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Ag PhD Newsletter: January 2018

Article List:

2018 Ag PhD Soils Clinics
By Brian Hefty
Crop Protection: What’s Up & What’s Down for 2018?
By Brian Hefty
Natural Solutions
By Darren Hefty
Ag PhD Winter Workshops
By Brian Hefty
Don’t Rush to Judgment on Seed
By Darren Hefty
Thank You!
By Brian Hefty
Getting the Most From Your Winter Marketing Meetings
By Grain PhD

Article Archive Feed

April 2016

Pesticide Safety

April 15th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

One of the most popular requests we get at Ag PhD is for information on pesticide safety, as farmers need to justify their use of these products when speaking to non-farmers.  Here are […]

RyzUp SmartGrass

April 15th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

In the northern U.S., perhaps the biggest challenge we face each year is lack of heat units.  Our growing season is short, so we have to make the most of every single day.  […]

Wheat Insecticides

April 15th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

Weed, disease, and insect control in most crops is rarely overlooked.  For some reason, insects in wheat seem to be an exception.  Is it an attempt to save money by not spraying?  Yield […]

Ag PhD Field Day July 28th!

April 15th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

We invite you to attend the Ag PhD Field Day on our farm near Baltic, SD on Thursday, July 28th!  We are located just 15 minutes from the Sioux Falls airport, and less […]

Got Resistant Weeds in Soybeans? Use 3 Pre’s!

April 15th, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

There are a lot of great herbicide choices in almost every crop.  Unfortunately, in soybeans we don’t have as many post-emerge broadleaf options as we need.  If you want to control waterhemp, kochia, […]

Nitrogen Management in Corn

April 15th, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

You simply can’t achieve top yields in corn if you run short of nitrogen. If you over-apply nitrogen or put it on at the wrong time, you create a host of problems such […]

March 2016

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans

March 22nd, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend (RR2X) Soybeans have now been approved by China!  Since this trait was already approved in the U.S., Monsanto has now launched Xtend. 

Currently, Clarity (or any dicamba) is not approved […]

Corn Planting Depth

March 22nd, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

It’s no secret that even emergence leads to maximum yield potential in your corn fields.  It all starts with your planter.  One of the critical decisions you need to make is your target […]

Spring Soil Testing

March 22nd, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Should you run soil tests on your farm this spring?  If you didn’t get tests last fall, then yes, you should.  Think about investing $50, $100, or $150 per acre in fertilizer.  […]

Manganese: The “Silver Bullet” For High Yielding Corn?

March 22nd, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

What’s the “silver bullet” for achieving higher yields? That’s a question I get all the time. Usually I would just say there isn’t a silver bullet.  This year for one farmer I know […]

Variable Rate Everything

March 22nd, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Some people talk about VRT, Variable Rate Technology.  I like to talk about VRE, Variable Rate Everything.  Here’s what I mean.  Whenever possible, consider using variable rate fertility, variable rate lime, variable rate […]

Pre-Emerge Herbicides for Spring Wheat Offer a Strong ROI

March 22nd, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

With wheat prices today, you need every bushel you can get.  One of the best ways to put more bushels in your bins for a small investment is to use a pre-emerge herbicide.  […]

February 2016

Ag PhD Agronomy Workshop in Mesa, AZ

February 1st, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

If you missed our January Agronomy Workshops, we have one left in February in Mesa, Arizona!

Friday, February 12, 2016 – Mesa, AZ – Convention Center (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

Here are some of […]

Join Brian & Darren at Commodity Classic

February 1st, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

Commodity Classic is one of the most exciting crop farmer events each year, featuring a large trade show, great educational sessions, the chance to visit with great farmers from across the country, and […]

Should You Cut The Seed Treatment?

February 1st, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

2016 is starting off as predicted.  While most farmers are looking to trim expenses, most retailers are recommending they stay the course.  Cuts will certainly be made, but the real key to being […]

Have You Had a Checkup Recently?

February 1st, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

I woke up Sunday, January 3rd to a text message from the wife of our longtime television producer, Bob Rasmussen.  Bob died of a heart attack early that morning at the age of […]

Burndown Options Without Roundup

February 1st, 2016|

By Darren Hefty

Let’s face it.  Roundup is by far the best herbicide ever created, but due to resistant weeds it’s not the right choice for burndown in some situations, at least as a stand-alone choice.  […]

Ag PhD Soils Clinics

February 1st, 2016|

By Brian Hefty

If you don’t know what your soil has for fertility, pH, organic matter, cation exchange capacity, and base saturation, how can you efficiently invest your fertilizer dollars?  You can’t, and it’s probably costing […]

December 2015

Modes of Action

December 31st, 2015|

By Darren Hefty

Resistance management is becoming a big deal on farms today.  I was recently at a presentation where the speaker said no new chemical family has been discovered since 1983 when Ronald Reagan was […]

Ag PhD Soils Clinics

December 31st, 2015|

By Brian Hefty

Last year you wasted money on fertilizer.  You overspent on some nutrients and underspent on others.  Your crop suffered from issues that were absolutely within your control.  Has your fertilizer dealer ever said […]

Can I Cut My Herbicide Rate?

December 31st, 2015|

By Brian Hefty

One of the most popular questions I get every year is, “Can I cut my herbicide rate?”  Here is how I usually answer this question.

Yes, you can cut your herbicide rate in some […]

How Fungicides Work

December 31st, 2015|

By Darren Hefty

As a long-time agronomist, I’ve heard all kinds of crazy claims over the years.  If the claims come from the sales and marketing department, I take them with a grain of salt.  If […]

Ag PhD Agronomy Workshops

December 31st, 2015|

By Brian Hefty

Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut your expenses by 5 to 10 percent and watch your yields go up by 5 to 10 percent at the same time?  Not only is […]

Cut Your Biggest Expense

December 17th, 2015|

By Brian Hefty

Every year we suggest you thoroughly evaluate everything you spend money on and determine whether or not it is worth it based on current economics.  Start with your biggest expenses and work your […]