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

 

 

 

AutoTrac Vision & RowSense for Sprayers

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

AutoTrac Vision and RowSense systems are similar to the RowSense system that has been available for corn heads since 2008.  These systems compliment the traditional AutoTrac and shifts the line over where the planter may have drifted going through the field.  The Vision system is used for emerged corn at least 6 inches tall and uses a camera to differentiate the crop from the soil.  The RowSense system is used for canopied corn and uses feelers mounted on the inside of the front two wheels.  These systems use one common harness and controller but the camera and feelers can both be ordered or you have the option of ordering just one system.  For example, you could install the Vision system and then order the RowSense feelers at a later time.  The Vision and RowSense systems are only available for the 4 Series sprayers.  These systems are currently only approved for use in straight track corn on 30 in spacing with a 2 degree slope or less, but more testing is being done.  The base hardware kit that includes the controller and wiring harness is $1270 and then the Vision camera is $4730.  The optional RowSense feelers are an additional $1530.  A RowSense activation is also required if you don’t already have one.

AutoTrac Vision Camera

AutoTrac Vision Camera

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

 

 

 

Sprayer Clean-Out Instructions

by Justin Bickel, Virden, IL

As weeds change and become tougher to control, the chemistry and techniques we use to control these weeds must also change. In doing so, we must also change the way we handle these chemicals to prevent contamination and crop damage. Proper sprayer clean out may not be just a simple, quick rinse with a small amount of water like has been done in the recent past. Some of these new formulas will require, not only a greater amount of water and time, but also a rinsing agent to insure that crop damage and system contamination do not result. This will not be the case with every tank mix but it is becoming obvious that some formulas will require additional steps. Erase Spray System Cleaner is available in 1 quart jugs at any Sloan Implement parts department, part number PM433QT, for $16.71 per quart.

Erase Sprayer Cleaner

Advantages of the Erase Cleaner

  • Advanced surfactant system that penetrates and removes dried on residues left behind from incompatible tank mixes
  • Emulsifier technology designed to solubilize oily residue build-up for easier purging of the system
  • Stronger alkalinity builders that maximize rinsate solution pH levels to rapidly accelerate the breakdown of vulnerable pesticides
  • Anti-corrosion inhibitors to protect equipment pumps, seals and plumbing

The Best Practice Spray Tank Clean Out Procedure

  • 1. Empty Sprayer
  • 2. Pre-rinse system (800 gl unit) use 300 gl of clean water.  Agitate and recirculate through sparge system and eductor system for 10-15 minutes
    • Set Controller to manual and use increase/decrease switch to open valve to wide open position.
    • Turn on tank wash nozzles and eductor wash system
    • Field apply on labeled crop if possible
  • 3. Refill unit with 300 gallons of clear water and add 2 qts/100 of Erase to tank or through eductor, and recirculate through sparge & eductor system for 20 minutes.
    • Remove boom end cap, flush booms with half the tank volume.
    • Reinstall end caps and spray out tank balance.
    • Remove all strainers, screens, multiple nozzle bodies, diaphragms, spray tips & caps and use soft brush to remove residue.  Allow parts to soak in bucket of cleaner solution.
  • 4. Reinstall nozzle bodies, diaphragms, spray tips, caps, screens, and strainers.  Repeat steps 3 through 3 b with 200 gallons of cleaner solution.
  • 5. Refill unit with 100 gallons of clean water, recirculate through system for 10 minutes and repeat steps 3a and 3b.

