Attention All John Deere Starfire ITC Owners!

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

We received word from John Deere that effective Jan 1, 2021, Starfire ITC GPS Receivers will no longer be able to receive the SF1 or SF2 corrections required for machines to Autotrac.  ITC receivers will still be able to show coverage, document, and be used for sectional control (in some cases) using the WAAS signal. This was not a decision made by John Deere or INMARSAT (the company that provides the bandwidth for our SF1 and SF2 correction signals). This change is happening because of a government satellite update where new satellites broadcasting the L5 signal are replacing the older signals. The hardware inside an ITC receiver will not allow it to receive the newer data. Starfire 3000s and 6000s are not affected by this change.

The complete government document can be found here:  See page 59 (Section 3.2.8) for more details.

If you still have an SF2 or RTK activation on an ITC receiver, John Deere has extended the transfer deadline again for you to transfer these activations to an SF3000 or SF6000 receiver.  This deadline is quickly coming up on August 1st, 2018. Contact us today at 217-693-6209 if you have any questions about this transition.

Sloan Support Farmer Call Center

Unfortunately, we are in the same position as our customer’s and we currently have too many Starfire ITC receivers in stock, so we can no longer accept trades.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement Co., 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

 

Are you ready to replant? Make sure your monitor is set up properly.

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Unfortunately, some replant will need to be done in Illinois and Wisconsin this year.  Make sure your display is set up correctly for replant by changing the task under your Resources button to “Replant.”  This will prevent your section control from disabling the row clutches and stopping the meter from planting.  It will also allow you to see how many acres you replanted and as well as recording the seed variety.

Change the task to Replant on the Resources page

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

 

 

 

Getting to Know the AMS Department

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

This post features Austin Shellhause and Joe Brunker.  Austin works in the Cuba City, Wisconsin location.  He is a graduate of Eastland High School class of  2010.  He later went on to graduate with an Ag Business and Farm Management degree from UW-Platteville in 2014.  Austin then started with Sloan’s shortly after in Product Support.  He enjoys spending time with his friends and family and anything outdoors.

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Austin Shellhause

 

Joe works out of our Monroe, Wisconsin location and also helps cover the Mt. Horeb and Montfort, Wisconsin locations. He started working Product Support for Sloan Implement in 2007.  Joe has 3 boys that keep him busy when he’s not at work. He also enjoys working outside on his property, hunting and fishing

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Joe Brunker

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

 

 

 

2016 Data Management Service Sign Up

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Tired of struggling with Apex or just want to start mapping and keeping records of your data?  Contact us to get set up with our Data Management Service.  We will provide a new data card or flash drive each year so that you can keep your old data in a safe place for a backup.  We will update the software on all your displays and receivers and also get your displays loaded with all your setup data including farms, fields, clients, and varieties.  We can help organize your farm and field names to make sure they are consistent across all displays and all operations to avoid confusion amongst operators.  After planting, we will clean up and print your variety maps and reports and get you set up for harvest with variety locator.  We will then clean up, post calibrate, and print your harvest maps and reports after you are finished with the year’s harvest.  Now that we have the ability to upload historical data to MyJohnDeere.com, we would be happy to upload this data for you if you would like.  All of this is included for just $500 a 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

 

 

 

Gator Mapping Service

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

We will get started soon after the crops are out of the fields.  We can map boundary lines and waterways, as well as guidance lines using RTK signal.  This works great when using Section Control to plant or spray through waterways.  You can also utilize these boundaries to ensure that you or your operators are in the correct field.  Simply hit the “Find Field” button when you pull into a field with a mapped boundary and it will know the Client, Farm, and Field associated with it and populate them into the drop down boxes.  All your guidance lines for that field will be pre-loaded as well.  You can then select the line you want to use, center the line with where you’re at and take off.  This eliminates the need to make new guidance lines every time you enter a field.  Mapping is $1.25/acre with minimum acreage required.  Mapping is based on a first come, first served basis so please sign up before spots fill up.  Don’t wait until the last minute.

