JD Link Connect

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Advantages of using JDLink Connect with a GS3 2630 Display:

  • No more USB sticks
  • Send setup data from your computer directly to the GS3
  • Send prescription files directly to the GS3
  • The GS3 sends data back to your computer once the field is complete
  • Less chance of losing data if something happens to the GS3

When you are done recording a field the data can be automatically sent to MyJohnDeere.com where you can retrieve it or share it with your trusted advisors.  It can also be set up to unload files directly into Apex.  You can view up-to-date data on Apex without ever touching a flash drive or just look at your data on MyJohnDeere.com.  Receive this machine information from the cloud.

  • Machine performance data
  • Machine location history
  • Remote Dealer Support
  • Wireless Data transfer

Older machines can also be retrofitted to have this ability.  Contact us for more information and to get setup today.

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 Gen 4 Display Premium Activation

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Some of you may have seen or own a tractor with the new Gen 4 armrest.  Up until now the only activation available was AutoTrac.  Now John Deere has released a single activation they are calling the premium activation which includes AutoTrac, Section Control, and Documentation for $3000.  These activations are non-transferrable from display to display unlike previous generation displays.  Current Gen 4 armrests with AutoTrac can be upgraded to the premium activation for $2000. Stand alone AutoTrac is $1000.

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

 

 

 

Shared Coverage Now Available Through JD Link

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Now you can pair machines in the same field to make the coverage map more accurate.  If one planter or sprayer covers the headlands, then that information will be sent over to the other machine so that the swath control will shut off the sections on the headlands or point rows. Shared coverage will also be useful when you have multiple combines in the same field.  In addition, you will be able to share AB lines for AutoTrac.  The one-time machine sync activation is $1495 per machine.  The coverage can be transferred from one machine to the other using JDLink Connect or machine sync radios.

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

 

 

 

Lease a JD SF1 Autotrac System for $2999/Year

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Contact your Sloan sales department to lease a complete New SF1 AutoTrac system for $2999/year.

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

 

 

 

Rate Controller 2000 – $2350

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Little has changed about the Rate Controller since it was first introduced in 2007 until now!

Features include:

  • Control up to 5 liquid and dry products simultaneously with one controller vs 1 product
  • Control up to 16 sections vs 10 sections
  • Easily convert from the original Rate Controller to a Rate Controller 2000
  • Improved user interface on the display
  • Compatible with the Gen 4 Command Center display
  • More features will be added in the future

Trade in your old Rate Controller at Sloan Implement and get a free adapter harness (a $368.50 value) to plug and play.

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

 

 

 

StarFire 6000 GPS Receiver – $3895

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

  • If you are running RTK and you lose RTK signal you will have RTK Extend for 14 days vs. 15 minutes with a StarFire 3000
  • Uses 3 correction satellites for improved signal and accuracy
  • SF2 is replaced by SF3 which is 1.2” accuracy with in season repeatability
  • USB port for faster software updates (3 minutes vs. 20-30 minutes)
  • USB port can be used to export a data log for easier troubleshooting
  • Deluxe mount only with optional locking system
  • Sloan Implement will allow $2000 for your trade in StarFire 3000

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

 

 

 

The Importance of Good Data

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Greetings from Sloan Implement Company!  I hope everyone enjoyed great food and family time over Thanksgiving.  I am looking forward to more of the same as Christmas quickly approaches

Warmer than normal weather has been the rule this fall in our area.  A great deal of NH3 was applied, but there will definitely be some spring application needs as well.

Let me ask each of you if you had an autotrac system 10 years ago in 2005?  What about 5 years ago?  I bet the answer to the first question would be that very few had a system in ’05.  I would venture to say that many, or more likely, most of you had at least 1 system in 2010.  The question for most producers today would not be if you had a system, but rather how many systems you currently have in your operation? I pose these questions to shine a light on how fast technology is changing and how much of an impact it has on you and your business.

If autotrac was the first big use of GPS technology, section control or auto swath is definitely a close second. So what is number 3?  Any guesses?  It is a hot topic in nearly every farm publication or Ag website.  The answer is data.  Not just data, but GOOD data!  Inaccurate data is not much better than no data at all.

So how does good data have an impact like autotrac or section control?  Good data is the inside information you need to help you make informed decisions about every acre within your operation.  All of you know that there are productive and not-as-productive areas in each of your fields.  But the question is not just how productive or not-so-productive, but how big is the good area and where and how much does it change as you move out of the highly productive area?  Even better, why does it change?  Can we fix it? Is there something holding back the sweet spots from getting even better?  The list could go on and on.  Treating every acre of the field the same, or flat rate application, of seed, fertilizer, nitrogen, lime, etc. does not make agronomic sense, especially in these economic times. Knowing what each acre is putting in your pocket will be of paramount importance going forward.

