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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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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Variable Intensity Tillage Offers Solutions for Varying Soil Conditions

By tilling fields according to soil type and residue conditions, growers will be able to control erosion, save time and fuel and maintain the productivity of their soils.
As precision agriculture honed practices for planting, fertilizing, watering and harvesting crops over the past 20 years, it has lagged somewhat in helping farmers with what many say is historically the most important factor of agriculture — preparing a proper seedbed for planting and protecting the soil for future crops.
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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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