Recent Stories by Darrell Smith
Aug 29, 2018 by Darrell Smith
Adjusting the rate of seed, fertilizer and pesticide row by row and even foot by foot across a field deserves a brand-new name: variable-input technology.
Aug 27, 2018 by Darrell Smith
Long-term water management practices include surface and subsurface drainage and variable-rate irrigation. Short-term water management practices include preventing soil compaction and getting soil in shape for planting.
Mar 08, 2018 by Darrell Smith
Balanced fertility and optimum soil pH are basic requirements to improve soil health. Without this foundation, the benefits of no-till will not be achieved.
Feb 20, 2018 by Darrell Smith
How much easier farming would be if pest threats never changed.
Oct 24, 2017 by Darrell Smith
While phosphorus (P) might have been plentiful in the soil, a cold, wet spring tricked the nutrient from working its magic.
May 11, 2017 by Darrell Smith
In the 1980s, University of Illinois agronomist John D. Alexander devised a scale to determine a soil’s risk of nitrogen loss. It was based on the characteristics of natural soil drainage class, permeability, slope cl