John Deere S700 Combine Gen 4 Display Tutorial

New this year to the S series combine lineup is the S700 with the new Gen 4 display.  We wanted to take a second to walk you through the display and answer any questions you may have.

For this session, we are in an S780 equipped with the new Combine Advisor package. This includes the Auto Maintain, Auto Active Terrain, and the Harvest Smart package.  To break that down a bit better, Auto Maintain is a function within Combine Advisor that is supported with ActiveVision Cameras. This gives the operator a view of the grain to analyze and optimize the threshing performance.  Active Terrain Adjustment automatically controls the fan speed and sieve/chaffer openings as the combine travels up and down hilly terrain. This optimizes the harvesting performance of the combine and minimizes grain loss on slopes.  Lastly, Harvest Smart Feedrate Control is specifically designed to maximize the productivity level of the S-Series Combines and reduce operator stress.

Having said that, let’s dive into how to set up your S700 series Gen 4 display.

Video Index
General Layout  0:40, Home Screen 1:14,  Farms & Fields  3:10,  Variety 3:40,   Header Controls 4:28,  Grain Handling 6:37,  Counters 7:33,  Main Run Screen 8:00,  Lower Buttons 10:13,  Mapping Page 14:19,  Active Vision 15:14,  Work Monitor 16:57,  Guidance 18:29,  Hydro Handle 20:00,  Armrest Controls 26:07,  Integrated Combine Adjust 27:50, Quick Navigation Buttons 40:23,  Active Yield 42:15

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

Attention All John Deere Starfire ITC Owners!

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

We received word from John Deere that effective Jan 1, 2021, Starfire ITC GPS Receivers will no longer be able to receive the SF1 or SF2 corrections required for machines to Autotrac.  ITC receivers will still be able to show coverage, document, and be used for sectional control (in some cases) using the WAAS signal. This was not a decision made by John Deere or INMARSAT (the company that provides the bandwidth for our SF1 and SF2 correction signals). This change is happening because of a government satellite update where new satellites broadcasting the L5 signal are replacing the older signals. The hardware inside an ITC receiver will not allow it to receive the newer data. Starfire 3000s and 6000s are not affected by this change.

The complete government document can be found here:  See page 59 (Section 3.2.8) for more details.

If you still have an SF2 or RTK activation on an ITC receiver, John Deere has extended the transfer deadline again for you to transfer these activations to an SF3000 or SF6000 receiver.  This deadline is quickly coming up on August 1st, 2018. Contact us today at 217-693-6209 if you have any questions about this transition.

Sloan Support Farmer Call Center

Unfortunately, we are in the same position as our customer’s and we currently have too many Starfire ITC receivers in stock, so we can no longer accept trades.

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

 

ActiveYield Retrofit Kits for John Deere S-Series Combines

ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available Now
ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available for this S670

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL 

Although the first official day of summer is a few days away we are experiencing some very warm temperatures around central Illinois. With highs in the 90’s and considerable amounts of rainfall recently, the crops are growing fast! Harvest will be here before we know it so now is a great time to think about upgrading your S-series combine!

In 2018, John Deere introduced the ActiveYield automatic yield calibration system as a factory option with the ability to retrofit back to 2012 and newer S-series combines. For many years we have had the ability to map our yields however the calibration process is critical for yield accuracy. On all S-series combines in the past, getting accurate yield readings meant collecting multiple calibration loads, manually weighing these loads with scales on a wagon or at the elevator, then inputting these weight values back into the display.  Though this process can be very accurate if completed correctly, it could also prove to be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating for new users.  As crop conditions such as moisture change throughout the season, this process had to be repeated to maintain accuracy.

With the introduction of the ActiveYield system, we no longer have the frustration of the multipoint yield calibration process!  ActiveYield eliminates time-consuming manual calibrations and replaces them with automated sensors that calibrate the machine by measuring the grain as the tank fills. This enables decisions to be made in real-time without leaving the cab while providing more accurate yield mapping data.  These automated sensors are scale pads mounted on the cross auger covers in the grain tank.

