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.


Atwood Planting Progress and Row Clutch Status Lights

Planting Near Cuba City, WI

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL 

For the most part we are still too wet to plant around the Tuscola/ Atwood area. We have had a few guys get their planters set but for the most part we are still waiting on dryer conditions. For those of you running swath control we have a new product called a row clutch light. This light will plug into the row unit harness for any planter running Deere electric clutches. The light turns on when the unit stops planting. The light turns off when the unit resumes planting. This makes setting section control much easier allowing you to visually see from the cab roughly where your planter is turning on and shutting off. This DOES NOT replace digging for seed!!! You still need to dig to find out exactly where your seed is starting and stopping.  This light will give you an idea of what adjustments you need to make. It is still critical that you have your measurements for the machine and implement entered into the display before you begin adjusting your section control. See you local parts department or AMS specialist for more information.

You can see more info on this light by clicking here.

Row Clutch Indicator Light – Click Picture for More Info




Deere Winter Software Update 15.1 and Swath Control Settings for Spring

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

We have been running a lot of meters this winter with our seed meter test stand.  One of the major causes for performance issues is leaving the disk in the meter over an extended period of time.  This warps the disk and can disfigure the seal.  Make sure that when you are finished planting that you remove the disk from the meter and store it in a vertical position.  The best way to do this is take an old broom handle and slide the disks on it and then hang it so the disks are vertical.  Throwing them in a box or on a bench will cause them to warp.  Another issue we have seen is leaving seed in the planter.  This attracts Disney characters to make their winter homes in your planter meter.  They feast on the seed and your rubber vac seals.

Planter Clinic Lanark

Winter Planter Clinic Lanark, IL  March 5, 2015


Deere just announced the winter software update (15-1).  It is a good practice to update your AMS components with the latest software updates.  It is especially important to update your receivers this year as there is going to be a frequency change in July.  If you perform the winter software update it will automatically find the new frequency when it is released.  This is true for both the ITC and the Starfire 3000 receivers.

One of the main in-season issues or questions we get during planting is the swath control settings.  It is absolutely imperative that the receiver to machine measurements for the tractor and the planter are checked and entered into the GS3 display.  This will make sure that the GPS receiver and display can calculate the position of the seed tubes and turn on/off the clutches at the proper time.  If these dimensions are not entered correctly the time adjustment will likely not do much good to correct any stop/start planting issues.  So, before you start, check these dimensions against a tape measure and make sure that they are correct.  Along those lines, Sloan Express sells a light that will turn on and off with your clutch to give you a visual reference as to the exact time the clutch is turning on or off.  You can put one on the outside rows of the planter so you can be sure that the clutches are performing correctly. You can see more info on this light by clicking here.  It won’t get you down to the last 6” of where the last seed was planted but it will help you see if there was a moderate or major change in the settings for swath control.

Row Clutch Indicator Light – Click Picture for More Info




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 by clicking this link

You can view more info and register at 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
  • 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 by clicking this link.

Southwest WI Planting, Row Clutch Settings, and RTK Field Trials

by Bill Kletecka, Cuba City, WI 

Planting progress is nearing the end in the southwest Wisconsin area.  This past week we had very favorable weather and we luckily dodged a few rain events.  A large portion of the soybeans in the area are planted, and the last corn acres are waiting for the rye or hay to be taken off and planted for silage.  This past week’s heat  pushed a lot of the corn out of the ground and we are finally able to row the early planted crops.  With the crops finally out of the ground it is a great time to walk the fields and see exactly where the planter clutches were turning on and off.  Hopefully you dug seed when you were planting, and adjusted them properly before planting was over, but if they are still off you can adjust them for next year.  This picture shows you how to adjust your on/off times on your GS display.

Row Shut Off Settings


With the new RTK network in Wisconsin, I have had several customers that are planting beans with 30” planters on 15” rows.  The customers have done both AB curves and also straight track with very good luck.   They have found that you cut your desired population in half and plant across the field.  Then they would clear the field coverage and shift their line over 15” with the line shift buttons and make another pass across the field.  Granted it is another pass across the entire field but the customers are experimenting more than anything.  Also I was invited in helping with several trials with corn and beans this past week.  A few examples are row spacing on beans from 7.5” to 15” to 30”, and also a starter fertilizer trial done with different row spacing on beans.  The use of the RTK network is making these trials much more useful due to no longer needing large gaps or spaces in the field to separate one trial from the other and still be close enough to have comparable data on our highly variable soils.  You can see our WI RTK coverage map here.

Cuba City Planting, Autosteer, & Section Control

by Bill Kletecka, Cuba City, WI

Cuba City’s planting has progressed at a fevered pace this past week with fair soil conditions.  Some fields are still a little wet, however customers are running anyhow.  One idea to keep in mind before starting any equipment is to try running it in the barnyard before you head to the field for the first time.   We stress this every year at the clinics however we still find ourselves waiting while customers are cleaning out fertilizer lines that weren’t properly winterized, or haven’t hooked everything up yet.

