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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Dan Crummett

Ahead of the Curve: Aluminum Stars in New Battery Technology

A year ago we told you of University of Texas research exploring the use of a solid-state sodium-based battery that boasts an energy density of roughly three times that of currently-popular lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries that power most electric vehicles and millions of hand-held smart phones.
British researcher reports progress in improving aluminum/air battery technology that could boost energy density of automotive and heavy equipment EV battery packs.
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Ahead of the Curve: Planting with Water-Jet Technology

Increasing interest in cover-crop farming across North America has a Canadian firm busy testing high-pressure water jet technology as a way to enable planters to cut through substantial amounts of residue without disturbing the soil.
Canadian firm developing ultra-high-pressure water jet system for planting through heavy residues and in hard soils with little soil disturbance. Look for possible retrofit kits for popular planters.
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Dan Crummett

Ahead of the Curve: Planting with Water-Jet Technology

Increasing interest in cover-crop farming across North America has a Canadian firm busy testing high-pressure water jet technology as a way to enable planters to cut through substantial amounts of residue without disturbing the soil.
Canadian firm developing ultra-high-pressure water jet system for planting through heavy residues and in hard soils with little soil disturbance. Look for possible retrofit kits for popular planters.
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Farm Equipment OEMs Quickly Embracing 3-D Printing

Additive manufacturing plays a growing part in today’s development of equipment components and even the building of small consumer parts, but don’t look for dealer-made parts in the near-term.
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3-D printing, has been causing a stir in the manufacturing field for nearly 20 years, but today the computer-driven process by which parts are created by successive layering of various plastic and metal components has quietly become mainstream in the design shops of major agricultural equipment manufacturers.
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