ActiveYield Retrofit Kits for John Deere S-Series Combines

ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available Now
ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available for this S670

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL 

Although the first official day of summer is a few days away we are experiencing some very warm temperatures around central Illinois. With highs in the 90’s and considerable amounts of rainfall recently, the crops are growing fast! Harvest will be here before we know it so now is a great time to think about upgrading your S-series combine!

In 2018, John Deere introduced the ActiveYield automatic yield calibration system as a factory option with the ability to retrofit back to 2012 and newer S-series combines. For many years we have had the ability to map our yields however the calibration process is critical for yield accuracy. On all S-series combines in the past, getting accurate yield readings meant collecting multiple calibration loads, manually weighing these loads with scales on a wagon or at the elevator, then inputting these weight values back into the display.  Though this process can be very accurate if completed correctly, it could also prove to be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating for new users.  As crop conditions such as moisture change throughout the season, this process had to be repeated to maintain accuracy.

With the introduction of the ActiveYield system, we no longer have the frustration of the multipoint yield calibration process!  ActiveYield eliminates time-consuming manual calibrations and replaces them with automated sensors that calibrate the machine by measuring the grain as the tank fills. This enables decisions to be made in real-time without leaving the cab while providing more accurate yield mapping data.  These automated sensors are scale pads mounted on the cross auger covers in the grain tank.

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

This exciting new system requires very little user input since it is designed to perform calibrations on the fly while harvesting. There are several precautions built into the software to maintain the accuracy of the system.  Any pitch or roll of the machine over 4 degrees of levelness measured by the Starfire receiver (SF3000 or SF6000) will cancel a calibration load that is in process. This amount of pitch or roll can cause the pile of grain to shift on the sensors resulting in inaccurate readings. The system will also reject a load that has inconsistent grain flow due to waterways and headlands, drastic changes in speed, or inconsistent crop conditions.  If a load is rejected, a new calibration load automatically starts once the grain is below the cross auger sensors.  The operator can monitor the active yield system on the combine’s Greenstar display to see the quality of the calibration, the number of accepted loads, and current status.

Active Yield Calibration Screen

Active Yield Calibration Screen

To sum it up, ActiveYield will save the operator time while improving yield data accuracy. When paired with a JDLink Connect subscription, your ActiveYield maps can be automatically sent to the Operations Center in MyJohnDeere.com and you can access your accurate yield data within minutes of finishing the field.  We had the opportunity to see a few limited production machines in the field with active yield in 2017 and the results were excellent.  See your local Sloan Implement dealer today for more information on compatibility and pricing on a retrofit kit for your machine!

At this time the ActiveYield retrofit kit is compatible with all S670, S770, S680, S780, S690, and S790 combines.  It is not compatible with S550, S650, S660, & S760’s with manual grain tank extension.

If you have an older 60 or 70 series machine, you can trade up to an S-series combine to take advantage of an ActiveYield retrofit kit for the upcoming harvest.

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Also ActiveYield supports the following crops:  Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Canola, and Barley.

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

 

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

S670

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.