Coffee Talks #3 | Furrow Focus | 4Rivers Equipment

Posted on December 13, 2017


Furrow Focus

Today’s Topics:

  • Calibrations
  • Header Settings
  • Overlap Control
  • Apps

S6 Series: Refer to the video for a visual representation.

  • Highlight diagnostic icon and press confirm switch.
  • Hover over calibration icon (A) and press confirm switch.
  • Highlight calibration menu (B) and press confirm switch.
  • Select desired calibration and press confirm switch.
  • Highlight Enter/Accept icon (C) and press confirm switch.
  • Follow instructions shown on screen to perform desired calibration.
  • Repeat procedure as necessary for additional calibrations.

To start, fill your truck and fill the grain cart. Once it’s done, stop it and go into the display to type in the different weights. The moisture calibration is a correction value.

50-60 Series: Refer to the video for a visual representation.

Running the Brown Box up in the corner post or running the Brown Box Simulator through a 2600 or 2630.

On Page 1 of the Setup screen, at the bottom is Moisture Correction. If you don’t know what your moisture is or what it will be, set it to 0.0. While you’re going through the field, it’ll read an Instant Moisture; and when you stop recording, it’ll give you a Field Average. Take that Field Average vs what the Elevator says. So if the combine is reading 12 moisture but the elevator comes back reading 14, you will want to type a +2.0 in the Moisture Correction field. It’s the difference between the two. That’s all you really need to do to set the moisture sensor. On the newer machines there are moisture sensor calibrations; but the only time you’ll need to do that is for instance if you’re on a 70-series and you replace or repair that moisture sensor. Otherwise, the moisture correction field will be the main calibration you’ll need to do.

On Page 2 of the Setup screen, you will do your Yield calibrations for 50-60 series machines.  Before you begin, make sure everything is empty and go to the middle of the page a press start calibration. Then you can start harvesting. Once you begin, you’ll start to see the Weight (lb.) start increasing. That’s what the combine thinks, poundage wise, is going into the machine. Once the truck is full completely full and the combine and the grain cart are completely empty, go back to the page 2 and click stop. You can then continue harvesting but once you get the scale ticket back from that truck, you go to page 2 and click Change for Weight (lb.). This tells you what the combine thinks it harvested and when you type in what the scale ticket actually was, the Calibration Factor will change to be more accurate.

NOTE: If it’s off by more than 10%, then you may have to do this multiple times in order to get to a certain range and level of accuracy. Usually at the start of the year they are relatively close so you won’t have to do it as much. But just be sure to keep an eye on it. Also, be sure to keep track of each calibration factor value for each crop and the variety of it. That way when you get started at the beginning of the year and you don’t have time to go send a truck off to get weighed, you can simply go back in and change the calibration factor to what it was last year. This will get you relatively close if it’s the same moisture or close to the same variety.

70-Series: Refer to the video for a visual representation.

Top left picture shown is your Moisture Sensor Page. NOTE: You can access all of the different functions by clicking the combine icon at the top of the screen where it says which page you’re on. You can just keep pressing that icon on your armrest display until you get to the correct page; which right now would be the moisture sensor page (Page 4/5). From there, you can do such things as set a moisture alarm with a max and min and it’ll tell you on your screen if the moisture is too wet or too dry. The sample rate in the top right corner can be a handy tool as well if you’re in a crop like beans for example.

Everyone that has a 70-series or a moisture sensor in the bin knows that they’ve probably had to replace them because the beans beat them up so much. They recommend turning that sample rate to 0 so the moisture sensor won’t cycle and wear itself out. If for some reason you’re moisture sensor isn’t working, you can use the Fixed Moisture function to let it know that there is moisture; because if the sensor isn’t working, the machine thinks that the moisture is 0. So you can set it to whatever you believe it is.

On the crop; seed size; farm; and field page, if you have a 2600 or 2630 plugged in, you won’t be able to change the crop, farm, or field. It’ll tell you to set it up in Green Star Pro. The seed size should automatically populate after the change. This directly correlates with the grain loss monitor and sensitivity. Be sure that your seed sizes are correct; you can use the dot sizes on the display screen to measure if needed.

Lastly, the final page is going to be your header page. Anytime you plug a head in that has the factory harness with the wiring on it that tells it what type of head it has on there, the display will bring up options to fill out like the rows, spacing, rows change, and record stop height. Record stop height should always be set. If you use the 1, 2, 3 buttons on the Hydro Handle, you can use the 1 button that you usually pick up at the end of the field and lower it down a little bit and then go in and set the recording stop height; which is usually between 70-80%. That way while you’re going through the field and the head picks up a little bit, it never shuts the recording off. You always have that high so you don’t have a problem with the recording shutting off.

Yield Calibration on 70-Series: Select Yield in the Calibrations dropdown menu. You’ll then come to the Calibration Factor page to calibrate your Yield. To start, click the bottom right icon to go to page 2 and it’ll say standard flow. Go to page 3 and it will then start your counting of the bushels. Like the Brown Box, you can just back out of that home page after it started and then continue combining. Fill your truck all the way and go back into the main page and click stop. This will then provide you with a harvested weight. You can continue to harvest and then when you get the scale ticket you can go to page 4 and enter the actual scale weight. Alas, the calibration factor will change automatically.

