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

Feed Your Yield Engine
Aug 24, 2020

Feed Your Yield Engine

Similar to miles per gallon, bushels per ear make yield

Farm Journal Series: Bushels Per Ear
Aug 17, 2020

Farm Journal Series: Bushels Per Ear

Farm Journal Series: Bushels Per Ear

Planting Corn
May 20, 2020

12 Steps to Waterproof Corn

When it comes to producing crops, farmers can get competitive, always shooting for the next 10 bu. Have you ever considered you’re actually salvaging yield potential rather than maximizing it?

Soybean planting at Crop-Tech
Apr 27, 2020

Eight Steps to Early Soybean Planting

With a new system, prior planning prevents problems

Young corn plants
Apr 15, 2020

Achieve the Perfect Stand in 12 Steps

As you wait for weather conditions to clear up, temperatures to rise and planting to finally be underway, you’re undoubtedly trying to make sure the crop gets the best start.

Farm Journal Series: High-Yield Soybeans. Planting Date Affects Replant Decisions
Apr 06, 2020

Planting Date Affects Replant Decisions

Weigh replant cost against early planting’s yield premium, even with reduced stand

Farm Journal Series: Systems for Success. Fit the System to the Field
Mar 26, 2020

Fit the System to the Field

The ability to switch between vertical tillage and no-till or strip-till can boost yield and help cope with weather

Tillage
Mar 02, 2020

5 Tips for Systems Success

Managing multiple production systems is the last step to precision farming

Waterhemp in soybeans
Feb 14, 2020

Control Weeds in Early-Planted Soybeans

Weed management isn’t necessarily tougher than with normal planting — but it is different