The 2015 Ag PhD Field Day is Thursday, July 30, 2015.

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.

By Brian Hefty

We invite you to attend the free Ag PhD Field Day on our farm on Thursday, July 30. This is the largest private farm field day in the U.S., and it will be bigger than ever before. Here are some of the things you will see:

  • In competition plots, you will see Brian vs. Darren vs. yield champs from across North America. We have invited 12 other farmers to compete against us in yield – 4 in corn, 4 in soybeans, and 4 in wheat. Each person will have their own plot, so when you arrive you will get the opportunity to see what they did, how the plots look, and actually talk to each individual about their plot. You will know several of these farmers, as they have won national yield contests over the past few years. They will be monitoring our site remotely each day and talking to our research lead so his team can treat each plot exactly as instructed by each farmer. It will be exciting and educational, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from some of the best yield-winning farmers.
  • Live demonstrations. We will have more equipment running in the field than ever. Weather permitting, we will be planting, spraying, harvesting, and tilling all during the Field Day.
  • New technologies. There will be new seed traits, new crop protection products, new equipment, new precision ag including UAV’s, and more. We like trying all these things on our farm so we can give you better recommendations, and this is your chance to see all these things right in the field.
  • Cover crops. We have been getting lots of questions about cover crops. You can learn more and see many of these options in the field.
  • Industry experts. We will have hundreds of industry experts available for you to talk to all day, including many of the top executives from all the big ag companies in North America.
  • Learning sessions. Everything from estate planning to drainage law to soil testing to crop panels featuring yield champs will be featured during the day. If you want to hear from the top speakers, we’ll have them at the Field Day.
  • Special guests. Last year we had Bobby Knight and Richard Petty. We have narrowed down our choices for this year’s celebrity guest, and we’ll announce our selection as we get closer to July 30.
  • Plot tour with Brian and Darren. We love going through our plots, and we’ll do it with you during the day.
  • Kid’s Area. As always, we will have some fun activities for kids in a special Kid Zone.
  • Other top farmers. One of my favorite things each year is talking to farmers from a wide area. Last year we had farmers from 39 different states and 9 foreign countries. If you want a great crop report and the opportunity to visit with others about the things that are working and not working in their operations, come to the Ag PhD Field Day!

Mark your calendar today for the Ag PhD Field Day!

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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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