Cutting Beans that are Down, Tangled, or Leaning

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Great weather in the month of September has hastened crop harvesting in Central Illinois.  The corn crop has been well above average in most cases but is falling well short of the 2014 record.  Soybeans also are well above average but it is still too early to tell if we will eclipse the yield of last year as a whole. 

Cutting Down Beans with a Row Crop Head

If you are dealing with down, leaning, or tangled beans try to set your angle of cut as close to perpendicular to the lean of the crop as reasonably possible.  This will lead to the least amount of plugging and will also reduce the amount of beans that you run over.  With larger headers, make sure that your feed accelerator is on the high side to reduce the chance of plugging in this area.  We have also seen some benefit of running the feeder house chain on the larger sprocket if persistent slugging occurs due to large crop mass.  As always, make sure that the auger is adjusted closely to the floor and rear strippers to augment feeding.  Draper belt speeds seem to work the best around 200-220 in most cases.  Always calibrate your header before you start the season to insure it is ready for any ground condition.  Check out the help videos on Sloans.com under the AMS heading for help with the calibrations. 

You can view our Hydraflex Platform video here:

You can view our Flex Draper video here:

Also, don’t forget the call center to help with switching crops at 217 693 6209

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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

 

New Video: The Benefits of B Wrap

by Jake Pippin, Assumption, IL 

In this video, Jake Pippin, Hay and forage Specialist for Sloan Imp, explains the benefits of B Wrap on John Deere round balers.

B-wrap is an alternative to net wrap and provides “barn quality hay without the barn.” The secret is the TamaSCM technology that keeps moisture out, while the micropores allow moisture inside the bale to escape. B-wrap is compatible with 7, 8, and 9 series balers, and the kit can be installed in less than an hour. Once the kit is installed, the baler can be switched from net wrap to b-wrap in less than 5 minutes, and vice versa. B-wrap is sold in rolls just like regular net wrap; however, there are a set amount of bales you can wrap depending the width of your baler. A roll of b-wrap will cover (45) 4’ bales and (35) 5’ bales, while still allowing you to make bales between 60”-68” in diameter. It begins by wrapping the bale once with regular net wrap and then following with a layer of the TamaSCM material. Following the TamaSCM are two more wraps of regular net wrap. With four layers of coverage, b-wrap has been tested to show just a 2% loss of dry matter while stored outside in a well-drained area for 6 months. This is compared to a 2.1% loss of dry matter for regular net wrap bales stored inside for the same period. Although the cost of b-wrap is $4 or $5 more per bale, you are sure to see the advantage after you open your bale up after 6 months of outdoor storage and see that it looks the same as the day you baled it. We have demoed b-wrap to a few customers and have had very positive feedback on the ease of use and appearance of the bales. If you store the majority of your bales outside, b-wrap is the only option for “barn quality hay without the barn.” Let us know if you would like a demonstration and we will be happy to come to your farm and show you the John Deere 569 baler equipped with B Wrap.

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You can read more about B wrap by visiting John Deere’s B Wrap Information Page

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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

Corn Head Storage Stands BXE10423

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Do you place your cornhead on wooden blocks to prevent damaging the curtains on your Stalkmaster cornhead?

Deere has a nice attachment that makes hooking and unhooking heads much more convenient.

• Fits all 2012 & newer corn heads (chopping & non‐chopping)

• Raises corn head off the ground to allow for stalk stompers under head
• No Tools necessary to convert from field position to storage position

• No more Wooden Blocks needed to prop up corn head

• Works with head carts

• Deere part BXE10423 $233.20 per set

Storage Position

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Field Position

Field Position

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 High Yielding Soybeans

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

It is looking like the soybean harvest this fall will be challenging with the size of the crop and the amount of weeds.  Just as a reminder to prevent unwanted down time, here are some basic combine settings for soybeans.

-Make sure feed accelerator is in high (belt in groove closest to combine)

-Rotor in high side (550 – 650 rpm)

-Straw chopper set to high

-Feeder house drum in the low position

-Feeder house drive chain in high for drilled or heavy tall beans

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

 

Calibrating the TCM on a 2600/2630 Display

by Andy Syrcle, Assumption, IL

As you move your 2600 or 2630 Display into your combine this fall, you will need to calibrate your TCM to make sure you have the most accurate GPS signal and A/B Lines.  This Youtube video will help explain how to properly calibrate your TCM to assure your autotrac works properly in your Tractor, Combine, Sprayer, or any other self propelled vehicle.  Have a safe fall!

 

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