Articles by Dan Crummett

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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On the Horizon: ‘No-Tilling’ Dry Poultry Litter and Fertilizer

Subsurface injection of dry litter is an environmentally friendly method of using an abundant, nutrient-rich resource with minimum soil disturbance.
Poultry litter is a proven valuable resource for farmers who have access to it, but until recently the only way to apply the bulky, dry nitrogen-rich organic material has been to broadcast it on the surface of farm fields and pastures.
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No-Tillers Are Getting a ‘Track’ on Compaction

New tracked equipment options continue to emerge in North America, helping no-tillers reduce compaction and increase their crop yields.
Soil compaction’s negative effect on yields, root development and nutrient uptake is of growing concern to farmers in the U.S., particularly given the widespread use of farm equipment that is bigger than ever.
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Stubble, Compaction, Equipment Size Are Driving Tire Innovation

Farmers will see more options for farm tires in the coming years with lower sidewalls, increased flexibility and more durability — all while boosting onfarm efficiency.
Ask major players in the ag industry what's driving tire design for North America and three themes pop up immediately: soil compaction, stubble damage and the increasing size of farm equipment.
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