ActiveYield Retrofit Kits for John Deere S-Series Combines

ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available Now
ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available for this S670

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL 

Although the first official day of summer is a few days away we are experiencing some very warm temperatures around central Illinois. With highs in the 90’s and considerable amounts of rainfall recently, the crops are growing fast! Harvest will be here before we know it so now is a great time to think about upgrading your S-series combine!

In 2018, John Deere introduced the ActiveYield automatic yield calibration system as a factory option with the ability to retrofit back to 2012 and newer S-series combines. For many years we have had the ability to map our yields however the calibration process is critical for yield accuracy. On all S-series combines in the past, getting accurate yield readings meant collecting multiple calibration loads, manually weighing these loads with scales on a wagon or at the elevator, then inputting these weight values back into the display.  Though this process can be very accurate if completed correctly, it could also prove to be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating for new users.  As crop conditions such as moisture change throughout the season, this process had to be repeated to maintain accuracy.

With the introduction of the ActiveYield system, we no longer have the frustration of the multipoint yield calibration process!  ActiveYield eliminates time-consuming manual calibrations and replaces them with automated sensors that calibrate the machine by measuring the grain as the tank fills. This enables decisions to be made in real-time without leaving the cab while providing more accurate yield mapping data.  These automated sensors are scale pads mounted on the cross auger covers in the grain tank.

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

This exciting new system requires very little user input since it is designed to perform calibrations on the fly while harvesting. There are several precautions built into the software to maintain the accuracy of the system.  Any pitch or roll of the machine over 4 degrees of levelness measured by the Starfire receiver (SF3000 or SF6000) will cancel a calibration load that is in process. This amount of pitch or roll can cause the pile of grain to shift on the sensors resulting in inaccurate readings. The system will also reject a load that has inconsistent grain flow due to waterways and headlands, drastic changes in speed, or inconsistent crop conditions.  If a load is rejected, a new calibration load automatically starts once the grain is below the cross auger sensors.  The operator can monitor the active yield system on the combine’s Greenstar display to see the quality of the calibration, the number of accepted loads, and current status.

Active Yield Calibration Screen

Active Yield Calibration Screen

To sum it up, ActiveYield will save the operator time while improving yield data accuracy. When paired with a JDLink Connect subscription, your ActiveYield maps can be automatically sent to the Operations Center in MyJohnDeere.com and you can access your accurate yield data within minutes of finishing the field.  We had the opportunity to see a few limited production machines in the field with active yield in 2017 and the results were excellent.  See your local Sloan Implement dealer today for more information on compatibility and pricing on a retrofit kit for your machine!

At this time the ActiveYield retrofit kit is compatible with all S670, S770, S680, S780, S690, and S790 combines.  It is not compatible with S550, S650, S660, & S760’s with manual grain tank extension.

If you have an older 60 or 70 series machine, you can trade up to an S-series combine to take advantage of an ActiveYield retrofit kit for the upcoming harvest.

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Also ActiveYield supports the following crops:  Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Canola, and Barley.

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

 

SolutionsPlus Mobile App from John Deere

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

The John Deere SolutionsPlus app is your toolbox for managing technology products from John Deere. The SolutionsPlus app is used to support, configure, and enable John Deere precision technology products for agriculture, construction, and forestry industries.  The SolutionsPlus app can be used for updating software, transferring subscriptions, connecting MTG 4G LTE to a wireless network or configuring MTG 4G LTE to receive wireless connections.

Most impressively, the SolutionsPlus app can help you setup your GreenStar equipment before you head to the field this season.  It includes things such as:

  • How to setup your layout manager on the screen
  • Calibrate your TCM
  • Enter machine dimensions
  • Setup AutoTrac
  • Setup Documentation

You can also dive deeper into things like:

  • Prescriptions
  • Section Control
  • Boundaries
  • AutoTrac sensitivity settings and troubleshooting
  • Wireless Data Transfer
  • And more

Here are a couple of videos that show how to use the app for renewing an activation or submitting feedback directly to John Deere.

 

Download the SolutionPlus app today by going to the “Apps We Recommend” section of the Sloan Implement app or by following the links below.  You can learn more about the SolutionsPlus app by visiting Deere’s  MachineFinder Blog.

iTunes  

Google 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

 

 

 

John Deere 4640 Gen 4 Display vs JD 2630 GS3

 

This month, John Deere introduced the new 4640 universal display. The 4640 display incorporates the easy-to-use layout of the 4600 Command Center and the portability of the GreenStar 2630.  With the release of the new 4640 display,  John Deere has moved to a subscription based activation system which is different from the previous approach of a one-time activation purchase.  Now activations for the 4640 are offered in four different configurations shown below:

1-year Autotrac Subscription $850

5-year Autotrac Subscription $4000

1-year Premium Subscription $1700 (Autotrac, Swath Control, Documentation)

5-year Premium Subscription $8000 (Autotrac, Swath Control, Documentation)

The 5-year subscription option is only available at the point of purchase of the new 4640 display. If you choose to go with a one-year subscription, you will not have the option to purchase the five-year subscription down the road.

This price comparison graphic illustrates a customer’s cost of entry for a 4640 Universal Display and a 1-year subscription compared to a similarly activated GS3 2630 display.

The entry price for the 4640 is approximately 1/2 of the GS3 2630.  Over the course of 5 years, a customer who purchased a 4640 display and a 5-year subscription will spend less money than the customer who purchased a GS3 2630 with activations.   Also, in 5 years, there’s certain to be updated technology that will be better suited for the 4640 than the legacy 2630 display.

