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

Updates to SeedStar Mobile

Deere Seedstar Mobile for Ipad

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

Hope all is going well with this year’s planting season.  Last year John Deere introduced SeedStar Mobile with the ExactEmerge planters.  Retrofit kits are available for 2011 and newer 1770NT and 1790 planters.   SeedStar Mobile gives producers easy access to their planting data and provides the mobility they need to view the data at any time or place.

Flow of Planting Data

Flow of Planting Data

Last year the key function was high performance seed monitoring on your iPad to easily spot performance issues on a per row basis.

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SeedStar Mobile High Performance Seed Monitor

This year Deere improved the app greatly!  You can now view previously planted fields.

SeedStar Mobile Home Screen

SeedStar Mobile Home Screen

To do so, select the menu, then select field review.

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Field Review Selection Screen

You can then pick the field you would like to scout and review the “as planted” map.  You can view planting data as a map overlay relating to:

  • Actual population
  • Target population
  • Singulation
  • Seed spacing CV
  • Ride quality
  • Applied downforce
  • Gauge wheel margin
  • Ground speed
  • Variety

Field Review provides the grower the ability to perform basic crop scouting activities after the crop has emerged.  As long as you have an iPad with GPS you will see a little blue dot in the field for your current location.

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Variety Map

You can then walk to the trouble area or hybrid change and see what issue you may have had or to see how that hybrid is performing.  The data can also be uploaded to MyJohnDeere operation center to view from your home.

Seedstar Mobile also allows you to remotely monitor planter performance in real time within the John Deere Operations Center.   Remote monitoring helps the grower or manager ensure the planter is performing properly without having to be at the field or inside the tractor cab.

If you are interested in purchasing SeedStar mobile or have more questions on it, please contact any of our 20 Sloan Implement locations.

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

Pneumatic Closing Wheels from John Deere

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

In mid-January, John Deere introduced pneumatic closing available for the 2016 planting season.  As of now, these will only fit 2016 ExactEmerge planters.  Deere plans to add more models to the lineup in 2017.

Adjustments are made from the cab on your 2630 display. You can preset up to 20 different settings based on your ground conditions.  With the manual adjust closing wheels, it can take up to 5 min to adjust a 24 row planter.  With the pneumatic, that time can be taken down to 10 seconds.  Adjustments can be made on the fly with the press of a button.  The pneumatic closing wheels will be able to be set up in 2 sections.  Recommendations are center 4 rows as 1 sections, then the outer 10 rows on each wing as a 2nd section.  This will allow you to put more pressure on the center where the weight is carried and should help to close the seed trench.  There is also a pressure feedback sensor to let you know how the closing wheels are  performing.

Pneumatic Closing Wheel

Pneumatic Closing Wheel

Why pneumatic closing wheels? One advantage is more uniform emergence.  Uniform emergence is a 10 to 18 bu / acre factor. There is also 76% less variance in closing the trench than manual adjust.  You can now take control over your ground conditions even more. Contact any of our Sloan Implement locations for more info.

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

Northern IL Harvest Update and New RTK Towers in IL and Iowa

4 New Sloan RTK Towers in IL and IA

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

Harvest in Northern IL is well underway. Some guys are finished, but most are over half way done. Yields have been really good for most of the area in corn and beans. Guys are getting NH3 bars ready, but the ground is still too warm to apply gas.  The weather was very nice for most of the fall allowing for a smooth harvest.  The forecast is 70 degrees Monday thru Wednesday. Not bad for the first week of November!

Our Freeport RTK base was having some issues and was down for a couple of days. It is back up and going, but with a new frequency. If you were running off of that base and need that frequency, call your local Sloans AMS specialist for updated frequency.   We are putting four new RTK base stations up next week. They will be in Thomson, Erie, Rock Falls, and Andover, IA. If you are interested in RTK please get with one of us and we can gladly help.  You can also get more RTK information on our website by clicking here.

I would like to also take this time and welcome Bill Lodge to the AMS team. Bill will be working out of the new Fulton location. Bill has been working at the Fulton store for some time now as their service manager. Bill knows a lot of the customers in the area and will make it an easy transition. If you see Bill, be sure to welcome him to his new role.

 

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

Convert a Cultivator to a Side Dress Applicator

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

The weather has been pretty hot and dry up in Northern IL.  The corn is looking good in most of the area. A lot of spraying has been going on along with side dressing. I have had the opportunity to install Rate Controllers on customers bars this year for ease of operation and/or running prescriptions. A couple of customers have found a good use for their old row crop cultivators that they aren’t using anymore. They have taken the old cultivators, removed the row units, and installed Yetter or Blue Jet coulters with knives. Then add a tank to the bar or side mount tanks to the tractor and have the proper set up to control flow. Most customers have gone with a Raven Flow meter, standard control valve and 3 boom section valves to run with their Rate Controller and Section Control. If you need some help or would like to install a Rate Controller on your side dress bar, call your Sloan’s Product Support specialist and they will be glad to help.

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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

Optimize Your AutoTrac Universal Steering Wheel

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

AutoTrac Universal (ATU) steering wheels are a great way to get into the AutoTrac world even if you have an older or non-John Deere tractor. The AutoTrac universal can be installed on almost any make or model of equipment.  Our Effingham location has recently installed an ATU on a 4020.  Grandpa wouldn’t know what to think about that.  One nice thing about an ATU is that you can move it from one machine to another without buying too much more than the brackets to hold the ATU.  If you spend the time to get everything properly adjusted, you can set them to great accuracy. One thing to remember is to first apply the default settings as per Stellar Support for your particular machine. I have found that by setting the StarFire Receiver height to 20″ greatly enhances the overall performance of driving in a straight line.  This is done in the ATU settings page on your display.  Setting the receiver to 20″ tells the display that it is only at 20″ and the tractor is less likely to “S” or swerve back and forth through rougher ground. If you have a piece of machinery that you are wanting to install AutoTrac, check with your Local AMS/Product Support specialist to see if your machine is approved and for pricing information as well.

If you want to start using Autotrac, in addition to the ATU you will also need a GPS receiver and a Green Star Display with an Autotrac Activation.  Sloan Implement is offering a 3 year lease on these items to help spread the cost of investment over time.  The ATU can also be added to this package and included in the lease amount.  Contact a salesman for more information at 800 745 4020 or email by clicking here:

Sloan AMS Entry Package

 

 

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