AMS Report 2.26.2014

by Josh Zuck

Yesterday we wrapped up our customer planter clinics and Sloan technician planter trainings. We had a very good turnout at all of them.  We used the Precision Meter Max stand and did a side by side comparison of a brand new John Deere Pro Max 40 corn disk versus a brand new Precisions E-Set. They both ran identical with 0 skips and 0 multiples.  This really opened customer’s eyes and shows that the Deere Pro Max 40 is an excellent option for our customers.

I have seen that for planters with the 1.6 bushel boxes or 3 bushel boxes, it is important to  remove the row units and send to either Lanark or Assumption and have the double eliminators set and run the row units on the test stand.  This step really helps our technicians that have to go out and start planters so can spend more time with the customer and his monitor, rather than trying to set the meters. Also, this way if the customer has his boxes full, we don’t have to remove corn to get the meter to move the eliminator.

We had a new 1770NT 16 row planter here in Lanark that kept blowing fuses. After looking it over we found the wiring harness going to the right agitator motor was pinched behind a bolt. Hopefully this will be the only one like this.

We have had a lot of interest in the new planters, both Max Emerge 5 and ExactEmerge. These two new planters should be a game-changer in 2015.

There has been a lot of customer interest in Deere’s new program to convert customer to SeedStar XP. Customer can get $2000 off this system.  If you have any questions get a hold of your AMS specialist.   Contact info is on sloans.com: http://www.sloans.com/ams/

After the Clinics, we have been getting calls from customers about doing planting prescriptions. They need some help from us on how to do them and we can work with their Agronomist on what to plant and what population.  We are more than happy to help with this service.

Customers have been pricing JD Link to put in their older tractor or non Deere tractors to use Wireless Data Transfer and Remote Display Access.

AMS Report 2.22.2014

by Lucas Veale

We recently added a new MeterMax Ultra test stand at the Assumption location.  After going through several meters we have found some items to check on your own planters.  Double eliminators will develop a slight groove over time and will cause inconsistent behavior on the stand.  The hub setting also seemed to be very critical to get set correctly in order to maintain consistency.  We found that the hub needed to be run rather snug against the housing for best performance, especially with a non-Pro-Series.  We found that a vac setting of around 16 worked well for small and medium seed and 17-17.5 for larger seed (57 lbs).  These were all equipped with the John Deere ProMax 40 seed disks.  We require at least 3 consecutive runs or 99.7% or better in order to pass a meter.  We are have also tested Precision E-sets and Kinze finger pickup meters and we look forward to learning more about these meters as well.

Our customer and internal training is wrapping up for the winter season.  We still have our Technology Expo on March 11th.  We will turn our attention to on farm, individual training with customers who made recent purchases.

We have several acres of boundaries and A/B lines to run for customers with the gator mapping service before planting arrives.  Looks like next week should have some weather that will cooperate with us so we can get a good start on this task.

We are receiving a lot of questions on the new planter Deere just introduced at Louisville Farm Show.  It will be at our winter Expo for all to see and touch.  We also included it as part of our salesman class.  It will require 5 hyd hookups and 60gpm to operate.  It is electric drive and is capable of planting speeds up to 10 mph without sacrificing seed placement.

We continue to have success talking with customers about converting their Kinze planters to ISO so they can run through a GS2 or Gs3.  This cleans up the cab and allows them to document automatically without other harnesses.

Vandalia recently installed a direct injection kit on a 4940 sprayer.  They found a few tricks and tips for installation.  If anyone gets the opportunity to install a kit on a 4940, they would be a good resource to consult for advice on the installation.

Atwood installed a Surefire Fertilizer system on a 1770NT.  It is available in either as a hydraulic or electric drive depending on the size of the planter and the flow needs.  They commented that the installation was a smooth process and it hooked right into the rate controller.

Wireless Data Transfer will be free to those customers this year that have JDLINK Ultimate and RDA.  Most customers do not have RDA but will only run about $100 or less to upgrade to this if they already have JDLINK Ultimate subscription.

Used AMS equipment continues to be in high demand.  Used receivers and ATUs are especially hard to find.