Getting to Know the AMS Department

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

This post features Austin Shellhause and Joe Brunker.  Austin works in the Cuba City, Wisconsin location.  He is a graduate of Eastland High School class of  2010.  He later went on to graduate with an Ag Business and Farm Management degree from UW-Platteville in 2014.  Austin then started with Sloan’s shortly after in Product Support.  He enjoys spending time with his friends and family and anything outdoors.

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Austin Shellhause

 

Joe works out of our Monroe, Wisconsin location and also helps cover the Mt. Horeb and Montfort, Wisconsin locations. He started working Product Support for Sloan Implement in 2007.  Joe has 3 boys that keep him busy when he’s not at work. He also enjoys working outside on his property, hunting and fishing

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Joe Brunker

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

 

 

 

2016 Data Management Service Sign Up

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Tired of struggling with Apex or just want to start mapping and keeping records of your data?  Contact us to get set up with our Data Management Service.  We will provide a new data card or flash drive each year so that you can keep your old data in a safe place for a backup.  We will update the software on all your displays and receivers and also get your displays loaded with all your setup data including farms, fields, clients, and varieties.  We can help organize your farm and field names to make sure they are consistent across all displays and all operations to avoid confusion amongst operators.  After planting, we will clean up and print your variety maps and reports and get you set up for harvest with variety locator.  We will then clean up, post calibrate, and print your harvest maps and reports after you are finished with the year’s harvest.  Now that we have the ability to upload historical data to MyJohnDeere.com, we would be happy to upload this data for you if you would like.  All of this is included for just $500 a 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

 

 

 

Sloan Support Weekly Recap July 18, 2016

by the AMS Product Support Team

The wheat crop is being harvested in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin.    Wheat yield have been really good.  We have heard this from many areas including the wheat belt out West.  Damp conditions have slowed it a bit, but the rains are certainly welcome with the forecast of extreme heat that is on the way.

Some of the storms have led to some corn crop damage from wind and hail.  This has peaked some interest in drones as customers and insurance agents are interested in surveying the damage in a more efficient manner.   You can learn more about our drone packages here.   It has also spiked some interest in rowsense autotrac steering systems to help harvest the tangled crop.  Soybeans overall appear to be very good.

The Sloan 12F folding corn heads are also generating quite a bit of conversation as customers look for ways to reduce needed manpower by leaving the header on the combine for transport.  We are starting to see some of these heads roll out of manufacturing and hopefully will have some for show and tell at our local combine clinics late this summer.  You can learn more about the Sloan 12F here.

Sloan 12F Folding Cornhead

Sloan 12F Folding Cornhead

Exactemerge planters and retrofits were very hot topics these last few weeks as the planter program deadline was approaching quickly.  We had several customers update their existing planters as well as purchase new.  This technology is really gaining traction.  Not just for the increased acres per day, but also for the incredible spacing.  You can learn more about these retrofit kits here.

Jared and Austin have been pumping out the data folders for customers this past week.  If anyone has not brought in their data for processing, please do so soon so we will have you set up and ready to roll for fall 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

 

Gator Mapping Service

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

We will get started soon after the crops are out of the fields.  We can map boundary lines and waterways, as well as guidance lines using RTK signal.  This works great when using Section Control to plant or spray through waterways.  You can also utilize these boundaries to ensure that you or your operators are in the correct field.  Simply hit the “Find Field” button when you pull into a field with a mapped boundary and it will know the Client, Farm, and Field associated with it and populate them into the drop down boxes.  All your guidance lines for that field will be pre-loaded as well.  You can then select the line you want to use, center the line with where you’re at and take off.  This eliminates the need to make new guidance lines every time you enter a field.  Mapping is $1.25/acre with minimum acreage required.  Mapping is based on a first come, first served basis so please sign up before spots fill up.  Don’t wait until the last minute.

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

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Don’t forget that the Sloan Support Team is here to help you this upcoming harvest season.   We can also help with those pre-harvest setup questions.

Calls made during our normal seasonal hours are FREE!!!

Our normal seasonal help line hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday:  7am-6pm

Saturday:  7am-3pm

Due to customer requests, we are continuing to offer our extended seasonal help line hours.  These calls will cost $50 per call.