We have had a few customers run into a couple of problems this past week.  Several customers complained that they were unable to autosteer with their iTC receiver.  Somehow two of the three customers had incorrect frequencies in the displays, the third customer was running into lack of satellites with a storm front coming in.  Remember that in order to have autosteer working that you need to have some sort of 3D signal.

Another  problem that we noticed was that two customers had planted some in a field and switched out of the field that they were in for one reason or another, and then switched back.  When they started planting again the section control wasn’t responding to the previous coverage.  One of these two case is definitely not due to satellite drift.   John Deere has acknowledged a problem with this happening and are working on a cause to this.  They have asked us for help in determining the root cause.  If you have this happen the want us to get as much information about it as possible.  The only fix that I have found is to put another round of headlands on the field and then the section control will function properly over the new headlands, but still not over the original ones.



Planting Progress near Lanark, Section Control, and PM2 codes.

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

We are in full swing of planting this week. A lot of corn has been put in the ground. Some guys are finished with corn and switching to beans. The weather has turned and been sunny, dry and 80 degrees.

I have been having issues with section control on planters, sprayers, and also sprayers running a rate controller. This has been only with customers running GS3 2630 displays. The issue is there are gaps in the coverage maps when the sprayer or planter is turning on.  I have adjusted overlap settings and on and off times, but still having issues. When setting up section control, the percent over lap is what is needed to be set up first. 1 percent is equal to about 1 ft. After setting that up and getting it close, then set your on and off times.

I also have had two customers lose their activations while going through the field. All I had to do is call Stellar Support and have Stellar reactivate the display.

Still having a lot of PM2 codes coming up for compressor timed out. Try Version 2 PM2 software first, if not replace the PM2 controller.

I also had an JD 8110 tractor and a 1770 24 row planter set up with Rate Controller and Tru-Count clutches that would throw an error every time it went over a covered area. The error was “Planter Harness Fault”.   After replacing all of the harnesses and the rate controller, I was still was getting this fault code. I put in a new CAD harness, but then the display would not turn on. After checking voltages, I ended up finding a blown convenience outlet fuse!  Make sure to check the simple things first.

Double Eliminator & Vac Settings

by Derek Sloan reporting from Monroe, WI

Working out of the Monroe, Wisconsin location this week as they are beginning to get busy in the fields for the first time this spring. I have seen a few setup issues with Autotrac spacing as well as general machine and implement setup when using Section Control.

I started a couple of new 12 row 1770NT planters with guys running a Deere planter for the first time. These start ups went great, with very limited machine problems and the customers liked their Deere planter a lot. One was ground driven and the other was a variable rate planter and both customers were very impressed with how close the actual population was to what they wanted to plant. It is very important to set the double eliminator correctly for corn.  Also, using the proper vacuum pressure with the correct setting of the double eliminator will produce great singulation results. It is important for the customer to understand that different seed sizes might need different vacuum settings as well as an adjustment to the double eliminator in some cases to produce optimal results from the meter.

I had a customer running a GS3 2630 with a Precision 20/20 display running his 1770NT 24 row planter. The only thing the GS3 was running was his Autotrac and a rate controller putting on liquid starter. His GS3 would run for about 5 minutes and then would re-boot. He also complained that he couldn’t see his population on his GS3. All of this was fixed just by putting the most recent software update on his GS3 display version,  3.22.2003. Try and keep all displays and receivers up to date each season as falling behind with updates can cause serious problems in having a smooth operation down the road.  Check here for the latest software versions.

Planter Set-Up & 9R Tractors

by Josh Thornton, White Hall, IL 

We finally got some overdue rain.  I think we ended up with 1.7 inches.

We had a brand new JD planter with active down force that I had to hook up earlier in the week, along with a new GS3 2630.  The planter showed up correctly, everything seemed to be fine with the exception of section control.  The screen was activated, but the planter would not pre-populate on the display and not automatically show up on the GS 2630 implement page 1.   Also, the recording source did not populate to “auto”.  I uploaded new software to the display and receiver, as well as new software to the planter, which was already version 18, and even powered it up through my truck.  I went back to the farm two days later and did some other checks and still had no luck.  I ended up removing the customer’s GS3 2630 display out of his sprayer, stealing a thought from the Wisconsin crew, and everything worked just fine.  I put the planter display in his 4730 sprayer and it also worked just fine.

We have seen some issues with the new 9Rs.  We have one that the radio controls will not work on the armrest to adjust volume or tune the channels.  We have updated software on the radio and armrest side and still no luck.  The armrest is going to get replaced next.  We had another with 5 hours that has a steering input device failure.  It was reading wheel motion while sitting still.  They have changed these quite a bit, and they are much easier to change once you get the steering column apart.  The new ones are just a notched ring that slides over the steering shaft with one plug.  I have another 9R that loses GPS signal when you key the mic on the CB/FM radio.  The customer is going to switch frequencies first to see if that helps.   Hopefully, this won’t be a reoccurring issue.

I have seen a few EH valve failures on 30 series tractors with 1000 or so hours.  FYI, a 7930 with an IVT transmission is a bear to get to.

So far, I have heard great reviews on the new John Deere R series sprayers that we have out.  The ride comfort is at the top the list.  They ride like a Cadillac with the dual strut suspension.