Darrell SmithConservation and Machinery Editor

Darrell Smith has been writing about agriculture for 39 years, the last 31 of them for Farm Journal. His subject areas include Corn Navigator stories, Soybean Navigator stories, Corn College stories, the Upstream Heroes nutrient management series and farmer-built shops and machinery entered in Farm Journal’s I Built the Best Contest. He also does photography for the magazine. He has won three writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association and earned AAEA's designation as Master Writer. Before launching his ag writing career, the Mt. Carroll, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and then served 22

Darrell Smith has been writing about agriculture for 39 years, the last 31 of them for Farm Journal. His subject areas include Corn Navigator stories, Soybean Navigator stories, Corn College stories, the Upstream Heroes nutrient management series and farmer-built shops and machinery entered in Farm Journal’s I Built the Best Contest. He also does photography for the magazine. He has won three writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association and earned AAEA's designation as Master Writer. Before launching his ag writing career, the Mt. Carroll, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and then served 22

Articles By Darrell Smith

No-till planting
Dec 13, 2019

Overcome Each Field’s Weakness

Multiple production systems provide options for tough years such as 2019

Soybean flower
Dec 09, 2019

Tips for Planting Soybeans Earlier

Don’t just put the seed in the ground sooner than usual and hope for the best

Make Every Machine Earn Its Keep
Dec 03, 2019

Make Every Machine Earn Its Keep

Evaluate your fleet to implement multiple production systems and capitalize on fieldwork windows.

What's Causing Higher Soybean Yields
Nov 11, 2019

What’s Causing Higher Soybean Yields

Soybean yields are climbing thanks to genetics, climate change and technology.

Farm Journal Series: Systems for Success
Nov 08, 2019

Farm Journal Series: Systems For Success

Thanks to technology, the days of choosing one farming system for your entire operation are gone.

A System For Every Soil
Nov 04, 2019

A System for Every Soil

Varying production methods, as well as inputs, complete your transition into precision farming

Soybeans
Sep 16, 2019

The Finer Details That Influence Soybean Yield

Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie shares what he’s learned through the years to add on bushels

Study soybean growth to build up yield
Aug 12, 2019

Study Soybean Growth To Build Up Yield

These basic factors come into play as you adjust planting date and other management practices

high-yield-soybeans.jpg
Aug 01, 2019

Farm Journal Series: High-Yield Soybeans

Adjusting practices to grow higher soybean yields isn’t simple. There are technology and management practices to master. This new series will help you put everything together.