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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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November 2016 Newsletter

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Ag PhD Newsletter: November 2016

Article List:

Are Your Fertilizer Recommendations Wrong?
By Brian Hefty
Don’t Miss This Winter’s Ag PhD Events!
Comparing Soybean Traits
By Darren Hefty
Biodiesel Basics
By Ray T. Bohacz
Soybean Disease Management for 2017
By Darren Hefty
Finance Programs for 2017
By Darren Hefty

Article Archive Feed

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 […]

Fencelines and Ditches Need Attention, Too!

June 3rd, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

What’s your plan for fencelines and ditches this year?  If you don’t have a plan, you’re not alone, but I want you to ask yourself, “Where do a lot of weeds and insects […]

Increasing Protein in Wheat

June 3rd, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

If you want more protein in wheat, you need to make sure your crop has plenty of nitrogen late in the season.  There are a few other minor tips I will give you […]

Sunflower Crop Management

June 3rd, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

Growing up, there were hardly any post-emerge weed control options in soybeans.  My dad said this “allowed the best managers the opportunity to stand out because they had to be fussy to have […]

Late Soybean Spraying

June 3rd, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

As soon as you saw the title to this article, you probably thought, “Wait a minute.  I haven’t even sprayed soybeans for the first time.  How can it be late?”

The main reason I […]

Alfalfa Management

June 3rd, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

Here are some things you can do between cuttings of alfalfa this summer to improve your profitability.
Scouting
With alfalfa, you get the chance for multiple harvests each year.  The tough part is mistakes early […]

Ag PhD Field Day July 28th!

June 3rd, 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 […]

May 2016

In-Season Nitrate Testing

May 12th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Plant tissue analysis is great for knowing what is in the plant today for nutrients.  If you want to know how much nitrogen you need to sidedress for corn or how much to […]

Ag PhD Field Day July 28th!

May 12th, 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 […]

Early to Mid Season Fungicide Apps in Corn and Wheat

May 12th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

I looked back at an article I wrote last year, and the facts are still the facts.
Fungicide Facts

Fungicides are preventative.  They must be applied before the disease hits in order to protect the […]

Post Corn Herbicides

May 12th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

What will you tankmix with Roundup post-emerge in your corn this spring?  Here is a quick rundown on the 3 most popular options, as well as some extra add-ins you commonly see in […]

Post-Emerge Weed Control in Soybeans

May 12th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

When you think about the resistant weed problems you face in soybeans, almost every one of them is a broadleaf weed.  If you can solve the toughest broadleaf weed problems on your farm, […]

Plant Tissue Analysis

May 12th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Cut, cut, cut… Many farmers I talk to this year are trying to cut “extra expenses”.  Here’s the problem.  What’s an “extra expense” and what’s a good investment?  The worst thing you can […]