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Corn Fungicide at V4-V7

By Darren Hefty

You’ve gotten the crop in (or you’re nearing completion) and so far have made the fertility choices and weed control decisions necessary for a high-yielding crop.  Is now the time to starting cutting costs? The next major input investment coming up is whether or not you think disease and stress could cost […]

April 26th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

How to Use Dicamba Correctly in Xtend

By Brian Hefty

When I was a young agronomist more than 25 years ago, almost every farmer I worked with was using Banvel, the dimethylamine salt of dicamba.  However, these farmers would constantly complain about 2 things: drift and crop injury.  If you have fear about drift or crop injury, let me put your fears to […]

April 26th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Plant Tissue Testing

By Darren Hefty

Getting the balance of available fertility just right for your crop is difficult.  Fortunately, there are a couple of cheap and easy tools to help you do just that.  The first one is a soil test.  How amazing is it that we can analyze the soil and see exactly what’s in it (at […]

April 26th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

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|