Articles by Dan Crummett

Roger Black

No-Till Practices Fix Land, Labor and Profitability

Kansas grower Roger Black says quitting the plow for no-till improved his soils, allowed expansion with adding machinery and bolstered his custom enterprise income.
When Roger Black switched to no-tilling in south-central Kansas more than two decades ago, he was searching for ways to reduce erosion in his silty-loam bottomland fields, as well as reduce fuel and labor costs.
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Beating Back Tough Corn Residues with No-Till Soil and Planter Setups

Seven farmers share successes using no-till, cover crops and simple planter accessories to ease planting soybeans into tough corn stalks.
The corn and soybean rotation has been a winner for many no-tillers in the Midwest and Northeast for years. While some still encounter frustrating planting conditions in heavy corn residue, many find that years of no-till management have led to systems that make planting soybeans into corn stalks effective and routine.
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Spray Nozzle ‘Sweet Spots’ Help Reduce Drift Potential

Despite mounting drift-control concerns, sprayer nozzle designs and pressures should be maximized for efficient weed and insect control.
Given today’s wide variety of expensive crop protectants and their various label requirements — along with ever-changing, penalty-laden regulatory mandates aimed at controlling drift — it’s no wonder no-tillers and applicators search for that one nozzle that will do the best job on their sprayer.
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No-Till Brings Radical Rethink to Drill Designs

Manufacturers have listened to no-tillers’ needs and are creating drills that can handle heavy residue, as well as plant cash crops and cover crops of various seed sizes.
Aside from the planter and combine, drills are one of the most common pieces of equipment seen rolling across no-till fields today — about 64% of readers who participated in the 2016 No-Till Operational Benchmark Study said they own and use a no-till drill. And with cover crops picking up acreage in no-till systems, no-tillers are no longer relying on the tool just for seeding cash crops.
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Committing to Strip-Till Transforms High Plains Farm

Harold Grall credits good records, strip-till and new technology for his ability to double his farm size while cutting fuel and irrigation water.
Harold Grall already had extensive experience growing corn and grain sorghum in the Texas Panhandle when he bought out his mentor, Dale Coleman, and started farming on his own in 1994. At that time, he was farming 3,700 acres of High Plains silt-clay loam just north of Dumas, Texas, and was committed to ridge-till and furrow irrigation.
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Crop Protection Roundup 2016

Adjuvants to be Key with Newer Herbicide Technology

With dicamba-and 2,4-D-tolerant cropping systems hitting the market, adjuvants will be crucial to improving efficacy and reducing drift.
Adjuvants in herbicides have been an important part of the mix for no-tillers since the first household detergent was added to a tank of Roundup somewhere in distant history.
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Crop Protection 2016

New Tools to Fight Off Weeds, Insects and Diseases

Manufacturers unveil insecticides, herbicides and fungicides — some in novel combinations and applications — to help protect yields and profits.
Faced with commodity prices that mirror cost-of-production figures and continued challenges from resistant weeds, no-tillers continue to seek out crop protectants that offer flexibility in application and dependable performance.
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15 No-Tillers Share Their Best Planter Tweaks, Upgrades

No-tillers take planter modifications seriously as they aim for optimum seed and nutrient placement for specific farm conditions.
Although farm equipment manufacturers have engineers specifically charged to design and build no-till planters that efficiently place seed in the ground at the optimum depth, in a variety of field conditions, it’s difficult to find a no-tiller running a truly “bone stock” OEM planter.
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