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

 

 

 

New Deere Planter Options, SF2 vs RTK, Guided Planter Hitches, and Prescriptions

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

Prescriptions

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Do you plan on doing any variable rate planting this spring? If so, now is a great time to work on them or sit down with your agronomist.  This will assure that your prescriptions are ready and in the right format for your display come spring.   All too often, we run into issues on the first day of planting of trying to get them into the display and working correctly.  If you have questions on what needs to be done please be pro-active and get a hold of us today.   We also have data management services available to help with this task plus spring software updates and pre-season display set-up.  You can learn more about our data management  service by clicking here.

Active Implement Guidance

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Laforge Guided Planter Hitch

John Deere recently announced a new allied agreement with Laforage for a guided planter hitch. When combined with John Deere’s Active Implement Guidance, it will place the seed right where it needs to go. This would be ideal for strip till. Even if you are not strip tilling, you can see benefits from the consistent guess rows when you return to side dress, spray and harvest. The Laforage hitch has up to 20” of hitch movement available. The hitch replaces the factory 2-point hitch on 1770, 1775, 1790 and 1795 planters.

If you are looking for a hydraulic drawbar hitch or a convertible hitch (2 point and a drawbar), we also have Protrakker hitches available with up to 26” of movement.

Protrakker Hitch

Protrakker Hitch

If you have any questions on hydraulic hitches or active implement guidance, please give us a call.

SF2 Signal vs. RTK

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As we get closer to planting season, we’re starting to get the question “what GPS accuracy level fits my operation the best”.  We recommended using SF2 or RTK for planting although we have many customers still using SF1 and getting by just fine.  SF2 and RTK both are noticeable improvements especially when planting in hills and contours.  Since John Deere moved the SF2 subscription renewals from their call center to the dealership a few years ago, we’ve taken a lot of calls to activate SF2 subscriptions at the beginning of the planting season. Many customers may not know what it would take to jump from SF2 to RTK.  John Deere’s year-long SF2 subscription is $1050 while Sloan Implement’s RTK subscription is only $1000.  If you already have a SF2 unlocked receiver, you only need a one-time RTK activation ($3500) and a 450 mhz radio ($1795).  That puts your first year total with the subscription at $6,295.  Next year you would only pay $1000 for the annual subscription. John Deere’s RTK signal is a repeatable 1” signal that will not move or drift from day to day or season to season.  Planter shutoffs can now be used with confidence for interior boundaries or water ways. They can also be dialed in for even less overlap while running RTK. The signal acquisition at the beginning of the day is almost instant vs waiting for the accuracy to improve with other Deere and non-Deere signals. Everything else, from autotrac performance to variety locator, is also improved with the more accurate and repeatable RTK signal. Talk to your Sloan Implement AMS Consultant for details on coverage for your area. Sloan Implement is committed to giving you the best accuracy available and we will be building additional towers in Iowa and Wisconsin in time for planting.  You can view our current RTK network coverage by clicking here.

National Farm Machinery Show

John Deere revealed several future products at the National Farm Machinery Show this week.  For 2017 they plan to have a MaxEmerge 5E row unit with an electric drive (no more electric seed clutch or hydraulic variable rate motors).

MaxEmerge 5e

MaxEmerge 5E Row Unit

They also showed a hydraulic individual row downforce system that’s expected to be a factory installed option in 2017 along with a pneumatic closing wheel option (available now for limited models).

IRDF

Hydraulic Individual Row Downforce

Pneumatic Closing

Pneumatic Closing Wheel

 

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

Wisconsin Crop Progress and Exactemerge Post Season Maintenance

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

We had a lot of rain the last few weeks, but most of the area crops are still in very good shape. There was some localized high winds causing some down corn and wheat.

Windblown Corn near Dodgeville, WI

 

 

Now we just need some heat and drier weather. A lot of 2nd crop alfalfa was made this past week.

Marshall Brothers 7930 cutting oats and peas

R450 Cutting Alfalfa

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D & J Manthe Forage Services Chopping 2nd Crop

 

 

Wheat has begun to turn, but is still probably a couple weeks away from harvest.

 

 

Soybeans planted with the ExactEmerge planter have been very impressive. Consistent spacing really helped them push through and crust and emerge very evenly.

ExactEmerge Soybeans

ExactEmerge Soybeans

RTK Sectional Control Row Command Clutches

 

 

Before you put the ExactEmerge in the shed, here are some tips for winter storage and planter maintenance:

Purge all remaining seed

Install plugs in vacuum manifold bells

Empty and clean all seed hoppers

Relieve all spring tension on the closing wheels

Clean meters with a brush and mild detergent if needed to remove any seed treatment or talc buildup.

Remove the seed bowls

Spray bowls with graphite lubricant

Hang bowls on a wall out away from direct heat and/or sunlight

Remove brush belt and hang it on a wall

Clean out any fertilizer or insecticide and winterize with RV anti-freeze

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

Wisconsin Planting, Exact-Emergence, W260 Windrower & 500R Platform

W260 & 500R cutting Alfalfa

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

It’s still pretty busy in Southern Wisconsin.  With all of the cool and wet weather over the last few weeks, some guys are just now finishing up corn and beans. Others are busy spraying, cutting down rye. or making hay. Some sidedressing has started as well. Most of the corn in the area is getting a little yellow from the dampness and nights still in the 30’s. Today’s sun and heat is just what it needs.

