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.
Wheat and oats are finally being combined around the Cuba City area. Yields have been good, and moisture seems to finally be dry. Straw quality has also been good, due mostly to our dry stretch that we are going through. Corn and bean crops both look good considering we haven’t had a significant rain event in three weeks. Some of the lighter soil fields are starting to fire up the stalk from a lack of moisture. This week shows a few chances of precipitation that hopefully makes it to us. Stine Seed Company and John Deere have announced that they will be working together to build a planter that is capable of planting ultra-narrow rows. The planters are DB60 72 row and also a DB40 48 row that is set up on 20” twin rows with 12” in-between pairs and 8” within the pair. The partners decided to the use the twin 20” method to utilize factory available equipment and get away from expensive customized planters and corn heads. Stine Seed Company is only requiring a small amount of seed to be purchased, along with a small upfront amount of money for the first year’s use of the planter. If the producer feels that the ultra-narrow rows are not worth the investment they can walk away from the program. If the producers opt to stay in the program for the second year they can purchase the planter for only a little more money. It is clear that Stine Seed Company is confident that their seed along with John Deere’s planter is the key to higher yields. With this arrangement, it is very exciting to be involved on the cutting edge of this technology.
Along with a few of the other stores, Cuba City and Bloomington have been actively demonstrating the W235 windrower. Customers have been very impressed with the power and speed of the mower. The new W235 has 235 H.P. with up to 255 H.P. during the power bulge. It also has a huge 44% torque increase. Usually higher horsepower engines seem to be less fuel efficient, but this hasn’t been the case with the W235. During our demo’s we had two customers ask if the fuel gauge was broken! They couldn’t believe that it was cutting hay at a faster speed and using less fuel than their current windrower. Crop dry down has also been compared to the customer’s current windrowers, and for the most part the W235 with a 995 and Tri-lobe rolls seems to be very similar. Customers have also commented on finally having a true centered cab that is both quiet and spacious. In addition to the better cab, the W235 has integrated auto-trac that works great at a high rate of speed especially when utilizing the new Sloan Implement RTK network in Southwest Wisconsin.
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.
In the new display currently they are listed under the ISOBUS VT tab.
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
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.
The majority of the crops have been planted in the Central IL area. A few customers are still finishing soybeans and with the current weather forecast should be finishing up with those by next week. Several customers have been side dressing with liquid and fast bars. I have seen a couple of height switches that were out of adjustment and it is always a good first place to look when having problems with product application. You can find the height switch status under the book and wrench tab in the rate controller in the readings drop down box. It will read “Switches/Status”.
I have spoken with several customers that are still having issues with section control setup and offsets. It is very important to double check your equipment offsets throughout the season and make sure that the measurements you have input are staying there every time you cycle the key when using the R series tractors. I suggest taking a picture of them with your phone or writing them down on a piece of paper you can leave in the armrest for quick reference upon start up. Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon but for now it is better to be safe than sorry.
I have also seen two instances where the connector pictured below causes problems with correct operation of equipment. Once on a 1770NT 24 row, the connector was just not pushed together enough and was causing intermittent problems on the GS3 display and not allowing proper operation of the planter. The second situation was on a new 2510L that the customer had just taken home and was preparing to use. The customer put water in the tank and attempted operation of the tool and the valves would not turn on allowing proper product application. Examination of the connector and a tug on the wires pulled the ground wire out. After proper replacement of the wire and insuring the connector was pushed together well, the tool worked just like it was supposed to. This connector is found on many John Deere machines and on the rate controller harness. The last situation was on a rate controller harness.
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.
Planting is nearing the end in Central Illinois. Many customers have wrapped up planting all together, while others still have only a few acres remaining. On the other hand, Southern Illinois is much wetter and still has a ways to go. I have seen and heard of corn that is leafing out underneath the soil due to a tough top crust. Hopefully recent rains can allow the crop to emerge. I did see a few beans emerged not far from Assumption late last week.
Large soybeans seem to be causing issues with feeding in CCS planters from the main tank to the mini hoppers. It is important to remain diligent in talc usage. Some customers have reported that higher than normal tank pressures have helped to alleviate the problem. Others have reported that it only marginally helps. Smaller beans don’t seem to have much of a problem. Sometimes removing the elbow in the mini hopper will also help.
I had the opportunity to walk a field that had side by side planting with a conventional JD 1770 planter and the Exactemerge high speed unit. Passes of 5 mph, 7.5 mph, and 10 mph were made side by side. You could definitely tell the difference at the higher speeds. Once in a while you would find a double with the high speed planter but could not find any skips. The spacing was really great as well. I look forward to seeing some yield comparisons this fall. Operator comments have also indicated that a higher hp 8R tractor will be required to operate this planter. Most of the acres it has planted have been on flatter ground so it will be especially true for more rolling terrain. Also the performance of Autotrac with a 4wd at 8-10 mph will likely be less than satisfactory for planting.
Here’s a video of the 1775 Exactemerge planting corn at 12 mph near Monticello, IL.
Planters are starting to come in for service and setup. If you are reconditioning for resale, make sure to get the acres added to the list. Just hook it to an 8R or Greenstar ready with a display.
Still having issues with the ISO connectors on 8R’s failing. Been getting water in them with the snow and thawing. A good way to diagnose is to hook a display and receiver to it, and if the receiver doesn’t show up on the Can-Bus then you have a bad connector. Also check the Can-bus voltages and if the can-lo is around 8 volts, go back and unplug the 4 pin on the ISO connector. Voltage should go back to normal. Basically water is getting into the connector and shorting out.
Been seeing issues with the cold temps and D – series skid loaders de-rating. Check DTAC solution 94012 to make sure you don’t have any debris in the fuel tank.