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

This exciting new system requires very little user input since it is designed to perform calibrations on the fly while harvesting. There are several precautions built into the software to maintain the accuracy of the system.  Any pitch or roll of the machine over 4 degrees of levelness measured by the Starfire receiver (SF3000 or SF6000) will cancel a calibration load that is in process. This amount of pitch or roll can cause the pile of grain to shift on the sensors resulting in inaccurate readings. The system will also reject a load that has inconsistent grain flow due to waterways and headlands, drastic changes in speed, or inconsistent crop conditions.  If a load is rejected, a new calibration load automatically starts once the grain is below the cross auger sensors.  The operator can monitor the active yield system on the combine’s Greenstar display to see the quality of the calibration, the number of accepted loads, and current status.

Active Yield Calibration Screen

Active Yield Calibration Screen

To sum it up, ActiveYield will save the operator time while improving yield data accuracy. When paired with a JDLink Connect subscription, your ActiveYield maps can be automatically sent to the Operations Center in MyJohnDeere.com and you can access your accurate yield data within minutes of finishing the field.  We had the opportunity to see a few limited production machines in the field with active yield in 2017 and the results were excellent.  See your local Sloan Implement dealer today for more information on compatibility and pricing on a retrofit kit for your machine!

At this time the ActiveYield retrofit kit is compatible with all S670, S770, S680, S780, S690, and S790 combines.  It is not compatible with S550, S650, S660, & S760’s with manual grain tank extension.

If you have an older 60 or 70 series machine, you can trade up to an S-series combine to take advantage of an ActiveYield retrofit kit for the upcoming harvest.

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Also ActiveYield supports the following crops:  Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Canola, and Barley.

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

 

Sidedress Simpler with AutoTrac Vision for your John Deere Tractor

AutoTrac Vision Guidance for Tractors

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

AutoTrac Vision for tractors is a great new product for customers that sidedress and/or row crop cultivate.  John Deere previously released this for sprayers,  but it is now available for 7 and 8 family tractors, 30 series and newer.  The system works in row spacings from 20 up to 40-inch row crops in the early stages between 6 inches tall and 90% canopy.  The camera detects the color difference between the crop and soil and guides the tractor between the rows.

AutoTrac Vision Camera Mounted in front of the SF6000 Receiver

This new technology is ideal for customers that are in fields where they don’t have the original planting guidance lines.  It also works great for customers experiencing GPS drift or customers whose implement width doesn’t match the planter width.  We demoed this unit to a customer who planted with a 24 row planter using RTK signal and then came back and sidedressed with a 15 knife bar.  Even though the customer planted with RTK, the planter would sometimes pull to one side.  Also, the “guess” rows were occasionally off a couple inches and he would have to side shift his guidance line in the sidedress tractor to make up for it.  These additional steps are eliminated with the AutoTrac Vision system because the tractor is now automatically side-shifting for you by using the crop row as the reference point for guidance.

Gen 4 Monitor AutoTrac Vision Run Screen

I think this product would be especially beneficial for ag retailers that are custom applying because they usually don’t have the customers planting guidance lines to go off of when they are applying fertilizer.    The camera will guide them through the field with ease.  Contact us today for more info or to schedule a demo.

 

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

 

 

 

Common Wear Parts on a John Deere ExactEmerge High Speed Planter

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

John Deere’s ExactEmerge Planter has completed another successful spring planting season.  The productivity, seed placement, and uptime of these planters are impressive when compared to even the most stringent of standards.  This is the 4th season for ExactEmerge Planters and John Deere has continuously improved this product.  In this post, we will review some of these improvements and after four years we have a good feeling for the wear life of the planter components.

First, we will look at the new meter housing wear pad pictured below.  Starting in 2018, this wear pad is made out of a new ceramic material.  In previous years it was made out of the same metal material as the housing.  Prior to the change, this proved to be an annual replacement item.  If not replaced annually, the bowl would begin to wear into the housing during the second planting season.  The new ceramic wear pad pictured below is from a 16-row planter that planted over 3200 acres this spring.  As you can see, there is very little wear and the wear dimple is still clearly visible.  These ceramic wear pads retrofit back to previous model year ExactEmerge Planters.  This is a nice improvement by Deere and was factory installed starting in 2018.

