ActiveYield Retrofit Kits for John Deere S-Series Combines

ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available Now
ActiveYield Retrofit Kits Available for this S670

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL 

Although the first official day of summer is a few days away we are experiencing some very warm temperatures around central Illinois. With highs in the 90’s and considerable amounts of rainfall recently, the crops are growing fast! Harvest will be here before we know it so now is a great time to think about upgrading your S-series combine!

In 2018, John Deere introduced the ActiveYield automatic yield calibration system as a factory option with the ability to retrofit back to 2012 and newer S-series combines. For many years we have had the ability to map our yields however the calibration process is critical for yield accuracy. On all S-series combines in the past, getting accurate yield readings meant collecting multiple calibration loads, manually weighing these loads with scales on a wagon or at the elevator, then inputting these weight values back into the display.  Though this process can be very accurate if completed correctly, it could also prove to be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating for new users.  As crop conditions such as moisture change throughout the season, this process had to be repeated to maintain accuracy.

With the introduction of the ActiveYield system, we no longer have the frustration of the multipoint yield calibration process!  ActiveYield eliminates time-consuming manual calibrations and replaces them with automated sensors that calibrate the machine by measuring the grain as the tank fills. This enables decisions to be made in real-time without leaving the cab while providing more accurate yield mapping data.  These automated sensors are scale pads mounted on the cross auger covers in the grain tank.

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

Scale Pads Mounted on the Cross Auger Covers

This exciting new system requires very little user input since it is designed to perform calibrations on the fly while harvesting. There are several precautions built into the software to maintain the accuracy of the system.  Any pitch or roll of the machine over 4 degrees of levelness measured by the Starfire receiver (SF3000 or SF6000) will cancel a calibration load that is in process. This amount of pitch or roll can cause the pile of grain to shift on the sensors resulting in inaccurate readings. The system will also reject a load that has inconsistent grain flow due to waterways and headlands, drastic changes in speed, or inconsistent crop conditions.  If a load is rejected, a new calibration load automatically starts once the grain is below the cross auger sensors.  The operator can monitor the active yield system on the combine’s Greenstar display to see the quality of the calibration, the number of accepted loads, and current status.

Active Yield Calibration Screen

Active Yield Calibration Screen

To sum it up, ActiveYield will save the operator time while improving yield data accuracy. When paired with a JDLink Connect subscription, your ActiveYield maps can be automatically sent to the Operations Center in and you can access your accurate yield data within minutes of finishing the field.  We had the opportunity to see a few limited production machines in the field with active yield in 2017 and the results were excellent.  See your local Sloan Implement dealer today for more information on compatibility and pricing on a retrofit kit for your machine!

At this time the ActiveYield retrofit kit is compatible with all S670, S770, S680, S780, S690, and S790 combines.  It is not compatible with S550, S650, S660, & S760’s with manual grain tank extension.

If you have an older 60 or 70 series machine, you can trade up to an S-series combine to take advantage of an ActiveYield retrofit kit for the upcoming harvest.

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Click to view our used S670 combines

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Click to view our used S690 combines

Also ActiveYield supports the following crops:  Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Canola, and Barley.

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


AMS Report 3.29.2014

by Lucas Veale

The spring season is trying to get here in some areas of central Illinois.  A few places have seen NH3 and other fertilizer being applied.  There are even rumors of a field or two that have been planted.  Customers are definitely making last minute preparations for spring as the store and phone traffic is on the rise.  The AMS crew has been completing customer visits on planter and tractors as well as Accudepth Field Cultivators.

AMS product sales are also going well right now.  StarFire 3000 Receivers and RTK upgrades are leading the way along with strong autotrac and swath control activation sales.

Kinze ISO conversions also continue to gain in popularity.  The Sloan AMS team has done several installs this winter with a couple yet to go.  One issue is the version 2.0 software update.  It has provided frustration as it takes several attempts to get it to install.  Matt Dehlinger, Product Support Specialist at our Effingham, IL location, reports that if this occurs you should shut off the key, unplug the planter harness, re-install the planter harness, and try again.  He has had success with this procedure to get the software installed. Also see his comments about downloading from the website.

