Ag PhD Newsletter

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Ag PhD News is released in two editions – Eastern and Western.  The Eastern Edition covers corn and soybean-growing areas of the central and eastern United States, while the Western Edition focuses on small grains and other crops grown primarily in the western half of the United States.  Info on the latest edition can be found below.

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April 2017 Newsletter

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Ag PhD Newsletter: April 2017

Article List:

Lots of Pre-Emerge Choices for Corn
By Brian Hefty
Should I Cut My Soybean Planting Population?
By Darren Hefty
Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!
By Brian Hefty
Wheat Input Cuts
By Darren Hefty
Soybeans – How Many Pre’s Do You Need?
By Brian Hefty

Article Archive Feed

March 2017

Maximizing VT Double Pro Yields

March 14th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

With margins squeezed on most farms, VT Double Pro corn hybrids became a popular choice this winter.  It’s great that you saved money by not investing in a rootworm trait, but I want […]

Variable Rate Planting Population

March 14th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

When I was younger, my dad would often switch planting populations from field to field.  On the sandier fields, he’d cut back.  On the good ground, he’d bump the population up.  However, what […]

Xtend and Liberty Q & A

March 14th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

I believe 2017 will be the largest one-year trait shift in soybeans in history!  Some areas are going heavy on Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans.  Other pockets are shifting to LibertyLink soybeans.  If […]

What Are We Using on Our Farm?

March 14th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

Brian and I get a lot of questions throughout the year about what we are doing on our farm.  After all, you can give all the advice in the world but it doesn’t […]

Nitrogen Management

March 14th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Nitrogen is expensive.  Too much nitrogen can excessively lower your soil pH and contaminate groundwater.  Too little nitrogen means lower yields.  Of all soil nutrients, I believe nitrogen is the most difficult to […]

January 2017

Could You Get 50% More Pasture Grass?

January 25th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

What would it do to your bottom line if you could improve your grass production in your pastures by 50% each year?  Over the years, Darren and I have not only had the […]

Ag PhD 2017 Soils and Tiling Clinics

January 25th, 2017|

At Ag PhD, we have 3 goals: to help you produce more yield, to help you increase your profits, and to help you improve the environment, especially your soil.  Over the next month, we invite […]

How To Do Drainage For Less

January 25th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Whether you’ve been tiling for years or are still thinking about tiling your first field, we invite you to attend this year’s free
Ag PhD Tiling Clinic Tuesday, February 28th at the Morton Center […]

Grass Control In Corn

January 25th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

Roundup Ready Corn was first commercialized in the United States back in 1998.  Do you remember what a big deal that was?  It was a step-change in weed management at the time, but […]

New Products for Corn In-Furrow

January 25th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Capture VGR, Ethos XB, Manticor, Temitry, and Brigade are just a few of the new names you’ll want to know when it comes to planting corn this spring.

Capture VGR.  Technically, you’ll find this […]

Soilborne Diseases Impact Soybeans

January 25th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

2016 was quite a year!  Unfortunately for some it was an especially damaging year to their soybean crop from soilborne diseases.  Don’t think you had any?  Hopefully you didn’t, but here are some […]

Making Cuts in Wheat Without Giving Up a Bushel

January 3rd, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

What if a bushel of wheat was worth $20 right now?  How would that change how you farm?  Odds are you’d take a lot of chances with things that COULD make you some […]

Ag PhD 2017 Winter Events

January 3rd, 2017|

Ag PhD TV has aired a brand new, half-hour show every week for almost 19 years, and our research shows that Ag PhD Radio is now the most listened-to ag program on the radio each […]

HPPD Price Crash

January 3rd, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

As a farmer, I love it when input prices drop.  Recently, Callisto herbicide, or better stated, the active ingredient in Callisto (mesotrione) went off patent.  Since almost all the big companies have an […]

Xtendimax in Soybeans

January 3rd, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Xtendimax is now labeled for use in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans!  I know.  You are probably wondering what took so long.  I am, too, but let’s focus on what to do with […]

Don’t Fire The New Guy!

January 3rd, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

When you hear of corporate layoffs in times of low profits, who are the first people they let go?  Generally speaking, it’s the newest employees.  If you’re looking at making some cuts in […]

Can I Cut Fertilizer Rates?

January 3rd, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Other than cash rent, the biggest expense on most farms is fertilizer.  In tough times, your thought is probably, “Can I cut my fertilizer rates without sacrificing yield?”  The better question is this, […]

December 2016

Big Yields Equal Big Nutrient Removal

December 19th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

When the corn was rolled up in June on some of our ground due to lack of moisture, I really questioned how good 2016 could be, but when all was said and done […]

Anthracnose Stalk Rot

December 19th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

Ag PhD has teamed up with the American Phytopathological Society (APS) to launch the Ag PhD Corn Disease Field Guide.  It’s a free download and has great pictures and information about many of […]

Ag PhD 2017 Agronomy Workshops

December 19th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Should I be cutting seed traits on corn and switching to Liberty, Xtend, or Enlist in soybeans?  How can I cut expenses in 2017 and still yield well?  Which input expenses are just […]

Xtend Facts and Myths

December 19th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

Brian and I both like to take a lot of notes whenever we are presented with interesting information.  Recently I was looking back through some notes from the fall of 2006.  At that […]

Is Prepay a Trumped-Up Concept?

December 19th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

At Ag PhD, we have 3 goals in mind all the time: helping you yield more, earn more, and improve the environment.  For years, we’ve been touting the benefits of prepay to help […]

Don’t Miss Upcoming Ag PhD Winter Events!

December 19th, 2016|

Last year we had over 15,000 people attend our Winter Workshops & Clinics.  If you attended, thank you!  We will have lots of new info for you this year.  If you haven’t attended one of […]

November 2016

Finance Programs for 2017

November 3rd, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Every year we talk about the importance of prepaying.  The savings are big, and most dealers offer price protection on seed and pesticides if prices go down in-season.  If you are holding on […]