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Late Season Wheat Investments

By Darren Hefty

Could a $2 investment in your wheat result in $100 of profit?  It sure could.  Then again, it could only result in a $10 profit.  That’s the thing with crop inputs – you have to look at the average gain over a period of years to make the best decisions for your farm.  […]

May 29th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Rotational Restrictions

By Brian Hefty

Your decisions today could impact the next crop you raise, and possibly even the crop after that.  I love herbicides… IF they control my weeds without injuring my next crop.  Let’s talk about how to avoid the bad, but achieve the good.

Always check the label and talk to your agronomist about carryover potential.  […]

May 29th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

More on XtendiMax and Engenia

By Brian Hefty

Last month I wrote about XtendiMax and Engenia in Xtend soybeans and cotton, but since this is the first year in history you have had the chance to legally spray dicamba over the top of these crops, I figured you would probably like to hear more about it.

I encourage you to go to […]

May 29th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Sclerotinia White Mold

By Darren Hefty

Why do most diseases wait to show up until plants get to the reproductive stages of growth?  It’s simple.  There is a lot of stress on the plants at this stage.  Think about it.  Plants are completely switching what they’re doing.  They have been feeding leaves and stems and roots.  Now the […]

May 29th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!

By Brian Hefty

Here are 15 great reasons you need to attend this year’s Ag PhD Field Day on Thursday, July 27th!

There is nowhere else in the country you will be able to hear from the collection of high yield farmers we have lined up as speakers at this year’s Field Day.  Not only that, but […]

May 29th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!

By Brian Hefty

Join us this summer at the free Ag PhD Field Day on Thursday, July 27th!  We are located outside of Baltic, SD, 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 and […]

April 26th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Corn Post Weed Control

By Brian Hefty

It wasn’t many years ago when this article could be summarized in one word on many farms: Roundup.  Unfortunately today, Roundup may not be controlling all your waterhemp, Palmer pigweed, lambsquarters, common ragweed, giant ragweed, kochia, or marestail.  Did I miss one?

Roundup is still great on most annual grasses, but if you want […]

April 26th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

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|