Southern IL Wheat and John Deere iGrade with Scraper and RTK

by Lucas Benning, Vandalia, IL

Wheat harvest has started in southern Illinois with a few guys getting started before the rain hit yesterday. Wheat this year is tough and is going to be hard threshing with some green spots still in the fields, but moisture and yield looking good. The field that I was in on Monday was testing 14% moisture and 80-90 bushels per acre for yield. Luckily we were able to receive a little rain yesterday. Two tenths to an inch in most areas will definitely help the corn and beans since we were starting to see a few cracks starting to show up in the ground.

I got the chance the other day to help get a customer started and play around with a 9510R and dual pan scrapers that is setup with iGrade. There are multiple modes within iGrade, but the 2 that we use are Plane Control for scrapers and Remote Control for ditchers. Using Plane Control with a function called Plane Calculator you can survey the area and it will give you a recommended slope and you can either accept it or change the slope. With the function One Slope you can set your desired slope and it will pitch it in the direction you tell it. You can also run Dual Slope where it will pitch it into a desired corner. All this is done by GPS and the scraper is controlled automatically with the addition of the application controller. RTK is a must with this system and it is recommended to be within 1 mile of the base station. If you are interested in what we may be able to do for you with a set up like this contact your local AMS specialist.  The setup below has only one receiver on the first pan and the operator has to control the second one manually. We can also set it up where both are controlled automatically.

I Grade 9510R

New 4600 Displays on the 8R Tractor

by Bill Kletecka, Cuba City, WI 

This past week in Southwestern Wisconsin has been filled with rain almost on a daily occasion.  Some spots have received almost 10” in a week, with very little of it being severe storms.  Once the weather straightens out a lot of our dairy customers will be making second crop hay.   Second cutting is looking very good with plenty of length and very little insect pressure to inhibit it.

One of the issues that we ran into this past week was on the new 4600 displays in a new 8R tractor.  The customer was going to use the tractor and three point mounted sprayer for touching up around grass waterways, and wanted to set up home pages on his new display.  The trouble he ran into was that he couldn’t find where his John Deere Rate Controller was listed.

4600 Display 8R


In the new display currently they are listed under the ISOBUS VT tab.

Deere 4600 Display


Here you can select from your receiver, rate controller, planter, or whatever else you have on the system.  This part is very similar to the “main menu” screen that shows all of the active ISOBUS implements that the tractor has running

8R 4600 Display

Once you select in this case Planter it will show up in ¾ screen on the display.  At this moment it is unable to have any of the ISO tasks placed on an actual home page.

Crop Update for IL and WI

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Corn and Beans look really good across Central and Northern Illinois.  Other than a few small wet spots the crop is outstanding.  Plenty of moisture and mild weather have provided great conditions.  Thermostat is going higher this week but some GDUs would not hurt anything.  SW Wisconsin received some much needed rain this week along with some unwanted severe weather.

Make sure that you have your data downloaded from your planter and have setup your variety locator files for fall.  Also, stay tuned for more information on our training expos coming up in July and August.

Voyager Camera in R4030 Sprayer and Sloan Mapping Service

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL

For the most part all of the corn is side dressed and sprayed here in Atwood.  Most guys are working on getting all of the beans sprayed now. We did experience some camera problems with the new sprayers.  It seems the Voyager camera is the only one Deere offers a harness for currently.  We installed one Voyager camera and the fuse for the camera kept getting blown.  After further inspection the harness had been wired incorrectly and a new harness fixed the issue. SWTY26989 REVISION B is the harness you need to connect a Voyager camera. Revision A is made incorrectly. If you need to connect a cab cam we will probably need to go through Ag Express for now.

We have been able to visit a few farms and get planting data downloaded and printed for our mapping customers. See your local AMS specialist for more information on our mapping service or visit the website.  We have a few guys getting their combines ready for wheat next month. I already had one customer that had a GS3 in a 70 series combine freeze up. A new moisture sensor software seems to fix this problem as we discovered last fall.