 

Why the change to subscription-based activations?  Subscription-based precision ag offerings provide the following benefits:

  • Lower cost of entry to get started with display and subscriptions
  • Ability to try new applications for a year without having to commit to a permanent software license
  • Ability to match the cost of use with the revenue generated in the same fiscal year
  • Flexibility in selecting the level and duration of subscription that best fits the needs of the business without the expense of a one-time software license purchase

As previously mentioned, the 4640 display is portable, much like the GreenStar 3 2630 display. One of the things that the 4640 display is capable of over the 2630 display is that the 4640 can be used in conjunction with a Gen 4 extend monitor. This allows you to run the 4640 display with double the screen space.

Gen 4 extend monitor

The 4640 display also has enhanced data capturing abilities making section control and coverage maps more accurate. Setting on/off times is made much easier with the 4640 display. Simply select skip or overlap and enter the distance and speed.  The new operating system on the 4640 functions like a smart phone with swipe and touch integration.

At this time the 4640 display has a few limitations, but John Deere will correct these with upcoming software updates that wwill make the 4640 display even more versatile. Some of the current limitations of the 4640 display are: RowSense in combines, Vision and RowSense in sprayers, Coverage map and A/B line sharing, and Machine sync.  Also, the 4640 display is also not fully compatible with the John Deere Rate Controller 2000 at this time.

Here’s a video from Deere on the features of the new 4640 display.

by Conrad Meyer, Cuba City, WI

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

 

Calibrating the TCM on a 2600/2630 Display

by Andy Syrcle, Assumption, IL

As you move your 2600 or 2630 Display into your combine this fall, you will need to calibrate your TCM to make sure you have the most accurate GPS signal and A/B Lines.  This Youtube video will help explain how to properly calibrate your TCM to assure your autotrac works properly in your Tractor, Combine, Sprayer, or any other self propelled vehicle.  Have a safe fall!

 

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 MyAnalyzer App from John Deere

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

The MyAnalyzer app utilizes data from the Operations Center to provide a view of documented map layers and summaries of field operations. This is traditionally the same data viewed within the Field Analyzer and Field Summary tab in Operations Center. Utilizing smartphone location features, MyAnalyzer enhances the ability to perform in-field analysis of documented results.

End users will be able to:

  • Use the current location feature (blue dot) while viewing a map to ground truth recorded data
  • View documented map layers and operation details for a field
  • Get driving directions to the field
  • Export a PDF of a map layer and print or share via email and text
  • Shake the phone while viewing a map layer to easily cycle through map layers for an operation
  • Get a farm summary by crop for variety performance information
  • Seamlessly transition between MyAnalyzer and MyOperations apps with a single log in
  • Get support from partners, including dealers, based on permissions granted in John Deere Operations Center

Value:

  • Utilize documented map layers to ground truth recorded data and for insights into the effectiveness of farming practices
  • Pull up documented map layers on the spot or easily send them via text or email to another person to aid in conversations with advisers and landlords
  • Access summary information of product performance as it is being harvested to aid in seed selection decisions for next year.

You can download the MyAnalyzer app here on the Apple App Store

To get started, install the apps on a compatible smartphone and login to an existing Operations Center organization. Take advantage of the ways JDLink machine data and documented operations are combined. New and existing users will want to ensure they get the benefits of managing more acres, more precisely with these apps by enabling their equipment fleets with JDLink Connect, which seamlessly connects the machine to the Operations Center and takes the burden of data collection and transmission off of the grower.

You can learn more about Operations Center by clicking here.

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 MyOperations App from John Deere

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

The new MyOperations app from John Deere provides insights from Operations Center and JDLink Connect data with daily summaries, field productivity, and quality details.  It allows farmers to evaluate their daily productivity — all on the go from their smartphones.

End users will be able to monitor their field work that occurred today and yesterday, including:

  • Daily summaries of work performed by date and by operation with total acres per operation and per field
  • Operation details at end of field such as rate, product, variety, yield, and moisture
  • Progress and path traveled with Location History
  • Field boundary locations on the map and driving directions
  • Analysis of equipment efficiency:
    • Equipment location on the map and driving directions
    • Fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank levels of equipment to plan refueling logistics and timing
    • Equipment hours and utilization details such as time utilization, ground speed, engine load, wheel slip, fuel rate, and more
    • Remote Display Access (RDA) into the in-cab display
    • JDLink Machine alerts and notifications indicating machine health, operation, or misuse issues
  • Seamlessly transition to the MyAnalyzer app for a historical view of operations with a single login
  • Get support from partners, including dealers, based on permissions granted in John Deere Operations Center

Value:

  • Knowing current acres worked, fuel levels and idle time enables the grower to proactively manage their day to improve logistics, efficiency, and productivity
  • Quality metrics give the grower confidence that field work is being executed as planned and helps them adjust as conditions change

You can download the MyOperations app here on the Apple App Store

To get started, install the apps on a compatible smartphone and login to an existing Operations Center organization. Take advantage of the ways JDLink machine data and documented operations are combined. New and existing users will want to ensure they get the benefits of managing more acres, more precisely with these apps by enabling their equipment fleets with JDLink Connect, which seamlessly connects the machine to the Operations Center and takes the burden of data collection and transmission off of the grower.

You can learn more about JDLink Connect by clicking here.

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 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.

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