JD 4020 AutoTrac Planting Soybeans

Here’s a video of Larry Probst, store manager at Sloan Implement in Effingham, IL, planting soybeans with his Autotrac ready 4020 and 7000 12 row planter.

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

Wisconsin Planting, ExactEmerge Success, Active Implement Guidance, and Swath Control Settings

Row Clutches at Work

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

Planting started in Southern Wisconsin two weeks ago with above average temperatures followed by a week of below normal temperatures and even some snow flurries last week! This past week has been very good planting conditions and a lot of corn has went into the ground. We have some customers finishing with corn and more could be done by this weekend if the rain holds off.

The ExactEmerge planters have all been running well. Most customers have been running 7-10 mph across the field. Seventy acres per hour in our larger fields with a 24 row planter has been pretty common. Setting swath control has been pretty quick since you can dig seed like a sandhill crane when the spacing is so close to perfect. We did notice that some hub torques got a little loose after the initial break in. Similar to the ProMax 40 disks, it seems that a tighter hub torque has been better than a loose hub torque. Round seed has also singulated a little better than flat seed 98-100% vs 97-98% on average. With the brush belt carrying the seed to the trench and with it being speed compensated, the in ground spacing has been very good on both types of seed.

8370R 1775 ExactEmerge Active Implement Guidance

JD 8370R & 1775 ExactEmerge

Active Implement Guidance with ProTrakker hydraulic hitches have also been working very well this spring doing strip till in some rolling ground of Southwestern and South Central Wisconsin. Our local RTK bases have been performing very well again this year. If you are interested in RTK, give us a call and we can line up a demo before you’re done planting.

9410R 2510H Active Implement Guidance

JD 9410R Pulling JD 2510H Using Active Implement Guidance

I got a call yesterday about soybeans overplanting 5-6%. We ended up finding the seed very small and multiples getting stuck in some holes on the disk. We reduced the vacuum as much as we could and then cut back on the prescription rates using the Prescription Multiplier in order to get the correct amount of seed in the ground. It sounds like there many some abnormally small beans out there this year, so keep that in mind.

Small Bean Seed Overplanting 5-6%

Small Bean Seed Overplanting 5-6%

I’ve received a few calls this week from guys running adaptive curves in our small and irregular shaped fields. When the customer leaves his first line to go plant on the other side of the field, the line will not let him engage autotrac when he returns. Backdating to 14-1 GS3 software has fixed the problem on all of them so far.

Adaptive Curves Not Working

Adaptive Curves Not Working

Last but not least, I’ve had a lot of calls this week in regards to planter clutches. It’s impossible to dig too much seed when you start planting. In many cases, set-up has been incomplete and measurements were missing causing gaps on one end of the field and extra overlap on the other end. If you are running the new 15-1 GS3 software, I would recommend that you go in and uncheck the Implement Detection box, so there’s no way that it can get changed on its own once you take your measurements (Menu, Display, Diagnostics, Multiple Displays, Change Settings, uncheck the Auto Implement Detection checkbox and hit the save button). If you are still planting, it would probably be a good idea to dig some seed coming into and then again coming out of the headlands to make sure there are no surprise when the corn comes up. If you like what you see, make sure that you record all of your tractor measurements, planter measurements and on/off times so you have them for next year.

Sectional Control Info

Sectional Control Info


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

Sloan Support Call Center is Now on Spring Hours

Waterloo Boy at John Deere Tractor Museum, Waterloo, IA

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

We are starting our call center spring hours and schedule today.  The number is 217-693-6209 and the hours are from 7-7 M-F and 7-3 on Saturday.    You can access the call center by calling the above number or using the Sloan Implement APP to put yourself in line and receive a call back when your turn in line comes up.

Please call this number to ask your AMS questions or activate your SF2 signal subscription.  If you need to activate your subscription, please be in the cab with the display and receiver powered up.  We will need your receiver serial number and then we will activate the subscription and give you a code to enter to turn it on.


Deere Winter Software Update 15.1 and Swath Control Settings for Spring

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

We have been running a lot of meters this winter with our seed meter test stand.  One of the major causes for performance issues is leaving the disk in the meter over an extended period of time.  This warps the disk and can disfigure the seal.  Make sure that when you are finished planting that you remove the disk from the meter and store it in a vertical position.  The best way to do this is take an old broom handle and slide the disks on it and then hang it so the disks are vertical.  Throwing them in a box or on a bench will cause them to warp.  Another issue we have seen is leaving seed in the planter.  This attracts Disney characters to make their winter homes in your planter meter.  They feast on the seed and your rubber vac seals.

