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Awesome Winter Wheat

By Darren Hefty

As wheat planting approaches in your area, here is the “To Do” list in the pursuit of higher yields and profits.

Eliminate the Green Bridge.  If you visited the Ag PhD Field Day this year, you probably noticed the handy work of the wheat curl mite.  If you are going to plant wheat (or […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Should I Switch to Xtend or LibertyLink?

By Brian Hefty

Weed issues might not be the number one concern on your farm, but I’ll bet you are a lot more worried about weed control than you were five years ago.  Who isn’t?

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend beans are now approved in Europe, so every U.S. elevator will likely be accepting them this fall and […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Cut Fertilizer Costs with Soil Testing

By Brian Hefty

Last fall on our farm, we identified some areas with phosphorus levels high enough that had we applied more P (like we originally planned), it likely would have HURT YIELD, not helped it.  Having an excess of almost any nutrient can be as detrimental as having a low level of that nutrient.  For […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Field Scouting Summary From 2016

By Darren Hefty

You’ve heard before that every year is different on the farm, but EVERY YEAR REALLY IS DIFFERENT!  With that in mind, here are a few things we noticed this year that will play into successful crop plans for 2017.

Precision Ag 

Grid soil sampling and variable rate fertilizer application are proving to reduce wasted fertility […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day 2016 – THANK YOU!

By Brian Hefty

If you were one of the 10,000+ farmers who attended the Ag PhD Field Day last month, thank you!  We hosted farmers from 25 countries and 40 U.S. states at this event where we had our best attendance ever.

We put on this free, all-day show as a way to say thank you for […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

New Soybean Genetics

By Darren Hefty

If I switch to 100% LibertyLink or 100% Xtend this year, will they yield and have a good defensive package?

With all the new things coming in soybeans, it has been really fun putting together the Ag PhD Field Day and also doing large and small scale research with new soybean traits and genetics […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Turning Plant Tissue Tests Into Fertilizer Recommendations

By Darren Hefty

Are you sufficiently alarmed?  I am, just by reading that title.  Can you turn a plant tissue test result into a fertilizer application that will make your farm money consistently?  Before you can do that, you really have to understand your soils.

Example 1:  Your soil is borderline low in copper but great in […]

June 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Post Harvest Burndown

By Brian Hefty

If you are raising a crop that will be harvested in the summer or early fall, a post-harvest burndown is often essential.  The big question each year is which herbicide program should you use?  We all know that by avoiding tillage as much as possible, you can reduce erosion, conserve moisture, and build […]

June 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Corn Rootworm Beetles

By Darren Hefty

2016 has been a bad year for corn rootworm control. There are 4 big reasons why.

An increase in conventional corn acres
Some farmers cutting back or eliminating planting time insecticide
A switch from SmartStax to above ground only Bt’s
A mild winter

How do you gauge the type of rootworm pressure you had earlier this year? […]

June 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Soybean Fungicide & Insecticide

By Brian Hefty

What will you spray in your soybean fields yet this summer?  Here are 4 options that could improve your yield and profitability.

INSECTICIDE.  If you are looking for “consistent results”, nothing beats insecticide if you have harmful bugs show up.  Normal pyrethroids like Silencer only cost $2 for the full rate!  If you are […]

June 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|