“Kinze ISO updates have been causing issues yet.  When you download the update from Kinze click open and then copy the file straight to the File Server folder on the zip drive and don’t change the name of it and it should work.”  Matt Dehlinger, Product Support Specialist at Effingham, IL location.

Josh Thornton, product support specialist at the White Hall, IL location, reports that the R-series sprayers have a connector at the back of the cab that connects a CAB CAM to the GS3.  However, the connector is different than what is found on an R-Series tractor.  Deere has a harness but it is on backorder.

Lucas Benning, product support specialist at the Vandalia, IL location,  has found a height switch from AG Leader that works well on Kinze planters that have rate controllers for ½ width swath control.  He also found a solution for a 900 radio not being recognized by the receiver.  His comments are below

“When I was checking RTK bases, the 900 radio would not recognize on the receiver. I updated software and still nothing. I back dated software to 1.52 and it worked just fine. I ended up having to reinstall GS Live Update and then download the 1.90 software on the receiver and it seemed to work fine.” Lucas Benning, Product Support Specialist at Vandalia, IL location.

Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL and Justin Bickel, Virden, IL,  have seen issues with upgrading ITC receivers to 3000s and the Stellar Support website seems to be the issue.  They are working on a solution.  In the meantime, be careful trying to update.  It might be beneficial to call the JD activation line when trying to complete this so you will have documentation if the problem arises.

Jared Wheeler, product support specialist at Assumption, IL, has been busy loading cards for the Mapping Service and converting prescriptions from Harvest Max.  He says that wireless data transfer is gaining a lot of interest.

Derek Sloan, product support specialist at Assumption, has been busy running the gator doing our boundary and A/B line service.  We have completed about 14,500 acres since Jan 1 with this service.  Customers like the convenience of their A/B lines already loaded and having their waterways mapped so the planter clutches will shut off when they cross it.  It has also driven some RTK upgrades.

Matt Sweitzer and Dylan Vickers, both at the Atwood, IL location of Sloan Implement, completed setup of the ExactEmerge planter at the Atwood location.  Read Matt’s comments on this task.

“Dylan (Vickers) and I also set up the new ExactEmerge planter. Set up is pretty straight forward. It is much easier to run the planter because you do not need the simulator kit anymore. You can run the meters from the cab and then get out and walk around the planter.  The new Seedstar monitor is also much improved in my opinion.” Matt Sweitzer, Product Support Specialist at Sloan Implement  Atwood, IL.

The new seed meter test stand has been very successful.  We have signed up 438 meters since Feb 6th when we picked up the stand.  We have 48 more rows pending sign up if we can get to them before they need to start planting.  One of the biggest issues comes from customers leaving the plates and seed in the hoppers over winter.  Jake Pippen, product support at Assumption, has done a great job with this unit.  See his comments on new planter seed meters.  He has also received quite a bit of help from Josh Zuck.

“I have been running meters and found that the hubs on a brand new pro-series planter were way too loose and needed to be tightened at least a full turn to raise the torque  to aprrox 40-45 in-lbs.   Also on finger pickups, we have been having good luck with running the Precision fingers and Kinze back plates.  I have also had good luck running the Precision fingers and Precision back plates.  Running Kinze on Kinze will work, but not near as high of singulation percentage as the other settings.  I also found one of the meter housings was sprung causing poor singulation.  I have also noticed that if the door seals are caked with talc and seed treatment,  then you will need to clean off the seals  and run for 10+ tests to get them to “wear” back in to the meter and start running properly. ” Jake Pippen, Product Support Specialist at Assumption, IL.

The call center started on Monday.   Please refer customers to this number for any AMS questions that they might have including SF2 subscriptions.  Any feedback about the call center would be appreciated.