Extended seasonal hours will be as follows:

Monday-Friday:  6pm-9pm

Saturday:  3pm-6pm

Sunday:  Noon-5pm

These extended hours calls will require you to leave a detailed voicemail stating your name, phone number, model number and a detailed description of the symptoms including any relevant trouble codes.  We will then call you back as soon as we can. Our targeted start date for seasonal hours is late August.  Please check our website and our blog closer to fall for an announcement on the exact date.

Please use this help line as your go to source for help.  We can generally get your questions answered faster than calling your local AMS/service person, with wait times averaging less than 30 seconds.

Call Center help line: 217-693-6209

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

 

 

 

JD Link Connect

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Advantages of using JDLink Connect with a GS3 2630 Display:

  • No more USB sticks
  • Send setup data from your computer directly to the GS3
  • Send prescription files directly to the GS3
  • The GS3 sends data back to your computer once the field is complete
  • Less chance of losing data if something happens to the GS3

When you are done recording a field the data can be automatically sent to MyJohnDeere.com where you can retrieve it or share it with your trusted advisors.  It can also be set up to unload files directly into Apex.  You can view up-to-date data on Apex without ever touching a flash drive or just look at your data on MyJohnDeere.com.  Receive this machine information from the cloud.

  • Machine performance data
  • Machine location history
  • Remote Dealer Support
  • Wireless Data transfer

Older machines can also be retrofitted to have this ability.  Contact us for more information and to get setup today.

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 Weekly Recap July 9, 2016

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Recent rains and cooler weather in central Illinois have really helped the corn crop as it at (or near) pollination.   I have heard of a few small pockets of wind damage but not wide spread at all.  Soybeans have nearly closed the canopy on 30” rows and look to be off to a good start.  I have seen and heard of some folks digging out the row crop cultivators from the back corner of the shed to cultivate some beans with some stubborn water hemp pressure.  Crops overall look pretty good in our area with a few pockets here and there that are showing the effects of some tougher growing conditions.

Tasseled Corn in Assumption, IL

Tasseled Corn in Assumption, IL

There is a lot of buzz in the area about the Exactemerge Planter Retrofit.  Customers are looking for ways to help save some money by upgrading their current planters to the new technology available with the Exactemerge row unit.  The seed spacing is amazing and with an optimum corn planting window of less than 5 days in many areas this year, growers are seeing the value in getting over more acres in a day without sacrificing seed placement.  We also have seen the benefit of hydraulic downforce systems to maintain seed depth when using these machines at higher speeds.  You can learn more about these retrofit kits by clicking here.

RTK signal accuracy is also generating a lot of interest as growers are making multiple passes after planting.  Planting, Post-emerge application of N, as well as weed control are the main drivers for this as they can maintain hands free steering in standing crop.  Late season fungicide is also an excellent use of this technology.  Year over year repeat-ability really opens some doors not available with other signal levels.  You can learn more about the benefits of RTK network by clicking here.

View from the Andover, Iowa RTK Base

Our planter meter test stands have been running strong as growers are taking advantage of our post season planter inspections to get their machines ready to go for next year before they put them away.   You can learn more about the importance of seed meter testing and proper storage by clicking here.

Jared and Austin have been working hard to get all of our data service customers data corrected and printed.  We still have a few customers that still need to turn in their data so would encourage any that still have not brought it in to do so soon so we can get the Harvest Variety Locator Files set up in plenty of time for fall harvest.  You can click here to learn more about our data management services.

Sloan's Can Print Your Maps

Sloan’s Can Print Your Maps

We have sold some new Starfire 6000 receivers to growers wanting to take advantage of the longer RTK Extend period and the new SF3 signal.  We still have some new Starfire 3000 receivers in stock which are a great value for growers that have needs that can be met by SF1 or are not in a sketchy RTK signal area.  You can learn more about the SF 6000 receiver by clicking here.

SF6000 Ready for Install

Keep an eye out for our upcoming combine clinic dates or check with your local Sloan Implement location for their specific clinic dates.

We have sold several drones lately as growers/seedsmen are wanting to assess crop in a more efficient manner.  They can identify trouble spots faster and easier than before and can then spend some of the saved time and effort focusing on determining causes and remedies for the troubled areas.  You can learn more about our Drone packages in a previous post by Jared Wheeler by clicking here.

JD 95 Combine Harvesting Wheat in KS

Drone Pictures of John Deere 95 Combine Harvesting Wheat in KS

 

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