Winterize Your DEF Storage Tanks

20 Gal DEF Portable Dispensing Unit SWDEFPDU20T

Plan ahead this winter by making sure your DEF supporting equipment stays in operable condition. Diesel exhaust fluid freezes at 12F (-11C). Upon freezing, DEF can expand up to 7%.  This expansion puts the pumps, hoses, and nozzles on the pump kits and portable dispensing units at risk for bursting or cracking.

Avoid any unnecessary problems by performing the following steps to winterize your DEF pump kits and PDUs (Portable Dispensing Unit):

– 110V and 12V Pump Kits:
– Step 1: Disconnect your coupler from the tank.
– Step 2: Let the pump run until you see the DEF spritzing out the end of the nozzle.  Let the pump run as dry as possible. (No harm will be done to the pump by letting it run dry).
– Step 3: Wipe down items with a clean, dry cloth. A very small amount of DEF will remain in the pump, but it will not be enough to expand and crack the housing on the pump.
– Metal Portable Dispensing Unit: Follow the same instructions as listed above.
– Poly Portable Dispensing Unit: Simply run the pump until the pump runs dry or spritzes out the nozzle.

*Heated storage is the safest way to store your items if this method is available to you.

Note: Do not try to winterize your DEF equipment by pumping antifreeze into the pumps or portable dispensing units. The antifreeze will contaminate the DEF equipment, and potentially cause harm to the SCR system on your John Deere machine.

60 Gal DEF Portable Dispensing Unit SWDEFPDU60T

60 Gal DEF Portable Dispensing Unit SWDEFPDU60T

2014 Harvest Photos October-November

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Harvest ’14 is pretty much a wrap in IL and WI.  Here are some more pictures from the past month taken by Sloan Implement Product Support Specialists.

S680 with peak fall colors near Muscoda, WI

S680 with peak fall colors near Muscoda, WI

 

 

 

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JD 608C with intermeshing knife rolls

JD 608C with intermeshing knife rolls

Tractor and MoCo Demo to Biddick Farms

Tractor and MoCo Demo to Biddick Farms

Knocking Down Oats with a 6170R and 946 MoCo

Knocking Down Oats with a 6170R and 946 MoCo

Harvesting behind the Cuba City, WI location

Harvesting behind the Cuba City, WI location

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Trying to fit 1100 bu in a 700 bu cart

Trying to fit 1100 bu in a 700 bu cart

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Rate Controller on a 9520

 

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I think I’m full

Schweigert Family Farms harvesting future tortilla chips (food-grade white corn) near the Illinois/Wisconsin Border

Schweigert Family Farms harvesting future tortilla chips (food-grade white corn) near the Illinois/Wisconsin Border

Night Ripper 9650R with a 2720 11 Shank

Night Ripper 9650R with a 2720 11 Shank

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Wiota, WI RTK tower

 

Joe and Philip setting up the Wiota, WI RTK Tower

Joe and Philip setting up the Wiota, WI RTK Tower

S690 with a Virginia Sunrise

S690 with a Virginia Sunrise

Equipment Ag Innovation Days, DeForest, WI

Equipment Ag Innovation Days, DeForest, WI

Ag Innovation Days. Seminar on Conservation Tillage

Ag Innovation Days. Seminar on Conservation Tillage

Quadtrac 600 pulling Case 875 vs 9510RT pulling 2730. Milledgeville, IL

Quadtrac 600 pulling Case 875 vs 9510RT pulling 2730. Milledgeville, IL

John Deere 2730 next to Case 875

John Deere 2730 next to Case 875

Dave Hach, Muscoda, WI harvesting with 9650 along the Wisconsin River Bluffs

Dave Hach, Muscoda, WI harvesting with 9650 along the Wisconsin River Bluffs

Southern Wisconsin & Northern IL Harvest Update

Dave Hach, Muscoda, WI harvesting with 9650 along the Wisconsin River Bluffs

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI

Some guys are starting to get close to wrapping up harvest in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The weather has taken a turn though. Light snow and flurries were in the air most of the day yesterday. Today’s high is only 29 degrees. It looks like we will be right at or below freezing for the next 7 days. Lows a couple nights are expected to be 11 degrees. Guys are scrambling to get fertilizer/lime spread, NH3 applied and finished harvesting.

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Lance Barnes with Carrousel Farms applying lime with 8335R and DN345 spreader

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Dave Hach, Muscoda, WI harvesting with 9650 along the Wisconsin River Bluffs

 

NH3 Applicator Maintenance, Rate Controllers and Section Control

New Rate Controller Installed for NH3 Application

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

Most customers are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel for harvest season in Northern IL. A few customers are done and a lot will be finishing very soon.  A lot of chiseling is going on before the ground starts to freeze. The weather next week isn’t looking good with snow in the forecast for Monday and cold temps coming our way. Yields have been really good and most customers are running out of storage.

Some guys have started NH3 this past week now that the ground has reached the lower temps. I have done a few Rate Controllers on NH3 bars. One of many nice things about the Rate Controller is that you can run with only one monitor in the cab, your GS2 or GS3. Another is that more and more guys are working with their local agronomist and they are starting to write more prescriptions. With the Rate Controller you can run prescriptions and put the nitrogen where it is most needed. This also helps saves you money in product costs.  Another nice thing is that it is capable of running Section Control (as long as you have the Swath or Section Control activation) allowing you do reduce overlap, and in turn saving you money on product and also less burn to the corn where there is too much nitrogen applied.   Most guys run two sections on 17 knives or less and three sections on 19 knives or more.  We can install a rate controller on any bar that uses Raven or Dickey John.  If you are interested in pricing, call your local Sloan Implement AMS Specialist.

Some maintenance to remember on your NH3 bars before season is to make sure to have your screens cleaned out behind the coolers.  A plugged screen with cause an erratic flow and the Rate Controller will show that. Also, if you run N-Serve in the Fall and Spring, make sure to take out your flow meter and clean out the impeller with brake cleaner and make sure that the impeller is turning smoothly. N-Serve is very sticky and will cause erratic reading if the flow meter is off balance. Also remember that NH3 is a nasty chemical to be around, make sure to also wear your gloves and goggles.