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

 

 

 

First Wisconsin Cutting with the Deere W260 Windrower

by Austin Shellhause, Cuba City, WI 

Planting has finally come to a slow down with most guys either done, or wrapping up with a few acres of beans this week. After a light frost last weekend, corn looked pretty rough this past week. We have since gotten a bit of a warm up that has seemed to green up the corn and bring it back to life.

First crop alfalfa and rye are in full swing. We have gotten the chance to take our demo W260 self propelled wind rower to a few customers to showcase the machine along with the 500R rotary cutter.

W260 and 500R

W260 and 500R

The 500R cutter features constant header speed. This keeps the head at a constant speed no matter the engine RPM’s, keeping the same windrow formation across the field. On this particular cutter we have the V-10 rolls.

V10 Rolls

V10 Rolls

 

The V-10 steel rolls feature 10 angled flutes arranged in a chevron, or V-pattern along the length of the steel core. This style roll offers an adverse crop cutting option. With the 10 flutes, this allows for a more aggressive crimping for a more uniform conditioning. This also provides a quicker dry down time.

John Deere also offers 2 other styles of conditioning rolls including, urethane and tri-lobe steel rolls. Tri-Lobe steel conditioning rolls have three intermeshing chevron lobes to crush the length of the stem for improved conditioning and faster dry down. This style of roll perform best in alfalfa and other thick stemmed crops, where the roll breaks down the stems to provide excellent dry down time.

Tri Lobe Rolls

Tri Lobe Rolls

As far as the machine, the large drive tires and IntelliAxle rear suspension system provide the superior ride quality and controllability. I had the chance to ride in a customer’s older 4995 while demoing this machine, it is a night and day difference in ride quality, even over rougher terrain. Integrated AutoTrac delivers extreme accuracy at high cutting speeds. Integrated AutoTrac is an industry exclusive, without needing universal add-ons or hydraulic pumps. Using AutoTrac allows to keep the head fully engaged with crop at all times, making for a more consistent windrow even at speeds above 12 MPH. Going higher speeds while taking full head cuts and using AutoTrac, yields more productivity per hour, but also allows the operator to run longer hours due to less fatigue of operating the machine. There is not another windrower on the market that will AutoTrac and steer as well as this machine does on contour strips and straight tracks. Perfectly straight windrows also makes the chopper operator extremely happy, which makes their job a lot easier.

W260 Straight Windrows

W260 Straight Windrows

If you are interested in demo-ing this W260 or any other piece of equipment, get with your local AMS personnel and they will explain to you what we have to offer.

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Keeping Chopper Drivers Happy

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

Winterize Your DEF Storage Tanks

20 Gal DEF Portable Dispensing Unit SWDEFPDU20T

Plan ahead this winter by making sure your DEF supporting equipment stays in operable condition. Diesel exhaust fluid freezes at 12F (-11C). Upon freezing, DEF can expand up to 7%.  This expansion puts the pumps, hoses, and nozzles on the pump kits and portable dispensing units at risk for bursting or cracking.

Avoid any unnecessary problems by performing the following steps to winterize your DEF pump kits and PDUs (Portable Dispensing Unit):

– 110V and 12V Pump Kits:
– Step 1: Disconnect your coupler from the tank.
– Step 2: Let the pump run until you see the DEF spritzing out the end of the nozzle.  Let the pump run as dry as possible. (No harm will be done to the pump by letting it run dry).
– Step 3: Wipe down items with a clean, dry cloth. A very small amount of DEF will remain in the pump, but it will not be enough to expand and crack the housing on the pump.
– Metal Portable Dispensing Unit: Follow the same instructions as listed above.
– Poly Portable Dispensing Unit: Simply run the pump until the pump runs dry or spritzes out the nozzle.

*Heated storage is the safest way to store your items if this method is available to you.

Note: Do not try to winterize your DEF equipment by pumping antifreeze into the pumps or portable dispensing units. The antifreeze will contaminate the DEF equipment, and potentially cause harm to the SCR system on your John Deere machine.

