2013 Planter Clinic Preseason & Maintenance Parallel Arms •Check for excess movement •Check for unit lean Row Units ME2 & ME Plus Seed Meter/Chemical Drive Chemical Drive Sprocket Drillshaft Chain Tensioner/Idler Seed Meter Drive Sprocket Chemical Drive /Disconnect Chain Tensioner/Idler Seed Meter Drives Roller Chain Drive Pro-Shaft Drive • Durability • Reduced maintenance • Cost savings • Time savings Drive System •Inspect Drive Chains: •Lubricate Chains With JD Multi-Purpose Lubricant •Chains Should Be: -Free of Rust -Pliable -No Dirt Build Up SHAFT DRIVE GEAR BOX Adjusting Meter Hub Height Remove lock pin, turn hub on threaded shaft to adjust UP or DOWN Disk should lightly contact housing for no seed leaks Inspect Brushes MaxEmerge Meter Use (Short) brush with medium and large edible beans, peanuts and hilldrop cotton. Large brush for all other crops. Pro-Series Meter Use on meters with Double Eliminator Use on meters without Double Eliminator Worn Finger Housing Worn Cell Plate Tru-Vee Opener System • Remove Gauge Wheel –Use 1-1/4 inch socket –Capture shims • Inspect Wheel Spindle Note: A special sleeve and arm are available for the gauge wheel assembly, or the unit can be upgraded to the MaxEmerge Plus style, with the threaded self-aligning bushing. Gauge Wheel Adjustment Mechanical Factor #1 Mechanical Factor #2 *Videos can be found at www.readytoplant.com Tru-Vee Opener System • Measure Seed Tube Guard – A54868- replace at 12mm. – A61577- replace at 17mm. Note: A54868 is the straight guard A61577 is the curved guard. Check blade edge pinch point contact Slide business cards Between blades Should be 1.5 to 2.5 in. of contact area Pinch Point Adjustment Will these openers pass the pinch point test? Check Blades For Wear Should This Blade Be Replaced? New Blade Operation & Adjustments VacuMeter™ Characteristics • Highly flexible for varying crops • Versatility through seed disk selection • Increased planting speeds • Low maintenance costs • Few components • Seed Disk Selection –Seed Size –Seed Shape • Vacuum Level • Use of Talc • Adjustment –Hub Height –Cover Seal Seed Disk Options • Place seed on the disk to determine fit and size • In seed overlap conditions ALWAYS use smaller disk • Odd or varying seed size/shape may not be a common disk used for that crop • Here are some situations and seed disk alternatives: – Small Soybeans—Cotton (64 cell) – Small Sorghum--Sugar Beet – Small Cotton--Small Edible Bean (Flat Type) – Corn**--Small Sweet Corn (Flat Type) – Corn**--Large Sweet Corn (Flat Type) – Corn**--Medium Edible Bean (Flat Type) ** All three disks shown can work well depending upon seed size and shape being planted. Cell Disk Advantages • Allows vacuum adjustment from the tractor cab. • Requires less vacuum. –Less demand on tractor’s hydraulics –Less demand on planter vacuum blowers • Plants a very wide range of seed sizes and seed shapes. • No additional meter parts needed. • No adjustments needed at the seed meter. • One vacuum blower can operate up to 16 rows. –Lower machine cost on larger machines. –Flat disks require 8 rows or less per blower and 12 row machines may need dual blowers. Flat Disk Advantages • Planting extremely irregular seeds. • Planting on slopes greater than 15%. • No need to adjust vacuum level. –It does require setting the double eliminator at each row. Once the double eliminator is set, vacuum can be set (usually at 12-20”) and requires no adjustment. • The following flat disks can be used to plant corn: –Small Sweet Corn (40 holes) -A52391 –Large Sweet Corn (40 holes) -A52392 –Edible Bean (Small, Medium or Large) (50 holes) -A52904 Flat vs. Celled Disks Double Eliminator • 1992 flat disk technology available on JD vacuum meters • Higher vacuum needs and mechanical double eliminator to meter seed • Knocker wheels suggested in some crops Double Eliminator Adjustment Knob Flat Disc Determining Vacuum Level Use seed supplier’s information to calculate seed size in seeds/kg or