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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September 2017 Newsletter

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Ag PhD Newsletter: September 2017

September17_CoverArticle List:

Field Days Featuring Randy Dowdy!
By Brian Hefty
Field Scouting in 2017?
By Darren Hefty
What Should We Do with Dicamba?
By Brian Hefty
Grain PhD is Launched at Field Day!
By Brian Hefty
Focus on ROI in Wheat
By Darren Hefty
Want More Income? Test Your Soil!
By Brian Hefty

Article Archive Feed

June 2017

Cover Crops

June 28th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

It’s hard to pick up a farm publication and not hear about cover crops these days.  Brian and I get asked about cover crops almost every day on Ag PhD Radio (Sirius XM […]

Can Late Soybean Applications Pay This Year?

June 28th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

When soybeans were over $10 per bushel, I literally had farmers walk into my office and say, “What else can I spend money on in my soybeans?”  Recently, I’ve talked to farmers who […]

Post-Harvest Burndown

June 28th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

This summer or this fall, you may need a burndown application (or two) after harvest.  What is happening with herbicide pricing, and what are the best burndown options for 2017?

First of all, Roundup […]

When Can I Be Done Spraying Weeds?

June 28th, 2017|

Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!

June 28th, 2017|

By Brian Hefty

Please register today at agphd.com for the Ag PhD Field Day!  You are invited to join us for the Ag PhD Field Day on Thursday, July 27th!  My brother Darren & I, along […]

May 2017

Late Season Wheat Investments

May 29th, 2017|

By Darren Hefty

Could a $2 investment in your wheat result in $100 of profit?  It sure could.  Then again, it could only result in a $10 profit.  That’s the thing with crop inputs – you […]

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 […]