Ag PhD Field Day


The 2014 Ag PhD Field Day is Thursday, July 24, 2014.

What are the secrets to high-yielding corn and soybeans? You’ll hear from corn and soybean yield champions from across the country at this summer’s free Ag PhD Field Day on the Hefty Farm near Baltic, SD.

What’s going to be new for 2015 (or 2016) on the farm? You’ll see many things that won’t be out until next year.

We also have a couple of great special guest speakers lined up that we know you’ll love.


  • More hands-on activities for you, including pulling actual soil tests & plant tissue analysis
  • More learning sessions (mostly in air-conditioned comfort, too) for corn, soybean, wheat and specialty crop growers
  • Dozens of plots and new technologies for you to look at. Darren and I will be showing you these plots and talking through what we’re learning, including both our failures and successes.
  • A Brian vs. Darren vs. special guests plot area. This area will be bigger this year, and we will give you all the details on what we’re doing this year vs. how last year’s plots turned out.
  • Between Ride & Drive and live demonstrations, we will have a lot more going on than ever before.
  • We talked last year about sub-surface irrigation, but by the time you arrive I hope to have a couple systems in to look at both irrigating through tile lines and with sub-surface drip tape. I can’t promise my projects will be done, but the odds are pretty good.
  • Live tiling installation.
  • Live Ag PhD Radio Show.
  • More equipment for you to see, both our equipment and from various equipment companies.
  • Kid’s activities – We will have inflatables and other games for kids, as usual, but we will also have more activities focused on crop education and farm safety.
  • Health Screenings – This was something we did for the first time last year, and it was a hit.
  • Estate Planning – We will have one or two sessions on this popular farm topic, and we’ll have one of the top estate planning lawyers in the U.S. there to answer your questions – for FREE.
  • One of the most important things we hope you take advantage of when you attend our Field Day is to visit with other farmers from other geographies. Last year we had farmers from 26 states, 2 Canadian provinces and several foreign countries. I personally enjoy the day so much just because of the opportunity to learn what other farmers are doing to be successful in other areas. I really hope you can join us! By the way, we will have discounted hotel rooms available, and if you want to fly in that day, we are just 10 miles from the Sioux Falls International Airport.

Mark your calendar today for the Ag PhD Field Day!

Keep checking back here on and in our newsletter for more information as it becomes available.

Directions to the Field Day:

47669 252nd Street
Baltic, SD 57003

From I-90:
Exit 399 – Cliff Avenue.
Turn North on SD Hwy 115. Travel 7 miles.
Turn East at the group of red buildings – Hefty Seed Company Headquarters.
There will be signage directing you East. Travel 1.5 miles.

From I-29
Exit 94 – County Hwy 114
Turn East. Travel though Baltic, SD – 3.5 miles to SD Hwy 115.
Turn South on SD Hwy 115. Travel 2 miles.
Turn East at the group of red buildings – Hefty Seed Company Headquarters.
There will be signage directing you East. Travel 1.5 miles.

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