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

 

Sidedress Simpler with AutoTrac Vision for your John Deere Tractor

AutoTrac Vision Guidance for Tractors

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

AutoTrac Vision for tractors is a great new product for customers that sidedress and/or row crop cultivate.  John Deere previously released this for sprayers,  but it is now available for 7 and 8 family tractors, 30 series and newer.  The system works in row spacings from 20 up to 40-inch row crops in the early stages between 6 inches tall and 90% canopy.  The camera detects the color difference between the crop and soil and guides the tractor between the rows.

AutoTrac Vision Camera Mounted in front of the SF6000 Receiver

This new technology is ideal for customers that are in fields where they don’t have the original planting guidance lines.  It also works great for customers experiencing GPS drift or customers whose implement width doesn’t match the planter width.  We demoed this unit to a customer who planted with a 24 row planter using RTK signal and then came back and sidedressed with a 15 knife bar.  Even though the customer planted with RTK, the planter would sometimes pull to one side.  Also, the “guess” rows were occasionally off a couple inches and he would have to side shift his guidance line in the sidedress tractor to make up for it.  These additional steps are eliminated with the AutoTrac Vision system because the tractor is now automatically side-shifting for you by using the crop row as the reference point for guidance.

Gen 4 Monitor AutoTrac Vision Run Screen

I think this product would be especially beneficial for ag retailers that are custom applying because they usually don’t have the customers planting guidance lines to go off of when they are applying fertilizer.    The camera will guide them through the field with ease.  Contact us today for more info or to schedule a demo.

 

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

 

 

 

John Deere 4640 Gen 4 Display vs JD 2630 GS3

 

This month, John Deere introduced the new 4640 universal display. The 4640 display incorporates the easy-to-use layout of the 4600 Command Center and the portability of the GreenStar 2630.  With the release of the new 4640 display,  John Deere has moved to a subscription based activation system which is different from the previous approach of a one-time activation purchase.  Now activations for the 4640 are offered in four different configurations shown below:

1-year Autotrac Subscription $850

5-year Autotrac Subscription $4000

1-year Premium Subscription $1700 (Autotrac, Swath Control, Documentation)

5-year Premium Subscription $8000 (Autotrac, Swath Control, Documentation)

The 5-year subscription option is only available at the point of purchase of the new 4640 display. If you choose to go with a one-year subscription, you will not have the option to purchase the five-year subscription down the road.

This price comparison graphic illustrates a customer’s cost of entry for a 4640 Universal Display and a 1-year subscription compared to a similarly activated GS3 2630 display.

The entry price for the 4640 is approximately 1/2 of the GS3 2630.  Over the course of 5 years, a customer who purchased a 4640 display and a 5-year subscription will spend less money than the customer who purchased a GS3 2630 with activations.   Also, in 5 years, there’s certain to be updated technology that will be better suited for the 4640 than the legacy 2630 display.

 

Why the change to subscription-based activations?  Subscription-based precision ag offerings provide the following benefits:

  • Lower cost of entry to get started with display and subscriptions
  • Ability to try new applications for a year without having to commit to a permanent software license
  • Ability to match the cost of use with the revenue generated in the same fiscal year
  • Flexibility in selecting the level and duration of subscription that best fits the needs of the business without the expense of a one-time software license purchase

As previously mentioned, the 4640 display is portable, much like the GreenStar 3 2630 display. One of the things that the 4640 display is capable of over the 2630 display is that the 4640 can be used in conjunction with a Gen 4 extend monitor. This allows you to run the 4640 display with double the screen space.

Gen 4 extend monitor

The 4640 display also has enhanced data capturing abilities making section control and coverage maps more accurate. Setting on/off times is made much easier with the 4640 display. Simply select skip or overlap and enter the distance and speed.  The new operating system on the 4640 functions like a smart phone with swipe and touch integration.

At this time the 4640 display has a few limitations, but John Deere will correct these with upcoming software updates that wwill make the 4640 display even more versatile. Some of the current limitations of the 4640 display are: RowSense in combines, Vision and RowSense in sprayers, Coverage map and A/B line sharing, and Machine sync.  Also, the 4640 display is also not fully compatible with the John Deere Rate Controller 2000 at this time.

Here’s a video from Deere on the features of the new 4640 display.

by Conrad Meyer, Cuba City, WI

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

 

John Deere ExactEmerge: Buy New or Retrofit?

John Deere’s Exactemerge high-speed planter has definitely changed the game.  With improved seed spacing over conventional planters even at speeds of 10+ mph, unmatched productivity and accuracy now go hand in hand.  Covering dramatically more acres per day and still doing a better job in an ever decreasing planting window is a value story that hasn’t been seen since the introduction of the STS combine in 2000.  Sloan Implement has ExactEmerge customers that have cut their planting fleet in half and still get more done in a day, all while improving the plant stand.   This frees up manpower to do other tasks at a time when skilled farm labor is ever more difficult to locate.

John Deere offers two different options for customers who want to bring this technology to their operation: Buying a new or used Exactemerge planter or Retrofitting an existing 2011 or newer conventional John Deere bulk fll planter.  So what is the best option?  Both offer pro’s and con’s so let’s walk through both scenarios:

Buying a new Exactemerge planter: 

John Deere has introduced features each year since the Exactemerge’s introduction that cannot be retrofitted back to previous model planters.  Frame weight distribution is only available as a factory option and cannot be retrofitted to previous models.  Folding the planter through the display, thus eliminating the fold box, is also a factory only option.  Seedstar 4HP is new for the 2018 planter line-up and is not available for retrofit at this time.  Seedstar 4HP requires a Gen IV display.  The larger screen offers greater flexibility with the planter run page setup for viewing more functions on the screen at the same time.   The frame has also received a few tweaks, in particular, the markers can better handle the increased loads of 10+ mph planting speeds.  Buying new insures that you will have the latest technology as well as a full machine warranty for the planting season.

