John Deere ExactEmerge Meter Maintenance Video

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL

The John Deere ExactEmerge high speed planter produced excellent results in its its very first planting season.  After helping growers plant thousands of acres with the new meter, we have an excellent understanding of how it functions.  This video explains meter maintenance and how to optimize the performance of the your planter while utilizing the ExactEmerge meter.

John Deere ExactEmerge Meter Maintenance Video by Sloan Implement

 

The Sloan Support blog 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

 

 

 

John Deere L300 Large Square Balers

by Bill Kletecka, Cuba CIty, WI

John Deere has once again joined the large square baler market, with two models available for shipment this year.  These new balers are numbered L330 which makes a 3’x3’ sized bale, and L340 which makes a 3’x4’ bale.  The L300 series balers are double tie balers, holding the bale together with a set of knots at each end of the bale. The L330 has four knotters, while the larger L340 has six to accommodate the wider bale.  Both models can be ordered with pre-cutters, but must be done out of the factory.  Pre-cutters are a set of knives that can be raised and lowered inside the baler’s throat to cut and size the crop for easier bale break up.

Some of you may remember the John Deere 100 balers, and these are more than likely not pleasant memories.  Well, we can finally put those nightmares to rest, because these balers are completely redesigned. You may have heard that these are just a Kuhn baler painted green. Well, that is only about 15% true.  Deere did indeed purchase the patents from Kuhn on their baler, but 85% of the parts have been reengineered for added strength, increased reliability, and better longevity to meet the extreme baling demands in the United States. It is my understanding that the only parts of the baler that haven’t been changed are those dealing with the under carriage and axles of the baler.

Sloan Implement was fortunate enough to take delivery of a demonstration machine for our Wisconsin stores at the end of July.  After a short pre-delivery inspection of the baler, we hit the small grain fields in our area to start baling straw.  From the first demonstration through all subsequent demos, customers commented as to how easy it was to see the entire pick up from the tractor seat, how simple the monitor was to run, how “cool” the electronic flags on the display inside the cab were versus the mechanical knotter flags on the back of the baler (they show if there was a missed knot, which we have yet encounter with this baler), and also how dense and square-edged the bales were made.

We have baled alongside of several Hesston, Massey Ferguson, Case IH, and even a Krone baler with very favorable results for the new John Deere.  Customers have experimented with everything from an hour long race to see the baler’s capacity and a slow speed test to check for the most uniform bale flake, to weighing our bales against theirs.  One could not ask for more appropriate validation as proof that this baler will be a baler that lasts in the marketplace. All in all, we have gone head-to-head with the competition, and customers have had a very positive response to the baler.  If you are in or around Sloans northern stores and would like to see it in action, please contact one of your local AMS personnel or salesman to set up a demo.  Here are some pictures from a few of our demos.

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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

 

 

 

JD 4020 AutoTrac Planting Soybeans

Here’s a video of Larry Probst, store manager at Sloan Implement in Effingham, IL, planting soybeans with his Autotrac ready 4020 and 7000 12 row planter.

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

Sloan Winter Technology Expo in Atwood, IL Feb 3

You are invited to attend Sloan’s Sprayer Clinic on Tuesday March 3 at our Atwood, IL Training Facility.

Classes will begin at 9 am and finish at 2 pm.

Our sprayer experts will provide training on the following topics:

  • Set-up and operation of Spraystar monitor
  • Section control and Documentation
  • Solution system changes from 30 series to R’s
  • Service and maintenance
  • Sprayer walk around
  • And answer any questions you might have about your John Deere sprayer
  • You can view more info and register at sloans.com by clicking this link

You can view more info and register at sloans.com by clicking this link.

Sloan Winter Technology Expo in Atwood, IL Feb 3

You are invited to attend Sloan’s Winter Technology Expo on Tuesday February 3 at our Atwood, IL Training Facility.

The expo will begin at 8 am and end at Noon.  Stop in at any time.