seeds/lb. IMPORTANT: The proper vacuum level must be calculated for each corn variety. Obtain size in seeds/kg or seeds/lb. by dividing number of seeds in the bag by the weight of the bag. EXAMPLE: If there are 4156 seeds/kg (1889 seeds/lb.), according to the chart, vacuum level should be set at 7 in. when using a Standard Corn Disk or 10 in. when using a Small Corn Disk. Vacuum Performance Issues •Issues Causing Doubles –Incorrect Disk –Vacuum Set Too High –Brush Worn –Baffle In Wrong Position –Double Eliminator Set Too Far Out •Issues Causing Skips – Incorrect Disk – Vacuum Set Too Low – Worn Seal – Disk Set Too Tight To Housing – Baffle In Wrong Position – Double Eliminator Set Too Far In – Knockout Wheel Missing Vacuum Meter Adjustments •Seed disk selection •Vacuum level setting •Baffle position (excluding Pro-Series) •Meter brush Seed Disk Selection *Video can be found at www.readytoplant.com Seed Population Settings •Meter type –Seed disk selected •Planter row spacing •Target population rate Given Information DETERMINES Transmission sprocket combination or VRD setting Mechanical Transmission Variable Rate Drive (VRD) Why is Downforce Important? Compacted Side Wall Caving Side Walls Downforce The force that is applied to the row unit by the air bag circuit (or springs) that assists the row unit to penetrate the soil. • This measurement is read by pressure sensor in the air bag circuit and converted into lbs Margin The amount of extra down force applied to the row unit, over and above what is required for the opener disks to penetrate the soil and achieve full planting depth. • Measured on the gauge wheel down force sensors Downforce and Margin Example DOWNFORCE the force that is applied to the row unit by the air bag circuit 150lbs Weight of Row Unit 100 lbs. Resistance from soil 200 lbs. MARGIN - Amount of additional down force applied to a row unit above and beyond what is required for penetration and to achieve full planting depth 150+100=(250-200)= 50 lbs. Margin Margin *Video can be found at www.readytoplant.com Downforce *Video can be found at www.readytoplant.com Margin must be set by examining your specific soil conditions. DIG The function of the gauge wheels is to set depth first, but they also firm the soil against the openers to create a defined seed furrow. There is no substitution for in-ground checks Set-point vs. Active Pneumatic Downforce Target and Actual Downforce Target and Actual Margin Set-Point Down Force Active Pneumatic Down Force • Operator must manually adjust downforce to maintain target margin • Operator can adjust margin and system will adjust downforce to maintain target margin Planting Depth Decrease Increase “Walk” handle from side to side. Each adjusting position changes planting depth 6 mm (1/4 in.). How does the planter cover the seed with soil? • With adjustable closing wheels How does the planter firm the soil around the seed? • With adjustable closing wheels Check Closing Wheels for Proper Alignment Scratch Test 47 Seed Tanks Delivery Fan Delivery Hose Vented Hopper Handling •Pressurized Tank •Hydraulically driven fan impeller Air Flow • Fan delivers air to the CCS cradle. • Air enters the tank through the CCS nozzles. • Lid has to be fully sealed. Air Flow Out of Tank •Only escape path for the pressurized air is through the nozzle. Seed Delivery • Seed is delivered to the individual row units through a flexible hose. • One nozzle for each row unit. • Seed is carried out the nozzle with the air. Delivery to Pro-Series™ XP Row Unit • VacuMeter • Inlet elbow is vented to allow airflow • Hopper is vented –Allows air to escape –Prevents seed from blowing over meter CCS Seed Delivery •Not a continuous flow of seed to the row unit. •Row unit hoppers are not full in normal operation. •Row unit “requests” seed from the CCS tank through subtle changes in air flow. CCS Delivery to MaxEmerge XP™ •Same concept as with Pro-Series XP™. •Hopper is not full after the initial manual fill. •Why