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

 

 

 

Shared Coverage Now Available Through JD Link

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Now you can pair machines in the same field to make the coverage map more accurate.  If one planter or sprayer covers the headlands, then that information will be sent over to the other machine so that the swath control will shut off the sections on the headlands or point rows. Shared coverage will also be useful when you have multiple combines in the same field.  In addition, you will be able to share AB lines for AutoTrac.  The one-time machine sync activation is $1495 per machine.  The coverage can be transferred from one machine to the other using JDLink Connect or machine sync radios.

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

 

 

 

Lease a JD SF1 Autotrac System for $2999/Year

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Contact your Sloan sales department to lease a complete New SF1 AutoTrac system for $2999/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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ExactEmerge Retrofit Kit

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

The new ExactEmerge planter technology from John Deere has taken planter productivity to new levels while improving corn stands and emergence.  Don’t trade your planter-upgrade it!

  • Planting speeds of 10+ mph
  • Impeccable seed spacing and emergence
  • Simplicity of design with minimal impact on tractor hydraulic and electrical systems
  • Seedstar 3HP monitor (singulation, COV, ground contact, ride quality, population)
  • Vacuum Automation (R-Series Tractors)
  • Curve Speed Compensation
  • John Deere Green-on-Green Solution
  • Included new components:
  • Meter
  • Shank
  • Openers
  • Gauge Wheel arms
  • Scrapers
  • Brush Belt Seed Delivery System w/ ExactRate seed sensors
  • All wiring and harnesses
  • PTO drive electrical generator
  • Requires 1 less SCV than an equivalent hydraulic drive planter
  • Re-use only the closing wheel assembly and gauge wheels from the row unit.
  • All 2011 and newer 1770NT, 1790, or DB planters can be retrofitted to ExactEmerge technology.

Please contact your local Sloan Implement location before July 14, 2016 for early order program pricing on this breakthrough planter technology or to get more information!

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

 

 

 

New JD Starfire 6000 Receiver vs SF 3000

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

The John Deere Starfire 6000 receiver is now available for order.  This SF6000 receiver uses 3 correction satellites for improved signal and accuracy and can receive the new SF3 differential signal.   SF3  replaces the SF2 signal on the SF 3000 receiver.  The new SF3 signal delivers +/- 3 cm pass-to-pass accuracy, less than 30 minute pull in time, and in-season repeatability without the need for RTK radios or base stations.

Deere Receivers Thru the Years

Deere Receivers Thru the Years

At the base/free level of SF1 accuracy, there is virtually no difference between the SF 6000 and the SF 3000.

The next level of accuracy for the SF 6000 is SF3 and it requires a subscription.  This signal is comparable to the SF2 signal for the SF 3000 receiver.  New for the SF6000 is 3 cm accuracy using SF3 vs  5 cm accuracy on the SF3000 using SF2.   The SF3 signal will allow for in season repeatability of 3 cm.  There is no repeatability with the SF2 signal on the SF3000 receiver.  Please note, the SF3 signal will only work on SF6000’s.

SF6000 Signal Comparisons

SF6000 Signal Comparisons

The new John Deere Starfire 6000 is only compatible with GS 1800, GS 2630, GS 3 Command Center, and Gen 4 4600 displays.

There is now a USB port on the receiver for faster software updates, typically 3 minutes vs 20-30 minutes on older receivers.

USB Port for Faster Software Updates

USB Port for Faster Software Updates

Currently there’s only a deluxe style mount with optional locking system.

Receiver Lock for Security

Deluxe Mount with Optional Locking System

RTK accuracy will be the same between the SF3000 and SF6000.  You can see Sloan’s RTK coverage and learn more about this technology by visiting our RTK website by clicking here.

Click to View Our RTK Network

Click to View Our RTK Network

 

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 Deere Planter Options, SF2 vs RTK, Guided Planter Hitches, and Prescriptions

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

Prescriptions

rx

Do you plan on doing any variable rate planting this spring? If so, now is a great time to work on them or sit down with your agronomist.  This will assure that your prescriptions are ready and in the right format for your display come spring.   All too often, we run into issues on the first day of planting of trying to get them into the display and working correctly.  If you have questions on what needs to be done please be pro-active and get a hold of us today.   We also have data management services available to help with this task plus spring software updates and pre-season display set-up.  You can learn more about our data management  service by clicking here.

