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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July 2017 Newsletter

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Ag PhD Newsletter: July 2017

Article List:

Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!
By Brian Hefty
When Can I Be Done Spraying Weeds?
By Darren Hefty
Post-Harvest Burndown
By Brian Hefty
Can Late Soybean Applications Pay This Year?
By Brian Hefty
Cover Crops
By Darren Hefty

Article Archive Feed

May 2017

Rotational Restrictions

May 29th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Your decisions today could impact the next crop you raise, and possibly even the crop after that.  I love herbicides… IF they control my weeds without injuring my next crop.  Let’s talk about […]

More on XtendiMax and Engenia

May 29th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Last month I wrote about XtendiMax and Engenia in Xtend soybeans and cotton, but since this is the first year in history you have had the chance to legally spray dicamba over the […]

Sclerotinia White Mold

May 29th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

Why do most diseases wait to show up until plants get to the reproductive stages of growth?  It’s simple.  There is a lot of stress on the plants at this stage.  Think […]

Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!

May 29th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

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

There is nowhere else in the country you will be able to hear from the […]

April 2017

Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!

April 26th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Join us this summer at the free Ag PhD Field Day on Thursday, July 27th!  We are located outside of Baltic, SD, just 15 minutes from the Sioux Falls airport, and less than […]

Corn Post Weed Control

April 26th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

It wasn’t many years ago when this article could be summarized in one word on many farms: Roundup.  Unfortunately today, Roundup may not be controlling all your waterhemp, Palmer pigweed, lambsquarters, common ragweed, […]

Corn Fungicide at V4-V7

April 26th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

You’ve gotten the crop in (or you’re nearing completion) and so far have made the fertility choices and weed control decisions necessary for a high-yielding crop.  Is now the time to starting […]

How to Use Dicamba Correctly in Xtend

April 26th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

When I was a young agronomist more than 25 years ago, almost every farmer I worked with was using Banvel, the dimethylamine salt of dicamba.  However, these farmers would constantly complain about 2 […]

Plant Tissue Testing

April 26th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

Getting the balance of available fertility just right for your crop is difficult.  Fortunately, there are a couple of cheap and easy tools to help you do just that.  The first one is […]

Soybeans – How Many Pre’s Do You Need?

April 5th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Tens of millions of soybean acres in the U.S. are switching this year from Roundup beans to either Xtend or LibertyLink soybeans due to weed resistance.  How does that change your pre-emerge herbicide […]

Wheat Input Cuts

April 5th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

I can run the numbers, too.  Tightening your belt on the wheat acres is a good idea, but if you sacrifice more bushels than what you gain in cost-savings, you fall even further […]

Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!

April 5th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

We invite you to attend the Ag PhD Field Day on our farm near Baltic, SD on Thursday, July 27th!  We are located just 15 minutes from the Sioux Falls airport, and less […]

Should I Cut My Soybean Planting Population?

April 5th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

When it comes to planting population, soybeans are a little tricky.  We get asked about lowering planting populations all the time.  If lower means 140,000 seeds per acre to you, then I’d agree […]

Lots of Pre-Emerge Choices for Corn

April 5th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

When I was a young agronomist over 25 years ago, it was easy making a recommendation to corn farmers.  Would you like to use old Lasso pre-emerge or go with Dual or Eradicane?  […]

March 2017

Price Drops and Price Protection

March 14th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

If you buy a crop input product and the price drops after you buy, are you price protected?

Here’s an example.  In mid-February, most mesotrione (the active ingredient in Callisto) manufacturers dropped their prices.  […]

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 […]