would one choose the MaxEmerge XP ™ Row units with CCS? MaxEmerge XP™ Available with Central Commodity System™ (CCS™) 1.6 bushel box with granular or 3.0 bushel hopper chemical option Pro Shaft Drives or Roller Chain Drives NOTE: The Pro-Shaft drive feature is not compatible with granular chemical application options. Seed Meter & CCS Cleanout • Full & complete seed cleanout –Empty CCS tanks via drop doors (or invert hoppers) –Purge CCS seed delivery hoses –Push any seed away from the CCS outlet –Open meter and remove seed disk Talc and Graphite Vacuum • Talc must be thoroughly mixed with seed. • Rates: –16 cups/ 50 bu. –11 cups/ 35 bu. –2.5 oz./ 80,000 kernel seed corn bag –Mix triple the amount of talc or graphite into the first two or three bushels of seed placed in CCS bulk tank. –Coat inside of CCS tank –Spray Graphite for vacuum side of seed disk Mechanical • Graphite must be thoroughly mixed with seed. • Rates –16 oz./ 50 bu, –11 oz./ 35 bu. –1/3 oz. 80,000 kernel seed corn bag Flush Face Case Drain Couplers •Flush Face Case Drain Couplers: –ISO Standard –Mistake proof hook-up –Easy to clean •Planter male tip: –Internal check valve –Pressure relief if not connected –Standard on all MY05 and ON Seeding Products •Tractor couplers: –Bundles from Seeding and/or Waterloo •Revised Seeding Hydraulic Compatibility Guide Seedstar 2 & AMS SeedStar 2 Homepage SeedStar XP Homepage Population •Center Line is target population •Bars below center line are below target •Bars above center line are above target • Bars turn orange when they reach alarm set points •Bars are red when rows are not planting Singulation • Center Line is perfect singulation • Bars above the center line are multiples • Bars below the center line are skips • Bars turn orange when reaching set alarm points • Bars turn red when above the alarm set points. Seed Spacing Coefficient of Variable • Bottom of graph is perfect seed spacing • Bars increase as spacing becomes more variable Down Force Margin • Center Line is target down force margin • Bars above center line indicate gauge wheel loads above target • Bars below indicate gauge wheel loads below target Active Pneumatic Downforce • Allows the planter to automatically adjust the air bag pressure by sections. • By checking the box you can set a margin that all of the row units will try to maintain Setting Active Down Force • Once the Active PDF box is checked you can increase or decrease your target margin or manually enter your target margin and save it Ride Dynamics • Top of graph is optimal ride quality 100% • Bottom of graph is the worst ride quality • Bars decrease as row units ride is decreasing indicating a need for slower ground speed Row Unit Details • Allows you to look at the overall performance of each row unit Overall Planter Details • Allows the operator to view the overall performance of his planter at one time Home Page Buttons • Quick Start Reset reduces skip when planter starts from a stop. It overpopulates until you get up to speed “ Used for headlands or start and stops in field” • Rotate Disks Rotates your disk to fill the cells for when you have shut your vacuum off Planter Setup • Clutch disconnect warning will give you an alarm every time one of your drive clutches is shut off Planter Setup • Headland Warning Suppression will keep the clutch disconnect alarms from going off when lifting the planter up at headlands Planter Setup • Height Sensors must be calibrated when planter is new and any time the sensor is replaced • By choosing separate heights you can set a preset start height and a preset stop height for the meters to engage and disengage Planting Crops & Rates • Select your crop type • Select Show Rates to Change your Rate • Select the type of disk • Select the size or model of disk Planting Rates • Once you select show rates then you can select change rates. • You have the ability to have up to 6 preset rates. • On each preset rate you have set a target, a low, and a high