Articles by Dan Crummett

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No-Till Pests – Part 2

Scout for Black Cutworm Early & Often to Prevent Outbreaks in No-Till Corn

Black cutworm moths reproduce on overwintering vegetation & residue, producing larvae that feed on emerging corn & soybeans.
At certain times in their development, black cutworm larvae can each cut 3-5 corn plants during the early season, which can lead to significant yield losses in fields where the pest reproduces in large numbers.
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Ahead of the Curve

Robot Weeders Provide Lower Costs & Higher Crop Prices

Swarms of robotic weeders offer herbicide-free weed control & food-grade traceability.
Getting rid of herbicides and marketing produce with that goal in mind is the two-pronged business model of GreenField, Inc., a south-central Kansas startup that will be fielding 20 robotic mechanical weeders in broadacre row crops this year.
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Deep-Dive Microbe Soil Testing Improves Farm Returns

Consultant-based testing facility enables no-tillers growing corn & soybeans to make informed choices in combatting soil-borne pathogens by sequencing DNA of entire microbial population of topsoil.
If you’ve ever wished for a crystal ball as you penciled in plans for soil-borne pathogens in corn and soybeans for the coming season, a relatively new California-based company supporting crop consultants in the Corn Belt and Mississippi Delta can take some of the guesswork out of that process — and likely save you some money.
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Ahead of the Curve

Killing Weeds Without Hoes & Chemicals

Carbon Robotics’ LaserWeeder eliminates hand labor & chemical use in high-value crops with technology that could fight Palmer amaranth & marestail in commodity crops.
Paul Mikesell, CEO of Carbon Robotics, discusses the economic and environmental benefits of the company's LaserWeeder, a AI-powered robot that uses artificial intelligence to recognize and destroy weeds.
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Deep-Dive Microbe Soil Testing Improves Farm Returns

Consultant-based testing facility enables no-tillers growing corn & soybeans to make informed choices in combatting soil-borne pathogens by sequencing DNA of entire microbial population of topsoil.
Pattern Ag, based in Emeryville, Calif., specializes in cataloging and identifying soil-dwelling organisms in more than half a million acres of farm fields from the Dakotas south to Kansas and across the Corn Belt to Ohio. The company just released its free, public 2023 Predictive Ag Report that highlights areas of concern for various corn and soybean pests for the coming year.
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15TH ANNUAL NO-TILL OPERATIONAL BENCHMARK STUDY

Highly Experienced No-Tillers Reveal Most Popular Management Strategies

Respondents to the 15th No-Till Operational Benchmark Study matched last year’s record-high corn yield at 185 bushels per acre, ended 2022 profitable & reported record cover crop usage.

Respondents to the 15th No-Till Operational Benchmark Study matched last year’s record-high corn yield at 185 bushels per acre, ended 2022 profitable & reported record cover crop usage.


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Shorter Corn Offers More Yield Potential

Corn hybrid developers say short-stature corn offers wind-resistant standability plus yield-enhancing opportunities for growers to better manage for more ears per acre & more bushels in the bin.
Today’s much-heralded plant breeding effort aimed at reducing the average height of corn plants is likely to provide several benefits for no-tillers in the coming years — all of which are aimed at more corn in the bin at the end of harvest.
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