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Pre-Season Harvest Checklist

by Sep 9, 2019Yield Monitoring

Another fall harvest season is approaching, which means it’s time to prep your Ag Leader displays! Here are six easy steps to ensure a smooth season ahead.

STEP ONE: INVESTIGATE

  • Check over the system. Things to look for include:
  • Cabling damage, cuts, severe crimps and/or bends. 
  • Any signs of rodent damage or exposed wires in the foam material between the impact plate and the housing in the flow sensor. If so, you will likely want to replace the sensor.
  • Excessive wear on the impact plate.
  • Any wear or holes on the deflector plate in the clean grain elevator.
  • Paddle height. The paddle height should be 5/8’’ to 1/2’’ from top of paddle to the clean grain elevator for most combines.

If anything looks suspect, call your Ag Leader dealer. If possible, after the harvest season, pull the flow sensor and store it in a sealed location to prevent rodent damage.

Make sure the 5AMP EMU fuse is in good condition. If the fuse is blown, make sure the EMU auger is free of debris, replace the fuse and see if it turns when setting the proximity switch adjustment. Learn more about Proximity Switch functionality here

Verify that the display is:
       i.      Getting Differential GPS
       ii.     Reading Ground Speed
       iii.    Reading Elevator Speed between 250-650 RPMS
       iv.    Area on and off works correctly when raising and lowering the header

 

STEP TWO: UPDATE

Update the display to the newest firmware version. Updating firmware ensures your display will be running its best with the most recent features. Also, be sure to make a backup of the display at this time.

 

STEP THREE: PREPARE

If using connectivity tools of InCommand® and AgFiniti®, all displays connected to DisplayCast® are automatically updated with field boundaries, guidance lines, machine configurations and planting and application maps. If you planted with that InCommand display, variety tracking functionality will be automatic. If you planted with a different display, be sure to import the variety maps in. Otherwise, be sure to load any other missing information manually.

 

STEP FOUR: CONNECT

Connect to the internet to take advantage of many InCommand and AgFiniti features like satellite imagery, sharing information between displays and devices, backing up information, exporting to AgFiniti, and more right from the field. Bringing internet to the cab is easy! Use an existing cellular data plan and connect through a dedicated modem or tablet hotspot. Learn more about how the BR1 Mini cell modem works here.

 

STEP FIVE: MANAGE

Make more informed management decisions using real-time stats and maps. See live speed, direction, yield, moisture and more using InCommand and AgFiniti. 

 

 

STEP SIX: CALIBRATE

A quality calibration is the most important step for harvest to ensure accurate yield data. Calibration ensures overall yield monitor accuracy and quality of data for each operation. The following steps apply to InCommand firmware version 2.5 and above. Learn more about calibration here.

 

PRE-SEASON

• Set the header stop height per each harvested crop
• Perform the vibration calibration with the header on the combine
• Update the temperature calibration number
• Perform the distance calibration

 

 

IN-SEASON Moisture: Take a handheld sample from three to five locations in a hopper load. Average and update the moisture reading in the display if needed.

Weight Calibration:

• One calibration load process: Capture a calibration load at full swath width and at normal harvesting speeds.

• Two calibration load process: Capture one calibration load at full swath width and normal operating speeds, capture another load at half swath width OR at half ground speed.

• Additional calibration loads: Harvest at incremental speed/flow range changes excluding first and second calibration load ranges Read more blogs about our harvest products here!

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