Frequency Change on StarFire iTC and 3000 GPS Receivers

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

It is important to make sure that your StarFire receivers are up to date before you head to the field to avoid loss of correction signal.  The new correction frequency is now 1545.9675.  It was changed to minimize the potential for interference from other agencies and industries.  You will need software version 3.73H or later on StarFire iTC receivers or 2.00R or later of StarFire 3000 receivers for this change to happen automatically with no interruptions. You can download the latest software by clicking here.  You can also manually change this number by going to the StarFire icon on your monitor and selecting the “Setup” tab at the top and changing the number in the “Correction Freq” box.  You may have to uncheck the “Default” box first before it will allow you make this change.

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Starfire Set Up Page to Change Frequency to 1545.9675

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Combine Settings for Corn and Soybeans, Autotrac Issues, and Diseased Cobs in Central IL

2015 Soybean Harvest in Central IL. Photo credit Chad Colby @TheChadColby

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

If you have a 70 Series that makes a hard turn when you engage autotrac, check the autotrac diagnostics page in the GS3 command center.  Confirm the direction of travel is correct.  You may need to drive 50 yards to get it to switch.  If it is wrong in both directions, the issue is likely the directional control valve switch on the hydro pump.  Also, the back up alarm will be on all of the time.

Corn settings that have been working well:

380

30

1250

22

14

Bean settings that have been working well:

600

10

1000

18

7

Beans are showing 10-12% moisture, but have a lot of butter beans and a ton of green stems.

I have had a couple of cases with cobs that are diseased.  They are much like cardboard that has been wet and dried several times.  It was like a dry sponge and would break up very easily.  The customer was complaining of a lot of corn on the ground.  I asked him if it was still on the cob and he said no.  I got there and raised the chopper (IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU RAISE THE CHOPPER SO YOU CAN SEE FOR SURE WHAT THE COMBINE IS DOING) and found out it was in fact still on the cob, but it was broken up so bad it was going through.  We tried to slow down the rotor and open it up to not break up the cobs but the losses just got worse on the ground. He was also taking in a tremendous amount of trash because the stalk was dead and was breaking off almost as soon as it hit the stalk rolls.  It didn’t seem to matter what we did with the head speed or deck plates,  we still could not do much to reduce trash intake.  We finally had to go to 500 rotor speed and 12 on the concave to help the situation.  We went as far down as 6 on the concave,  but it was not as good as 12.  We verified that his concave was zeroed correctly, but we were still losing about 1 bu/acre or so, but it was the best we could do under the conditions.  I have seen this a couple of times, but it is variety specific.  His combine had been doing a good job in other fields and varieties.  This variety was still yielding very well and was running about 16-18% moisture.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

Combine Settings for Varying Cob Sizes

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Harvest is in the beginning stages in Central Illinois.  Corn moisture has been all over the board, as have yield averages.  In the lower lying areas where water stood for longer periods of time, much of the crop died and moisture is as low as 15%.  In other areas where yield is quite good the moisture is higher.  Some corn is still well over 25%.

In some fields the yield variation is quite extreme.  In situations like this it can be difficult to set the combine to an optimum setting because you will have drastically varying cob size.  One thing to try, is to close your concave as tight as you can, but not split the larger cobs.  The other thing to try, is to speed up the combine ground speed in the lower yielding areas to make sure you keep it full to take advantage of grain on grain threshing.  Don’t forget to check out our app or sloans.com for all of our help videos this fall.  You can download the app here.  Have a safe and successful harvest.
Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

Sloan Support Call Center Now With Extended Hours

by Weston Adcock, Assumption, IL 

Starting Tuesday September 8th Sloan Implement will open its call center for 2015 harvest. If you do business with Sloan Implement, AMS call support is free during business hours. Business hours include 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. We will have 3 experienced AMS individuals staffing the call center each day. This will be your best outlet and fastest response for all your AMS questions. This past spring we took 3,500 calls with over 200 per day and still averaged a wait time of less than 30 seconds. If by chance all 3 lines are in use and you do not want to wait on hold, you will have the ability to leave a call back number that saves your place in line and generates an automatic return call. You also have the ability to connect with the call center by sending an email or requesting a call back through our Sloans App.  You can download the Sloan App for Iphone and Android by clicking here.

If you need assistance after the call center is closed, Sloans will now be offering after hours support to keep your operation going into the night and on weekends. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the week, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays we will be providing voicemail support. If you leave a detailed message of your issue with your name and number, you will get a timely response from a member of our AMS team.  For this added service we will charge $50 for the call.

Thank you again for your business, we look forward to helping you through harvest this year.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Combine Settings for Wet Corn and Start of Harvest Reminders

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Corn is drying down across central Illinois. Some soybean varieties are also rapidly turning. Most of the corn is still above 25% but have seen some fields below that as well. Chopping heads continue to impress with sizing and distributing residue.
Starting corn settings so far have been around 390 and 30 for rotor and concave settings. Chaffer and sieve have been 22 and 12. The fan setting is different for each model but 1250-1300 seems to be working well for the wetter corn we have right now.
One thing that everyone seems to forget to do is to check your grain tank drain covers on both sides before you start. Also, make sure that the rock trap is closed.

 

Make sure that you calibrate your headers. You will need to do the feeder house speed calibration before you do the header calibration for both the corn head and the platform on both 70 and s-series combines.
Finally and most importantly, BE SAFE. Getting in a hurry never ends well. Check your surroundings before turning on the combine or engaging the header.
Have a great harvest.


Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com