With harvesting season upon us, it’s time to begin thinking about strategies to get the most out of this year’s crop. As pieces of harvesting equipment increasingly grow in size and sophistication, it’s more important than ever before that operators fully understand their machine’s capabilities.
John Deere’s top-of-the-line S-Series combine includes numerous features that can be a major asset for crop producers during harvesting season when leveraged effectively. In this post, we’ve put together six John Deere combine videos specific to the S-Series combine, which offer tips and how to’s for those lucky enough to operate the equipment during the harvest season. Enjoy, and happy harvesting!
Before starting a day of corn harvesting and hopping aboard the S-Series combine, it’s important for operators to follow safety instructions and properly prepare the machine. Performing a walk-around of the machine, checking belt tensions, drive chains, harvest settings, and much more will allow operators to take to the fields with confidence. Watch the full video for additional tips to effectively and safely prepare the combine for harvest.
Choosing the crop type from within the cab on the John Deere GreenStar 3 2630 Display can seem daunting. The display presents the operator with a number of fields including “client, farm, field, task,” and more. This video serves as a tutorial for John Deere S-Series combine operators, walking them through the appropriate steps when preparing their machine from the in-cab display.
Interactive Combine Adjustment (ICA) helps operators improve machine settings based on their harvesting requirements. ICA provides operators with recommended machine setting changes to improve performance according to harvest priorities. Watch this tutorial video to get a better understanding of ICA’s importance to the harvesting process and how to operate the system step-by-step.
This video serves as a reference guide for using HarvestSmart Feed Rate Control on S-Series combines. The system varies ground-speed to maintain a constant feed rate to maximize productivity and reduce operator stress. Much like crop type selection process, HarvestSmart’s system seems abundant, but when managed properly, can provide operators with an extremely valuable tool during the corn harvest season.
Monitoring engine performance and optimizing machine capacity is critical to get the most out of a day’s work during harvesting season. This video walks combine operators through some critical information that needs to be monitored while aboard the equipment in order to ensure safety and get the most out of their engine’s capabilities. Following these steps and being aware of critical information will increase uptime and overall production.
Power shutdown is used to determine machine performance and identify required adjustments in the threshing and separating areas. This video takes operators through a step-by-step process to properly execute this function which will keep the machine running at expected rates.
Hopefully these John Deere combine videos not only inspire crop producers heading into the harvesting season, but also offer some helpful “how to’s” for operating the sophisticated machinery. If you enjoyed this post and would like to see more like it, feel free to connect with us on Facebook or Google+!