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

 

 

 

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

 

Frequency Change on StarFire iTC and 3000 GPS Receivers

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

It is important to make sure that your StarFire receivers are up to date before you head to the field to avoid loss of correction signal.  The new correction frequency is now 1545.9675.  It was changed to minimize the potential for interference from other agencies and industries.  You will need software version 3.73H or later on StarFire iTC receivers or 2.00R or later of StarFire 3000 receivers for this change to happen automatically with no interruptions. You can download the latest software by clicking here.  You can also manually change this number by going to the StarFire icon on your monitor and selecting the “Setup” tab at the top and changing the number in the “Correction Freq” box.  You may have to uncheck the “Default” box first before it will allow you make this change.

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Starfire Set Up Page to Change Frequency to 1545.9675

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

 

 

 

Frequency Change on StarFire iTC and 3000 GPS Receivers

Bring us your SF3000 for a required software update

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

It is important to make sure that your StarFire receivers are up to date before you head to the field to avoid loss of correction signal.  The new correction frequency is now 1545.9675.  It was changed to minimize the potential for interference from other agencies and industries.  You will need software version 3.73H or later on StarFire iTC receivers or 2.00R or later of StarFire 3000 receivers for this change to happen automatically with no interruptions. You can download the latest software by clicking here.  You can also manually change this number by going to the StarFire icon on your monitor and selecting the “Setup” tab at the top and changing the number in the “Correction Freq” box.  You may have to uncheck the “Default” box first before it will allow you make this change.

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Starfire Set Up Page to Change Frequency to 1545.9675

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

 

 

 

Wisconsin Planting, Exact-Emergence, W260 Windrower & 500R Platform

W260 & 500R cutting Alfalfa

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

It’s still pretty busy in Southern Wisconsin.  With all of the cool and wet weather over the last few weeks, some guys are just now finishing up corn and beans. Others are busy spraying, cutting down rye. or making hay. Some sidedressing has started as well. Most of the corn in the area is getting a little yellow from the dampness and nights still in the 30’s. Today’s sun and heat is just what it needs.

The ExactEmerge stands look very good. We walked some fields and talked to customers today. Overall they are very happy. The singulation and spacing is very good. The planters that we checked also had sectional control dialed in nearly perfect.

ExactEmerge Section Control

ExactEmerge Section Control

Exactemerge Spacing

Exactemerge Spacing

We have cut some rye and alfalfa with the new W260 windrower and new 500R platform with Tri-Lobe conditioning rolls. The W260 has a 6.8L engine that with 260 engine horsepower at 2400 rpm and up to 285 horsepower at the power bulge. The windrower didn’t bog down at all in tall, wet, and sometimes lodged rye, all while going a constant 12 mph across the field. Meanwhile, a competitor’s windrower couldn’t get over 6.5 mph in the same field. The W260 seems to be a great fit for heavy crops and/or hills. The new 500R platform was making a very nice and even windrow in both rye and alfalfa. The 500R includes a new overshot cross auger that delivers increased performance in windrow formation and cut quality. Crop flow is also improved because of the auger and additional converging drums that are taller and closer together on each end of the platform to provide an even flow into the conditioner while reducing bunching, recutting and wrapping on the ends.

W260 500R Rye

W260 & 500R Cutting Rye

500R converging drums overshot auger and tri-lobes

500R converging drums overshot auger and tri-lobes

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Learn more at www.sloans.com

Planter Monitor Shows Low Population in Soybeans?

4066R ATU RTK Research Plot Sprayer Tractor

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

If you are seeing several rows or your average population is running low in soybeans, here are a couple things to keep in mind.  It is normal for the planter to read slightly low in soybeans, especially in 30″ rows.  The amount of soybeans passing the seed sensor is very high.  If you are experiencing this symptom, verify the actual planted population is correct by digging some seed in a few random rows.  17’5″ is 1/1000 of an acre for 1 row on 30″.  Multiply the amount of seed in this distance by 1000 will give you your population for that row.  Check a few rows to verify.  Another thing we have noticed this year is that if you have not brushed your seed tubes before switching to beans you could experience this symptom.  Talc and seed treatment can build up from corn planting and can impair the ability of the sensor to accurately count seed.  Finally, make sure that you are using talc in the central fill planters with beans.  This is especially true if using a treated bean or delivery tube plugging can occur.  Remember that it is just as important to properly mix the talc as it is to use the proper amount.

 

JD 4020 AutoTrac Planting Soybeans

Here’s a video of Larry Probst, store manager at Sloan Implement in Effingham, IL, planting soybeans with his Autotrac ready 4020 and 7000 12 row planter.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

Wisconsin Planting, ExactEmerge Success, Active Implement Guidance, and Swath Control Settings

Row Clutches at Work

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

Planting started in Southern Wisconsin two weeks ago with above average temperatures followed by a week of below normal temperatures and even some snow flurries last week! This past week has been very good planting conditions and a lot of corn has went into the ground. We have some customers finishing with corn and more could be done by this weekend if the rain holds off.

The ExactEmerge planters have all been running well. Most customers have been running 7-10 mph across the field. Seventy acres per hour in our larger fields with a 24 row planter has been pretty common. Setting swath control has been pretty quick since you can dig seed like a sandhill crane when the spacing is so close to perfect. We did notice that some hub torques got a little loose after the initial break in. Similar to the ProMax 40 disks, it seems that a tighter hub torque has been better than a loose hub torque. Round seed has also singulated a little better than flat seed 98-100% vs 97-98% on average. With the brush belt carrying the seed to the trench and with it being speed compensated, the in ground spacing has been very good on both types of seed.

8370R 1775 ExactEmerge Active Implement Guidance

JD 8370R & 1775 ExactEmerge

Active Implement Guidance with ProTrakker hydraulic hitches have also been working very well this spring doing strip till in some rolling ground of Southwestern and South Central Wisconsin. Our local RTK bases have been performing very well again this year. If you are interested in RTK, give us a call and we can line up a demo before you’re done planting.

9410R 2510H Active Implement Guidance

JD 9410R Pulling JD 2510H Using Active Implement Guidance

I got a call yesterday about soybeans overplanting 5-6%. We ended up finding the seed very small and multiples getting stuck in some holes on the disk. We reduced the vacuum as much as we could and then cut back on the prescription rates using the Prescription Multiplier in order to get the correct amount of seed in the ground. It sounds like there many some abnormally small beans out there this year, so keep that in mind.

Small Bean Seed Overplanting 5-6%

Small Bean Seed Overplanting 5-6%

I’ve received a few calls this week from guys running adaptive curves in our small and irregular shaped fields. When the customer leaves his first line to go plant on the other side of the field, the line will not let him engage autotrac when he returns. Backdating to 14-1 GS3 software has fixed the problem on all of them so far.

Adaptive Curves Not Working

Adaptive Curves Not Working

Last but not least, I’ve had a lot of calls this week in regards to planter clutches. It’s impossible to dig too much seed when you start planting. In many cases, set-up has been incomplete and measurements were missing causing gaps on one end of the field and extra overlap on the other end. If you are running the new 15-1 GS3 software, I would recommend that you go in and uncheck the Implement Detection box, so there’s no way that it can get changed on its own once you take your measurements (Menu, Display, Diagnostics, Multiple Displays, Change Settings, uncheck the Auto Implement Detection checkbox and hit the save button). If you are still planting, it would probably be a good idea to dig some seed coming into and then again coming out of the headlands to make sure there are no surprise when the corn comes up. If you like what you see, make sure that you record all of your tractor measurements, planter measurements and on/off times so you have them for next year.

Sectional Control Info

Sectional Control Info

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com