Articles by Dan Crummett

Autonomy Report

Dealer Perspective: Concerns About & Customer Interest in Autonomous Farm Machinery

Dealers weigh in on how likely their customers are to purchase autonomous farm equipment in the next 10 years.
Of the dealers queried, nearly 60% shared their customers would fall into the “likely” or “very likely” category of interest in autonomous farm machinery. They estimate 20% would be unlikely to have an interest and 20% uncommitted or “neutral” in their interest level.
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Autonomy Report

Weighing The Viability of an Autonomous Future

As robotics, AI and autonomous technology continue to evolve, manufacturers, dealers and customers weigh in on what an autonomous future for ag looks like, and what it will take to get there.
While many claim the Industrial Revolution is history, supplanted by the so-called “Digital Age” or “Information Age,” commercial agriculture seems to be thriving while simultaneously in both eras.
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Dan Crummett
Ahead of the Curve

Ethanol Offers Practical Diesel Fuel Alternative

ClearFlame Engine Technologies announces developments that could soon put ethanol in the fuel tanks of farm tractors as well as many of the nation’s over-the-road trucks as it vies for clean fuel alternatives.
It’s rare news that can bring a smile to corn farmers, environmentalists, over-the-road truckers and anyone else who uses a diesel engine for a living, but ClearFlame Engine Technologies may have brought Christmas early this year to all those folks.
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Dealer Facilitates Rise of Strip-Till in Western Kentucky

H&R Agri-Power’s Jeff Morgan rented strip-till equipment, lent a strip-till rig and fertilizer cart to a local crop consultant and collaborated with input dealers to help customers adopt strip-till.
In the staunch no-till country of western Kentucky, a group of dealers and their customers are working together to crack yield caps through the adoption of strip-till.
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Dan Crummett
Ahead of the Curve

Section Chemical Injection Boosts Sprayer Efficiency

Latitude-AG’s new SRV2 Boom Section Injection and Recirculation System breaks ground on reducing chemical waste and exposure with retrofit system to fit sprayers of all colors.
The patents have been issued, the company’s name is different and the significantly advanced ag sprayer technology we discussed here in the April/May 2021 issue is headed to market.
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Dan Crummett
Ahead of the Curve

Fertilizer & Fuel?

New York-based research firm unveils a 75 horsepower ammonia-fueled electric tractor that could foreshadow answers to the current lack of practicality of lithium-ion batteries to power large farm equipment.
While most North American growers and farm equipment dealers don’t share much enthusiasm for electric-powered field tractors and harvesters, the recent demonstration of a highly-modified John Deere tractor using anhydrous ammonia as fuel for its electric motors could spark some interest in both groups.
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Dan Crummett
Ahead of the Curve

Unseen Electro-Hydraulics Improve Equipment Handling

Test-mule skid-loader equipped with HydraForce single-system technology provides ride-control, load-leveling, bucket-shake, a “float mode” and pre-set load positioning with in-the-cab joystick settings
Headlines in the ag equipment world are routinely filled with flashy new products sporting larger capacities, faster field speeds, more accurate application rates and efforts at cleaner, more efficient farming.
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