Quick answer…YES, BIOTECH CROPS ARE AS NUTRITIOUS OR MORE NUTRITIOUS. Here’s my story and some data. Misinformation in agriculture is rampant, and even ag businesses are mistakenly contributing to the problem. A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from an ag business, and toward the bottom of the e-mail, this is what was included. [...]


By Brian Hefty Anytime you raise a grass crop like wheat or corn, grass control is more difficult than broadleaf control, and grass weeds can take a huge chunk of your yield if left uncontrolled for even a short period of time. I know you want to cut costs, but do not do that at [...]


By Brian Hefty Odds are, in the last few months you’ve talked about cutting expenses on your farm. If you are truly serious about that, let’s start with your biggest expense: fertilizer! The only problem is, how do you know what to cut and what not to cut? That’s where we can help. I hate [...]


By Darren Hefty Iowa is one of the best places in the world to farm. Some of the characteristics include: deep and fertile topsoil, plentiful moisture, and lots of sunny days. However, Iowa was one of the states hit hardest by sudden death syndrome in soybeans once again this year. There are many questions about [...]


By Darren Hefty I look forward to the Ag PhD Field Day on our farm (this year’s event is Thursday, July 30) every summer for a ton of reasons. In 2014, one of the things I was most interested in was to share ideas with some of the nation’s top-yielding farmers. Some of the best [...]


By Brian Hefty Here are my top 6 reasons you need to attend one or more of our upcoming workshops this winter:   1. IT’LL MAKE YOU MONEY ON YOUR FARM. Look, I’m not going to tell you that everything we say or do is right or necessarily the best way to do things, but [...]


By Brian Hefty If you are going to use a finance program, we encourage you to do it immediately. Many companies have zero percent offers, so it doesn’t matter if you buy in December or April. However, your retailer will charge you the December price in December and the April price in April. Since you [...]


By Brian Hefty I know. You don’t like rebate programs. I don’t like them either, but I do like saving 10 to 20 percent in many cases, and that’s what some of these rebate programs can do for you. Below are the highlights of some of the available rebate programs. This is certainly not a [...]


By Darren Hefty On our soybeans and across the country, we’ve seen a good return on investment (ROI) using QuickRoots, ROOTastic inoculant, and Dominance (insecticide plus fungicides). The biggest challenge with putting three different things together is compatibility. Plus, inoculant is always better when applied immediately before planting, whether it has an extender with it [...]


By Brian Hefty You may have heard Darren and I talk about soils or reading a soil test briefly at an Ag PhD Workshop in the past, but I can guarantee you that attending an Ag PhD Soils Clinic will be an eye-opening event that will be very well worth your time. Think about it [...]

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