The 2016 Ag PhD Field Day is Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Mark your calendar today for the Ag PhD Field Day!

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Celebrity Guest Speakers

Mike Golic

ESPN Radio's Mike Golic

ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic

Mike Golic, half of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning Mike & Mike, plays the role of ex-jock, former NFLer to Mike Greenberg. The show (6 – 10 a.m. ET), simulcast on TV since 2004, is available on ESPN Radio and ESPN affiliates across the country.

“Golic,” as he is referred to, joined ESPN in 1995 as an NFL studio analyst on NFL 2Night and later on NFL Live and also worked as color commentator for the Arena Football League (1996-98, 2007-08) and ESPN/ABC college football games until the mid-nineties.

Golic is a nine-year NFL veteran, playing defensive tackle for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. During his seven years in Philadelphia, he began his television career with a weekly segment on the Randall Cunningham Show. He received a Mid-Atlantic Region Emmy Award for his feature “Golic’s Got It.”

Golic and Greenberg have parlayed their winning formula to team on a variety of ESPN TV and radio programs:

  • Co-host with Greenberg, Mike & Mike’s Best of the NFL on ESPN (Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Announced and played in Legends Game at Yankees Stadium in ‘08 and St. Louis in ‘09
  • Appeared as “guest conductors” at Wrigley Field, leading Cubs fans in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” multiple times
  • Appeared in two motion pictures with Greenberg, Valentine’s Day and Just Wright
  • Served as guest emcee at White House Tee Ball game on the South Lawn and attended official White House dinner in July 2008
  • Received Sports Emmy in new-media category — Achievement in Content for Non-Traditional Delivery

In April 2010, Golic, along with Greenberg, released Mike & Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life which reached number 3 on the N.Y. Times Best Sellers List.

Golic has also been part of ESPN Radio major feats: along with co-host Greenberg they staged the network’s largest-ever promotion – “Mike & Mike’s Marriage Madness” — in which 500 couples applied for the chance to be married on the show.

In December 2005, the Mikes were featured in ESPN Radio’s first national, broadcast promos.

Born December 12, 1962, Golic is a 1985 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he served as captain of the football team during his senior season and wrestled. Golic is married with three children.

Tom Osborne

Tom Osborne

Tom Osborne

The playing field at Memorial Stadium is called Tom Osborne Field in honor of a man, who in 25 seasons as Nebraska head coach, built a total program based on more than winning.

Osborne was named Nebraska’s head coach following the 1972 season and under his direction, the program achieved remarkable success, exceeding any in its rich history. Osborne’s 25-year coaching career came to a poetic end in the 1998 Orange Bowl. In his final game, the Huskers defeated No. 3 Tennessee, 42-17, giving Osborne a share of a third national title in four seasons. The victory left Osborne as the first coach in college football history to retire as a reigning national champion. He also left the sideline with the nation’s best active winning percentage (.836, 255-49-3), a mark that still ranks sixth all-time among Division I coaches.

Osborne guided the Huskers to back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995, and then capped his career by sharing the 1997 title with Michigan. Nebraska’s back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995 made Osborne the first coach to accomplish that feat since Bear Bryant in 1978-79.

Under Osborne, Nebraska became just the second school all time to post back-to-back perfect national championship seasons. In fact, Osborne’s last five Nebraska teams put together the best five-year run in college football history with an amazing 60-3 record, including five consecutive 11-win seasons.

Osborne-coached Nebraska teams captured 13 conference crowns, including six of his final seven seasons as head coach. All 25 of his Husker teams won at least nine games and played in a bowl, with 15 of his Husker teams winning 10 or more games. Osborne’s 255 career victories are the eighth-most all-time among major college football coaches.

His achievements were so highly regarded that the National Football Foundation waived its three-year waiting period so that he could be inducted into its Hall of Fame in December of 1998. He is one of only four coaches in history to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waived.

In the classroom, Osborne’s teams were just as successful as they were on the field. Under Osborne’s guidance, the Husker football program totaled 65 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards in 25 years, averaging more than two selections per season. To put Osborne’s dedication to developing complete student-athletes in perspective, he accumulated more football Academic All-Americans in his 25 years as coach than any other football program in the nation has produced in its history, as Notre Dame has produced the second-most football academic All-Americans all-time, totaling 50 selections dating back to 1952.


First Step Plots

One of the key features of the Ag PhD Field Day is where we invite top growers from around the country to create their own plot at the Field Day so attendees can see side-by-side what methods are effective.  Below is some information on the guests we have for 2016.

Corn Plots

Steven Albracht; Hart, TX.  Has achieved 400+ bushel corn yields multiple times.








Dave Hula; Charles City, VA.  Current Corn Yield Record Holder with 532 bushel yield.