I will admit that the amount of information that can be gleaned from yield maps, soil tests, application data, etc. is mind boggling and can be intimidating.  The question you are probably asking, is how do I know when, where, and how much change to make?  The only way to answer this question is to have a good “data bank” of past history from each field.  This can then be used by you or a trusted advisor to guide your decisions. As with anything of value, good data takes time and effort to collect.  The good news is that nearly every combine/planter/application tool built within the last 10+ years has the ability to collect the data you need to build your data bank.  The even better news is that most customers already have the majority of the equipment they need to complete these tasks!

Another storm on the horizon is the political climate (pun intended!) in Washington.  As fewer folks in the general population actually understand production agriculture, greater imposition on your use of commercial fertilizers, chemicals, etc. will be the focus of many state houses and in Washington.  Has anyone seen a news story about the algae bloom in the Gulf as an example? The ability to show, on an acre by acre basis, how accurately and efficiently you use inputs will be extremely valuable, if and when the rules change.

So where do we go from here?  Make a point to start or continue to collect good data from this point forward!  Calibrate and post calibrate your combine yield monitor, record your as-applied planting rates and varieties, and obtain the as-applied fertilizer maps from your ASP (Ag Service Provider).  All of this needs to be in an electronic format so it can be used later on.  Find someone to help you clean up your data if you are not able or willing to do it yourself.  Sloan Implement offers a basic data service that allows you to begin to collect GOOD data without even owning a computer, all while using the GPS equipment you already own.  You can see more info on Sloan’s Data Management service here.  John Deere has a website, www.myjohndeere.com, where you can store and view the data as well from any smart phone or tablet and share it with only those you choose.  Finally, find a trusted advisor to help you interpret the data and help you make informed decisions.

In conclusion, even if you think you are not ready for all of this, start collecting good data now!  Remember my questions at the beginning of the article?  How many of you had an autotrac system 10 or even 5 years ago?  The difference now is that you could get into an autotrac system whenever you made the decision to do so.  Collecting data takes time.  You have seen how fast the last 10 years has changed.  Imagine what the next 5 or 10 years has in store.
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

 

Frequency Change on StarFire iTC and 3000 GPS Receivers

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

It is important to make sure that your StarFire receivers are up to date before you head to the field to avoid loss of correction signal.  The new correction frequency is now 1545.9675.  It was changed to minimize the potential for interference from other agencies and industries.  You will need software version 3.73H or later on StarFire iTC receivers or 2.00R or later of StarFire 3000 receivers for this change to happen automatically with no interruptions. You can download the latest software by clicking here.  You can also manually change this number by going to the StarFire icon on your monitor and selecting the “Setup” tab at the top and changing the number in the “Correction Freq” box.  You may have to uncheck the “Default” box first before it will allow you make this change.

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Starfire Set Up Page to Change Frequency to 1545.9675

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

 

 

 

Frequency Change on StarFire iTC and 3000 GPS Receivers

Bring us your SF3000 for a required software update

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

It is important to make sure that your StarFire receivers are up to date before you head to the field to avoid loss of correction signal.  The new correction frequency is now 1545.9675.  It was changed to minimize the potential for interference from other agencies and industries.  You will need software version 3.73H or later on StarFire iTC receivers or 2.00R or later of StarFire 3000 receivers for this change to happen automatically with no interruptions. You can download the latest software by clicking here.  You can also manually change this number by going to the StarFire icon on your monitor and selecting the “Setup” tab at the top and changing the number in the “Correction Freq” box.  You may have to uncheck the “Default” box first before it will allow you make this change.

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Starfire Set Up Page to Change Frequency to 1545.9675

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

 

 

 

Planter Monitor Shows Low Population in Soybeans?

4066R ATU RTK Research Plot Sprayer Tractor

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

If you are seeing several rows or your average population is running low in soybeans, here are a couple things to keep in mind.  It is normal for the planter to read slightly low in soybeans, especially in 30″ rows.  The amount of soybeans passing the seed sensor is very high.  If you are experiencing this symptom, verify the actual planted population is correct by digging some seed in a few random rows.  17’5″ is 1/1000 of an acre for 1 row on 30″.  Multiply the amount of seed in this distance by 1000 will give you your population for that row.  Check a few rows to verify.  Another thing we have noticed this year is that if you have not brushed your seed tubes before switching to beans you could experience this symptom.  Talc and seed treatment can build up from corn planting and can impair the ability of the sensor to accurately count seed.  Finally, make sure that you are using talc in the central fill planters with beans.  This is especially true if using a treated bean or delivery tube plugging can occur.  Remember that it is just as important to properly mix the talc as it is to use the proper amount.