Missouri farmer Clark Medlin

Clark Medlin says planting corn on time is a must for his Missouri Bootheel farming operation.

Clark Medlin: Technology keeps crop planting on schedule

DDAB Farms, a family operation near Caruthersville, Mo., does everything possible to plant corn on time — even in a wet spring like 2014.

Surge valves are an important part of the irrigation strategy on Clark Medlin’s farming operation in the Missouri Bootheel. “Surge irrigation allows the soil to seal over, increasing water flow farther down the rows,” he says. “It’s more efficient irrigation.”

He irrigates all his corn acres with pivots or plastic pipe on precision-leveled fields and uses surge valves, which enable him to water se

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