Articles by Dan Crummett

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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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Ahead of the Curve

Industrial Water-Jet Technology Improves No-Till Planting

Susterre Technologies will be taking orders in 2023 for a retrofit ultra-high-pressure water-jet system that can no-till in nearly all conditions.
In late December 2019, we introduced you to a novel planter technology being perfected in Canada using ultra-high-pressure (UHP) water jets to cut through the toughest residue and compacted soil.
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[Podcast] Ahead of the Curve: High-Pressure Water Jet Planters with Susterre’s Michael Cully

For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, contributing editor Dan Crummett talks with Cully about Susterre’s system and what it means for the future of no-till.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, contributing editor Dan Crummett talks with Cully about Susterre’s system and what it means for the future of no-till.
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[Video] Ahead of the Curve: High-Pressure Water Jet Planters with Susterre’s Michael Cully

For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, contributing editor Dan Crummett talks with Cully about Susterre’s system and what it means for the future of no-till.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, contributing editor Dan Crummett talks with Cully about Susterre’s system and what it means for the future of no-till.
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Ahead of the Curve

AI Powers Latest Smart Sprayer Innovations

The entry of artificial intelligence into agriculture forever changed farm practices.
The term “artificial intelligence” has generated pages of dystopian copy surrounding the displacement of jobs and the dehumanization of the workplace, but in farm fields, AI and machine learning are proving to be an efficient ally of growers for combating weeds and keeping expenses in check.
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No-Tillers, Landowners Must Work Together to Advance Soil Stewardship

Landowner buy-in is critical to boosting the adoption of no-till and other conservation measures on rented farmland.
While research shows conservation practices such as no-till and cover crops increase the value of farmland by improving the productivity of the soil, adopting these measures often has an immediate upfront cost and a less-than-immediate return on investment.
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Confound Pests with Compound Rotations

Longtime no-till educator and practitioner Dwayne Beck urges growers to adopt a diverse mix of rotational crops to fight pests, reduce inputs and boost profits.
Jousting with Mother Nature usually isn’t successful over the long-haul, but with nimble footwork and hit-and-run rotation tactics, astute no-tillers can keep the old dame off balance long enough to boost their productivity and reduce their inputs.
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