Wisconsin Wheat Harvest and New AMS Products for 2015

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI

We’ve been busy harvesting wheat in northern IL and southern WI this last week. The weather has been warm and dry, so getting the wheat and straw out of the field has not been a problem. Yields, test weight and straw have been good for the most part. I have heard some rumors of vomitoxin and some loads getting rejected at elevators. We could use some more rain across the area. Most fields have not had any rain for 2 weeks now. We had a few showers in the area this morning, but they only wetted the sidewalk for the most part. We do have some more chances Saturday and Sunday though.

We were out at Deere’s ISG headquarters in Urbandale, IA this week for our annual summer meeting. There we talked about changes to www.myjohndeere.com and the Field Analyzer. There will be some nice additions for those using Apex today. If you have a combine with a valid JDLink subscription and a GS3 2630 display, contact us to set-up a free trial of Wireless Data Transfer for harvest this fall. The only other item that you will have to buy is the Ethernet cable. We also discussed the fall software bundle and Field Connect. The fall software bundle should be out by mid-late August. With John Deere’s product introduction coming up on August 18th, they were pretty tight lipped on the new products for 2015 and beyond. We will be sure to fill you in as soon as we learn more at Intro. While we were out at Urbandale, we also picked up a ProTrakker hitch to demo Active Implement Guidance to a customer after wheat. Active Implement Guidance places a second GPS receiver on the planter and the Protrakker’s hydraulic hitch steers the planter over a previous strip till pass and for higher accuracy with guess rows. If you are interested in Active Implement Guidance, give us a call and we may be able to get you in the field to see it in action yet this summer.

I also worked with some growers and researchers in Italy set-up their 7750 SPFH to map their corn yield. The time zone change and language barrier was challenging for both sides at times,  but they are up and mapping now.



Farms (Kevin and Erika Klahn) waiting for the sun to come back out near Brooklyn, WI

Klondike Farms (Kevin and Erika Klahn) waiting for the sun to come back out near Brooklyn, WI



JD W235 Windrower and 569 Premium Baler

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI.

We ran the new John Deere W235 windrower in some contour fields near Montfort, WI last week. If you’ve ever driven a windrower before, you know how squirrelly they can be with the two separate wheel motors driving the machine similar to a skid steer. We’ve been requesting an integrated steering system in windrowers since the ATU left a lot to be desired in our hills and contours at higher cutting speeds. I was VERY impressed with the new integrated steering system in this machine. As you will see in the picture, I had my demo receiver on the machine which was set-up for RTK, but we ran the machine on SF1 since that’s the system most customers would use for cutting hay. We cut up to 15 mph in these small contours and the system was very smooth. Whether you have an ATU in your windrower today or not, you will want to run this new machine. Give us a call if you want to set-up a demo.


W235 Windrower


This week, I got the chance to start out a customer with his new 569 Premium round baler. The premium round baler includes: new cam style pto slip clutch for less wear and maintenance, ISO monitor with 3 bale shape sensors instead of 2, a grease bank for easier service, 2 year or 12,000 bale warranty, improved mega wide pick-up (larger cams, larger bearings and larger spider gears, but same low profile) and two options for tractor/baler automation. This baler had both of these automations activated. With a level 1 baler activation the baler gate opens and closes automatically. With Level 2 the baler tells the tractor when to stop. The baler wraps the bale, kicks the bale out and closes the gate without operator involvement besides pressing the brakes after the tractor begins to slow down on its own. In hilly fields, there is also a pause button, so you can kick the bale out where it will not roll away. This is pretty neat technology that will save a lot of operator fatigue if you bale a lot of hay or corn stalks. Once again, give us a call if you are interested in a demo.

569 Premium Baler

569 Premium Baler

569 Permium Monitor

John Deere Field Connect

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI

We finally started drying out in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois after a VERY wet June. Leaching of nitrogen is a concern in many areas. Now’s the time to get out and scout the interior of your fields. Our new Horizon Drones will be great for this. Contact us for more information. This weather has also been perfect conditions for white mold (Sclerotinia Stem Rot) in soybeans. Early fungicide application is your best bet to combat this. It maybe something to consider if you already plan to make another herbicide pass on any late planted beans.

