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Making Cuts in Wheat Without Giving Up a Bushel

By Darren Hefty

What if a bushel of wheat was worth $20 right now?  How would that change how you farm?  Odds are you’d take a lot of chances with things that COULD make you some money but likely wouldn’t.  Perhaps you’d spend a little bit of money foolishly.  Maybe you’d overpay for land or equipment, […]

January 3rd, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD 2017 Winter Events

Ag PhD TV has aired a brand new, half-hour show every week for almost 19 years, and our research shows that Ag PhD Radio is now the most listened-to ag program on the radio each day.  Thank You!!  We appreciate your support!!  One way we try to say thanks to you each year is by […]

January 3rd, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

HPPD Price Crash

By Brian Hefty

As a farmer, I love it when input prices drop.  Recently, Callisto herbicide, or better stated, the active ingredient in Callisto (mesotrione) went off patent.  Since almost all the big companies have an HPPD product in their lineup, they are all affected by this.  Plus, there are now generic entrants and other new […]

January 3rd, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Xtendimax in Soybeans

By Brian Hefty

Xtendimax is now labeled for use in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans!  I know.  You are probably wondering what took so long.  I am, too, but let’s focus on what to do with this technology now that it’s here.  Below are the top 10 things I want you to consider this spring when […]

January 3rd, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Don’t Fire The New Guy!

By Darren Hefty

When you hear of corporate layoffs in times of low profits, who are the first people they let go?  Generally speaking, it’s the newest employees.  If you’re looking at making some cuts in your crop protection budget, I’ll argue that some of the newer things you’ve been doing may not be the best […]

January 3rd, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Can I Cut Fertilizer Rates?

By Brian Hefty

Other than cash rent, the biggest expense on most farms is fertilizer.  In tough times, your thought is probably, “Can I cut my fertilizer rates without sacrificing yield?”  The better question is this, “How can I better invest my fertilizer dollars to maximize yield?”

If you can answer that second question, every single year […]

January 3rd, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Big Yields Equal Big Nutrient Removal

By Brian Hefty

When the corn was rolled up in June on some of our ground due to lack of moisture, I really questioned how good 2016 could be, but when all was said and done we finished with both record corn and soybean yields on our farm.  Whether you hit a record or not this […]

December 19th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Anthracnose Stalk Rot

By Darren Hefty

Ag PhD has teamed up with the American Phytopathological Society (APS) to launch the Ag PhD Corn Disease Field Guide.  It’s a free download and has great pictures and information about many of the most problematic diseases impacting corn.  APS has great information, so if you are a corn farmer you will absolutely […]

December 19th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD 2017 Agronomy Workshops

By Brian Hefty

Should I be cutting seed traits on corn and switching to Liberty, Xtend, or Enlist in soybeans?  How can I cut expenses in 2017 and still yield well?  Which input expenses are just that – expenses?  Which inputs are still great investments at lower commodity prices?  These are the big questions going into […]

December 19th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Xtend Facts and Myths

By Darren Hefty

Brian and I both like to take a lot of notes whenever we are presented with interesting information.  Recently I was looking back through some notes from the fall of 2006.  At that time, I was already being told dicamba tolerant beans would be coming very soon, possibly in the spring of 2008!  […]

December 19th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|