THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018.

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.

The event officially starts at 8 a.m., but we have a pre-opening session at 7:15 a.m. covering grain marketing with Grain PhD.  Throughout the day, we will have guided plot tours with Brian and Darren, high yield grower panels, several guest speakers, the launch of SharkFarmer Radio, and more!


NOTE: Attendees who register after Monday, July 23 at noon will be processed in the regular REGISTRATION line.   Registration is still open to all, but the pre-registration period has ended.


  • Guest speakers include the current world record-holders in corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley, as well as experts on grain marketing, drainage law, biotechnology, irrigation, and more!

  • First Steps plots featuring high yield farmers from across the world:

    • Dave Hula
    • Randy Dowdy
    • Eric Watson
    • Warren Darling
    • Kevin Matthews
    • Perry Galloway
    • Dan Luepkes
    • Kevin Kalb
    • Chad Henderson
    • Lee Lubbers
    • Kelly Garrett
    • Jimmy Frederick
    • Matt Miles
  • Live demonstrations, ride & drive, and a special guided tour of the Ag PhD research plots with Brian & Darren.

  • Missy & Bill Bauer will discuss agronomic planter configuration. 

  • Women’s program featuring the Farm Babe, Mollie B, estate planning, and more.

  • Kid’s activities throughout the day.


  • 7:15–7:45 – Grain Marketing with Grain PhD at the Morton Center
  • 8:00–5:00 – Live Field Demonstrations; Case IH Ride & Drive; Exhibitor Booths; Kid’s Area; and many other activities all day
  • 8:00–10:00 – Brian & Darren take you on a guided tour of Ag PhD Research Plots with breaks along the way to stop and get a closer look at the crops, weeds, root digs, and new technologies
  • 9:30–10:15 & 10:45 – 11:30 – Mollie B with Squeezebox Band
  • 10:30 – Vanguard Squadron Aerial Show
  • 11:05 – 11:50 – Lunch, featuring speakers Sam Willett, National Corn Growers Association; Dr. Robert Reiter, Monsanto Interim Research & Development Lead; and Brian & Darren Hefty
  • 12:00– Classroom Sessions Begin (40 Minutes)
    • At Morton Center – Grain Marketing with Grain PhD & Darren Hefty
    • At First Steps Plots – Brian Hefty (Soil Testing & More)
    • At Hefty Plot – Rob Fritz & Matt Heyne – Composting, Residue Breakdown, Biologicals
    • At Ag PhD Learning Center – David Hula
    • At Corteva – Randy Dowdy
    • At Bayer – Eric Watson, Warren Darling, & Lee Lubbers with Brad Powell
    • At Netafim – Kevin Matthews, Kelly Garrett, & Dan Luepkes with Jerry Weiland
    • At UPI – Chad Henderson, Jimmy Fredericks, & Kevin Kalb with Jacob Gubbels
    • At Monsanto – Perry Galloway, Matt Miles, & Robb Dedman
    • At Case IH – Bill & Missy Bauer – Agronomic Planter Configuration
    • At East Shop – The Farm Babe
  • 1:00 – Classroom Sessions Repeat (40 Minutes), with these Exceptions:
    • At Morton Center – Grain Marketing 101 with Grain PhD
    • At East Shop – Estate Planning with Attorney Carolyn Thompson
  • 2:00– Classroom Sessions Repeat (60 Minutes), with these Exceptions
    • At Morton Center – Ag PhD Radio Show with Brian & Darren Hefty
    • At East Shop – Drainage Law with Attorneys John Kolb & Kale Van Bruggen
  • 3:00 – Shark Farmer Radio Show at Morton Center
  • 3:35 – 4:15– First Steps Plot Tour at east side of Field Day site with high yield farmers
  • 4:15 – Riding full plot tour with Brian & Darren
  • 4:30 – 4:45– Brian & Darren talk in the Field Demo area
  • 5:00 – Field Day concludes


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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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