Ag PhD Newsletter

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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|

Nitrogen Management

By Brian Hefty

Nitrogen is expensive.  Too much nitrogen can excessively lower your soil pH and contaminate groundwater.  Too little nitrogen means lower yields.  Of all soil nutrients, I believe nitrogen is the most difficult to manage.  That said, proper management can be extremely rewarding and profitable.  Here are some of the key things I look […]

March 14th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Could You Get 50% More Pasture Grass?

By Brian Hefty

What would it do to your bottom line if you could improve your grass production in your pastures by 50% each year?  Over the years, Darren and I have not only had the good fortune to spend time with and learn from some of the best crop farmers around the country, we’ve picked […]

January 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD 2017 Soils and Tiling Clinics

At Ag PhD, we have 3 goals: to help you produce more yield, to help you increase your profits, and to help you improve the environment, especially your soil.  Over the next month, we invite you to join us at our free Ag PhD Winter Workshops.  Have you noticed how almost everyone in agriculture is […]

January 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

How To Do Drainage For Less

By Brian Hefty

Whether you’ve been tiling for years or are still thinking about tiling your first field, we invite you to attend this year’s free
Ag PhD Tiling Clinic Tuesday, February 28th at the Morton Center near Baltic, SD on the site of the Ag PhD Field Day.

If you’ve ever heard me talk about tiling, you […]

January 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Grass Control In Corn

By Darren Hefty

Roundup Ready Corn was first commercialized in the United States back in 1998.  Do you remember what a big deal that was?  It was a step-change in weed management at the time, but not for the broadleaf weeds we are fighting so hard against today.  The improvement in GRASS control was the real […]

January 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|