We installed another John Deere Field Connect a couple weeks ago now. The field connect gateway includes both cellular and satellite communication. It is powered by a battery that is recharged with a solar panel. The gateway is paired with a 1 meter probe for row crops. This probe has 5 moisture sensors built in to it at the following depths to read soil moisture: 4”, 8”, 12”, 20” and 40”.

Field Connect 1 Field Connect 2

This system gives growers with irrigation pivots information to make better informed decisions about when or when not to water. The system also comes with some additional add-on options like a rain gauge, temperature probe, leaf wetness senor, pyranometer (solar radiation information) and weather station (air temperature, wind speed, wind direction, humidity data and growing degree days). All of this information is then available to be viewed remotely through easy-to-use graphical interface at myjohndeere.com (see picture of Deere’s sample data).

field connect 3


Lanark RTK Base Station Lightning Strike, Rowsense, and Combine Inspections

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

We had had a lot of rain the last few days in Northern IL. We also have had a few bad storms with strong winds and a couple of tornados. With the strong winds, comes down corn. There are quite a few fields that got flattened with the winds. Corn has been looking great lately with the rain and warmer weather.

We had the Lanark RTK base station get struck by lightning and have had to replace everything. We are still waiting on a certified climber to replace the antenna. Since it is on an actual structure tower and not a grain leg, we have a climber come and install the antenna and coax. I am just glad it did it in the off season and not in the middle of spring. We do carry enough items on hand to get it back up and going in the matter of hours on an emergency basis. We also have other towers that cover the same areas also. Also don’t forget with the 450 mhz radio’s and the SF3000 receiver you also get 14 days of SF2 fallback which is a Deere exclusive perk.

With the down corn this year, it would be a good time to think Rowsense. Rowsense is for combines that are picking corn. There are feelers that go in the corn head and activation in the GS3 or GS2. Rowsense isn’t only for combines with integrated Autotrac, there are also platform kits for non integrated AutoTrac combines that can run an ATU. If you are interested in Rowsense, contact any of the Sloan’s AMS specialist for pricing and see if you have an approved platform.

Down corn near Montfort, WI

Down corn near Montfort, WI 6/30/14

Now is a good time to be getting your combine in for service inspections. We will check your entire combine over front to rear and give you a detailed quote on the repairs that are needed. That way when you head to the field this year, your combine will be in top notch shape with minimal down time. Contact your local Sloan’s Service Manager for details.

I would also like to take this time to announce a new AMS specialist for the Northern Sloan’s Stores. Austin Shellhause has joined the AMS team. Austin is from Lanark and will be working out of the Lanark store and will also be traveling and helping out the other stores also. He graduated this spring from UW Platteville with an Ag Business degree.

1770NT vs. 1775NT Non-High Speed John Deere Planters

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Here are the main changes for the 2015 John Deere 1775 Planter with Max Emerge 5 row units:

Ability to run cable drive and granular insecticide.  Can run with 1.6 or mini hopper and cable drive.

Gauge wheel arm bushings much more durable because of smooth bushings rather than full thread-much longer life

Double eliminator is adjustable from outside the meter with a knob and a number.  Repeatable from season to season and seed to seed.

No elbow on the mini hopper to impede seed flow.  Less time spent shaking hoses because of seed stuck in the delivery hose.

All vac air is from the main hoppers.  Cleaner air with less debris in meter housing.

Easier access to the meter with a 1.6 bu hopper.  No need to remove the hopper from the unit to access the meter.  All done from the side.

With new quick change doors, you can easily snap in the knocker wheel and bean flapper.  They are no longer bolted in.

Here are some pictures of the new row unit

doubles eliminator up close 1 up close 2 up close 3