Dan Crummett

Dan Crummett

Dan Crummett has more than 35 years in regional and national agricultural journalism including editing state farm magazines, web-based machinery reporting and has an interest in no-till and conservation tillage. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State Univ.

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Ripping & Stripping Adds Yield Consistency to Farming in Clay

Longtime no-tillers switch to strip-till & systematic in-line ripping to improve crop performance in their corn, double-crop soybeans & wheat rotation on compacted soils.
Farming in tight, clay soils in northern Oklahoma where rains can be as fickle as a politician’s promise has made the Schnaithman family confirmed strip-tillers for their corn and soybeans. They’ll be the first to tell you that the Southern Plains are NOT the Corn Belt.
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Retaining High Strip-Till Yield by Protecting Variable Soils

Achieving 80-plus bushel soybeans and 260-plus bushel corn isn’t an accident for Illinois strip-tiller John Potter who leverages cover crops, timely fertilizer applications and a strategic equipment mix to succeed solo on 1,250 acres.
John Potter was looking for a way to reduce labor on his west central Illinois farm when he decided to become a strip-tiller nearly 20 years ago.
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Stretching Strip-Till Value with Crop Diversity, Cover Crop Height

A quarter-century of strip-till for Georgia grower Barry Martin complements shoulder-high cereal rye cover crops in peanuts and cotton to reduce erosion, boost organic matter and simplify planting.
Barry Martin was completely convinced of the benefits of a heavy cereal rye cover crop on his cotton and peanut farm near Hawkinsville in central Georgia long before cover crops were the rage.
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Change to FAA Regulation Allows 1 Operator to Fly 3 Sprayer Drones

FFA regulation exemption for U.S.-based drone maker allows 1 person to operate 3 drones in a swarm, a 3-fold increase in productivity

The FAA recently granted Texas-based drone manufacturer Hylio a regulatory exemption that allows 1 operator to simultaneously pilot 3 heavy-lift drones instead of requiring an operator and observer per 1 drone over 55 pounds. 


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Bacteria Strain Serves Up Plant-Available Phosphates

Found growing naturally in a phosphorus mine, rhizobacteria are being harnessed to boost phosphorus cycling in corn fields
When strip-tillers and researchers talk about the benefits of soil microbes populating the root zone of field crops, the conversation generally revolves around more efficient plant use of nitrogen and potential reductions in losses of plant life’s hard-to-hang-onto primary food source.
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Working Smarter, Not Harder Helps Strip-Tiller Strive for 25% Reduction in P&K Application

Young Illinois farmer began strip-tilling his fields the fall before he got the deed to the land and by spring, even some of his closest doubters were convinced he was on the right track.
Clayton Coulter is a young man of purpose and it doesn’t take a long visit with him to realize the self-directed momentum that led him to launch his own farm at 24 years old as a strip-tiller for corn production — on land that had been 100% conventionally farmed for years.
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Resourceful Management Reaps Strip-Till Benefits

Relying on equipment sharing and an agronomic eye, in 4 years of strip-tilling Justin Krell has cut fertilizer use by 30% and achieved 230-bushel corn.
Justin Krell says he started strip-tilling in 2017 mainly to make better use of his time and money — both important factors considering he’s trying to expand his farm while also working full-time as an agronomist for a seed corn company.
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Prospering from a Green and Growing Approach on Every Acre

Precise placement, intensive soil-sampling and cover crop experiments help cut New York strip-tiller Donn Branton’s fertilizer rates in half and significantly boost corn yields over 40-year career.
Precise placement, intensive soil-sampling and cover crop experiments help cut New York strip-tiller Donn Branton’s fertilizer rates in half and significantly boost corn yields over 40-year career.
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