by the AMS Product Support Team
Traveled over a large portion of the corn belt the last week of July and the corn and soybean crop overall looks good from Central Illinois all the way to Central Ohio. Of course, there are a few pockets here and there that have had their share of challenges but overall I think we are going to have a large crop. Probably not news to anyone but brought a little bit more meaning to the market reports when you see if for yourself.
John Deere has announced their fall software update for all Greenstar equipment. Make sure that you get this completed before you head to the field. You can find the update on www.stellarsupport.com or bring your displays and receivers into your local Sloan Implement location and we will do the update for you for free. You might have to leave them over night, as we are getting several units in and the update can take about 15-45 minutes to complete depending on your model.
Make sure you have your variety locator files setup in Apex and have reloaded your setup data into your display with the correct machine models. Here’s a blog post with instructions for setting up variety locator in Apex.
If you were one of the unlucky ones that had some wind in your area that pushed the corn down, John Deere Rowsense works really well in these situations. As long as you can get the snouts under the stalk you should have pretty good success in picking up the corn and staying on the row. Let us know if we can help set you up with a system of evaluate a field to see if Rowsense would be a good fit. You can learn more about JD Rowsense Here.
Our service departments are still very busy getting customer machines ready to go for fall. If you have some last minute service items to get repaired, don’t wait as the line is getting long.
Our call center will be back to our seasonal hours on the Tuesday after labor day. We will again have 3 analysts every day that will be taking your AMS equipment questions from 7-6 Monday – Friday and from 7-3 on Saturday. This is a free service to our customers. We will again have our after hours option for the call center. These hours are 6-9 pm Monday – Friday, 3-6 on Saturday, and Noon to 5 on Sunday. This service has a $50 fee that is passed directly to the analyst taking your call.
Check out our Sloan 12F folding corn head conversion video at http://www.sloans.com/12f . We have converted some used 12 row non-chopping heads to a folding corn head that will work on about any late model John Deere combine. It folds or unfolds in about 35 seconds.
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