors and combines will burn from 3-8 gallons of DEF per fuel tank fill on average depending on the application and horsepower of the machine.  The John Deere vehicles equipped with a Cummins engine will burn substantially more DEF due to different methods used to deal with the emissions from the engine.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com