Deere 6125R on Tracks and $500 Data Management Service

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

It’s starting to feel like winter again in Wisconsin. Snow is in the forecast with 2-4” expected tomorrow. We’re busy working on everyone’s harvest data and getting set-up data cleaned up and ready for spring in Apex. Check out our UPDATED Data Management Service if you do not have Apex software or if you would prefer that we do everything for you. For $500/year it will save you a lot of time to get everything in place before planting season.  You can view more info on our website by clicking here.

Have you taken the time to remove your displays and receivers and put them in a temperature controlled room for the winter? It’s a good idea to do this. Think of your display as a laptop. Would you leave it in the shed all winter collecting condensation every time the temperature increased or decreases dramatically?

6R on Tracks

Mt. Horeb recently sold a 6125R to Northwoods Passage snowmobile club near Tomahawk. This is the club’s second John Deere tractor. When Soucy tracks are added, they claim that they get around the trails and deep snow better than anything else that they have. They are also way more reliable with less downtime and repair expenses for the club. Contact Jeff Stone in Mt Horeb at 800-828-4240 for more information on these tractors.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

The Importance of Planter Meter Inspections and Clearing your Yield Data

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Winter is the time to get your planter meters inspected and tested so you are ready to go for spring.  We can run your meters on a modern test stand and check for doubles, skips, and misplaced seeds.  Our test runs are 1000 seeds per run and we require 3 consecutive tests of 99.7% or better performance for a passing grade.  It might not pass due to several factors.  It could be worn parts, a misaligned double eliminator, improperly adjusted hub setting, or a myriad of other factors.  The test stand allows us to find the “why” behind the problem.  We will then contact you about the recommended changes and get your approval to make these repairs.  Most times John Deere Pro Max meters don’t need  a tremendous amount of parts to get them ready to roll.  Of course, all of this is dependent upon how the meter has been cared for and how long it has been since it was last checked over.  The only way to know is to put them on a test stand and have them checked out.  Emerged corn is not the time to discover an issue with your meters so have them tested.  The planter is a system of different components working together and the meter, while being the heartbeat, is not the only item that can cause issues if not properly maintained.  Your entire planter including the row units, frame, drive system, delivery system, air system, etc. should all be inspected to insure that you are ready to go when mother nature decides to cooperate.  If you do take your meters to get inspected make sure to take your seed that you are going to plant this year along with it to the dealership.

planter meter

Another item to get squared away now is your data collection system and autotrac monitor.  Download all of the data from the monitor and make sure that it is safely backed up.  Remove the data from the monitor and install any available software updates.  These are usually released by John Deere in Mid-February.  Now you should re-load any setup data with all of your farms, fields, and varieties.  Don’t forget to also load in the CORRECT dimensions of the tractor and the planter so your clutches will shut off correctly.