Active Implement Guidance

laforage

Laforge Guided Planter Hitch

John Deere recently announced a new allied agreement with Laforage for a guided planter hitch. When combined with John Deere’s Active Implement Guidance, it will place the seed right where it needs to go. This would be ideal for strip till. Even if you are not strip tilling, you can see benefits from the consistent guess rows when you return to side dress, spray and harvest. The Laforage hitch has up to 20” of hitch movement available. The hitch replaces the factory 2-point hitch on 1770, 1775, 1790 and 1795 planters.

If you are looking for a hydraulic drawbar hitch or a convertible hitch (2 point and a drawbar), we also have Protrakker hitches available with up to 26” of movement.

Protrakker Hitch

Protrakker Hitch

If you have any questions on hydraulic hitches or active implement guidance, please give us a call.

SF2 Signal vs. RTK

sf3000

As we get closer to planting season, we’re starting to get the question “what GPS accuracy level fits my operation the best”.  We recommended using SF2 or RTK for planting although we have many customers still using SF1 and getting by just fine.  SF2 and RTK both are noticeable improvements especially when planting in hills and contours.  Since John Deere moved the SF2 subscription renewals from their call center to the dealership a few years ago, we’ve taken a lot of calls to activate SF2 subscriptions at the beginning of the planting season. Many customers may not know what it would take to jump from SF2 to RTK.  John Deere’s year-long SF2 subscription is $1050 while Sloan Implement’s RTK subscription is only $1000.  If you already have a SF2 unlocked receiver, you only need a one-time RTK activation ($3500) and a 450 mhz radio ($1795).  That puts your first year total with the subscription at $6,295.  Next year you would only pay $1000 for the annual subscription. John Deere’s RTK signal is a repeatable 1” signal that will not move or drift from day to day or season to season.  Planter shutoffs can now be used with confidence for interior boundaries or water ways. They can also be dialed in for even less overlap while running RTK. The signal acquisition at the beginning of the day is almost instant vs waiting for the accuracy to improve with other Deere and non-Deere signals. Everything else, from autotrac performance to variety locator, is also improved with the more accurate and repeatable RTK signal. Talk to your Sloan Implement AMS Consultant for details on coverage for your area. Sloan Implement is committed to giving you the best accuracy available and we will be building additional towers in Iowa and Wisconsin in time for planting.  You can view our current RTK network coverage by clicking here.

National Farm Machinery Show

John Deere revealed several future products at the National Farm Machinery Show this week.  For 2017 they plan to have a MaxEmerge 5E row unit with an electric drive (no more electric seed clutch or hydraulic variable rate motors).

MaxEmerge 5e

MaxEmerge 5E Row Unit

They also showed a hydraulic individual row downforce system that’s expected to be a factory installed option in 2017 along with a pneumatic closing wheel option (available now for limited models).

IRDF

Hydraulic Individual Row Downforce

Pneumatic Closing

Pneumatic Closing Wheel

 

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

The Importance of Good Data

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Greetings from Sloan Implement Company!  I hope everyone enjoyed great food and family time over Thanksgiving.  I am looking forward to more of the same as Christmas quickly approaches

Warmer than normal weather has been the rule this fall in our area.  A great deal of NH3 was applied, but there will definitely be some spring application needs as well.

Let me ask each of you if you had an autotrac system 10 years ago in 2005?  What about 5 years ago?  I bet the answer to the first question would be that very few had a system in ’05.  I would venture to say that many, or more likely, most of you had at least 1 system in 2010.  The question for most producers today would not be if you had a system, but rather how many systems you currently have in your operation? I pose these questions to shine a light on how fast technology is changing and how much of an impact it has on you and your business.