John Deere 2510L Liquid Applicator and Cuba City Home Town Fest Parade

by Bill Kletecka, Cuba City, WI 

Over the past week the Southwestern Wisconsin corn crop has progressed very quickly.  We went from being able to still apply fertilizer last week to being fully canopied in a week.  Beans are still really short, but haven’t had much in the way of stressors or insect pressure yet this year.  On June 7th we started out the first 2510L applicator that the Cuba City store had sold.  The 2510L was a 15 row with a mole knife for placing the nitrogen below the surface.  The customer was very impressed with the speed that it was able to run without having soil “blowouts” in his field, and also how accurate the rates were.  As with any nitrogen application, it is crucial to apply exactly the amount that you want to apply where you want to apply it and also at the correct time for the plant’s needs.  In addition, the applicator was very easy to set up and run due to the John Deere GS2 rate controller being ordered out of the factory.

John Deere 2510L

On June 14th, Cuba City had their annual Home Town Fest which includes two nights of tractor and truck pulls, amusement rides and also a parade.  The parade has been a crowd favorite with hundreds of spectators every year.  This year Sloan’s had a five pieces of equipment to showcase, including a 550 S-4 gator, a new R4030 sprayer, a 6170R tractor with 946 discbine, a 9360R tractor with 2720 disk ripper, and a W235 self-propelled windrower with a 995 16’ head.  Parade goers enjoyed seeing the big new green equipment, even going as far as stopping me en-route and asking what a windrower does.  It just goes to show how disconnected from agriculture people have become even in a small rural community such as Cuba City.  Everyone in agriculture needs to go the extra mile and promote all the hard work we do, and just what kind of investment and commitment it takes to keep feeding the world.  Pictures from the parade can be on Sloan’s Facebook page by clicking here.

ExactEmerge/MaxEmerge 5 planter clinic and Planter Storage Tips

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI

We had our 2015 Planter Early Order Program meeting last week. Attendance was very good. We talked about the new MaxEmerge5 row units, the ExactEmerge high speed planter and Deere’s new partnership with Dawn along with some other miscellaneous items. The Maxemerge5 units added a bunch of nice changes that make the meter easier to get at and adjust. We were also able to go out and walk a field that was planted with the ExactEmerge planter. The stand is very good. At first glance it looks like there were some skips, but we were able to find seed every time we dug in these areas.

I’ve talked to a lot of RTK customer’s in the north the last couple weeks and it seems like everyone got along very well with the additional base stations. Coverage was better than expected even in the hills and many were able to hold the signal farther away than we thought we would be able to.  You can see our coverage are here.

Before you put your planter away, there are a couple items that you should be doing:

1. Record your tractor measurements, planter measurements and on/off times, so you can set the planter the same exact way next spring without digging up a bunch of seed.

2. Remove your data and import it into Apex. Don’t forget to set-up variety locator in Apex before the start of harvest. Contact us if you would like us to do this for you with our mapping service.  Here’s some more information about our mapping service.

Setting up Variety Locator in Apex and Summer Training Schedule

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Now is a great time to discuss Sloan Implement’s mapping service with one of our 12 AMS specialists.  We will print your spring maps and get your screens ready to go for harvest this fall.  This includes setting up variety locator so that the combine will know what variety it is harvesting without having to change it on the display.  At the end of the year this data can be used to generate a report that shows which varieties performed the best.  You can learn more about this service by clicking here.

Setting up variety locator is something that many of our customers struggle with each year.  Here are some things to remember.  You cannot just take the screen out of the planting tractor and install it in the combine and expect it to work.  The data has to be downloaded into Apex first and then new setup data must be saved for the display.  When saving new setup data, you also cannot just check mark the variety locator box.  You will have to click the “setup variety locator” on the left hand side (see picture below) and another screen will pop up.

Variety Locator

Choose the select all button at the top of this screen to select all of the planting files.  If you happen to have more than one planting file for one field name then an error will pop up and you will have to choose which file you want to use.  Common examples of this are caused when corn and soybeans are both planted under one field name and the other is when an area has been replanted in that field.  In most cases you will want to choose the original corn planting file unless you ripped up the majority of the field and replanted it in a different variety.  Basically the combine would get confused if it had to look at two different maps and try to decide which variety is really planted in that part of the field.  This is why Apex will only let you choose one file per field.  Once this is done you are now ready to save the new setup data.

The June 2014 AMS Newsletter is now available on our website and can be viewed by clicking here.  Many customers have started getting the print version in their mailboxes.  The print version has a training calendar in it that can be disregarded.  We are currently working on revising our summer training schedule and will post a revised schedule soon.  Our training schedule can be found online by clicking here.