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15 Reasons You Need to Attend the Ag PhD Field Day

– From Brian Hefty

Here are 15 great reasons you need to attend this year’s Ag PhD Field Day on Thursday, July 27th!

  1. There is nowhere else in the country you will be able to hear from the collection of high yield farmers we have lined up as speakers at this year’s Field Day.  Not only that, but these farmers all have plots on our farm that they have been managing all season.  It’s great to hear how guys are making more money farming, but it’s even better to see it.  We’ll share details of what has been applied to each plot, along with the costs.
  2. We have many different crops.  As always, we have corn, soybeans, and wheat, but we have a number of other crops at the field day site including peanuts, cotton, sugarbeets, tobacco, canola, sunflowers, dry beans, and sorghum.
  3. We have some irrigation demonstrations in corn.  There is sub-surface and overhead irrigated corn, and we have irrigation experts and high yield farmers to talk about irrigation.
  4. Darren and I will give you a special, guided tour of our research plots, new technologies plots, First Steps plots, and more!  Plus, we’ll talk to you about the farming practices that are working for us and those that aren’t.
  5. The Field Day site is conveniently located just 15 minutes from the Sioux Falls airport, and less than 10 miles from both Interstate 90 and Interstate 29.  Our address is 47669 252nd St, Baltic, SD.
  6. This will be our largest event ever, with more to see and do than any Field Day we’ve had in the past.
  7. We’ll have more demonstrations (weather-permitting) on planting, spraying, harvesting, tillage, tiling, and more.  We’ll have some ride and drive activities you can participate in, too.
  8. We have many other great guest speakers lined up on topics such as estate planning, grain marketing, drainage law, and biotechnology.
  9. We will have kids’ activities all throughout the day.
  10. We will have some speakers and other activities specifically for farm wives, too.
  11. Since I just mentioned our women’s program, I can promise you that we will have the best restrooms you have ever seen at a farm show or field day in your life!
  12. Our average temperature at that time of year is just 85 for a high and 60 for a low.  I am praying we have perfect weather that day, but just in case we don’t, we have plenty of buildings, air conditioning, and great tents.
  13. There will be excellent, free food throughout the day.
  14. Our field day is free, but we encourage you to bring any extra jackets you have for our Ag PhD charity drive this year.  Whether it’s an extra seed jacket or an ordinary coat, big or small, we would accept your donation at the front gate when you arrive.  Our goal is to put jackets on 5000 people in need this next winter!
  15. Last year we had over 10,000 farmers from 40 different states and 25 foreign countries, so there is a lot of opportunity to meet new people and hear about new ideas in crop production.

Please go to here for more details, including hotel and camping options.  We really hope you can join us on Thursday, July 27th for the Ag PhD Field Day!

Field Day Agenda

8 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. – Darren & Brian will give you a guided tour of our research and new technologies plots.  We will have a host of experts for you to visit with during our morning session, and there will be plenty of breaks so you can look around and ask questions.

10:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. – Lunch, including a small lineup of great guest speakers you can only hear during this time

Noon to 3 p.m. – Breakout sessions featuring the following guest speakers and topics:

  • Randy Dowdy (Georgia) – Corn & soybean yield champion
  • David Hula (Virginia) – Current World Record holder for corn yield
  • Farmer/Consultant Panel including Matt Swanson (Illinois), Matt Miles (Arkansas), & Rob Dedman (Arkansas) discussing high yield soybeans, corn, & wheat
  • Farmer Panel including Dan Arkels (Illinois) & Perry Galloway (Arkansas) discussing high yield soybeans, corn, & wheat
  • Farmer Panel including Lee Lubbers (South Dakota), Marty Klinker (Montana), & Van Wiebe (Idaho) discussing high yield wheat, corn, and other crops
  • Farmer Kevin Matthews (North Carolina) discussing high yield corn & soybeans in irrigated and non-irrigated land
  • Michelle Miller, known as the “Farm Babe”
  • John Kolb & Kale Van Bruggen, attorneys specializing in drainage law
  • Estate Planning featuring some of the top estate lawyers in the U.S.
  • Grain Marketing with Chicago Board of Trade experts
  • Brian Hefty discussing soil testing, plant tissue analysis, & more
  • Darren & Brian Hefty with a live Ag PhD Radio Show at 2 p.m.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – High Yield corn (dryland & irrigated), soybean, and wheat plots.  See first-hand what yield champions are doing in plots they have been managing all season on our farm!

All Day – Weather permitting, we will have live planting, harvesting, spraying, tillage, and tiling demonstrations.  Case IH will have a Ride & Drive area.  There will be a special Kid’s Area.  Free food & drinks will be available all day.  We will also have researchers and executives from many of the major technology companies there to answer your questions.

During the Field Day this year, we have a few special events, including:

  • Case IH will be unveiling the latest innovation in Steiger tractors.  This will be the first place in the U.S. you can see the new tractors, and you’ll have an opportunity to drive them!
  • Hypro will be introducing their new 3D spray nozzles, which will improve spray coverage, while at the same time reduce spray drift.  You will have a chance to see and win these nozzles!
  • We believe we will have the world’s first floating tractor!  If all goes well, you should be able to see a tractor floating on water as a demonstration of how to reduce compaction by increasing tire flotation.

Our average temperature July 27 is just 85 for a high and 60 for a low.  I am praying we have perfect weather that day, but just in case we don’t, we have plenty of buildings, air conditioning, and great tents.

Our field day is free, but we encourage you to bring any extra jackets you have for our Ag PhD charity drive this year.

Whether it’s an extra seed jacket or an ordinary coat, big or small, we would accept your donation at the front gate when you arrive.  Our goal is to put jackets on 5000 people in need this next winter!

Last year we had over 10,000 farmers from 40 different states and 25 foreign countries, so there is a lot of opportunity to meet new people and hear about new ideas in crop production.

Please go to this page to register and here for more details, including hotel and camping options.  We also have a number of buses throughout the region you can ride for free (the list can be found here).  We really hope you can join us on Thursday, July 27th for the Ag PhD Field Day!

The goal of the Ag PhD Field Day on our farm is for you to learn as much as you can in one day about new and current technologies so you can increase your profits and yields on your farm. We will have lots of field plots and demos, educational sessions, corn & soybean yield champs from across the country speaking to you about their strategies, and some hands-on activities that will hopefully make this day a great learning experience for you.

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

Need a Ride to the Field Day?  CLICK HERE!

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 9 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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