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Ideal Corn Planting Depth: 2 Inches

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:


While the radicle and seminal roots develop below the corn seed, the nodal roots actually develop first above the seed. For this reason, the seed must be deep enough to keep the […]

March 30th, 2018|Ag PhD Newsletter|

What’s Your Marketing Game Plan?

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 defensive strategy? While it’s possible for your team to win some of the time, the odds of consistent success would […]

March 30th, 2018|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Cold Soil Planting Success

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 should emerge based on planting date. This is assuming each corn variety requires the average of 100 GDUs to emerge.

As […]

March 30th, 2018|Ag PhD Newsletter|

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

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 educational materials on grain marketing and price risk management are available for your use.

Market Information – Insightful market information from […]

February 13th, 2018|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Multiple Modes of Action – Now Required for Fungicide Use

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 only can you help avoid resistance to any single mode of action this way, you may see more yield protection […]

February 13th, 2018|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Current World Record Yields

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 extremely exciting to me, because this confirms the fact that the seed we are putting in the ground has the […]

February 13th, 2018|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Corn Grass Control is Changing in 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, you may need to switch products or timing in 2018 to achieve the results (as close to zero weeds as […]

February 13th, 2018|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD New Technologies Clinic

By Brian Hefty

For the first time ever, Ag PhD will be hosting a New Technologies Clinic on Friday, February 23! Please join us! We will be on the Ag PhD Field Day site near Baltic, SD in the Morton Center from 9 am to 3 pm. Here are some of the topics we’ll be covering:

Detailed, […]

February 13th, 2018|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Advanced Soils Clinics

By Brian Hefty

You are ready to take the next step with your soils and your soil fertility program! If you have attended an Ag PhD Soils Clinic in the last 3 years, we invite you to join us at one of two Advanced Soils Clinics. Here are some of the topics we’ll be covering:

Soil tests […]

February 13th, 2018|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Getting the Most From Your Winter Marketing Meetings

By Grain PhD – www.grainphd.com

The Winter Marketing Meeting Season is now upon us and many of you will be attending one of the upcoming Ag PhD meetings in expectations of hearing fresh ideas for marketing 2018 grain production. A Risk Management expert from Grain PhD will be at each of the meetings, and we look […]

December 26th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|