You can view Sloan Implement’s entire inventory of sprayer’s by visiting Sloans.com or clicking here Sloan Used Sprayer Inventory:

 

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

 

 

 

Deactivate Implement Detection and ExactEmerge Planter Video

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Software update 15-1 (spring 2015) has finally given users the ability to shut off implement detection.  Implement detection auto-populates the offset dimensions of the planter and tractor for the purpose of swath control and does so at each key cycle.  The system is supposed to save any changes made by the operator.  However, sometimes these dimensions are incorrect or different than those entered by the operator when auto-populated causing unexpected skips or overlaps in the field.  Many times this is not recognized until the crop emerges and many acres have been done incorrectly.  To disable this feature, go the Menu, Display, Diagnostics, Multiple Displays,   Change Settings, and then uncheck the Auto Implement Detection checkbox and hit the save button.  At this point, verify that the dimensions that are loaded in the display are correct for both the tractor and the planter.  This should prevent the system for changing them and will eliminate the implement detection warning screen at start up.

The ExactEmerge  high speed planters have been rolling for the past two weeks with great success.  Here’s a video of one screaming across the field in excess of 10+ mph being pulled by a JD 8370R.

 

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.

Row Clutches, Section Control Settings, 569 Balers, & Planter Inspections

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

Planting has pretty much finished up in Northern IL. There are still a few beans to be put in, but customers are getting a crop of hay off their last year alfalfa before tearing it up and planting some late beans. Weather has been hot and dry for the most part, with a few shots of rain here and there to help get the corn out of the ground. Corn and beans are looking great so far. Some side dressing will be starting next week along with second spraying on corn.

With the corn being up, I have had the chance to visit with customers in their fields, checking section control settings, seed population, and looking for any issues that can be fixed before next year.

These pictures show the difference between fields planted with and without row clutches.

Without Swath

With Swath

You can see how the row clutches really can save you money.  Farmers of any size can benefit from the input cost savings as well as increased yields. Don’t let anyone tell you that the clutches never pay for themselves. These pictures say it all.

Spraying has been going full bore in Northern IL. I have had the chance to calibrate the section control settings on several of the new R series sprayers. John Deere changed their theory of operation on section control about a year ago. If you are having an issue with gaps in your coverage maps, especially with GS3 2630’s follow these steps:

1. To set the on and off times, set the sprayer to manual pressure and have a stop watch handy. Start the solution pump, and use the stop watch to check the time from when you hit the master to when the spray comes out of the nozzles.  Let’s say it is 1.1 sec. This is your turn on time.

2. Turn on your master so flow is coming out of the nozzles and use the stop watch again to check the time that it takes from when you hit the master and the flow stops from the nozzles, let’s say it is .8 sec. This is your turn off time. So your turn on time is 1.1 and turn off is .8 sec.

3. Now in your section control settings, go to overlap settings and set your coverage overlap to % overlap. 100% overlap would shut the booms off as soon as it hits the covered area. Usually you want a little bit of overlap with a sprayer and it also depends on your speed.  1% equals 1 foot. Usually setting this to 103% works well. If you have any issues or need help setting this up please contact our call center at 217 693 6209 and they can walk you through it.

Hay making has also started up north with first crop hay. The new 569 balers are running great. One thing to make sure is that if you have a coverage baler and are running edge to edge net wrap, you need to make sure you have the spacers for the edge to edge net wrap in, otherwise the net wrap can walk from side to side and potentially rip the net wrap. Contact your local Sloan’s parts department to get these spacers, part number 567PLUG.

Sloan’s will be doing baler demos this summer, if you are thinking about a new baler contact a Sloan Implement salesman to set up a time to do a demo on your farm.

Lastly, make sure to get your planters in for service inspections. Service inspections are the best insurance for your farm. We will clean them out and get them ready for next spring. We have a really good service inspection going on now and details can be found here.  We will also run your row units on our state of the art test stand and make any repairs necessary. This way you have confidence next spring that you are ready to go to the field when the conditions are right.

If you are walking your fields and see that you had a row not performing the way it should be, bring it in to Sloan’s and we can test the meter and diagnose the problem. I would recommend testing your row units every year. They may look ok, but you won’t know until the corn comes up. Always remember that your combine is useless without a crop. Your planter is the most important piece of equipment on your farm and you only have one chance to make good yields!