Central IL Planting Progress, Height Switches, & Connector Issues

by Derek Sloan, Assumption, IL

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.

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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

Central IL Progress, Large Soybeans in CCS Planters, and 1775 ExactEmerge Test Plot & Video

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL

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.

AMS Report 1.13.2014

by Josh Zuck

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.