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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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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Farm Challenges Spawn New Tillage Tech

Herbicide resistance, varied growing conditions, and the need for top-notch seedbed preparation drive equipment makers to find new tillage solutions.
The reduced tillage movement continues to grow in the U.S., fueled by economic and environmental concerns, but fully 60-75% of the nation’s farmland remains in “conventional” farming — with growers relying on pre-plant tillage and soil preparation to create a field-wide, soft, friable seedbed.
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Ahead of the Curve: Implement Guidance Gaining New Suitors

Implement guidance (IG) technology is getting renewed favorable glances from a growing number of farmers struggling with glyphosate-resistant weeds, alternative herbicide regimes and EPA-mandated sprayer controls. Also, a growing demand for organic produce has broad-acre farmers in traditionally commodity-producing areas looking for more precision tracking in their cultivators as they drop herbicide use.
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Ahead of the Curve: Implement Guidance Gaining New Suitors

Implement guidance (IG) technology is getting renewed favorable glances from a growing number of farmers struggling with glyphosate-resistant weeds, alternative herbicide regimes and EPA-mandated sprayer controls. Also, a growing demand for organic produce has broad-acre farmers in traditionally commodity-producing areas looking for more precision tracking in their cultivators as they drop herbicide use.
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