New from Deere: Mobile Data Transfer via USB

Mobile Data Transfer

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

John Deere recently introduced a new product, Mobile Data Transfer, which is a USB to WiFi device that plugs into the display and transfers data using your smartphone via the Mobile Data Transfer app.  This new device makes  it easy to wirelessly transfer data from older John Deere equipment and non-John Deere displays to the Operations Center with Mobile Data Transfer.

Mobile Data Transfer enables customers to wirelessly transfer agronomic data to and from non-John Deere displays and from John Deere’s GreenStar™ 3 2630 display (in older John Deere equipment that is not JDLink™ compatible) to the Operations Center. It enables producers to consolidate data from multiple branded displays into one centralized location for their use or to be shared with trusted advisors.

There are multiple ways to get data into the Operations Center where it can be put to use. Mobile Data Transfer works with a variety of in-cab displays and mobile devices to facilitate the transfer of information. If you are running older John Deere equipment and have not yet moved to a JDLink Connect enabled machine, Mobile Data Transfer is a great way to get started.

This video shows how Mobile Data Transfer works and why we think it will work well for our customers.

You can download the Mobile Data Transfer App by visiting the “Apps we recommend” section of the Sloan Implement App.  Download the app by clicking here.

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My John Deere Operations Center

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Apex version 3.7 is now available to download.  It includes a new backup/restore option that allows you to send all of your historical data to the new Operations Center.  The Operations Center is continually changing and adding new features.  Updates are made to the website every two weeks to fix issues and introduce new features quicker than ever before.  It’s not like Apex where you have to manually update the software on your computer.  Updates are made automatically.  Some recently updated features include the ability to post calibrate, view application maps and reports, view the weather radar, and also compare the current year’s yield map to your historical average.  Some of the features coming in the near future include creating setup data that can be sent wirelessly to the machine and spatial sorting of data.  Spatial sorting will sort the data that comes in based on the boundaries that you have on  This will really help keep your data organized.  Oftentimes we see inconsistencies in the naming of fields between operators and this should help solve this issue.  When the data comes in, it will automatically be assigned to the boundary that it is within.  You can see an overview of Operation Center in this video.

If you are interested in seeing a demo of or would like help transferring your data from Apex to please give us a call.   We can also reconcile your harvest data and print your yield maps.  Also, we can map your field boundaries and guidance line  using an RTK signal for $1/acre.  We can make sure that you already have your boundaries loaded when the spatial sorting feature goes live.  You can learn more about these services on our website.

Central IL Harvest, S-Series Combine DEF usage, & Integrated Combine Adjust

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Fall harvest is under way in Central Illinois.  Some aggressive elevators are pushing some farmers to get an early start even with high moisture.  Yields have been very good.

The FT4 (Final Tier 4) combines don’t seem to be using a lot of DEF up to this point.  The .2-.3 gph usage does not seem to be too far from reality.

Also new for 2014 FT4 combines is the new Integrated Combine Adjust (ICA). This system provides suggestions on what adjustments to make based on some questions you answer.  If this button is flashing orange or red at you then simply press the flashing button and go through the ICA pages until you get to the point where it suggests an adjustment for improvement.  At that point hit the cancel button and it should quit flashing at you until at least the next time you engage the separator.

Under the “Mapping” button on your 2630 there has been a labeling change.  When you go to select yield as your foreground for the mapping page, it now says yield (wet).  The mapping page with all of the different colors representing yield has always been in wet bushels but now the button indicates that to be the case.

Harvest Ready in Lanark