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Soybeans – How Many Pre’s Do You Need?

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 selection?  Which pre’s should you use if you are staying with Roundup beans for one more year?

Most importantly, no matter […]

April 5th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Wheat Input Cuts

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 behind.  Let’s look at each input category one at a time to see where cuts have the best shot at […]

April 5th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!

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 than 10 miles from both Interstate 90 and Interstate 29.

This will be our largest event ever, with more to see […]

April 5th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Should I Cut My Soybean Planting Population?

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 that’s a good place to start in most situations.
Why Lower Populations?

Less cost
Soybeans have the ability to bush out and […]

April 5th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Lots of Pre-Emerge Choices for Corn

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?  Post-emerge, the only question was if the farmer was willing to switch from a 2,4-D/Banvel mixture to Buctril-Atrazine.  Today, you […]

April 5th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Price Drops and Price Protection

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.  Callisto went down over 50%.  Generics went down.  I’m still waiting on the details with Laudis and Impact, but they […]

March 14th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Maximizing VT Double Pro Yields

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 to talk to you today about managing those fields to still maximize yields.

The most important thing to understand is there […]

March 14th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Variable Rate Planting Population

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 didn’t make sense to me was that even in the sandy fields there were some areas of really good ground […]

March 14th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Xtend and Liberty Q & A

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 Enlist was out (it isn’t expected to be launched in soybeans until 2018), I’m convinced many farmers would go that […]

March 14th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

What Are We Using on Our Farm?

By Darren Hefty

Brian and I get a lot of questions throughout the year about what we are doing on our farm.  After all, you can give all the advice in the world but it doesn’t have much credibility if you aren’t using it yourself.  We farm about 2800 acres and try lots of different things […]

March 14th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|