By Brian Hefty

This winter, we will have free Agronomy Workshops, Soils Clinics, Advanced Soils Clinics, and a New Technologies Clinic, as well! I know you are busy, but we have already been working hard to put together the best series of free Ag PhD Winter Workshops we’ve ever had. Please join us!

COAT DRIVE: We talked about this for the Ag PhD Field Day last summer, and I’m happy to announce we collected 707 coats at the Field Day, but we want to get to 5000 by winter’s end. Please bring an extra coat to the Winter Workshops! By the way, the organization we are working with said many of the coats they received at the Field Day were big (which they are always in need of) and many were brand new in the bag. Thank you!!

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER: Whether you pre-register or not, we love having you at our workshops. It really just helps us better prepare when we have an idea how many people are coming. There are a lot of preparations that go into this, including food, books, chairs, etc., so please pre-register. The bonus for you is when you pre-register, you get into the workshop quicker. Please go to to sign up and to learn more about any of our upcoming events.

Agronomy Workshops

Featured topics include dicamba & Xtend, Enlist, resistant weeds, results of the high yield plots at the Ag PhD Field Day, crop diseases including white mold & anthracnose & many others, insect issues, 2017 Ag PhD research info, and much more! You will also love the handy reference charts we’ve put together for you, which are included in the free agronomy manual you will receive. You do not want to miss the Agronomy Workshops, as we have so much great information about crop production!


Thursday, January 4, 2018 – Jonesboro, AR – Centennial Hall on ASU Campus (9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
Friday, January 5, 2018 – Champaign, IL – The I Hotel & Conference Center (10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Monday, January 8, 2018 – Great Falls, MT – Hilton Garden Inn (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 12, 2018 – West Point, NE – Nielsen Center (10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Fargo, ND – Delta by Marriott (10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Baltic, SD – Morton Center (10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – Mankato, MN – Verizon Center (10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
*Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Gilbert, AZ – DoubleTree (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) – Special Agronomy & Soils Combo Session

Advanced Soils Clinics

See soil test results from some of the highest-yielding farmers in the U.S., learn how to fix saline & sodic soils, make your own lime recommendations, understand the salt load of fertilizers and why that’s important, learn more about soil health and how to properly use gypsum & elemental sulfur, manure, humics & fulvics, and a lot more.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Morton, MN – Jackpot Junction (9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Baltic, SD – Morton Center (9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

New Technologies Clinic

Learn more about a host of new technologies at this exciting workshop. We will cover spray application and spray nozzle technologies, insecticide application advancements, remote and variable rate irrigation controls, satellite imagery, biologicals, and more. Plus, Missy Bauer will join us to discuss planter technology. Getting a great stand is ultra-critical if you want top yields. You’ll get the hands-on training you are looking for when it comes to planter tips, tricks, and watch-outs. Every industry is experiencing an explosion of new technology, but I would argue that few industries have had as much change as ag, not to mention the tremendous potential we see moving forward. Please join us for this fun-filled and educational day!

Friday, February 23, 2018 – Baltic, SD – Morton Center (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Other Upcoming Ag PhD Events

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – Darren is speaking at the Direct Seed Conference in Kennewick, WA
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Brian is speaking at the Alabama Soybean & Corn Association annual meeting in Huntsville, AL
  • Monday, January 22, 2018 – Brian & Darren are speaking at the Northern Pulse Growers Association annual convention in Minot, ND
  • Friday, February 16, 2018 – A half-day of farm tours in the Phoenix, AZ area with Ag PhD
  • February 27, February 28 & March 1, 2018 – Brian & Darren speak at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, CA
  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 – Ag PhD Field Day on the Hefty farm near Baltic, SD