New Meter Housing Ceramic Wear Pad

The next item we will cover is the lower pulley assembly.  In 2017, John Deere changed the design of this assembly and assembly cover.  In the picture below, the bottom pulley is the older style and the top one is the newer style and it is shown installed in the brush housing.  Notice the front or lower portion of the older style.  It has a plastic lip that the newer one does not as shown by the arrow.  John Deere removed this lip since crop material could build up between the brush and the housing wall, causing the brush to stall and even causing undue wear on the brush.  This was noticed mostly in soybeans.  The new assembly is opened up to allow excess debris collected by the brush to discharge automatically.  This new style is retrofittable to older model ExactEmerge Planters, but you will also need to replace the lower cover as well.

The top picture is the new style assembly

A common wear issue with the lower pulley assembly is the outer lip of the lower idler.  We have seen some of the lower idlers with the outer lip worn completely off.  This will cause the belt to come off track and potentially damage the brush belt.

Worn outer lip of the lower idler

New lower idler

The wear in the top picture has happened after several thousand acres, but should be a part of your postseason or pre-season inspection to make sure you don’t have a thin outer lip on the lower idler.  The new lower pulley assembly does not have any changes to address this issue.  Again, this doesn’t start to show until after many, many acres.  One of the symptoms you may encounter with this issue is a row starting to plant low, especially in soybeans.  Upon inspection of the brush (see pic below) you will notice that the brush is shifted to the edge of the idler and the worn outer lip has cut into the brush and reduced its width.  This will prevent a crisp and efficient handoff of the seed from the meter to the brush and some seeds will “free fall” in the brush module.

The reduced width of brush belt

One of the most common questions is, “How long do the brushes last?”  Of course, this depends on the environment they have worked in as well as the care they have received.  We are seeing an average brush lifespan of 12,000 acres on a 24 row planter.  We have seen some last significantly longer and some significantly less.  Again, the care received and the exposed environment will have a large impact on the brush life, but 12,000 acres can be used as a normal wear guide.  The symptom of a worn brush is low population on that row, again which is especially noticeable in beans.

The last thing to pay attention to is the sensor installation which should be properly inserted into the sensor slot.   We have seen when these sensors are incorrectly installed they can cause a false “double” and false high population.  It will also significantly impact seed spacing.  Notice in the first pic that there is a tab on the stainless steel wear strip.  If this tab is outside of the sensor slot, the seed will hit the tab and move back in front of the sensor eye causing the false double and false high population.  The lower picture show the correct sensor installation.

Incorrectly Installed Seed Sensor

Correctly Installed Seed Sensor

Hopefully, you have picked up some tips as you inspect your ExactEmerge Planter before putting it in the shed for next year.  Always remember to remove the seed disks from the seed meter and remove the brush from the brush module for winter storage.  Also, don’t forget to check out our planter videos on www.sloans.com for more information.

Thanks,

Lucas

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: Setting up Seedstar 4HP on a 2018 John Deere Planter

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

In this video, product support specialist Lucas Veale walks you through the features of the new John Deere Seedstar 4HP planter monitor available on model year 2018 planters.

 

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 Open With Extended Hours

The Sloan Support Call Center is Open for Plant '18

by Weston Adcock, Assumption, IL 

Starting today, April 20th, Sloan Implement will open its call center for the 2018 spring planting season. If you do business with Sloan Implement, AMS call support is free during business hours.  Business hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.  We have 3 experienced Product Support Specialists staffing the call center each day.  This is the best outlet for the fastest response to your AMS/Precision Farming questions.  Last spring we took 3,500 calls, with over 200 per day and still averaged a wait time of fewer than 30 seconds. If by chance all 3 lines are busy and you do not want to wait on hold, you can leave a call back number that saves your place in line and generates an automatic return call. You can also connect with the call center by sending an email or requesting a call back through our Sloan Implement Smartphone App.  You can download the Sloan App for iPhone and Android by clicking here.

If you need assistance after business hours, Sloans will continue to offer 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.  The phone numbers remain the same and we now have a call center solely for our Ag Retail customers.

Sloan Support AMS Call Center – 217-693-6209

Sloan Support Farmer Call Center

Ag Retail Call Center – 833-777-2911

Ag Retail Call Center

Thank you again for your business, we look forward to helping you through this spring’s planting and spraying season.

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