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.  [...]


By Darren Hefty The weed spectrum in wheat really varies depending on what area of the country you are farming in.  Here’s a list of the most popular weeds we are asked to help control in wheat along with our best recommendations.  If you are fighting a weed not on this list, check out the [...]


By Brian Hefty The simple answer is YES, spring soil testing is fine.  However, it’s not quite that simple. Fall soil tests equal spring soil tests if you test late in the fall, your ground then freezes rock hard immediately after that, and in the spring you test as the ground is unthawing.  If you [...]

Mar 112015

By Darren Hefty To achieve top yields in corn, there is a lot of focus on fertility, seed placement, aggressive plant population management, and more.  However, you can throw all of those things out the window if you mess up and don’t get your weeds under control right from the start.  The foundation to a [...]


By Brian Hefty I don’t care if we’re talking small grains or soybeans, if you have 12-inch rows or smaller you need tramlines!  Here’s what tramlines are and what they can do for you. Tramlines have been used successfully for decades in ultra-narrow row crops by simply diverting seed from two rows to the rows [...]


By Darren Hefty Conditions were just right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it) for the development of Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) this year in the heart of the Corn Belt.  Whether you had NCLB or would just like to protect yourself from it, I’ll highlight some management practices to increase your [...]


By Brian Hefty A few months ago, I was very concerned about the overall fungicide market.  Here’s what I mean by that.  We’ve applied fungicides in corn, soybeans, and wheat for years, but in order to continue using these products, we need a good return on investment.  With falling commodity prices and the fact that [...]

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