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.

Sloan’s Mapping Service & Deere 4600 Gen 4 Command Center

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

Customers are beginning to bring in planting data off their screens to get maps printed and new setup data ready for fall.  If you are a current mapping customer bring in your data when you finish planting and we will get all of your data downloaded.  If you are not a current mapping customer then you can contact your local AMS Specialist or check out this link for more details:  Sloan Farm Mapping Service

We have started to see the new final tier 4 (FT4) 8R tractors rolling on the lot.  They have the new 10” 4600 Gen 4 Command Center which seems a lot larger than the 7″ in previous models.  These tractors come with 1 year free JDLink + Remote Display Access so if you get stuck navigating the new screen then we can log in and see what you are seeing and help you out.  We will not be able to push any buttons for you, but we can walk you through the steps of using the different features.  Remote Display Access can also be used on the GS3 2630.  Here’s a picture of the armrest on a new FT4 8295R that arrived in Assumption this week.DSCF0003-001

AMS Report 3.7.2014

by Lucas Veale

Wireless Data Transfer continues to be a hot topic.  Customers are asking about adding this to their R-Series tractors for spring.  It is $700 per year if they do not currently have a JDLINK Ultimate subscription on the 8R.  They also will need to buy a $120 Ethernet cable.

Seed meter test stand is really gaining traction.  We have either completed or booked over 120 rows of meters in less than 1 month of owning the stand.  It has also allowed us to learn more about the meters and what field adjustments will help this spring.  The northern group also used it at their clinics and it helped sign up inspections and pro max 40 conversions.  We will do the same at our meetings next year.

AMS equipment sales have picked up momentum the past 2 weeks.  Displays, receivers, and rate controllers are leading the way.  Customers like the rate controllers to eliminate cab clutter and to allow them to document their application.  It also allows them to add swath control which is a huge benefit.  We have installed on toolbars, planter fertilizer units, and pull type sprayers.  Used equipment also remains a very hot commodity.

Atwood has been working with a wireless liquid flow blockage sensor system from John Blue.  This will alert the operator if a row has been plugged with debris and help to reduce skips that result from this blockage.  For more info, contact Dylan Vickers in Atwood, 217 578 2224.

We received some training on the new 2015 planters.  The new ExactEmerge planter will operate on a 56 volt system powered by a hydraulically driven alternator.  The reason for 56 volts is that anything over 75 volts is considered potentially lethal and would require some additional safety components.  The higher the voltage the lower the amperage which means we are able to use smaller wires to run the electric drive motors.  The new 3HD monitor should have an easy transition for customers already used to Seedstar XP.  They stressed to us the horsepower requirements would be substantially higher due to the higher ground speeds.  A 24 row will require an 8360R with a 60 gpm pump and could struggle in hills to maintain 10 mph.  The brush belt seed delivery system seemed simple and easy to service.  The same could be said for the meter components.  We will have the ExactEmerge planter at the Expo.

When attaching newer planter to R-Series tractors it is a good practice to make sure that the tractor has the latest software on the controllers if you notice slow response or have to go through multiple key cycles to get the planter and tractor to communicate.  Also make sure that the planter is at least version 17 (18 is the latest but 17 works well) if model year 2011 or later.  Version 10 is required for ’09-’10.  Generic serial numbers are A01700B000000 or ’09-’10.  1A01700AAAA000000 is correct for 2011-14.

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AMS Report 2.22.2014

by Lucas Veale

We recently added a new MeterMax Ultra test stand at the Assumption location.  After going through several meters we have found some items to check on your own planters.  Double eliminators will develop a slight groove over time and will cause inconsistent behavior on the stand.  The hub setting also seemed to be very critical to get set correctly in order to maintain consistency.  We found that the hub needed to be run rather snug against the housing for best performance, especially with a non-Pro-Series.  We found that a vac setting of around 16 worked well for small and medium seed and 17-17.5 for larger seed (57 lbs).  These were all equipped with the John Deere ProMax 40 seed disks.  We require at least 3 consecutive runs or 99.7% or better in order to pass a meter.  We are have also tested Precision E-sets and Kinze finger pickup meters and we look forward to learning more about these meters as well.

Our customer and internal training is wrapping up for the winter season.  We still have our Technology Expo on March 11th.  We will turn our attention to on farm, individual training with customers who made recent purchases.

We have several acres of boundaries and A/B lines to run for customers with the gator mapping service before planting arrives.  Looks like next week should have some weather that will cooperate with us so we can get a good start on this task.

We are receiving a lot of questions on the new planter Deere just introduced at Louisville Farm Show.  It will be at our winter Expo for all to see and touch.  We also included it as part of our salesman class.  It will require 5 hyd hookups and 60gpm to operate.  It is electric drive and is capable of planting speeds up to 10 mph without sacrificing seed placement.

We continue to have success talking with customers about converting their Kinze planters to ISO so they can run through a GS2 or Gs3.  This cleans up the cab and allows them to document automatically without other harnesses.

Vandalia recently installed a direct injection kit on a 4940 sprayer.  They found a few tricks and tips for installation.  If anyone gets the opportunity to install a kit on a 4940, they would be a good resource to consult for advice on the installation.

Atwood installed a Surefire Fertilizer system on a 1770NT.  It is available in either as a hydraulic or electric drive depending on the size of the planter and the flow needs.  They commented that the installation was a smooth process and it hooked right into the rate controller.

Wireless Data Transfer will be free to those customers this year that have JDLINK Ultimate and RDA.  Most customers do not have RDA but will only run about $100 or less to upgrade to this if they already have JDLINK Ultimate subscription.

Used AMS equipment continues to be in high demand.  Used receivers and ATUs are especially hard to find.