If you do multiple loads and multiple calibrations before you get the scale weight tickets back, you can select the icon at the bottom middle of that page which is your Load page. If you keep track of every load that you do, there will be a list of them in there. So if you get 3 scale tickets at a time, you can go back in and type in the harvested weights you had and then calibrate it all at once. They recommend doing at least 1-3 on 50, 60, and 70-series combines. The more you do it, the better. You’ll want to do them for big moisture swings, between every crop and for every year to make sure your data is accurate. They also recommend doing it at the beginning of the year so you don’t have to worry about it during the middle of harvest.

S-series: Refer to the video for a visual representation.

More functions, more calibrations, more accurate. They added a moisture sensor temperature calibration, mass flow vibration calibration, and a moisture correction calibration. At the beginning of each year, they recommend doing a moisture sensor temperature calibration in the morning while it’s cool outside and you haven’t been running your machine.

Then perform a mass flow vibration calibration. To do this, have the engine running and the header and separator on as well. Perform the calibration and it’ll take the vibration of the machine out of the equation while you’re harvesting. Moisture features are pretty much the same as the 70-series. Moisture alarm and moisture correction will all be run the same way too.

Yield Calibration on S-series: Has a “Multipoint Calibration Curve.” In order to be as accurate as possible, they want you to perform 6-8 yield calibrations and they want you to do them at different flow rates. Although this is more time-consuming, it is also more accurate. You can do just 1-3, but it’ll be the same accuracy as the 70-series’. Next, you can go to your load page and start typing in your scale tickets and everything will calibrate.

The bottom left screen in the video shows the page for HarvestSmart. This feature is only available for machines with a Pro-Drive Transmission (70-series or S-series). From there you can play around with the settings for your machine. Turn it on, push the handle all the way forward and the machine will speed up and slow down ground speed according to the load on the machine. (It activates with your 1, 2, 3 buttons). This way you won’t have to watch that grain monitor so much; as this function does it for you and will speed up and down depending on the load. NOTE: Be sure to clean your moisture sensors after every crop and every year.

Procedures must be performed before the use of the platform if the header control components have been serviced or if you switch from on-ground to off-ground mode.

Harvester Header Settings:

Note: Offsets A and D are not required for headers and can be set to 0.0.

B or 2) Header Connection Point to Harvesting Point:

  • Corn Head: Front of stalk rolls
  • Platform Head: Front of cutter bar
  • Pickup Head: Front of pickup belt

C or 3) Lateral offset from center of machine to center of the header.

NOTE: C = 0 unless you’re using an offset header.

  • Implement Width is the width of the cut area.


Overlap Control:

Automatically controls the header. Functions sort of like Swath Control on sprayers. All its doing is tracking the areas you have already cut. So if you already cut an area and accidently start going over it again, it’ll start shutting off in sections. This helps out with yield documentation and makes it a little bit more accurate. If you don’t raise you head up on the end rows even though you’ve already cut it, it will shut them off so it keeps that documentation that much more accurate as well. FREE for everybody who owns a combine.

GoHarvest app:

Anyone can download this app to any of their smart devices. Although all of the settings are specific to an S-series machine, that doesn’t mean you can’t use this app if you don’t have an S-series. You can use this app for any combine you have; however, the settings will be a tiny bit different. Take the fan speeds for example. An S-series is always going to run a little more fan speed than an earlier machine. But if you have a rotor machine, the outside settings will be very helpful because it’ll show you the belt position, position of the chopper, etc. Even if you have a 9600 or a walker machine, the settings will still be relatively the same (i.e. concave and cylinder speed).

You will also still be able to use the calculator and performance data. When you select your crop at the beginning, you can start going into the different settings (inside, outside, etc.) and it’ll give you the base machine settings for which crop you selected.

This app also has a grain loss calculator. First, it gives you instructions on how to count the seeds. Then you type in what crop, your header width, yield that’s in the field, and how many seeds to have on the ground; and it will calculate a percentage for you. You can also select the size of the area you are using for seeds (usually 1ft x 1ft, but you can type in whatever you want). It then calculates the percentage so you know exactly how much grain loss you’re getting. Furthermore, the GoHarvest app keeps track of all of your grain loss calculations. You can go to history at the top of the screen and see your past percentages to see if you’re getting better or worse.

Lastly is the Performance section. This is just like the Interactive Combine Adjustment (ICA) but the only difference is that GoHarvest will tell you what to do, but you have to go do it. It’ll just tell you where your loss is. Whether it’s a separator issue, loss over the shoe, too much tailings, or the tank is dirty. You select which one and it’ll move on to the next page. It’ll ask you if the losses are acceptable and you select yes or no. It’ll then move to the next page where it gives you suggestions on what you’re supposed to do. Follow the instructions and answer the questions until you arrive at the answer you need. There is also a YouTube link from John Deere on how to perform the power shutdown procedure. Remember to always do a power shutdown as you keep setting your machine.