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

 

 

 

Sloan Support Call Center

Sloan Support Farmer Call Center

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Don’t forget that the Sloan Support Team is here to help you this upcoming harvest season.   We can also help with those pre-harvest setup questions.

Calls made during our normal seasonal hours are FREE!!!

Our normal seasonal help line hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday:  7am-6pm

Saturday:  7am-3pm

Due to customer requests, we are continuing to offer our extended seasonal help line hours.  These calls will cost $50 per call.

Extended seasonal hours will be as follows:

Monday-Friday:  6pm-9pm

Saturday:  3pm-6pm

Sunday:  Noon-5pm

These extended hours calls will require you to leave a detailed voicemail stating your name, phone number, model number and a detailed description of the symptoms including any relevant trouble codes.  We will then call you back as soon as we can. Our targeted start date for seasonal hours is late August.  Please check our website and our blog closer to fall for an announcement on the exact date.

Please use this help line as your go to source for help.  We can generally get your questions answered faster than calling your local AMS/service person, with wait times averaging less than 30 seconds.

Call Center help line: 217-693-6209

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Sloan Support Weekly Recap July 9, 2016

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Recent rains and cooler weather in central Illinois have really helped the corn crop as it at (or near) pollination.   I have heard of a few small pockets of wind damage but not wide spread at all.  Soybeans have nearly closed the canopy on 30” rows and look to be off to a good start.  I have seen and heard of some folks digging out the row crop cultivators from the back corner of the shed to cultivate some beans with some stubborn water hemp pressure.  Crops overall look pretty good in our area with a few pockets here and there that are showing the effects of some tougher growing conditions.

Tasseled Corn in Assumption, IL

Tasseled Corn in Assumption, IL

There is a lot of buzz in the area about the Exactemerge Planter Retrofit.  Customers are looking for ways to help save some money by upgrading their current planters to the new technology available with the Exactemerge row unit.  The seed spacing is amazing and with an optimum corn planting window of less than 5 days in many areas this year, growers are seeing the value in getting over more acres in a day without sacrificing seed placement.  We also have seen the benefit of hydraulic downforce systems to maintain seed depth when using these machines at higher speeds.  You can learn more about these retrofit kits by clicking here.

RTK signal accuracy is also generating a lot of interest as growers are making multiple passes after planting.  Planting, Post-emerge application of N, as well as weed control are the main drivers for this as they can maintain hands free steering in standing crop.  Late season fungicide is also an excellent use of this technology.  Year over year repeat-ability really opens some doors not available with other signal levels.  You can learn more about the benefits of RTK network by clicking here.

View from the Andover, Iowa RTK Base

Our planter meter test stands have been running strong as growers are taking advantage of our post season planter inspections to get their machines ready to go for next year before they put them away.   You can learn more about the importance of seed meter testing and proper storage by clicking here.

Jared and Austin have been working hard to get all of our data service customers data corrected and printed.  We still have a few customers that still need to turn in their data so would encourage any that still have not brought it in to do so soon so we can get the Harvest Variety Locator Files set up in plenty of time for fall harvest.  You can click here to learn more about our data management services.

Sloan's Can Print Your Maps

Sloan’s Can Print Your Maps

We have sold some new Starfire 6000 receivers to growers wanting to take advantage of the longer RTK Extend period and the new SF3 signal.  We still have some new Starfire 3000 receivers in stock which are a great value for growers that have needs that can be met by SF1 or are not in a sketchy RTK signal area.  You can learn more about the SF 6000 receiver by clicking here.

SF6000 Ready for Install

Keep an eye out for our upcoming combine clinic dates or check with your local Sloan Implement location for their specific clinic dates.

We have sold several drones lately as growers/seedsmen are wanting to assess crop in a more efficient manner.  They can identify trouble spots faster and easier than before and can then spend some of the saved time and effort focusing on determining causes and remedies for the troubled areas.  You can learn more about our Drone packages in a previous post by Jared Wheeler by clicking here.

JD 95 Combine Harvesting Wheat in KS

Drone Pictures of John Deere 95 Combine Harvesting Wheat in KS

 

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