SolutionsPlus Mobile App from John Deere

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

The John Deere SolutionsPlus app is your toolbox for managing technology products from John Deere. The SolutionsPlus app is used to support, configure, and enable John Deere precision technology products for agriculture, construction, and forestry industries.  The SolutionsPlus app can be used for updating software, transferring subscriptions, connecting MTG 4G LTE to a wireless network or configuring MTG 4G LTE to receive wireless connections.

Most impressively, the SolutionsPlus app can help you setup your GreenStar equipment before you head to the field this season.  It includes things such as:

  • How to setup your layout manager on the screen
  • Calibrate your TCM
  • Enter machine dimensions
  • Setup AutoTrac
  • Setup Documentation

You can also dive deeper into things like:

  • Prescriptions
  • Section Control
  • Boundaries
  • AutoTrac sensitivity settings and troubleshooting
  • Wireless Data Transfer
  • And more

Here are a couple of videos that show how to use the app for renewing an activation or submitting feedback directly to John Deere.

 

Download the SolutionPlus app today by going to the “Apps We Recommend” section of the Sloan Implement app or by following the links below.  You can learn more about the SolutionsPlus app by visiting Deere’s  MachineFinder Blog.

iTunes  

Google 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

 

 

 

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

 

New from Deere: Mobile Data Transfer via USB

Mobile Data Transfer

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

John Deere recently introduced a new product, Mobile Data Transfer, which is a USB to WiFi device that plugs into the display and transfers data using your smartphone via the Mobile Data Transfer app.  This new device makes  it easy to wirelessly transfer data from older John Deere equipment and non-John Deere displays to the Operations Center with Mobile Data Transfer.

Mobile Data Transfer enables customers to wirelessly transfer agronomic data to and from non-John Deere displays and from John Deere’s GreenStar™ 3 2630 display (in older John Deere equipment that is not JDLink™ compatible) to the Operations Center. It enables producers to consolidate data from multiple branded displays into one centralized location for their use or to be shared with trusted advisors.

There are multiple ways to get data into the Operations Center where it can be put to use. Mobile Data Transfer works with a variety of in-cab displays and mobile devices to facilitate the transfer of information. If you are running older John Deere equipment and have not yet moved to a JDLink Connect enabled machine, Mobile Data Transfer is a great way to get started.

This video shows how Mobile Data Transfer works and why we think it will work well for our customers.

You can download the Mobile Data Transfer App by visiting the “Apps we recommend” section of the Sloan Implement App.  Download the app by clicking here.

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

 

 

 

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 sloans.com by clicking this link

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

Wisconsin Wheat Harvest and New AMS Products for 2015

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI

We’ve been busy harvesting wheat in northern IL and southern WI this last week. The weather has been warm and dry, so getting the wheat and straw out of the field has not been a problem. Yields, test weight and straw have been good for the most part. I have heard some rumors of vomitoxin and some loads getting rejected at elevators. We could use some more rain across the area. Most fields have not had any rain for 2 weeks now. We had a few showers in the area this morning, but they only wetted the sidewalk for the most part. We do have some more chances Saturday and Sunday though.

We were out at Deere’s ISG headquarters in Urbandale, IA this week for our annual summer meeting. There we talked about changes to www.myjohndeere.com and the Field Analyzer. There will be some nice additions for those using Apex today. If you have a combine with a valid JDLink subscription and a GS3 2630 display, contact us to set-up a free trial of Wireless Data Transfer for harvest this fall. The only other item that you will have to buy is the Ethernet cable. We also discussed the fall software bundle and Field Connect. The fall software bundle should be out by mid-late August. With John Deere’s product introduction coming up on August 18th, they were pretty tight lipped on the new products for 2015 and beyond. We will be sure to fill you in as soon as we learn more at Intro. While we were out at Urbandale, we also picked up a ProTrakker hitch to demo Active Implement Guidance to a customer after wheat. Active Implement Guidance places a second GPS receiver on the planter and the Protrakker’s hydraulic hitch steers the planter over a previous strip till pass and for higher accuracy with guess rows. If you are interested in Active Implement Guidance, give us a call and we may be able to get you in the field to see it in action yet this summer.

I also worked with some growers and researchers in Italy set-up their 7750 SPFH to map their corn yield. The time zone change and language barrier was challenging for both sides at times,  but they are up and mapping now.

 

 

Farms (Kevin and Erika Klahn) waiting for the sun to come back out near Brooklyn, WI

Klondike Farms (Kevin and Erika Klahn) waiting for the sun to come back out near Brooklyn, WI


 

 

Uploading Data to Myjohndeere.com from a Flash Drive

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

MyJohnDeere.com (MJD) now has the ability to upload data straight from a flash drive or data card enabling you to view your maps online.  The edit features found in Apex are not yet available on MJD, but they will be coming in the near future.  You can store all your data online and access it from anywhere and not have to worry about losing your data if your computer crashes.  This will give customers who are not currently using Wireless Data Transfer all the features of MJD.

You will first need a validated MJD account.  If you need any help or don’t currently have an account then contact us for help at the call center, 217-693-6209.  You will also need to download the MJD Data Manger and install it on your computer.  Click here for the link.   When you open the program it will look like this:

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Insert your flash drive or data card into the computer and select that drive at the top and select your organization.  Once you have selected all the files that you want, then click  “Upload.”  It shouldn’t take long to upload and you should see your maps on MJD within minutes.

Once on MyJohnDeere.com, go to the “Operation Center” and click on the outline of the field on the left.  (See picture below)  This will bring up a list of your fields.  Hover over the “i” and then click on the “Field Analyzer” to view different map layers.  For example, if you upload your planting data then you should be able to see maps for the “as applied rate”, “planned rate”, and “variety”.

Field Analyzer

 

If you are tired of struggling with Apex or uploading your data, call Jared Wheeler in Assumption at 217 693 6209. He can tell you about Sloan’s Apex Data Management Service.  Or visit sloans.com for more information on this service.