Planter Clinic Lanark

Winter Planter Clinic Lanark, IL  March 5, 2015


Deere just announced the winter software update (15-1).  It is a good practice to update your AMS components with the latest software updates.  It is especially important to update your receivers this year as there is going to be a frequency change in July.  If you perform the winter software update it will automatically find the new frequency when it is released.  This is true for both the ITC and the Starfire 3000 receivers.

One of the main in-season issues or questions we get during planting is the swath control settings.  It is absolutely imperative that the receiver to machine measurements for the tractor and the planter are checked and entered into the GS3 display.  This will make sure that the GPS receiver and display can calculate the position of the seed tubes and turn on/off the clutches at the proper time.  If these dimensions are not entered correctly the time adjustment will likely not do much good to correct any stop/start planting issues.  So, before you start, check these dimensions against a tape measure and make sure that they are correct.  Along those lines, Sloan Express sells a light that will turn on and off with your clutch to give you a visual reference as to the exact time the clutch is turning on or off.  You can put one on the outside rows of the planter so you can be sure that the clutches are performing correctly. You can see more info on this light by clicking here.  It won’t get you down to the last 6” of where the last seed was planted but it will help you see if there was a moderate or major change in the settings for swath control.

Row Clutch Indicator Light – Click Picture for More Info




Sloan Winter Technology Expo in Atwood, IL Feb 3

You are invited to attend Sloan’s Sprayer Clinic on Tuesday March 3 at our Atwood, IL Training Facility.

Classes will begin at 9 am and finish at 2 pm.

Our sprayer experts will provide training on the following topics:

  • Set-up and operation of Spraystar monitor
  • Section control and Documentation
  • Solution system changes from 30 series to R’s
  • Service and maintenance
  • Sprayer walk around
  • And answer any questions you might have about your John Deere sprayer
  • You can view more info and register at sloans.com by clicking this link

You can view more info and register at sloans.com by clicking this link.

Sloan Winter Technology Expo in Atwood, IL Feb 3

You are invited to attend Sloan’s Winter Technology Expo on Tuesday February 3 at our Atwood, IL Training Facility.

The expo will begin at 8 am and end at Noon.  Stop in at any time.

Our product support specialists will provide training on the following products:

  • Field Connect, Machine Sync, & Shared Coverage maps
  • MaxEmerge 5 planters
  • MaxEmerge XP planters
  • Planter Test Stand and Seed Meter Inspections
  • Gator Mapping and RTK Boundary Service
  • Sprayers
  • New Generation 4 Command Center
  • Myjohndeere.com and JD Apps
  • Seedstar 2/XP Simulator, Swath Control, Documentation
  • Accudepth for Field Cultivators
  • Autotrac Controller & Rate Controllers
  • Sloan Call Center

You can view more info and register at sloans.com by clicking this link.

The Importance of Planter Meter Inspections and Clearing your Yield Data

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Winter is the time to get your planter meters inspected and tested so you are ready to go for spring.  We can run your meters on a modern test stand and check for doubles, skips, and misplaced seeds.  Our test runs are 1000 seeds per run and we require 3 consecutive tests of 99.7% or better performance for a passing grade.  It might not pass due to several factors.  It could be worn parts, a misaligned double eliminator, improperly adjusted hub setting, or a myriad of other factors.  The test stand allows us to find the “why” behind the problem.  We will then contact you about the recommended changes and get your approval to make these repairs.  Most times John Deere Pro Max meters don’t need  a tremendous amount of parts to get them ready to roll.  Of course, all of this is dependent upon how the meter has been cared for and how long it has been since it was last checked over.  The only way to know is to put them on a test stand and have them checked out.  Emerged corn is not the time to discover an issue with your meters so have them tested.  The planter is a system of different components working together and the meter, while being the heartbeat, is not the only item that can cause issues if not properly maintained.  Your entire planter including the row units, frame, drive system, delivery system, air system, etc. should all be inspected to insure that you are ready to go when mother nature decides to cooperate.  If you do take your meters to get inspected make sure to take your seed that you are going to plant this year along with it to the dealership.

planter meter

Another item to get squared away now is your data collection system and autotrac monitor.  Download all of the data from the monitor and make sure that it is safely backed up.  Remove the data from the monitor and install any available software updates.  These are usually released by John Deere in Mid-February.  Now you should re-load any setup data with all of your farms, fields, and varieties.  Don’t forget to also load in the CORRECT dimensions of the tractor and the planter so your clutches will shut off correctly.



