John Deere S700 Combine Gen 4 Display Tutorial

New this year to the S series combine lineup is the S700 with the new Gen 4 display.  We wanted to take a second to walk you through the display and answer any questions you may have.

For this session, we are in an S780 equipped with the new Combine Advisor package. This includes the Auto Maintain, Auto Active Terrain, and the Harvest Smart package.  To break that down a bit better, Auto Maintain is a function within Combine Advisor that is supported with ActiveVision Cameras. This gives the operator a view of the grain to analyze and optimize the threshing performance.  Active Terrain Adjustment automatically controls the fan speed and sieve/chaffer openings as the combine travels up and down hilly terrain. This optimizes the harvesting performance of the combine and minimizes grain loss on slopes.  Lastly, Harvest Smart Feedrate Control is specifically designed to maximize the productivity level of the S-Series Combines and reduce operator stress.

Having said that, let’s dive into how to set up your S700 series Gen 4 display.

Video Index
General Layout  0:40, Home Screen 1:14,  Farms & Fields  3:10,  Variety 3:40,   Header Controls 4:28,  Grain Handling 6:37,  Counters 7:33,  Main Run Screen 8:00,  Lower Buttons 10:13,  Mapping Page 14:19,  Active Vision 15:14,  Work Monitor 16:57,  Guidance 18:29,  Hydro Handle 20:00,  Armrest Controls 26:07,  Integrated Combine Adjust 27:50, Quick Navigation Buttons 40:23,  Active Yield 42:15

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Cutting Beans that are Down, Tangled, or Leaning

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Great weather in the month of September has hastened crop harvesting in Central Illinois.  The corn crop has been well above average in most cases but is falling well short of the 2014 record.  Soybeans also are well above average but it is still too early to tell if we will eclipse the yield of last year as a whole. 

Cutting Down Beans with a Row Crop Head

If you are dealing with down, leaning, or tangled beans try to set your angle of cut as close to perpendicular to the lean of the crop as reasonably possible.  This will lead to the least amount of plugging and will also reduce the amount of beans that you run over.  With larger headers, make sure that your feed accelerator is on the high side to reduce the chance of plugging in this area.  We have also seen some benefit of running the feeder house chain on the larger sprocket if persistent slugging occurs due to large crop mass.  As always, make sure that the auger is adjusted closely to the floor and rear strippers to augment feeding.  Draper belt speeds seem to work the best around 200-220 in most cases.  Always calibrate your header before you start the season to insure it is ready for any ground condition.  Check out the help videos on Sloans.com under the AMS heading for help with the calibrations. 

You can view our Hydraflex Platform video here:

You can view our Flex Draper video here:

Also, don’t forget the call center to help with switching crops at 217 693 6209

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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

 

Combine Settings for High Yielding Soybeans

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

It is looking like the soybean harvest this fall will be challenging with the size of the crop and the amount of weeds.  Just as a reminder to prevent unwanted down time, here are some basic combine settings for soybeans.

-Make sure feed accelerator is in high (belt in groove closest to combine)

-Rotor in high side (550 – 650 rpm)

-Straw chopper set to high

-Feeder house drum in the low position

-Feeder house drive chain in high for drilled or heavy tall beans

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

 

Single Point Coupler Updates on 2016 S Series Combines

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Corn and soybean crops are progressing nicely across Central Illinois.  We will be in the field before we know it.

With the new model year ’16 combines and header equipment, John Deere finally made a change to the single point coupler to help prevent the leaking cartridges.  They have moved the check valve to the header side instead of the combine side so it will hold back the pressure from the weight of the reel on a platform and the cartridge in the single point won’t be as susceptible to leaks.  Unfortunately, this means that if you want to couple a ’16 model combine to an older header or vice versa you will need an adapter kit.  You will need to convert any other headers to match as well.  Make sure to check with your salesman or service department to determine exactly what kit you will need to make this work.  If you are on one of our lots and you see this “’16 Ready” yellow sticker on a head,  it has already been converted to work on a 2016 combine.

Hope everyone has a safe and successful harvest.

 

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 August 8, 2016

by the AMS Product Support Team

Traveled over a large portion of the corn belt the last week of July and the corn and soybean crop overall looks good from Central Illinois all the way to Central Ohio.  Of course, there are a few pockets here and there that have had their share of challenges but overall I think we are going to have a large crop.  Probably not news to anyone but brought a little bit more meaning to the market reports when you see if for yourself.