60 Gal DEF Portable Dispensing Unit SWDEFPDU60T

60 Gal DEF Portable Dispensing Unit SWDEFPDU60T

2014 Harvest Photos October-November

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Harvest ’14 is pretty much a wrap in IL and WI.  Here are some more pictures from the past month taken by Sloan Implement Product Support Specialists.

S680 with peak fall colors near Muscoda, WI

S680 with peak fall colors near Muscoda, WI

 

 

 

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JD 608C with intermeshing knife rolls

JD 608C with intermeshing knife rolls

Tractor and MoCo Demo to Biddick Farms

Tractor and MoCo Demo to Biddick Farms

Knocking Down Oats with a 6170R and 946 MoCo

Knocking Down Oats with a 6170R and 946 MoCo

Harvesting behind the Cuba City, WI location

Harvesting behind the Cuba City, WI location

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Trying to fit 1100 bu in a 700 bu cart

Trying to fit 1100 bu in a 700 bu cart

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Rate Controller on a 9520

 

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I think I’m full

Schweigert Family Farms harvesting future tortilla chips (food-grade white corn) near the Illinois/Wisconsin Border

Schweigert Family Farms harvesting future tortilla chips (food-grade white corn) near the Illinois/Wisconsin Border

Night Ripper 9650R with a 2720 11 Shank

Night Ripper 9650R with a 2720 11 Shank

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Wiota, WI RTK tower

 

Joe and Philip setting up the Wiota, WI RTK Tower

Joe and Philip setting up the Wiota, WI RTK Tower

S690 with a Virginia Sunrise

S690 with a Virginia Sunrise

Equipment Ag Innovation Days, DeForest, WI

Equipment Ag Innovation Days, DeForest, WI

Ag Innovation Days. Seminar on Conservation Tillage

Ag Innovation Days. Seminar on Conservation Tillage

Quadtrac 600 pulling Case 875 vs 9510RT pulling 2730. Milledgeville, IL

Quadtrac 600 pulling Case 875 vs 9510RT pulling 2730. Milledgeville, IL

John Deere 2730 next to Case 875

John Deere 2730 next to Case 875

Dave Hach, Muscoda, WI harvesting with 9650 along the Wisconsin River Bluffs

Dave Hach, Muscoda, WI harvesting with 9650 along the Wisconsin River Bluffs

2014 Harvest Photos Sept 30-Oct 10

Here are some more pictures taken from Sept 30-Oct 10.  It’s still early October with plenty of nice autumn days ahead.  There should be several more photos posted in the next few weeks courtesy of our product support team in the fields with our customers.

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Philip Loduha Starting Wurms Farns 9570 and 630F

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Wurms 9570 and 630F in Soybeans

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9570 Chopper in Action

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Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

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Schuldt Farms Harvesting Soybeans

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Floaters on a WI 9770

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Eclipsed Harvest Moon over Ludwig Family Farms

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S670 & 635FD Flex Draper Demo to Wills

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Harvesting at K&J Farms

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Climbing the Hills in WI

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Big Yields on this Hillside

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Cutting Beans under a Harvest Moon

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Fence Post Through a Combine

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Harvest Moon

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Vance Farms Harvesting Green Beans near Havana, IL

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Green Bean Harvest

 

2014 Harvest Photos Sept 19-26

White corn from White County , IL

Harvest is rolling along in IL and WI and the excellent weather should keep it going for the foreseeable future. Here are some nice pictures from this past week taken by our Product Support Specialists.

Central IL sunrise

Central IL sunrise

Central IL sunrise

Central IL sunrise

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White corn from White County , IL

White corn from White County , IL

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Corn Eclipse

Corn Eclipse

Rock Falls, IL

Rock Falls, IL

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New 8370R Tractor

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Picking 25% corn in Northern, IL on Sept 22

Picking 25% corn in Northern, IL on Sept 22

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