The ExactEmerge stands look very good. We walked some fields and talked to customers today. Overall they are very happy. The singulation and spacing is very good. The planters that we checked also had sectional control dialed in nearly perfect.

ExactEmerge Section Control

ExactEmerge Section Control

Exactemerge Spacing

Exactemerge Spacing

We have cut some rye and alfalfa with the new W260 windrower and new 500R platform with Tri-Lobe conditioning rolls. The W260 has a 6.8L engine that with 260 engine horsepower at 2400 rpm and up to 285 horsepower at the power bulge. The windrower didn’t bog down at all in tall, wet, and sometimes lodged rye, all while going a constant 12 mph across the field. Meanwhile, a competitor’s windrower couldn’t get over 6.5 mph in the same field. The W260 seems to be a great fit for heavy crops and/or hills. The new 500R platform was making a very nice and even windrow in both rye and alfalfa. The 500R includes a new overshot cross auger that delivers increased performance in windrow formation and cut quality. Crop flow is also improved because of the auger and additional converging drums that are taller and closer together on each end of the platform to provide an even flow into the conditioner while reducing bunching, recutting and wrapping on the ends.

W260 500R Rye

W260 & 500R Cutting Rye

500R converging drums overshot auger and tri-lobes

500R converging drums overshot auger and tri-lobes

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Learn more at www.sloans.com

Wisconsin Planting, ExactEmerge Success, Active Implement Guidance, and Swath Control Settings

Row Clutches at Work

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

Planting started in Southern Wisconsin two weeks ago with above average temperatures followed by a week of below normal temperatures and even some snow flurries last week! This past week has been very good planting conditions and a lot of corn has went into the ground. We have some customers finishing with corn and more could be done by this weekend if the rain holds off.

The ExactEmerge planters have all been running well. Most customers have been running 7-10 mph across the field. Seventy acres per hour in our larger fields with a 24 row planter has been pretty common. Setting swath control has been pretty quick since you can dig seed like a sandhill crane when the spacing is so close to perfect. We did notice that some hub torques got a little loose after the initial break in. Similar to the ProMax 40 disks, it seems that a tighter hub torque has been better than a loose hub torque. Round seed has also singulated a little better than flat seed 98-100% vs 97-98% on average. With the brush belt carrying the seed to the trench and with it being speed compensated, the in ground spacing has been very good on both types of seed.

8370R 1775 ExactEmerge Active Implement Guidance

JD 8370R & 1775 ExactEmerge

Active Implement Guidance with ProTrakker hydraulic hitches have also been working very well this spring doing strip till in some rolling ground of Southwestern and South Central Wisconsin. Our local RTK bases have been performing very well again this year. If you are interested in RTK, give us a call and we can line up a demo before you’re done planting.

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JD 9410R Pulling JD 2510H Using Active Implement Guidance

I got a call yesterday about soybeans overplanting 5-6%. We ended up finding the seed very small and multiples getting stuck in some holes on the disk. We reduced the vacuum as much as we could and then cut back on the prescription rates using the Prescription Multiplier in order to get the correct amount of seed in the ground. It sounds like there many some abnormally small beans out there this year, so keep that in mind.

Small Bean Seed Overplanting 5-6%

Small Bean Seed Overplanting 5-6%

I’ve received a few calls this week from guys running adaptive curves in our small and irregular shaped fields. When the customer leaves his first line to go plant on the other side of the field, the line will not let him engage autotrac when he returns. Backdating to 14-1 GS3 software has fixed the problem on all of them so far.

Adaptive Curves Not Working

Adaptive Curves Not Working

Last but not least, I’ve had a lot of calls this week in regards to planter clutches. It’s impossible to dig too much seed when you start planting. In many cases, set-up has been incomplete and measurements were missing causing gaps on one end of the field and extra overlap on the other end. If you are running the new 15-1 GS3 software, I would recommend that you go in and uncheck the Implement Detection box, so there’s no way that it can get changed on its own once you take your measurements (Menu, Display, Diagnostics, Multiple Displays, Change Settings, uncheck the Auto Implement Detection checkbox and hit the save button). If you are still planting, it would probably be a good idea to dig some seed coming into and then again coming out of the headlands to make sure there are no surprise when the corn comes up. If you like what you see, make sure that you record all of your tractor measurements, planter measurements and on/off times so you have them for next year.

Sectional Control Info

Sectional Control Info

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

Deere 6125R on Tracks and $500 Data Management Service

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

It’s starting to feel like winter again in Wisconsin. Snow is in the forecast with 2-4” expected tomorrow. We’re busy working on everyone’s harvest data and getting set-up data cleaned up and ready for spring in Apex. Check out our UPDATED Data Management Service if you do not have Apex software or if you would prefer that we do everything for you. For $500/year it will save you a lot of time to get everything in place before planting season.  You can view more info on our website by clicking here.

Have you taken the time to remove your displays and receivers and put them in a temperature controlled room for the winter? It’s a good idea to do this. Think of your display as a laptop. Would you leave it in the shed all winter collecting condensation every time the temperature increased or decreases dramatically?

6R on Tracks

Mt. Horeb recently sold a 6125R to Northwoods Passage snowmobile club near Tomahawk. This is the club’s second John Deere tractor. When Soucy tracks are added, they claim that they get around the trails and deep snow better than anything else that they have. They are also way more reliable with less downtime and repair expenses for the club. Contact Jeff Stone in Mt Horeb at 800-828-4240 for more information on these tractors.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 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