2020 Harvesting Clinic

All of us at South Country take pride in our clinics, which we have hosted over the last number of years.

To limit exposure and encourage Social Distancing, we had to cancel our combine clinic. 
As your business is extremely important to us, and farming will go on, we have come up with other methods of 
delivering support and valuable training to you. 

South Country Integrated Solutions department pulls your whole farming operation together.  Aligning your machinery with our Ag Management Solutions allows you to make the right decisions in the field.  We work with producers, collecting data and providing innovative solutions to improve the efficiency, productivity and profitability of your farming operation. Our new Crop Intelligence App interprets data from your Field Connect and makes calculations so your decision making is successful.

Our services include machine optimization, which means monitoring the productivity of your machines and figuring out how to improve their efficiency.  Proactive diagnostics on service issues and other maintenance items helps to keep the machines healthy, reduces downtime and makes them more efficient and productive.

PRE-Harvest Service - Requirements and Concerns - S Series Combines

Combine Walk Around: (Click Here to Download a PDF Version of Checklist)

1. Feeder house speed - SLOW                                                   

2. Inspect feeder house drive chain tension - (5/16 to 3/8 off guide rail)3. Inspect feeder house fron drum to ensure both sides are in the same position.
(Make recommendations for first crop & conditions)
4. Verify stone trap and shoe supply drain doors are closed5. Feed accelerator speed - SLOW6. Verify primary and secondary feed accelerator drive belt tensioners are top at the washer and level with bottom of the provided gauge.
7. Verify hopper drains on the right hand side are installed properly (CLOSED)8. Verify separator grate covers are completely removed from the right hand of the combine. 
9. If combine is equipped with adjustable pre-cleaner, ensure that it is set to the 6th notch open. (ONE NOTCH FROM FULLY OPEN)
10. Verify upper active tails door is closed11. Ensure S680/S690 active tailings are set properly for the intended crop.12. Verify right-hand shield does not make contact when engine access door is opened.
13. Verify air scoop is fully extended out and sealing shield has been adjusted accordingly.14. Power-cast tail board, ensure the secondary spread vanes are removed and bolts are put back in place15. Verify warning light arms do not contact any panels in any position.
16. Ensure chopper is in high speed.17. Verify chaffer and sieve positions are equal to the reading on the display in cab (IF OUT, Re-Calibrate)18. Verify Dual Zone is set to 8mm
19. Ensure both primary and secondary chopper drive tensioners are top of the washer and level with bottom of the provided gauge.20. Ensure there is one row of separated grate covers remaining on the left hand side of combine.21. If combine is equipped with adjustable pre-cleaner, ensure that it is set to the 6th notch open. (ONE NOTCH FROM FULLY OPENED)
22. Verify concave fillers and concaves are proper for intended crop to combine. (S670 Fillers on 1,2,5.... S680/90 on 1,2,3)  


Feed Accelerator Belt Tensioner
Improper Setting               Proper Setting

* Rule of thumb for every tensioner on the combine

‚Äč615P Adjustments:

  • Ensure finger timing
  • Finger height off deck
  • Airbag pressures

Calibration Options: (Download the PDF Here)

  • No Calibration: Limited accuracy.  Calibration procedure has not been performed.  Not Recommended. 
    System defaults to a fixed internal calibration value which may not be adequate for machine and field conditions.
    Accuracy decreases with combine component wear.
  • Single Point Calibration:  Calibration procedure collecting one calibration load at a fixed speed.  Not recommended.
    Usually adequate for checking accuracy, as conditions change.
  • Multi-Point Calibration: Four or more loads are required.  Multi-Point is the best for fields where there is yield variability conditions, 
    where grain flow rate is not consistent.


Calibration Sequence - S Series
1.  Temperature Calibration
2. Mass Flow Vibration Calibration
3. Moisture Correction and Calibration
4. Weight (Yield) Calibration







1. Temperature Calibration
   The reading should be an accurate measurement of the surrounding air temperature. 
    Perform once a season and be sure the moisture meter is empty.



Why: To correct for inaccurate temperature measurements.
When: Before harvest season begins in a temperature controlled environment. 
          Moisture sensor needs to be empty and the machine has been sitting 
          in a constant temperature environment.






