Ag PhD Newsletter

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Pesticide Safety

By Brian Hefty

One of the most popular requests we get at Ag PhD is for information on pesticide safety, as farmers need to justify their use of these products when speaking to non-farmers.  Here are six things you can discuss with your non-farm friends:

The dose makes the poison.  When I looked up the definition of […]

April 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

RyzUp SmartGrass

By Brian Hefty

In the northern U.S., perhaps the biggest challenge we face each year is lack of heat units.  Our growing season is short, so we have to make the most of every single day.  One of the products we’ve been experimenting with in the last few years, RyzUp SmartGrass, can help increase early-season growth.  […]

April 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Wheat Insecticides

By Darren Hefty

Weed, disease, and insect control in most crops is rarely overlooked.  For some reason, insects in wheat seem to be an exception.  Is it an attempt to save money by not spraying?  Yield loss due to insect feeding and the increase in disease severity that affects plants that have been fed on is […]

April 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day July 28th!

By Brian Hefty

We invite you to attend the Ag PhD Field Day on our farm near Baltic, SD on Thursday, July 28th!  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 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Got Resistant Weeds in Soybeans? Use 3 Pre’s!

By Brian Hefty

There are a lot of great herbicide choices in almost every crop.  Unfortunately, in soybeans we don’t have as many post-emerge broadleaf options as we need.  If you want to control waterhemp, kochia, ragweed, or marestail post-emerge, good luck.  All of those weeds have Roundup-resistant biotypes that could be in your field.  If […]

April 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Nitrogen Management in Corn

By Darren Hefty

You simply can’t achieve top yields in corn if you run short of nitrogen. If you over-apply nitrogen or put it on at the wrong time, you create a host of problems such as:

Wasting money on something that won’t benefit your crop
Depleting your organic matter
Lowering your calcium levels
Lowering the pH of your soil

All […]

April 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans

By Brian Hefty

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend (RR2X) Soybeans have now been approved by China!  Since this trait was already approved in the U.S., Monsanto has now launched Xtend. 

Currently, Clarity (or any dicamba) is not approved for use over the top of these soybeans, but it should be in the near future.  If no dicamba receives […]

March 22nd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Corn Planting Depth

By Darren Hefty

It’s no secret that even emergence leads to maximum yield potential in your corn fields.  It all starts with your planter.  One of the critical decisions you need to make is your target planting depth.  Then, you will need constant monitoring and attention to detail to make sure you execute this once-per-season opportunity.

Why […]

March 22nd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Spring Soil Testing

By Brian Hefty

Should you run soil tests on your farm this spring?  If you didn’t get tests last fall, then yes, you should.  Think about investing $50, $100, or $150 per acre in fertilizer.  Isn’t it worth $5 to $8 per acre this year to know you are properly investing your fertilizer dollars?  Without […]

March 22nd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Manganese: The “Silver Bullet” For High Yielding Corn?

By Darren Hefty

What’s the “silver bullet” for achieving higher yields? That’s a question I get all the time. Usually I would just say there isn’t a silver bullet.  This year for one farmer I know manganese was the single answer for a large yield gain.  Let me explain.

A farmer who applies a good amount of […]

March 22nd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|