John Deere has made significant upgrades in their application control systems with the new JD Rate Controller 2000 and subsequent updates to their system. This new JDRC 2000 allows for control of up to 5 liquid, anhydrous, and dry products, as well as seed rate control for air drills. In total, the JDRC 2000 can control up to 4 products to be documented, and a fifth product for independent control. Other advantages to the JDRC 2000 are the ability to control more implement sections, an easy conversion from Deere’s previous single product rate controller, and an improved user experience.
SureFire Ag application and control systems are fully compatible with the John Deere® Rate control system. We have designed and field tested all of our application systems (liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides) in order to ensure compatibility with the new JDRC 2000.
Come spend the day with SureFire Ag, the experts in complete fertilizer systems for JDRC 2000. In the first year, we have deployed more than 400 systems using this new control platform.
Join us to learn more about how this dual system can increase your or your customers’ efficiency and accuracy. This one-day training, offered on two dates, will include:
- Overview of the JDRC 2000 including SureFire’s own harnessing for this controller.
- System basics and overview.
- Advanced troubleshooting capabilities that make the JDRC 2000 one of the easiest control platforms to work with in the field.
- SureFire ISOBUS Sentinel for individual row flow monitoring directly on your John Deere display.
- SureFire’s many systems compatible with the JDRC 2000 for liquid and NH3 application.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM
SureFire Ag – 4 miles North of Atwood, KS on Hwy 25. Click Here for a location. Register by contacting Dora at 785-626-3670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order early and save with our Early Order Program now through August 31, 2017. SureFire is offering specials on Fertilizer Application Systems for planters that will hit the field in spring of 2018.
When you are discussing your new planter, consider your fertilizer application needs at the same time. We’ll work with you to configure a system, schedule shipment in September and October and delay payment until later in the year. Ask your local SureFire Ag dealer if you qualify for the 2018 Early Order Program.
SureFire Liquid Fertilizer Systems are completely compatible and have the ability to be controlled by all major Ag platforms. Why add another controller to the cab when we can simply use the controller you already own? SureFire can work with you and your technology platform to make sure that you have what you need. We will provide the correct harness depending on which platform you have; you will receive everything your system needs to be successful including a high quality braided harness that will hold up better in the difficult Ag environment.
SureFire Ag Systems has teamed up with John Deere Dealers in California and Arizona to introduce our systems to markets across the country. Last week we held SureFire Demo Days where we worked with the individual dealers to train their staff on our systems and had each dealer invite key customers in to see our products for the first time. We traveled from Yuma, AZ to Yuba City, CA and were fortunate to see virtually every crop in in the Southwest.
Using section control to divide your liquid or NH3 application into sections can help save on crop inputs by turning off sections as you cross into headlands or into already-applied areas. Troubleshooting an electric valve that is not working is not difficult. With a voltmeter and a few minutes, you should be able to diagnose the problem and come up with a solution to get your rig going.
As you test the section valves on SureFire Ag products, occasionally you’ll run across one that will not turn or move. If this happens, follow this guide for steps to help you determine the problem and troubleshoot to get you back up and running.
Around the country as farmers are beginning their planting and fertilizing for spring the question sometimes comes up regarding fluctuations in the application rates as they go across the field. This could be the result of a few things. This blog will walk you through the steps to identify the cause of the bounces in rates and how to correct things to ensure you’re applying uniform product across the field.
First, some bouncing in rates occurs all the time. Many controllers don’t show this on the screen because of a feature commonly known as Rate Smoothing. When Rate Smoothing is turned on, if the actual Applied Rate is within the Rate Smoothing % bounds, the controller shows the Applied Rate as being locked on to the Target Rate. Read more…
Help! My hydraulic pump won’t turn. If you find yourself in this situation, the SureFire Ag support team is here to help.
There are two components involved in making the hydraulic pump run—hydraulic and electric. There must be hydraulic oil going through the valve block to turn the hydraulic motor to turn the pump. In normal application mode, the PWM signal from the controller energizes the solenoid on the valve block. This causes the proportional valve that is located inside the solenoid to open, allowing hydraulic oil to flow, which turns the pump. If the pump is not turning, we must determine which part of the system is not functioning as it should. Use this guide to help you troubleshoot and check for issues. Refer to the manuals for each controller at the end of the blog for further help.
As you begin to get your systems in place for a successful spring planting season, some of the most common questions the SureFire Ag team receives are about electric pumps. In order to save you time and frustration, this blog will serve to answer some of the common questions.
EPD Flashing Light Error Codes
EPD stands for electric pump driver. It serves as the control system and operating system for your pump. If your system is operating properly, there should be a steady blinking light in the middle of the display when pumps are off. If the LED light is flashing four times, then pausing, the EPD has tripped due to a low voltage condition. Unplug the Power Supply to the EPD to reset. If the condition persists, check Power Supply cables from battery to EPD to ensure a solid connection and viable electrical path. It is best to check the voltage under load. Voltage may appear normal when the pumps are off, but if there are connection or harness issues there may not be sufficient voltage under load conditions. There should be 11-12 volts at the point where the EPD connects to the battery power harness; lower voltage could result in a flashing light error. If the voltage drops too much under a load, check all the pins and connectors for something that might be loose, corroded, or not making good contact. Be sure the power harness goes directly to the battery, as power strips may not be able to provide the current needed to run the electric pumps. Be sure the harnesses have wires of sufficient size. 6 AWG or 8 AWG will be needed, especially for longer runs. Also, when testing the system, be sure the tractor is running. The pumps will draw a battery down quickly and encounter low voltage problems.
With the recent introduction of the Rate Controller 2000 and subsequent updates John Deere has made a significant upgrade to their application control systems. This new JD Rate Controller allows for control of up to 5 liquid, anhydrous, and dry products as well as seed rate control for air drills. In total the JDRC 2000 can control up to 4 products to be documented, and a fifth product for independent control. Other advantages to the JDRC 2000 is the ability to control more implement sections, an easy conversion from Deere’s previous single product rate controller, and an improved user experience.