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Wheat Pre Herbicides and Seed Treatments

By Darren Hefty

I learned a lot this year about how to raise a great wheat crop and what the keys to success are for farmers all across North America.  Fertility and the timing of fertilizer applications are really important.  However, if you don’t do a GREAT job keeping weeds, insects, and diseases out of your […]

August 27th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

How Do Your Know Your Seed Is High Quality?

By Brian Hefty

As farmers, we are really pretty trusting of most people and companies we do business with.  Seed is a good example.  We just expect that whatever we order is of high quality, and it will lead to us getting great yields on the farm.  Here’s the problem: not every seed producer is the […]

August 27th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

New Soybean Traits Delayed

By Brian Hefty

You’ve likely heard of BalanceBean (HPPD trait), Enlist (2,4-D trait), and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend (dicamba trait).  Unfortunately, none of them is going to be marketed in soybeans in 2016, with the possible exception of the dicamba trait from Monsanto.  Our hope is that by December, the Chinese government will approve them.  Even […]

August 27th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Stop Weeds Now in Pastures

By Darren Hefty

As fall approaches, there is excitement building for harvest, kids back in school, and a host of other things.  Don’t miss out, though, on perhaps the best opportunity of the year to wipe out weeds for good.  Perennial and biennial weeds are different.  Obviously, they live longer than one year, but what does […]

August 27th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Use the Ag PhD Soil Test App

By Brian Hefty

In the past year, the Ag PhD Soil Test app has become one of the most popular ag apps out there.  We hope you have downloaded it and will use it this fall to better understand your soils.  In this article, I decided to have a little fun with the discussion on this […]

August 27th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Is It Worth It to Spray Weeds in Soybeans in July?

By Darren Hefty

The title says it all.  Is it still worth it?  Other than questions about our upcoming Field Day, this is what most of the questions I’m getting are about.  Why is this even a question?
YES – GET OUT THERE AND SPRAY

You don’t want weeds to go to seed so they’re an even bigger […]

July 10th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Will a Fungicide/Insecticide Treatment Pay in Soybeans?

By Brian Hefty

Soybean yields are terrible.  Seriously, your fields were averaging 40 bushels 20 years ago, and how much higher are they today?  For most farmers, corn yields feel like they’ve been on a steady climb, but bean yields have been relatively stagnant.

There are a lot of things that are causing the U.S. soybean average […]

July 10th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Post-Harvest Burndown Options

By Brian Hefty

In December of 2011, Banvel and the generic dicambas were selling for just under $40 per gallon.  Today they are near $80 per gallon.  The unbelievable worldwide shortage of dicamba has basically eliminated the opportunity for you to run dicamba inexpensively as a post-harvest burndown.

On the other hand, LV6 is almost identical in […]

July 10th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Cover Crops

By Darren Hefty

There is a growing adoption of cover crop use across the country.  Even among those who are not currently using them now, many are considering them.  There are many reasons to incorporate cover crops in your rotation.  The question is often which mix to choose and how to get it seeded in time […]

July 10th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

2015 Ag PhD Field Day Schedule

8:00 am – 6:00 pm – Live Planting, Harvesting, Spraying, Tillage, & Tiling in the Field Demo Area; Case IH Ride & Drive; Exhibitor Booths; Kid’s Area; and many other activities on all day

8:00 – 8:20 am – Brian & Darren give their evaluations on the western 1/4th of the plots

8:45 – 9:05 am – […]

July 10th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|