White Hall Planting & R Series Sprayers

by Josh Thornton, White Hall, IL

White Hall will be out of the fields for awhile.  Rainfall for the past week probably averages 2.5 inches in the area.  Temperatures dropped down in the 30’s last night.  The crops look good that are in.  The corn is starting to show some yellow tint with the moisture and cool temperatures.  The soybeans are probably around 85% planted.  Many of them saw emergence in 3-4 days.

We have had some issues with the new boom strainers on the new R series sprayers.  The banjo strainer has been cracking out close to the seam.  We have had 2 different machines do this.  They are running the typical 40 psi spray off pressure, but I suppose it is caused by the higher volume solution pump.

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Crop Emergence near White Hall, IL and Autotrac Tips

by Josh Thornton, White Hall, IL 

Planting is on the downward slope.  Most guys are done or will be shortly finished with soybeans.  We only had 4 tenths of rain here at WH.  At Greenfield, we only had a tenth, but we needed more.  There are some reports about corn leafing out under the ground.  The soil is crusted over and it is pretty hard, but emergence begins to improve daily.  Some guys have even gotten out the rotary hoe buried in the back of the shed.

One thing I have noticed on Autotrac performance is a slight wandering of the tractor.  The soil profile is very loose and working the best it has for several years.  Guys that consistently lock in their front wheel assist and use their differential lock are seeing a lot straighter row.  Adjusting the sensitivity helps, but locking the MFWD and dif lock make the most impact.

Planter Set-Up & 9R Tractors

by Josh Thornton, White Hall, IL 

We finally got some overdue rain.  I think we ended up with 1.7 inches.

We had a brand new JD planter with active down force that I had to hook up earlier in the week, along with a new GS3 2630.  The planter showed up correctly, everything seemed to be fine with the exception of section control.  The screen was activated, but the planter would not pre-populate on the display and not automatically show up on the GS 2630 implement page 1.   Also, the recording source did not populate to “auto”.  I uploaded new software to the display and receiver, as well as new software to the planter, which was already version 18, and even powered it up through my truck.  I went back to the farm two days later and did some other checks and still had no luck.  I ended up removing the customer’s GS3 2630 display out of his sprayer, stealing a thought from the Wisconsin crew, and everything worked just fine.  I put the planter display in his 4730 sprayer and it also worked just fine.

We have seen some issues with the new 9Rs.  We have one that the radio controls will not work on the armrest to adjust volume or tune the channels.  We have updated software on the radio and armrest side and still no luck.  The armrest is going to get replaced next.  We had another with 5 hours that has a steering input device failure.  It was reading wheel motion while sitting still.  They have changed these quite a bit, and they are much easier to change once you get the steering column apart.  The new ones are just a notched ring that slides over the steering shaft with one plug.  I have another 9R that loses GPS signal when you key the mic on the CB/FM radio.  The customer is going to switch frequencies first to see if that helps.   Hopefully, this won’t be a reoccurring issue.

I have seen a few EH valve failures on 30 series tractors with 1000 or so hours.  FYI, a 7930 with an IVT transmission is a bear to get to.

So far, I have heard great reviews on the new John Deere R series sprayers that we have out.  The ride comfort is at the top the list.  They ride like a Cadillac with the dual strut suspension.