New John Deere 8R Tractors, CommandPro Joystick, & N500C Air Seeder

Sloan Implement has been sending groups of employees from the sales and product support departments to John Deere’s annual Large Ag Integrated Solutions Training in Florida in order to better serve our customers. We covered everything from soil prep to harvest again this year. The top ride and drive portions included the new CommandPro Joystick,  N500C Air Drill, and the 8RX four-track row crop tractor.

John Deere CommandPro Joystick

The CommandPro joystick is very similar to the joystick found in the current sprayer and combine cabs. It fits your hand really well and allows for a lot of functions right at your fingertips with programmable buttons. The CommandPro was first released in the 6R tractors, but it is now available in both the 7R and 8R tractors as well. John Deere has a simulator here if you would like to try it for yourself.

The new John Deere N500C CCS Air Drill was impressive in person. It will replace the 1990 air drills. John Deere made a ton of improvements to this drill that include: better cleanout (pro boxes fit below the tanks now), electric drive (same motor as ExactEmerge planters), 4 section, turn compensation, TruSet downforce from the display, relative flow blockage, easy calibrating and Industry Exclusive ActiveCal that will let you re-calibrate on the go after the initial seed calibration!

New John Deere N530C on the lot in Assumption, IL

New John Deere N530C on the lot in Assumption, IL

New John Deere N530C on the lot in Assumption, IL

New John Deere N530C on the lot in Assumption, IL

John Deere N500C CCS Air Seeder Cleanout into Pro Box

The new 8RX tractor was impressive. The visibility was great. It had a smooth ride with very little berming even when using the same path every day at this training. The 8RX will have up to 39% more ground contact vs an 8R wheeled tractor.

The new 2020 8R tractors will feature 2 times the light output, a new fan drive (chain drive), better steps on both sides of the cab, integrated Starfire 6000 receivers, a massaging seat, touchscreen radio, front and rear cameras, updated Active Seat or cab suspension, even more seat swivel and footpegs.

 

Visibility from the new John Deere 8RX Tractor

John Deere 8R250 Tractor

We also got a sneak peek look at one new Precision AG product and some other software updates that are coming soon. Stay tuned for more details on their official release!

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

Deere 6125R on Tracks and $500 Data Management Service

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

It’s starting to feel like winter again in Wisconsin. Snow is in the forecast with 2-4” expected tomorrow. We’re busy working on everyone’s harvest data and getting set-up data cleaned up and ready for spring in Apex. Check out our UPDATED Data Management Service if you do not have Apex software or if you would prefer that we do everything for you. For $500/year it will save you a lot of time to get everything in place before planting season.  You can view more info on our website by clicking here.

Have you taken the time to remove your displays and receivers and put them in a temperature controlled room for the winter? It’s a good idea to do this. Think of your display as a laptop. Would you leave it in the shed all winter collecting condensation every time the temperature increased or decreases dramatically?

6R on Tracks

Mt. Horeb recently sold a 6125R to Northwoods Passage snowmobile club near Tomahawk. This is the club’s second John Deere tractor. When Soucy tracks are added, they claim that they get around the trails and deep snow better than anything else that they have. They are also way more reliable with less downtime and repair expenses for the club. Contact Jeff Stone in Mt Horeb at 800-828-4240 for more information on these tractors.

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

AMS Report 4.14.2014

by Lucas Veale

A few planters began to roll last week as farmers tried to take advantage of the nice weather in the area.  Most were not in a huge hurry due to the upcoming cold weather, but it was good to get the planter in the field to make sure everything was set and ready to go once the weather stays nice.  Planter operation and clutch setup were the main opportunities for training customers.

AMS product sales continue to remain strong.  Several customers have switched to RTK or upgraded to 450 MHZ from their current 900 radios.  Customers seem to be willing to upgrade once they learn of the extended range of the 450 MHZ radios.  Rate controllers have also been a hot item.

There’s good news for farmers using Android devices and John Deere’s Apex farm management software.  Mobile Farm Manager is now available for your android smart phone and tablet.  It can be downloaded for free here at the Google Play site. (Picture below)

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Mobile Farm Manager has been compatible with Iphone/Ipad since its inception in November 2012.  It gives farmers remote access to their Apex data and performs several functions like field maps, historical reports, GPS tracking, field navigation and soil sampling grids.   Having this agronomic information literally at your fingertips will make it much easier to analyze field data like application and fertility maps, soil sample grids, and crop product data directly from the field.  Mobile Farm Manager also makes it easy to share this agronomic information with ag service providers, farm managers, and other advisors.

Customers looking to activate Mobile Farm Manager will need to download the latest version of Apex, 3.6.1 here at stellarsupport.com.

The GoPlant App for iPad is now available for download.  This app has several nice features that show how to operate the SeedStar monitor as well as other features on setting up your planter.  Check it out on the App Store. (Picture below)

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Jared Wheeler, Product Support Specialist at Assumption, reminds you when searching for an ITC receiver on stellar support, be sure that you use an “02” in the serial number rather than the “01” that is actually there when activating a subscription.  For example, if the serial number is PCGT01C123456 then you should enter PCGT02C123456.  Otherwise, you will likely not be able to find the receiver in the system.

Josh Thornton, Product Support Specialist at White Hall, has had a little time with the new R-Series Sprayers.  He mentioned that there is a box for you to check when using the orifice valve and to check the dual flow meter box if your sprayer is set up that way.

Matt Dehlinger, Product Support Specialist at Effingham, found that an XMC callibration will fix an 6R tractor that is holding on to one side.

Justin Bickel, Product Support Specialist at Virden, had issues with the new GS2630 software update.  For some reason it can put the Starfire receiver in boot lock which requires the receiver to have the software manually forced to it.  The LED on the front of the receiver will flash red.  Others have reported this issue as well.

Dylan Vickers, Product Support Specialist at Atwood, had a CIS system that would not allow him to complete the calibration of the main system.  It wound up being the display was the faulty unit.

Matt Sweitzer, Product Support Specialist at Atwood, reports that several machines show the receiver, designated by the small white triangle, being located on the pivot point of the planter.  DTAC solution 98351 addresses the complaint. Others have reported the same issue.  This will negatively impact the performance of section control.

Lucas Benning, Product Support Specialist at Vandalia, has a customer who is really pleased with the direct injection system on his 4940 sprayer.  He says the system was very accurate right out of the box, but he would like to see the ability to change the direct injection while on the go.  Currently you must stop the sprayer and turn off the spray pump to change rates.

Jared Matthews, Service Manager at Assumption, said that if you are constantly having dead battery problems on your JD Link enabled machines, then you need to change the JDLINK shut down voltage to 12 volts rather than 11 or less.  This is done in address JDL 156.

I had the opportunity to start a Kinze planter that we had converted from KPM II to ISO and added Kinze electric clutches.  It went very well and the customer was very happy.  He said “This really was not that big of a deal.  Kind of a non-event.”  I have to agree with him.  The system worked great and was easy for him to understand and operate.  I highly recommend that if you have customers with a Kinze planter and a GS3 display that you have them make this upgrade, especially if they would like to add section control to their planter.

I also installed two of the four new RTK base stations in his area, and I will be erecting the other two as time and weather allows.

Until next time, good luck with your planting season and let us know if you need our assistance.