2. Mass Flow Vibration Calibration
    Select the correct crop type as this calibration will be saved under the crop
    identified in the compine setup.  Perform this calibration with the correct
    head on the combine in the harvest operating position.  
    Perform in each crop type.


Why: To establish a no load vibration baseline.
When: Calibrate per each crop harvested with the applicable front end
          equipment installed.  Important that the combine is completely
          empty when the calibration is performed.







3. Moisture Correction/Calibration
    Temperature calibration should be performed before this correction.
    Ensure moisture sensor metal plates are clean at the beginning of
    each season.  Plates may be cleaned with glass cleaner or water.
    Calibrate moisture for each grain type.




Why: To match the moisture measurements to the grain elevators moisture readings.
When: Each season- May need to perform adjustment for each crop harvested or
          when crop conditions change dramatically.


- From the combine home page press "H"
- Then press "D" for Moisture Setup.









4. Weight (Yield) Calibration

  • Perform Temperature and Moisture Correction before Weight Calibration.
  • Calibration loads should be uniform in size and be a minimum of 3,000 lbs.
  • A maximum of 13 calibration loads can be saved for each crop type.
  • For more accurate results use 4 to 8 calibration loads.
  • Harvest each calibration load at a different flow rate (ground speed)
  • Calibrate for each crop type.



Why: To improve the accuracy of the yield data collection.
When: At a minimum, a single load calibration is recommended for each crop
          harvested.  This should get the system within 4%.  Without this single
          load calibration the system is only accurate within 20%.
         To improve accuracy up to 13 loads can be used in the yield calibration.

SCE Grain Loss Calibration -(Download the PDF here)  50, 60, 70 Series Combines
                             The lower the number = more sensitive




S-Series Model Year 2012-2013       S-Series Model Year 2014-2016
                 The lower the number = more sensitive

Barley545 Barley55
Canary720 Canary80
Canola6-716 Canola82
Chickpeas4.550 Chickpeas50
Fababeans4.550 Fababeans50
Flax720 Flax80
Lentils4.545 Lentils55
Mustard6-718 Mustard80
Oats535 Oats65
Peas4.550 Peas50
Soybeans4.550 Soybeans50
Wheat4.545 Wheat55













HarvestSmart™ Feedrate Control System (Download PDF here)

  • Make sure that HarvestSmart™ is enable (LED on)
  • Operate combine at the optimum harvest speed
  • Activate HarvestSmart by pressing 2 or 3 on the hydro handle
  • Place hydro handle at maximum forward stroke
  • Press 1 or pull back the hydro handle to disengage


HarvestSmart™  Mode Settings for 2014/2015

  • Smart Mode - rpm, rotor pressure, grain loss 
    Capacity Mode - rpm, rotor pressure
  • Max Speed = 1/2 - 1 mph over optimum
  • 2100 RPM
  • Response Rate (1-100)
  • Target Pressure (30-420)
    (Recommend Smart Mode)



HarvestSmart™  Mode Settings for 2012/2013

  • Smart Mode - rpm, rotor pressure, grain loss 
    Capacity Mode - rpm, rotor pressure
  • Max Speed = 1/2 - 1 mph over optimum
  • 2100 RPM
  • Response Rate (1-100)
  • Target Pressure (30-420)
    (Recommend Smart Mode)




HarvestSmart™  Mode Settings for 2017

CropRotor PressureEngine LoadGrain Loss My '12-13'Grain Loss Sensitivity My '12-13'Grain Loss My '14-17'Max Speed
145-16590-95186.582up to 5
135-15590-95166.580up to 5
Lentils110-13585-90   up to 4.5

Auto Header Height Icon Settings (Download the PDF here)

1. Auto header height control (AHC)
2. Auto header resume function (buttons 2, 3 on hydro handle)
3. Dial a speed
4. Auto reel position resume
5. Contour Master



Auto Header Height Icon Settings

MacDon Rigid - 2,3
MacDon Float - 1,2,3
MacDon FD1 Rigid - 2,3,4,5
MacDon FD1 Rigid/Contour - 1,2,3,4,5,6
MacDon FD1 Flex - 1,2,3,4,5,6
MacDon 973 - 2,3
MacDon 962 - 2,3
MacDon 960 - 2,3

FD Rigid - 1,2,3,4,5
FD Flex - 1,2,3,4,5









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