ExactEmerge/MaxEmerge 5 planter clinic and Planter Storage Tips

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI

We had our 2015 Planter Early Order Program meeting last week. Attendance was very good. We talked about the new MaxEmerge5 row units, the ExactEmerge high speed planter and Deere’s new partnership with Dawn along with some other miscellaneous items. The Maxemerge5 units added a bunch of nice changes that make the meter easier to get at and adjust. We were also able to go out and walk a field that was planted with the ExactEmerge planter. The stand is very good. At first glance it looks like there were some skips, but we were able to find seed every time we dug in these areas.

I’ve talked to a lot of RTK customer’s in the north the last couple weeks and it seems like everyone got along very well with the additional base stations. Coverage was better than expected even in the hills and many were able to hold the signal farther away than we thought we would be able to.  You can see our coverage are here.

Before you put your planter away, there are a couple items that you should be doing:

1. Record your tractor measurements, planter measurements and on/off times, so you can set the planter the same exact way next spring without digging up a bunch of seed.

2. Remove your data and import it into Apex. Don’t forget to set-up variety locator in Apex before the start of harvest. Contact us if you would like us to do this for you with our mapping service.  Here’s some more information about our mapping service.

Setting up Variety Locator in Apex and Summer Training Schedule

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Now is a great time to discuss Sloan Implement’s mapping service with one of our 12 AMS specialists.  We will print your spring maps and get your screens ready to go for harvest this fall.  This includes setting up variety locator so that the combine will know what variety it is harvesting without having to change it on the display.  At the end of the year this data can be used to generate a report that shows which varieties performed the best.  You can learn more about this service by clicking here.

Setting up variety locator is something that many of our customers struggle with each year.  Here are some things to remember.  You cannot just take the screen out of the planting tractor and install it in the combine and expect it to work.  The data has to be downloaded into Apex first and then new setup data must be saved for the display.  When saving new setup data, you also cannot just check mark the variety locator box.  You will have to click the “setup variety locator” on the left hand side (see picture below) and another screen will pop up.

Variety Locator

Choose the select all button at the top of this screen to select all of the planting files.  If you happen to have more than one planting file for one field name then an error will pop up and you will have to choose which file you want to use.  Common examples of this are caused when corn and soybeans are both planted under one field name and the other is when an area has been replanted in that field.  In most cases you will want to choose the original corn planting file unless you ripped up the majority of the field and replanted it in a different variety.  Basically the combine would get confused if it had to look at two different maps and try to decide which variety is really planted in that part of the field.  This is why Apex will only let you choose one file per field.  Once this is done you are now ready to save the new setup data.

The June 2014 AMS Newsletter is now available on our website and can be viewed by clicking here.  Many customers have started getting the print version in their mailboxes.  The print version has a training calendar in it that can be disregarded.  We are currently working on revising our summer training schedule and will post a revised schedule soon.  Our training schedule can be found online by clicking here.

Uploading Data to Myjohndeere.com from a Flash Drive

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

MyJohnDeere.com (MJD) now has the ability to upload data straight from a flash drive or data card enabling you to view your maps online.  The edit features found in Apex are not yet available on MJD, but they will be coming in the near future.  You can store all your data online and access it from anywhere and not have to worry about losing your data if your computer crashes.  This will give customers who are not currently using Wireless Data Transfer all the features of MJD.

You will first need a validated MJD account.  If you need any help or don’t currently have an account then contact us for help at the call center, 217-693-6209.  You will also need to download the MJD Data Manger and install it on your computer.  Click here for the link.   When you open the program it will look like this:


Insert your flash drive or data card into the computer and select that drive at the top and select your organization.  Once you have selected all the files that you want, then click  “Upload.”  It shouldn’t take long to upload and you should see your maps on MJD within minutes.

Once on MyJohnDeere.com, go to the “Operation Center” and click on the outline of the field on the left.  (See picture below)  This will bring up a list of your fields.  Hover over the “i” and then click on the “Field Analyzer” to view different map layers.  For example, if you upload your planting data then you should be able to see maps for the “as applied rate”, “planned rate”, and “variety”.

Field Analyzer


If you are tired of struggling with Apex or uploading your data, call Jared Wheeler in Assumption at 217 693 6209. He can tell you about Sloan’s Apex Data Management Service.  Or visit sloans.com for more information on this service.