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Ag PhD Newsletter: June 2018

Article List:

Introducing the Ag PhD Insider Magazine
By Brian Hefty
Less Stress, More Success
By Grain PhD
Ag PhD Field Day – July 26th!
By Brian Hefty
Nitrogen Needs in Corn
By Darren Hefty
White Mold Answers
By Brian Hefty
Volunteer Corn Control
By Darren Hefty

Article Archive Feed

May 2018

Micronutrient Focus: Zinc

May 3rd, 2018|

By Darren Hefty

Zinc is likely the most frequently applied micronutrient. Many farmers we know use 1 quart of chelated zinc
in-furrow for corn. Is this enough zinc for your crop? Do I need zinc for other […]

What Does Your Report Card Say?

May 3rd, 2018|

By Darren Hefty
Confidence. 
That’s what I get when I have solid data to make decisions with.  I’m certain I’m doing the right thing for my farm.  It’s with full confidence I can recommend you to […]

Ag PhD Field Day July 26th!

May 3rd, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

Please join us for the free Ag PhD Field Day on Thursday, July 26th on our farm near Baltic, SD! We have more activities, more guest speakers, more demonstrations, and more acres than […]

Add Residual to Your Soybean Program

May 3rd, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

As a farmer, I love when our input costs keep coming down. A good example is the Group 15’s. For soybeans, these include Dual, Warrant, Zidua, Outlook, and some generics. In my opinion, […]

Corn Post-Emerge Weed Control

May 3rd, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

I got a letter from the State of South Dakota the other day saying our state had made ALL straight dicamba products restricted use. Please check with your state about this! I just […]

Why Are USDA Reports Important to Farmers?

May 3rd, 2018|

By Patrick Garrity & Mark Soderberg – Grain PhD Ag Risk Specialists

USDA Reports – I’m sure you are aware that the USDA releases a number of reports, but do you really understand the data included […]

Emergence Differences

May 3rd, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

When you listen to most of the high yield farmers from across the country, they talk about achieving even emergence in your stand. Here’s my question for you today. Is the seed treatment […]

April 2018

Ag PhD Field Day On July 26th!

April 11th, 2018|

Improve Pasture Production

April 11th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

Your pasture is just as much of a crop as your corn, soybeans, and wheat. Your pasture, when managed well, can be super-productive. When your grass is fed a well-balanced diet, your livestock […]

3 Pre’s in Soybeans

April 11th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

You need 3 pre-emerge modes of action if you want to stop resistant weeds, prevent future weed outbreaks, and maximize soybean yields! While 3 modes of action may sound expensive, it should only […]

Wheat: The First Pass

April 11th, 2018|

By Darren Hefty

Your first in-crop pass in wheat may be just around the corner, but there are three things you need to do before the sprayer gets to the field.
1. Take a Plant Tissue Sample
This […]

Burndown Options in Corn and Soybeans

April 11th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

Since the advent of no-till and strip-till, answering burndown questions has occupied a lot of my time each spring for the last 25+ years. Here are some of the top questions and answers […]

Bridging the Gap from Farm to Market

April 11th, 2018|

From Grain PhD

You work long and hard to produce the best possible crop you can. But how do you maximize your profit from that crop? How do you effectively manage your costs of production and […]

Soybean Seed Treatments: Apples and Oranges

April 11th, 2018|

By Darren Hefty

Comparing soybean seed treatments available from one retailer to the next is like comparing apples and oranges in many cases. There is a lot of difference, even though the price points are usually […]

March 2018

Improve Wheat Yield with Better Early Season Weed Control

March 30th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

Stop early season weeds, get more yield. The formula is the same in every crop. Many wheat farmers today are talking to me about trying to cut costs, but if you have very […]

Soybean Fertility – Your Key to More Profit

March 30th, 2018|

By Darren Hefty

Before you start thinking you can’t afford to fertilize your soybeans, I want to walk you through some simple math. Let’s use 60 bushel soybeans as an example. Your yields may be higher […]

Corn Pre-Emerge Herbicides: Too Many Choices!!

March 30th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

Now that many of our old standard corn herbicides are off-patent, the market seems flooded with generic alternatives, premixes, and a bunch of names that may sound similar but have different active ingredients […]

Ideal Corn Planting Depth: 2 Inches

March 30th, 2018|

By Darren Hefty
The ideal corn planting depth is and likely always will be 1.5” to 2.5”. Here’s why.
4 Root Systems of a Corn Plant:

Radicle
Seminal
Nodal
Brace

While the radicle and seminal roots develop below the corn seed, the […]

What’s Your Marketing Game Plan?

March 30th, 2018|

By Grain PhD – www.grainphd.com

Think about a sport you enjoy playing – it most likely involves both offense and defense. What would happen if your team only cared about offense and didn’t practice or develop a […]

Cold Soil Planting Success

March 30th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

Cold, wet soils often spell doom for seed germination and seedling health. Look at the below chart based on average weather on our farm and the number of days it takes until corn […]

February 2018

Frequently Asked Questions About Grain PhD and How it Can Improve your Bottom Line

February 13th, 2018|

1. What is Grain PhD?

Grain PhD is a new initiative we have launched to help you be more successful at marketing your grain.

2. What Does Grain PhD Do?

We provide you with:

Educational Materials – Extensive […]

Multiple Modes of Action – Now Required for Fungicide Use

February 13th, 2018|

By Darren Hefty

While there has been no new federal or state requirement forcing you to use more than one mode of action as you apply fungicides this year, it is something we strongly recommend. Not […]

Current World Record Yields

February 13th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty
Corn – 542 bushels/acre in 2017 – David Hula, Virginia
Soybeans – 171 bu/a in 2016 – Randy Dowdy, Georgia
Wheat – 249 bu/a in 2017 – Eric Watson, New Zealand
Seeing these yield levels is […]

Corn Grass Control is Changing in 2018

February 13th, 2018|

By Darren Hefty

All the northern U.S. readers will be thinking it’s way too early to talk about grass control in corn, but corn is already going in the ground in southern and coastal markets. However, […]