By Darren Hefty Winter Wheat If you have tough winter annual grasses still living in your winter wheat like cheat, downy brome, Italian ryegrass or others, you have a battle in front of you.  The best time to control them is in the fall.  The second best time to hit them with a herbicide is [...]

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By Brian Hefty While you are in your tractor or sprayer this spring, we invite you to listen to Ag PhD Radio each weekday at 2 p.m. Central on SiriusXM channel 80.  If you don’t have SiriusXM in your farm equipment, you can either use your cell phone or you can buy a radio at [...]

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By Brian Hefty If you asked me which nutrient I would guess to be the most likely to be low to deficient in my fields, my answer would probably be potassium.  We have seen major potassium issues all across the country.  Here are some tell-tale signs you’ve got a problem, along with what you can [...]

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By Brian Hefty What are the secrets to high-yielding corn and soybeans?  You’ll hear from corn and soybean yield champions from across the country at this summer’s free Ag PhD Field Day on the Hefty Farm near Baltic, SD. What’s going to be new for 2015 (or 2016) on the farm?  You’ll see many things [...]

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By Darren Hefty I love this topic, as there are such varying opinions on which fertilizer products, if any, you should be putting in the furrow.  Also, the rates growers are using vary so much around the country and even around your home county.  Let’s set the table for this discussion with a few crop [...]

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By Brian Hefty 10 years ago, I had a really tough time investing in soybean seed treatments.  The price of soybeans was low.  Our yields weren’t too great.  The inoculants were a little questionable.  The insecticides seemed expensive.  And the fungicides were the same old ones that were mediocre at best. The reason most farmers [...]

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By Darren Hefty WHY should you use a pre-emerge herbicide in corn? Here are some reasons to consider. MORE YIELD – University and independent studies have shown yield loss in corn for decades when weeds are allowed to grow.  It’s estimated that for every one inch of weed growth in your field, you lose 4.7 [...]

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By Darren Hefty Pre-emerge herbicide use in wheat is on the rise because these products are increasing yields thanks to improved weed control.  Here is our quick evaluation of the top 3 wheat products available: Sharpen is a PPO (Group 14) with a fast burndown and good residual.  Sharpen must be sprayed prior to wheat [...]

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By Brian Hefty I know it is a long ways off, but we want you to mark your calendars now for Thursday, July 24 to visit our farm near Baltic, SD!  We will have a free, full day Ag PhD Field Day event like nothing you have ever attended before. Even if you have joined [...]

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By Brian Hefty A 70-bushel soybean crop needs approximately 305 pounds of N, and despite what you may have heard, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY IT CAN PRODUCE IT ALL! Now, this is not to say that in all cases you have to apply nitrogen if you want big-time soybean yields.  There is carryover nitrogen [...]

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