Effingham Update, Documentation, & Kinze Sensor Issues

by Matt Dehlinger, Effingham, IL

Field work started back up again this week and planters are rolling as hard as they can.  If we don’t get any rain in the next 5 days several guys will be getting close to finished up.

I have received several calls about documentation not working on planters because of multiple tabs being open under the documentation page or because the tab wasn’t completely filled out.  Remember to only have one tab open under your documentation icon on a GS2 or GS3. You do not want multiple tabs open unless you are doing multiple operations at once, like planting and putting on starter.

I also had a KPM III monitor that said that half of the planter was not planting.  I had the guy check the shaft speed sensor and it had moved out of place.  I had him move it over and secure it on the shaft with a zip tie on each side of it.

I also had a Kinze ISO planter that would not plant and the height sensors were out of adjustment and would not tell the planter it was down.  There are two of these sensors on the planter on the parallel arms of the back rank of the planter and the easiest way to check them is to stick a screw driver next to them with the planter raised and the electric clutches should click on.

Effingham Update & Autosteer

by Matt Dehlinger, Effingham, IL

Over the past week the area has had 3-4 inches of rain.  The last field work that was done was last Saturday in a very small area.  Corn planting is a little over half done and there are a few beans planted.  Most of the corn has made it up, but could use some warm weather. Hopefully next week we can get back in the field.

Autosteer has caused very few issues so far this year.  I have had a couple Star Fire 3000 receivers that would not show up on the menu.  I updated the software and they came back. I also had an iTC receiver that would not pull signal anymore and had to send it off to have it repaired.  I have several good reports from guys that are using auto steer for the first time this year and are very happy and say they should have bought it years ago.

Planting Progress near Effingham, IL May 8, 2014

by Matt Dehlinger, Effingham, IL

Last night’s rain brought field work to a halt and they are forecasting some more rain over weekend yet.  Rain was pretty spotty and ranged from 3 tenths to a little over an inch.  Some corn is out of the ground and some are waiting to see what kind of a stand they will get.  All of the planters have been started and Autotrac systems have not been causing too much of an issue.  I have a Deere 1770NT that had a down force sensor fail and had to replace it.  Varying seed size seems to be causing some issues in finger pickup meter accuracy in Kinze planters, but slowing planting speed seems to help with that.  Hopefully we can get back in the field next week.