Randy Dowdy; Valdosta, GA.  Irrigated Plot.  2014 World Corn Record Holder with 503 bushel yield.








Matt Swanson Corn 24x36Matt Swanson; LaHarpe, IL.








Soybean Plots

Mark Ruff; Circleville, OH.









Kevin Matthews; East Bend, NC.  100+ bushel soybean grower.









Matt Miles; McGehee, AR.  100+ bushel soybean grower.  Arkansas Soybean Record of 107.63 in 2013.








Dan Arkels; Peru, IL.  100+ bushel soybean grower.  2012 NCGA Winner, 1st Place Illinois – 277 bu/A.  2013 NCGA Winner, 1st Place Illinois – 319 bu/A.  2014 ISA 100-bu Soybean Challenge Winner.  2015 Commodity Classic “Break Through Yield Barriers” Panelist.







Wheat Plots

Lee Lubbers; Gregory, SD.  Producer of the Year 2014.








Andy GatesWheat 24x36Andy Gates; Mohall, ND.  Highest Wheat Yield of Field Day 2015.









Collin Chopic Wheat 24x36Colin Chopic; Toledo, WA.  Attempting to raise 300 bushel wheat on his farm.









Perry Galloway; Augusta, AR.  100+ Bushel Wheat Grower.  Soybean Top Yield Contest Champion.

2016 Ag PhD Field Day Schedule

8:00 am – 6:00 pm – Live Planting, Harvesting, Spraying, Tillage, & Tiling in the Field Demo Area; Case IH Ride & Drive; Exhibitor Booths; Kid’s Area; and many other activities on all day

8:00 – 8:20 am – Brian & Darren give their evaluations on the western 1/4th of the plots

8:45 – 9:05 am – Brian & Darren give their evaluations on the next 1/4th of the plots

9:30 – 9:50 am – Brian & Darren give their evaluations on the next 1/4th of the plots

10:20 – 10:40 am – Brian & Darren give their evaluations on the eastern 1/4th of the plots

10:40 am – Vanguard Squadron Aerial Show

10:40 – Noon – Lunch & guest speakers including Tom Osborne and Mike Golic

Noon – 2:00 pm – Meet & greet with Osborne, Golic, and others

12:20 pm – 40 Minute Sessions Begin:

  • At Case IH/Titan Machinery Tent – Brian Hefty (Soil Testing & More)
  • At AgroLiquid Tent – David Hula (Current National Corn Yield Champion)
  • At FMC Tent – Randy Dowdy (Previous National Corn Yield Champion)
  • At AmVac Tent – Steven Albracht (Ultra-High Yield Corn Farmer)
  • At Bayer Tent – High Yield Wheat farmer panel
  • At Valent Tent – High Yield Corn & Soybean farmer panel
  • At UPI – High Yield Corn & Soybean farmer panel
  • At Monsanto Tent – Matt Helms
  • At East Shop – Drainage Lawyer John Kolb
  • At Morton Center – Estate Planning

1:10 pm – 40 Minute Sessions Repeat

2:00 pm – 60 Minute Sessions Begin:

  • At Morton Center – Ag PhD Radio Show (special guests Tom Osborne, Mike Golic, and more)
  • At AgroLiquid Tent – David Hula
  • At FMC Tent – Randy Dowdy
  • At AmVac Tent – Steven Albracht
  • At Bayer Tent – High Yield Wheat farmer panel
  • At Valent Tent – High Yield Corn & Soybean farmer panel
  • At UPI – High Yield Corn & Soybean farmer panel
  • At Monsanto Tent – Matt Helms
  • At East Shop – Drainage Lawyer John Kolb

3:15 – 4:00 pm – First Steps Plot Tour Featuring Brian & Darren vs. Corn, Soybean, & Wheat Yield Champs

  • Corn: Randy Dowdy – Valdosta, GA; David Hula – Charles City, VA; Steven Albracht – Hart, TX; Matt Swanson – LaHarpe, IL
  • Soybeans: Matt Miles – McGehee, AR; Dan Arkels – Peru, IL; Mark Ruff – Centerville, OH; Kevin Matthews – East Bend, NC
  • Spring Wheat: Lee Lubbers – Gregory, SD; Colin Chopic – Toledo, WA; Andy Gates – Mohall, ND; Perry Galloway – Augusta, AR

4:15 – 5:00 pm – Brian & Darren talk in the Field Demo area on the west side of the plots

6 pm – Field Day concludes

Sanford Health Heart Screening Available at the Field Day!

Get screened during Ag PhD Field Day!
The Heart Screen™: For ages 40–75.
The Vascular Screen: For those 40 or older.
Type 1 diabetics should be screened at age 30 or older.
Thursday, July 28
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Call (888) 996-4673 to schedule an appointment.

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 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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