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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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February 2017 Newsletter

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Ag PhD Newsletter: February 2017

Article List:

Soilborne Diseases Impact Soybeans
By Darren Hefty
New Products for Corn In-Furrow
By Brian Hefty
Grass Control In Corn
By Darren Hefty
How To Do Drainage For Less
By Brian Hefty
Ag PhD 2017 Soils and Tiling Clinics
Could You Get 50% More Pasture Grass?
By Brian Hefty

Article Archive Feed

January 2017

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 […]

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 […]