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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|

Ag PhD Field Day – Thursday, July 30, 2015

By Brian Hefty

Competition plots: Brian vs. Darren vs. yield champions in corn, soybeans, and wheat.  Our corn competitors feature current and past world record holders!  We have Randy Dowdy, David Hula, Steven Albracht, and Matt Swanson with plots at the Field Day site where they will also be speaking.  We have an impressive farmer lineup […]

July 9th, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Early Fungicide Apps in Corn and Soybeans

By Darren Hefty

There has a been a push for early fungicide applications in corn at V4 to V7 for a number of years now, and in soybeans there have been questions but little data in the early stages. Here are a few facts about fungicides you’ll need in order to understand the dynamics involved in […]

June 1st, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Avoid Bad Soil Testing Information

By Brian Hefty

Soil testing is supposed to help you make important decisions on the farm, right?  Well, what if the soil sampling you’ve had done is not representative of your land?  What if the soil testing methods are substandard?  What if the person you’ve trusted to give you the results isn’t properly interpreting the data […]

June 1st, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Top 5 Corn Sidedress Questions

By Darren Hefty
1. How Much Nitrogen Does My Crop Need?
All the research on nitrogen in corn has shown that you don’t want to run short.  You hopefully know how much N was in the soil to begin with and how much you’ve applied so far.  Plus, you will be getting (depending on where you live […]

June 1st, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Post Soybean Herbicide Options

By Brian Hefty

Since almost every farmer now has Roundup-resistant (or at least tolerant) weeds, post-emerge tankmixing with Roundup is more popular than ever.  Below are some products you should consider adding in this summer.  By the way, spray nozzle selection and adjuvant choice are also big keys to getting better control.  If you want a […]

June 1st, 2015|Ag PhD Newsletter|