Deactivate Implement Detection and ExactEmerge Planter Video

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Software update 15-1 (spring 2015) has finally given users the ability to shut off implement detection.  Implement detection auto-populates the offset dimensions of the planter and tractor for the purpose of swath control and does so at each key cycle.  The system is supposed to save any changes made by the operator.  However, sometimes these dimensions are incorrect or different than those entered by the operator when auto-populated causing unexpected skips or overlaps in the field.  Many times this is not recognized until the crop emerges and many acres have been done incorrectly.  To disable this feature, go the Menu, Display, Diagnostics, Multiple Displays,   Change Settings, and then uncheck the Auto Implement Detection checkbox and hit the save button.  At this point, verify that the dimensions that are loaded in the display are correct for both the tractor and the planter.  This should prevent the system for changing them and will eliminate the implement detection warning screen at start up.

The ExactEmerge  high speed planters have been rolling for the past two weeks with great success.  Here’s a video of one screaming across the field in excess of 10+ mph being pulled by a JD 8370R.

 

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

 

 

 

ExactEmerge Autotrac Settings

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

ExactEmerge planters, with their increased speed, create a new challenge for Autotrac, especially in soft or mellow soils.  Make sure that you are using your MFWD and Differential lock.  Secondly, if the tractor is getting off the line very far, go to the advanced settings and raise the steering response rate and the line tracking sensitivity.  This will make the tractor more aggressive with staying on the set A/B line.

 

ExactEmerge Row Unit on Display in Assumption, IL

ExactEmerge Row Unit on Display in Assumption, IL

 

 

Deere Winter Software Update 15.1 and Swath Control Settings for Spring

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

We have been running a lot of meters this winter with our seed meter test stand.  One of the major causes for performance issues is leaving the disk in the meter over an extended period of time.  This warps the disk and can disfigure the seal.  Make sure that when you are finished planting that you remove the disk from the meter and store it in a vertical position.  The best way to do this is take an old broom handle and slide the disks on it and then hang it so the disks are vertical.  Throwing them in a box or on a bench will cause them to warp.  Another issue we have seen is leaving seed in the planter.  This attracts Disney characters to make their winter homes in your planter meter.  They feast on the seed and your rubber vac seals.

Planter Clinic Lanark

Winter Planter Clinic Lanark, IL  March 5, 2015

 

Deere just announced the winter software update (15-1).  It is a good practice to update your AMS components with the latest software updates.  It is especially important to update your receivers this year as there is going to be a frequency change in July.  If you perform the winter software update it will automatically find the new frequency when it is released.  This is true for both the ITC and the Starfire 3000 receivers.

One of the main in-season issues or questions we get during planting is the swath control settings.  It is absolutely imperative that the receiver to machine measurements for the tractor and the planter are checked and entered into the GS3 display.  This will make sure that the GPS receiver and display can calculate the position of the seed tubes and turn on/off the clutches at the proper time.  If these dimensions are not entered correctly the time adjustment will likely not do much good to correct any stop/start planting issues.  So, before you start, check these dimensions against a tape measure and make sure that they are correct.  Along those lines, Sloan Express sells a light that will turn on and off with your clutch to give you a visual reference as to the exact time the clutch is turning on or off.  You can put one on the outside rows of the planter so you can be sure that the clutches are performing correctly. You can see more info on this light by clicking here.  It won’t get you down to the last 6” of where the last seed was planted but it will help you see if there was a moderate or major change in the settings for swath control.

Row Clutch Indicator Light – Click Picture for More Info

 

 

 

The Importance of Planter Meter Inspections and Clearing your Yield Data

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Winter is the time to get your planter meters inspected and tested so you are ready to go for spring.  We can run your meters on a modern test stand and check for doubles, skips, and misplaced seeds.  Our test runs are 1000 seeds per run and we require 3 consecutive tests of 99.7% or better performance for a passing grade.  It might not pass due to several factors.  It could be worn parts, a misaligned double eliminator, improperly adjusted hub setting, or a myriad of other factors.  The test stand allows us to find the “why” behind the problem.  We will then contact you about the recommended changes and get your approval to make these repairs.  Most times John Deere Pro Max meters don’t need  a tremendous amount of parts to get them ready to roll.  Of course, all of this is dependent upon how the meter has been cared for and how long it has been since it was last checked over.  The only way to know is to put them on a test stand and have them checked out.  Emerged corn is not the time to discover an issue with your meters so have them tested.  The planter is a system of different components working together and the meter, while being the heartbeat, is not the only item that can cause issues if not properly maintained.  Your entire planter including the row units, frame, drive system, delivery system, air system, etc. should all be inspected to insure that you are ready to go when mother nature decides to cooperate.  If you do take your meters to get inspected make sure to take your seed that you are going to plant this year along with it to the dealership.

planter meter

Another item to get squared away now is your data collection system and autotrac monitor.  Download all of the data from the monitor and make sure that it is safely backed up.  Remove the data from the monitor and install any available software updates.  These are usually released by John Deere in Mid-February.  Now you should re-load any setup data with all of your farms, fields, and varieties.  Don’t forget to also load in the CORRECT dimensions of the tractor and the planter so your clutches will shut off correctly.

 

 

1770NT vs. 1775NT Non-High Speed John Deere Planters

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Here are the main changes for the 2015 John Deere 1775 Planter with Max Emerge 5 row units:

Ability to run cable drive and granular insecticide.  Can run with 1.6 or mini hopper and cable drive.

Gauge wheel arm bushings much more durable because of smooth bushings rather than full thread-much longer life

Double eliminator is adjustable from outside the meter with a knob and a number.  Repeatable from season to season and seed to seed.

No elbow on the mini hopper to impede seed flow.  Less time spent shaking hoses because of seed stuck in the delivery hose.

All vac air is from the main hoppers.  Cleaner air with less debris in meter housing.

Easier access to the meter with a 1.6 bu hopper.  No need to remove the hopper from the unit to access the meter.  All done from the side.

With new quick change doors, you can easily snap in the knocker wheel and bean flapper.  They are no longer bolted in.

Here are some pictures of the new row unit

doubles eliminator up close 1 up close 2 up close 3

ExactEmerge/MaxEmerge 5 planter clinic and Planter Storage Tips

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI

We had our 2015 Planter Early Order Program meeting last week. Attendance was very good. We talked about the new MaxEmerge5 row units, the ExactEmerge high speed planter and Deere’s new partnership with Dawn along with some other miscellaneous items. The Maxemerge5 units added a bunch of nice changes that make the meter easier to get at and adjust. We were also able to go out and walk a field that was planted with the ExactEmerge planter. The stand is very good. At first glance it looks like there were some skips, but we were able to find seed every time we dug in these areas.

I’ve talked to a lot of RTK customer’s in the north the last couple weeks and it seems like everyone got along very well with the additional base stations. Coverage was better than expected even in the hills and many were able to hold the signal farther away than we thought we would be able to.  You can see our coverage are here.

Before you put your planter away, there are a couple items that you should be doing:

1. Record your tractor measurements, planter measurements and on/off times, so you can set the planter the same exact way next spring without digging up a bunch of seed.

2. Remove your data and import it into Apex. Don’t forget to set-up variety locator in Apex before the start of harvest. Contact us if you would like us to do this for you with our mapping service.  Here’s some more information about our mapping service.