Articles by Dan Crummett

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Use a Tire Gauge to Lighten Loads & Boost Farm Productivity

Reduced compaction and improved field performance team up to help growers willing to spend time tweaking inflation pressure to increase the footprint of their farm equipment tires

Do you know what tire pressure you’re running in your tractor tires?” That’s an informal question Nate Firle asks of growers at conferences and workshops where he speaks as owner of AgRevival, a Minnesota agronomic research firm located in Gibbon.


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New Diesel Engine Oil Development on Track for 2027

The New Category Development Team working with the American Petroleum Institute reports good progress on test procedures to produce new “C” and “F” category heavy-duty diesel engine oils

Oil marketer engine test labs are likely to get a lot noisier later this year as technicians there begin evaluating various new diesel engine oil formulations for a projected new category release in 2027.


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Ahead of the Curve

'Smart' Machinery Getting Better Eye Sight

A European tech firm has introduced laser-based technology offering crop monitoring images in five colors and the ability to operate night or day at ranges up to 300 meters.
Over the past 40 years agricultural scanning technology has developed rapidly from sprayers with only the capability to recognize brown bare soil from very green growing plant material to machines capable of guiding moving sprayers to target individual plants
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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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Ahead of the Curve

Equipment Expo Reveals Possible Move Toward OEM Collaboration

Several instances of farm equipment manufacturers collaborating to speed development of autonomous tools or to fill global market niches may indicate a shift in industrial attitudes.
After Farm Equipment’s Executive Editor, Kim Schmidt, returned from 2023’s edition of Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, we visited a bit about her overall takeaway from the massive global exposition of farm equipment and new technology.
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