for your alarm thresh holds Transport Mode • Transport Mode disables your meter drives from being engaged as well as sending alerts to the operator for rows not planting Documentation • Select your Client, Farm, Field, and Task. Double check crop season. • Must fill out all information for correct documentation. Documentation • To set up documentation you must select seed type and also add varieties. • If needed, you can assign multiple varieties and what rows they are assigned to. Prescriptions • To set up a prescription, you must select Seed Type and then the Rx button. Prescriptions • If loaded correctly, the prescription will show up in the drop down list. • You can input a prescription multiplier to adjust rate up or down. Will adjust entire prescription. Prescriptions • Go back to the planter rate setup page and turn all rates off except for Rate 6. • Turn Rate 6 on and accept the rate change. Prescription loading will be complete after this step. Section Control • Main section control operation page. • The number of sections will be based on planter capabilities and setup. Section Control • Section control settings page. • Check which operations are using section control. • Adjust Overlap and Turn On/Off settings from this page as well. Performance Accessories Pro-Shaft Drive Where Used Compatible With •John Deere MaxEmerge 2 •John Deere MaxEmerge Plus •John Deere MaxEmerge XP Not Compatible With •Dual bag pneumatic down force •Herbicide/insecticide boxes since we can drive one box per Pro-Shaft drive Part Number •Pro-Shaft drive enhancement kit, .....AA62896 vacuum meter, regular parallel arms (John Deere ME 2, MaxEmerge XP, ME Plus) •Pro-Shaft drive enhancement kit, .....AA62897 finger pickup, regular parallel arms (John Deere ME 2, MaxEmerge XP, ME Plus) •Pro-Shaft drive enhancement kit, .....AA62898 vacuum meter, long parallel arms (John Deere ME 2, MaxEmerge XP, ME Plus) •Pro-Shaft drive enhancement kit, .....AA62899 finger pickup, long parallel arms (John Deere ME 2, MaxEmerge XP, ME Plus) Meter Kits • Meter kits deliver more accurate centering of the seed disk. Double eliminators prevent more than one seed from being planted by covering a portion of the hole in the seed disk. • Part numbers and applications: – AA68743: Vacuum Meter Kit – AA68703: Double Eliminator PROSERIES Kit models 2007 and older ComputerTrak • Part Number – BA30499: Computer-Trak 350 Unit Mounted Row Cleaner •Part Number –BA31400: Screw-adjust row cleaner Seed Tubes •For precise and consistent seed spacing row after row, the flush-face seed tube is the ideal choice. It features an uninterrupted smooth surface for each seed to travel. •Part Number• AA67780: Seed tube only • AA67779: Seed tube with AccuCount™ sensor • AA67778: Seed tube with regular sensor • AA68468: Seed tube guard Gauge-wheel arm kits •A proven way to prevent furrow deterioration and gauge wheel plugging from a worn spindle or arm. With this kit, you can replace the arm and bushing without the need to replace the entire shank. Part numbers and applications: •AA41968: Gauge-wheel arm kits •A79648: XP row-unit •A79647: MaxEmerge Plus (arm only) Auxiliary Fill Lights •When your workday turns into night, simply switch on these two 35-watt halogen lamps to light up the back of your planter. You’ll get plenty of light to fill up your seed tank and operate the rear hitch. Part number and application: •BA29690: CCS planters only Row Command •Get planting accuracy you never thought possible in odd-shaped fields, headlands, point rows and waterways. You can automatically turn on and off individual row units onthe-go to reduce seed waste and maximize seed placement. Seed Plates •More than 20 different choices to fit your seed type — corn, soybeans, cotton, sorghum, sugar beets, sunflowers and more. Thank You for Your Business We would like to invite you to stay and walk around the machines and we will answer all questions!
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