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Fencelines and Ditches Need Attention, Too!

By Brian Hefty

What’s your plan for fencelines and ditches this year?  If you don’t have a plan, you’re not alone, but I want you to ask yourself, “Where do a lot of weeds and insects come from in order to get into your crop fields?”  Unfortunately, the answer is fencelines and ditches.  As a farmer, […]

June 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Increasing Protein in Wheat

By Brian Hefty

If you want more protein in wheat, you need to make sure your crop has plenty of nitrogen late in the season.  There are a few other minor tips I will give you below, but nitrogen is the whole key.  In a year with good yields, your crop may use all the nitrogen […]

June 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Sunflower Crop Management

By Darren Hefty

Growing up, there were hardly any post-emerge weed control options in soybeans.  My dad said this “allowed the best managers the opportunity to stand out because they had to be fussy to have a clean field.”  There are plenty of weed control options in soybeans now, but in sunflowers there still aren’t very […]

June 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Late Soybean Spraying

By Brian Hefty

As soon as you saw the title to this article, you probably thought, “Wait a minute.  I haven’t even sprayed soybeans for the first time.  How can it be late?”

The main reason I call it late is because if you want to spray Flexstar or any product containing fomesafen, there is a 10 […]

June 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Alfalfa Management

By Darren Hefty

Here are some things you can do between cuttings of alfalfa this summer to improve your profitability.
Scouting
With alfalfa, you get the chance for multiple harvests each year.  The tough part is mistakes early in the season can cost you all year long.  After all, it is still the same plant that is producing […]

June 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day July 28th!

By Brian Hefty

Join us this summer at the free Ag PhD Field Day 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. Our special guest speakers this year will be Nebraska football coach and Hall of Famer […]

June 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

In-Season Nitrate Testing

By Brian Hefty

Plant tissue analysis is great for knowing what is in the plant today for nutrients.  If you want to know how much nitrogen you need to sidedress for corn or how much to streambar in wheat this year, you need a different test.

Our suggestion is to soil sample for nitrogen levels a week […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day July 28th!

By Brian Hefty

Join us this summer at the free Ag PhD Field Day 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 and do than any Field […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Early to Mid Season Fungicide Apps in Corn and Wheat

By Darren Hefty

I looked back at an article I wrote last year, and the facts are still the facts.
Fungicide Facts

Fungicides are preventative.  They must be applied before the disease hits in order to protect the maximum amount of yield.
Plant health benefits are real.  There actually are changes made inside plants after fungicide applications that cause […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Post Corn Herbicides

By Brian Hefty

What will you tankmix with Roundup post-emerge in your corn this spring?  Here is a quick rundown on the 3 most popular options, as well as some extra add-ins you commonly see in premixes.

Status – Many people have the misconception that dicamba is the main weed killer in Status.  At the 5 oz […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|