Retrofit a 2011 or newer central-fill planter to the Exactemerge planting system:

This option allows customers to get the Exactemerge technology at a substantially reduced cost vs. buying new.  Customers can get most of the latest technology except for the items listed above.  The Exactemerge row unit, pneumatically adjustable row cleaners, individual row hydraulic down force, and pneumatic closing wheels can all be installed on an existing planter to get these technologies for less money.  The basic Exactemerge retrofit unit comes with a new shank, openers, scrapers, gauge wheel arms, meter, brush module, parallel arm bushings, and an electrical system that includes vacuum automation and curve compensation.  All of the new components have a full planting season warranty.  What’s more, you can still use your existing 2630 display to operate the retrofitted planter, saving the cost of upgrading to the new Gen IV display.  The frame and seed delivery system both remain the same.  We have done several retrofits and customers have had great success while saving money.

Sloan employees prepared 7 short videos discussing ExactEmerge retrofit kits that can be viewed here:

As you can see, both options have a value story that is different.  What is not different is the performance and productivity each option will bring to your operation.

Click here to read more about the Exactemerge row unit or contact your local Sloan Implement location.

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

 

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

 

New JD Starfire 6000 Receiver vs SF 3000

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

The John Deere Starfire 6000 receiver is now available for order.  This SF6000 receiver uses 3 correction satellites for improved signal and accuracy and can receive the new SF3 differential signal.   SF3  replaces the SF2 signal on the SF 3000 receiver.  The new SF3 signal delivers +/- 3 cm pass-to-pass accuracy, less than 30 minute pull in time, and in-season repeatability without the need for RTK radios or base stations.

Deere Receivers Thru the Years

Deere Receivers Thru the Years

At the base/free level of SF1 accuracy, there is virtually no difference between the SF 6000 and the SF 3000.

The next level of accuracy for the SF 6000 is SF3 and it requires a subscription.  This signal is comparable to the SF2 signal for the SF 3000 receiver.  New for the SF6000 is 3 cm accuracy using SF3 vs  5 cm accuracy on the SF3000 using SF2.   The SF3 signal will allow for in season repeatability of 3 cm.  There is no repeatability with the SF2 signal on the SF3000 receiver.  Please note, the SF3 signal will only work on SF6000’s.

SF6000 Signal Comparisons

SF6000 Signal Comparisons

The new John Deere Starfire 6000 is only compatible with GS 1800, GS 2630, GS 3 Command Center, and Gen 4 4600 displays.

There is now a USB port on the receiver for faster software updates, typically 3 minutes vs 20-30 minutes on older receivers.

USB Port for Faster Software Updates

USB Port for Faster Software Updates

Currently there’s only a deluxe style mount with optional locking system.

Receiver Lock for Security

Deluxe Mount with Optional Locking System

RTK accuracy will be the same between the SF3000 and SF6000.  You can see Sloan’s RTK coverage and learn more about this technology by visiting our RTK website by clicking here.

Click to View Our RTK Network

Click to View Our RTK Network

 

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

 

New 4600 Displays on the 8R Tractor

by Bill Kletecka, Cuba City, WI 

This past week in Southwestern Wisconsin has been filled with rain almost on a daily occasion.  Some spots have received almost 10” in a week, with very little of it being severe storms.  Once the weather straightens out a lot of our dairy customers will be making second crop hay.   Second cutting is looking very good with plenty of length and very little insect pressure to inhibit it.

One of the issues that we ran into this past week was on the new 4600 displays in a new 8R tractor.  The customer was going to use the tractor and three point mounted sprayer for touching up around grass waterways, and wanted to set up home pages on his new display.  The trouble he ran into was that he couldn’t find where his John Deere Rate Controller was listed.

4600 Display 8R

 

In the new display currently they are listed under the ISOBUS VT tab.

Deere 4600 Display

 

Here you can select from your receiver, rate controller, planter, or whatever else you have on the system.  This part is very similar to the “main menu” screen that shows all of the active ISOBUS implements that the tractor has running

8R 4600 Display

Once you select in this case Planter it will show up in ¾ screen on the display.  At this moment it is unable to have any of the ISO tasks placed on an actual home page.

Sloan’s Mapping Service & Deere 4600 Gen 4 Command Center

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Customers are beginning to bring in planting data off their screens to get maps printed and new setup data ready for fall.  If you are a current mapping customer bring in your data when you finish planting and we will get all of your data downloaded.  If you are not a current mapping customer then you can contact your local AMS Specialist or check out this link for more details:  Sloan Farm Mapping Service

We have started to see the new final tier 4 (FT4) 8R tractors rolling on the lot.  They have the new 10” 4600 Gen 4 Command Center which seems a lot larger than the 7″ in previous models.  These tractors come with 1 year free JDLink + Remote Display Access so if you get stuck navigating the new screen then we can log in and see what you are seeing and help you out.  We will not be able to push any buttons for you, but we can walk you through the steps of using the different features.  Remote Display Access can also be used on the GS3 2630.  Here’s a picture of the armrest on a new FT4 8295R that arrived in Assumption this week.DSCF0003-001