Our product support specialists will provide training on the following products:

  • Field Connect, Machine Sync, & Shared Coverage maps
  • MaxEmerge 5 planters
  • MaxEmerge XP planters
  • Planter Test Stand and Seed Meter Inspections
  • Gator Mapping and RTK Boundary Service
  • Sprayers
  • New Generation 4 Command Center
  • Myjohndeere.com and JD Apps
  • Seedstar 2/XP Simulator, Swath Control, Documentation
  • Accudepth for Field Cultivators
  • Autotrac Controller & Rate Controllers
  • Sloan Call Center

You can view more info and register at sloans.com by clicking this link.

Platform Maintenance and Feeder House Adjustments

by Bill Kletecka, Cuba City, WI 

Harvest in southwest Wisconsin is off to a fevered pace with dry fall weather, and dry crops.  Customers have been actively combining beans with yields ranging around mid to upper 60’s.  Bean moisture’s have been very good with very little of them overly dry.  The stems of the beans have been another story, with very little of them being fit for cutting.

Green stemmed beans truly test the cutter bar on the head, and the customers that maintain and adjust their heads are able to cut cleaner fields.  We recommend replacing both guards and sickles yearly to ensure a clean cut.  We have found that the edge on the guards is equally if not more important that the knife sections for clean cuts.   On 600F series head it is very critical to keep the hold downs tight to the sickle.  The rule of thumb for them is the thickness of a business card between the hold down and top of the sickle.  For the 600FD heads we found that is also critical to adjust the feeder house fore and aft on the combines.  This is due in part to the increased distance from the sickle to the rear of the head.

Here are some fast instructions for an S series combines.  Remember, if you are working under the feeder house to put the safety stop on the cylinder. This diagram shows the fasteners to loosen.

Fore/Aft Feederhouse Adjustments

 

Do not loosen “C”.  Once they are loosened you can lengthen your turnbuckles on the top of the feeder house keeping them in equal length.  We found that three full turns on the turnbuckle are more than enough to get a better cut.  After the turnbuckles are set tighten up the hardware, and you should be able reattach the head and check the angle.  All combine operators manuals show how to do this in more depth if more info is needed.

Switching Monitor to Soybeans and Optimizing Hydraflex Pressure

by  Derek Sloan, Assumption, IL 

I have been helping a lot of guys switch over to beans in the last week and have a few common questions that come up. The first is how to switch your combine monitor from one crop to another crop when you have a Greenstar monitor installed.  On the GS2 or GS3 displays navigate to the document tab. This can be found by hitting the very bottom right button on the screen then hitting GS2 or GS3 on the following screen depending on which model you are using. Document should be icon letter “I” on the page displayed below.

Select the “Change Harvest Settings” button from the top of the screen and select the crop you are changing to as well as the brand and variety below that. Once accepted this will change the crop identification on the combine armrest screen to what was selected on the Greenstar monitor. You can then adjust your combine’s harvest settings after making the appropriate changes to the outside of the machine as instructed in the operators manual for what crop you are harvesting.

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Change Harvest Settings on Greenstar Display

The second common question is how the pressure setting on your hydraflex platform affects the performance of the head on the ground. This setting basically affects the amount of weight that is on the ground from the header. The height of the cutter bar will remain in the same position off of the ground but the header won’t push as hard on the ground as you cut. Pushing occurs the most in the early morning hours when first starting for the day and then also in the later afternoon/evening hours. The higher the pressure setting will cause a lighter head on the ground and the header to float over the ground easier. The lower the pressure setting the more weight on the ground and the header holds on the ground better. This setting will need to be adjusted throughout the day for optimal performance out of your hydraflex platform. Try and run the least amount of pressure that you can without seeing any pushing occurring behind the head. The outside of the head tends to push up the worst so keep an eye on these locations when adjusting the pressure. Adjustment of the pressure can be done with the AHC knob on the armrest of the combine while running the header in the field.