If autotrac was the first big use of GPS technology, section control or auto swath is definitely a close second. So what is number 3?  Any guesses?  It is a hot topic in nearly every farm publication or Ag website.  The answer is data.  Not just data, but GOOD data!  Inaccurate data is not much better than no data at all.

So how does good data have an impact like autotrac or section control?  Good data is the inside information you need to help you make informed decisions about every acre within your operation.  All of you know that there are productive and not-as-productive areas in each of your fields.  But the question is not just how productive or not-so-productive, but how big is the good area and where and how much does it change as you move out of the highly productive area?  Even better, why does it change?  Can we fix it? Is there something holding back the sweet spots from getting even better?  The list could go on and on.  Treating every acre of the field the same, or flat rate application, of seed, fertilizer, nitrogen, lime, etc. does not make agronomic sense, especially in these economic times. Knowing what each acre is putting in your pocket will be of paramount importance going forward.

I will admit that the amount of information that can be gleaned from yield maps, soil tests, application data, etc. is mind boggling and can be intimidating.  The question you are probably asking, is how do I know when, where, and how much change to make?  The only way to answer this question is to have a good “data bank” of past history from each field.  This can then be used by you or a trusted advisor to guide your decisions. As with anything of value, good data takes time and effort to collect.  The good news is that nearly every combine/planter/application tool built within the last 10+ years has the ability to collect the data you need to build your data bank.  The even better news is that most customers already have the majority of the equipment they need to complete these tasks!

Another storm on the horizon is the political climate (pun intended!) in Washington.  As fewer folks in the general population actually understand production agriculture, greater imposition on your use of commercial fertilizers, chemicals, etc. will be the focus of many state houses and in Washington.  Has anyone seen a news story about the algae bloom in the Gulf as an example? The ability to show, on an acre by acre basis, how accurately and efficiently you use inputs will be extremely valuable, if and when the rules change.

So where do we go from here?  Make a point to start or continue to collect good data from this point forward!  Calibrate and post calibrate your combine yield monitor, record your as-applied planting rates and varieties, and obtain the as-applied fertilizer maps from your ASP (Ag Service Provider).  All of this needs to be in an electronic format so it can be used later on.  Find someone to help you clean up your data if you are not able or willing to do it yourself.  Sloan Implement offers a basic data service that allows you to begin to collect GOOD data without even owning a computer, all while using the GPS equipment you already own.  You can see more info on Sloan’s Data Management service here.  John Deere has a website, www.myjohndeere.com, where you can store and view the data as well from any smart phone or tablet and share it with only those you choose.  Finally, find a trusted advisor to help you interpret the data and help you make informed decisions.

In conclusion, even if you think you are not ready for all of this, start collecting good data now!  Remember my questions at the beginning of the article?  How many of you had an autotrac system 10 or even 5 years ago?  The difference now is that you could get into an autotrac system whenever you made the decision to do so.  Collecting data takes time.  You have seen how fast the last 10 years has changed.  Imagine what the next 5 or 10 years has in store.
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

 

Northern IL Harvest Update and New RTK Towers in IL and Iowa

4 New Sloan RTK Towers in IL and IA

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

Harvest in Northern IL is well underway. Some guys are finished, but most are over half way done. Yields have been really good for most of the area in corn and beans. Guys are getting NH3 bars ready, but the ground is still too warm to apply gas.  The weather was very nice for most of the fall allowing for a smooth harvest.  The forecast is 70 degrees Monday thru Wednesday. Not bad for the first week of November!

Our Freeport RTK base was having some issues and was down for a couple of days. It is back up and going, but with a new frequency. If you were running off of that base and need that frequency, call your local Sloans AMS specialist for updated frequency.   We are putting four new RTK base stations up next week. They will be in Thomson, Erie, Rock Falls, and Andover, IA. If you are interested in RTK please get with one of us and we can gladly help.  You can also get more RTK information on our website by clicking here.

I would like to also take this time and welcome Bill Lodge to the AMS team. Bill will be working out of the new Fulton location. Bill has been working at the Fulton store for some time now as their service manager. Bill knows a lot of the customers in the area and will make it an easy transition. If you see Bill, be sure to welcome him to his new role.

 

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