Dan Crummett

Dan Crummett

Dan Crummett has more than 30 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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Ahead of the Curve: Alternative Weed Control Hints of Industry Changes

Machine vision and artificial intelligence, along with other precision technologies are laying the groundwork for cost-effective alternatives to herbicide use.
While “rural electrification” conjures up images of single light bulbs dangling from the ceiling of 1940s American farm houses, Case IH and the Switzerland’s Zasso Group have taken electrification directly to farm fields with technology that promises weed control without disturbing the soil or using chemical herbicides.
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Ahead of the Curve: Soil Microbes are Building Blocks of Soil Organic Matter

Cover crops and the need to leave residue in the field throughout the season may get even more important in farm management over the next several years as researchers are learning both provide nourishment for soil microbes — and those microbes are actually far more important to building soil organic matter than previously thought.
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Shell Unveils New Engine Oil Specifically for Gasoline-Fueled Engines

Changing OEM warranty requirements led to the development of a specific lineup of engine oils for spark-ignited applications for owners of mixed fleet equipment.
Shell Lubricants has unveiled a new full-synthetic engine oil designed specifically for gasoline-powered pickup trucks and SUVs to complement its full-synthetic Rotella T-6 heavy duty diesel engine oils.
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Ahead of the Curve: Soil Microbes are Building Blocks of Soil Organic Matter

Cover crops and the need to leave residue in the field throughout the season may get even more important in farm management over the next several years as researchers are learning both provide nourishment for soil microbes — and those microbes are actually far more important to building soil organic matter than previously thought.
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Ahead of the Curve: Written-Pole Electric Motors Provide 100 Horsepower Ratings on Single-Phase Utility Power

The high cost of installing three-phase electrical service to rural areas, whether for irrigation pumps or grain-handling motors, may not be as necessary as commonly thought thanks to the maturing of an electrical-engineering concept developed over the past 25 years.
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Beef Producers Renewing Demand for Baleage Equipment

The long-time “dairy” practice of ensiling high-moisture hay in plastic bags or wraps is now giving cattle feeders more control over the timing of hay harvest, as well as ability to put up higher quality forage.
As profit margins for U.S. beef producers continue to shrink and, as one cattle feeder says, “The weather man isn’t doing his job any better today than he was 20 years ago,” interest in using baled silage as a way to reduce feeding expenses is showing considerable growth — especially across the eastern half of the U.S.
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