By Brian Hefty Over the past couple years I have had many farmers ask me this question: “Is it even worth it to use Roundup anymore?”  I understand there are resistant weeds out there, but most weeds are still very susceptible to Roundup, and there are some things you can do to make Roundup work [...]


By Brian Hefty If you could go see 12 of the top-yielding (and most profitable) farmers in the country all in one day, that should be worth the trip, right?  At the free Ag PhD Field Day on our farm near Baltic, South Dakota, not only will you get to see these farmers (4 corn [...]

May 122015

By Brian Hefty I don’t care if you’re raising wheat, soybeans, corn, or any other crop, insect issues can be devastating.  Due to the warm, windy spring we just had, we are already seeing more bugs than normal.  Here are our quick suggestions on how to keep these insects from robbing your yield this season. [...]


By Darren Hefty There are so many choices now when it comes to soybean seed treatments.  It’s great to have all these tools, but sorting it all out can be difficult.  Here’s how I group the products together and evaluate to find the right package. Insecticide/Fungicide There are some minor differences between products like Acceleron [...]


By Brian Hefty Your corn is up and out of the ground.  Now what?  If you’ve been dreaming about 300 bushel corn or just higher yields and more profits, here are five things you should consider: Walk your fields every other day.  I know this is a lot, and I’m not saying you have to [...]


By Darren Hefty If you’re raising a grass family crop this year, you need to have the proper nutrients accessible to that crop all through the season.  The best way to monitor how plants are doing and to make adjustments to your fertility program as you go throughout the season is to pull plant tissue [...]

Mar 112015

By Brian Hefty Are you considering using Headline in-furrow for corn this year?  Here are five important points you need to know if you want to use it: The correct rate, according to what we’ve been told by BASF, is 4 oz. per acre.  In the past, 6 oz. was recommended, but apparently the studies [...]


By Brian Hefty Darren and I would love to personally answer any agronomy questions you have.  Just call us at 844-44-AgPhD (844-442-4743) any weekday afternoon at 2 p.m. Central.  For the last two years we have hosted a live, 1-hour radio show on SiriusXM channel 80 at 2 p.m. Central Time.  The show re-runs every [...]


By Brian Hefty We invite you to attend the free Ag PhD Field Day on our farm on Thursday, July 30.  This is the largest private farm field day in the U.S., and it will be bigger than ever before.  Here are some of the things you will see: In competition plots, you will see [...]


Using the LD50 measurement of safety to humans, the new pesticide Enlist Duo is more than 10 times safer than caffeine, so why are daytime talk show hosts and newspaper columnists calling this a “dangerous” product? The United States is the greatest country in the world.  The right to free speech should never be undervalued.  [...]

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