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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

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
Pest control
Jul 15, 2019

Hybrid Weaknesses Impact Pest Control

Seed selection drives defensive decisions for weeds, diseases and insects
Aerial application
Jun 21, 2019

12 Steps to a Weatherproof Harvest

Here’s how to overcome whatever curves Mother Nature throws your way
Sidedressing
Apr 22, 2019

Weatherproofing for Critical Stages

Protect yield potential from emergence to tasseling
Farmer test plot
Apr 22, 2019

A New Era of Crop Production

There’s no quick and easy way to move from conventional farming—using the same management and a few hybrids on all acres—to variable-input technology (VIT) management.
Young corn plants
Apr 21, 2019

Want 200-Bu. Corn? You'll Need 34 Pounds Of Sulfur Per Acre.

Sulfur is essential to high corn yields.
Apr 20, 2019

10 Ways To Get The Optimum Benefits From Nitrogen

Here are 10 tips to efficient nitrogen use.
Pest Boss
Apr 09, 2019

Insects, Weeds and Diseases Don’t Stand a Chance With a Pest Boss

Does your operation have a track record of establishing or killing cover crops too late? What about a sudden onset of resistant weeds because the same herbicide program is used year after year?
Data layers
Mar 26, 2019

Solid Data Drives Input Decisions

The ideal hybrid at the right population, fortified by precise fertility, on every acre