Atwood Planting Progress and Row Clutch Status Lights

Planting Near Cuba City, WI

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL 

For the most part we are still too wet to plant around the Tuscola/ Atwood area. We have had a few guys get their planters set but for the most part we are still waiting on dryer conditions. For those of you running swath control we have a new product called a row clutch light. This light will plug into the row unit harness for any planter running Deere electric clutches. The light turns on when the unit stops planting. The light turns off when the unit resumes planting. This makes setting section control much easier allowing you to visually see from the cab roughly where your planter is turning on and shutting off. This DOES NOT replace digging for seed!!! You still need to dig to find out exactly where your seed is starting and stopping.  This light will give you an idea of what adjustments you need to make. It is still critical that you have your measurements for the machine and implement entered into the display before you begin adjusting your section control. See you local parts department or AMS specialist for more information.

You can see more info on this light by clicking here.

Row Clutch Indicator Light – Click Picture for More Info

 

 

 

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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Voyager Camera in R4030 Sprayer and Sloan Mapping Service

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL

For the most part all of the corn is side dressed and sprayed here in Atwood.  Most guys are working on getting all of the beans sprayed now. We did experience some camera problems with the new sprayers.  It seems the Voyager camera is the only one Deere offers a harness for currently.  We installed one Voyager camera and the fuse for the camera kept getting blown.  After further inspection the harness had been wired incorrectly and a new harness fixed the issue. SWTY26989 REVISION B is the harness you need to connect a Voyager camera. Revision A is made incorrectly. If you need to connect a cab cam we will probably need to go through Ag Express for now.

We have been able to visit a few farms and get planting data downloaded and printed for our mapping customers. See your local AMS specialist for more information on our mapping service or visit the website.  We have a few guys getting their combines ready for wheat next month. I already had one customer that had a GS3 in a 70 series combine freeze up. A new moisture sensor software seems to fix this problem as we discovered last fall.

Seedstar 2 Software Update and Tracking Inaccurate Warnings on SF3000 Receiver

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL

We have had quite a bit of rain here at Atwood in the last few days. We are showing just over an inch today. There is substantial ponding in many areas. We had some high wind come through last night however most of the corn is still standing fine.

I would like to point out that Seedstar 2 planters (green wedgebox) now have a new software version out. This is version 10.11. I had one of these planters showing “EPM’s Not Responding” on the 2630 display. The customer also complained of skips in his coverage. DTAC case number 92096 addresses this issue and recommends updating to version 10.11.  You can check for the most current software versions by clicking here.

Dylan Vickers and I have also encountered this warning message, “Tracking Inaccurate” while using SF3000 receivers with the latest software.

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In some cases you can acknowledge the message and continue without issue. However we have had two different receivers lose GPS correction and no longer function as a result. Dylan has an open DTAC case currently and they are looking for a solution. If you have this issue DTAC will likely want a CAN trace and a DEBUG log after the can trace.