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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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January 2017 Newsletter

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Ag PhD Newsletter: January 2017

Article List:

Can I Cut Fertilizer Rates?
By Brian Hefty
Don’t Fire The New Guy!
By Darren Hefty
Xtendimax in Soybeans
By Brian Hefty
HPPD Price Crash
By Brian Hefty
Ag PhD 2017 Winter Events
Making Cuts in Wheat Without Giving Up a Bushel
By Darren Hefty

Article Archive Feed

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 […]

Soybean Disease Management for 2017

November 3rd, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

2016 was an excellent growing season for soybeans across much of the country, but the same growing conditions that led to high yields also provided a great environment for disease development.

For any disease […]

Biodiesel Basics

November 3rd, 2016|

By Ray T. Bohacz

Biodiesel’s roots grow deep in the soil of American farms. Yet there is a great deal of misinformation.

The amount of biodiesel in fuel is identified alphanumerically (the letter B and a number). […]

Comparing Soybean Traits

November 3rd, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

Today’s soybean genetics have a very high yield potential!  The world record was broken this year and the bar is now set at 171 bushels per acre!  I’ve talked to many producers across […]

Don’t Miss This Winter’s Ag PhD Events!

November 3rd, 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 […]

Are Your Fertilizer Recommendations Wrong?

November 3rd, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

At one of our soils clinics last winter, I had a farmer walk up to me during one of our breaks, and here was what he said.  “Brian, I’ve talked to some of […]

August 2016

Awesome Winter Wheat

August 29th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

As wheat planting approaches in your area, here is the “To Do” list in the pursuit of higher yields and profits.

Eliminate the Green Bridge.  If you visited the Ag PhD Field Day this […]

Should I Switch to Xtend or LibertyLink?

August 29th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Weed issues might not be the number one concern on your farm, but I’ll bet you are a lot more worried about weed control than you were five years ago.  Who isn’t?

Roundup Ready […]

Cut Fertilizer Costs with Soil Testing

August 29th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Last fall on our farm, we identified some areas with phosphorus levels high enough that had we applied more P (like we originally planned), it likely would have HURT YIELD, not helped it.  […]

Field Scouting Summary From 2016

August 29th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

You’ve heard before that every year is different on the farm, but EVERY YEAR REALLY IS DIFFERENT!  With that in mind, here are a few things we noticed this year that will play […]

Ag PhD Field Day 2016 – THANK YOU!

August 29th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

If you were one of the 10,000+ farmers who attended the Ag PhD Field Day last month, thank you!  We hosted farmers from 25 countries and 40 U.S. states at this event where […]

New Soybean Genetics

August 29th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

If I switch to 100% LibertyLink or 100% Xtend this year, will they yield and have a good defensive package?

With all the new things coming in soybeans, it has been really fun putting […]

June 2016

Turning Plant Tissue Tests Into Fertilizer Recommendations

June 30th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

Are you sufficiently alarmed?  I am, just by reading that title.  Can you turn a plant tissue test result into a fertilizer application that will make your farm money consistently?  Before you can […]

Post Harvest Burndown

June 30th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

If you are raising a crop that will be harvested in the summer or early fall, a post-harvest burndown is often essential.  The big question each year is which herbicide program should you […]

Corn Rootworm Beetles

June 30th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

2016 has been a bad year for corn rootworm control. There are 4 big reasons why.

An increase in conventional corn acres
Some farmers cutting back or eliminating planting time insecticide
A switch from SmartStax […]

Soybean Fungicide & Insecticide

June 30th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

What will you spray in your soybean fields yet this summer?  Here are 4 options that could improve your yield and profitability.

INSECTICIDE.  If you are looking for “consistent results”, nothing beats insecticide if […]

2016 Ag PhD Field Day Schedule

June 30th, 2016|

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 – […]

2016 Ag PhD Field Day – Thursday, July 28th!

June 30th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Join us this summer at the free Ag PhD Field Day on Thursday, July 28th!  We are located just 15 minutes from the Sioux Falls airport, and less than 10 miles from both […]