John Deere has announced their fall software update for all Greenstar equipment.  Make sure that you get this completed before you head to the field.  You can find the update on www.stellarsupport.com or bring your displays and receivers into your local Sloan Implement location and we will do the update for you for free.  You might have to leave them over night, as we are getting several units in and the update can take about 15-45 minutes to complete depending on your model.

Make sure you have your variety locator files setup in Apex and have reloaded your setup data into your display with the correct machine models.  Here’s a blog post with instructions for setting up variety locator in Apex.

If you were one of the unlucky ones that had some wind in your area that pushed the corn down, John Deere Rowsense works really well in these situations.  As long as you can get the snouts under the stalk you should have pretty good success in picking up the corn and staying on the row.  Let us know if we can help set you up with a system of evaluate a field to see if Rowsense would be a good fit.   You can learn more about JD Rowsense Here.

Deere Rowsense Feelers

Deere Rowsense Feelers

Our service departments are still very busy getting customer machines ready to go for fall.  If you have some last minute service items to get repaired, don’t wait as the line is getting long.

Our call center will be back to our seasonal hours on the Tuesday after labor day.  We will again have 3 analysts every day that will be taking your AMS equipment questions from 7-6 Monday – Friday and from 7-3 on Saturday.  This is a free service to our customers.  We will again have our after hours option for the call center.  These hours are 6-9 pm Monday – Friday, 3-6 on Saturday, and Noon to 5 on Sunday.  This service has a $50 fee that is passed directly to the analyst taking your call.

Check out our Sloan 12F folding corn head conversion video at http://www.sloans.com/12f .  We have converted some used 12 row non-chopping heads to a folding corn head that will work on about any late model John Deere combine.  It folds or unfolds in about 35 seconds.

Sloan 12F Folding Cornhead

Sloan 12F Folding Cornhead

 

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

 

Combine Settings for Corn and Soybeans, Autotrac Issues, and Diseased Cobs in Central IL

2015 Soybean Harvest in Central IL. Photo credit Chad Colby @TheChadColby

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

If you have a 70 Series that makes a hard turn when you engage autotrac, check the autotrac diagnostics page in the GS3 command center.  Confirm the direction of travel is correct.  You may need to drive 50 yards to get it to switch.  If it is wrong in both directions, the issue is likely the directional control valve switch on the hydro pump.  Also, the back up alarm will be on all of the time.

Corn settings that have been working well:

380

30

1250

22

14

Bean settings that have been working well:

600

10

1000

18

7

Beans are showing 10-12% moisture, but have a lot of butter beans and a ton of green stems.

I have had a couple of cases with cobs that are diseased.  They are much like cardboard that has been wet and dried several times.  It was like a dry sponge and would break up very easily.  The customer was complaining of a lot of corn on the ground.  I asked him if it was still on the cob and he said no.  I got there and raised the chopper (IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU RAISE THE CHOPPER SO YOU CAN SEE FOR SURE WHAT THE COMBINE IS DOING) and found out it was in fact still on the cob, but it was broken up so bad it was going through.  We tried to slow down the rotor and open it up to not break up the cobs but the losses just got worse on the ground. He was also taking in a tremendous amount of trash because the stalk was dead and was breaking off almost as soon as it hit the stalk rolls.  It didn’t seem to matter what we did with the head speed or deck plates,  we still could not do much to reduce trash intake.  We finally had to go to 500 rotor speed and 12 on the concave to help the situation.  We went as far down as 6 on the concave,  but it was not as good as 12.  We verified that his concave was zeroed correctly, but we were still losing about 1 bu/acre or so, but it was the best we could do under the conditions.  I have seen this a couple of times, but it is variety specific.  His combine had been doing a good job in other fields and varieties.  This variety was still yielding very well and was running about 16-18% moisture.

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

Combine Settings for Varying Cob Sizes

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Harvest is in the beginning stages in Central Illinois.  Corn moisture has been all over the board, as have yield averages.  In the lower lying areas where water stood for longer periods of time, much of the crop died and moisture is as low as 15%.  In other areas where yield is quite good the moisture is higher.  Some corn is still well over 25%.

In some fields the yield variation is quite extreme.  In situations like this it can be difficult to set the combine to an optimum setting because you will have drastically varying cob size.  One thing to try, is to close your concave as tight as you can, but not split the larger cobs.  The other thing to try, is to speed up the combine ground speed in the lower yielding areas to make sure you keep it full to take advantage of grain on grain threshing.  Don’t forget to check out our app or sloans.com for all of our help videos this fall.  You can download the app here.  Have a safe and successful harvest.
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