By Darren Hefty The best weed control out there is the method that nature gives us: crop canopy.  When a crop is big and tall and no sunlight is hitting the ground, new weeds won’t start growing.  I bring this up because as crops like wheat are harvested across the country, the weeds will now [...]

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By Brian Hefty Soybeans are very different from corn.  When it gets late in the season, corn yield is mostly already determined.  Corn takes up a lot of nutrients and moisture earlier in the year.  With soybeans, the opposite is true.  When corn reaches its maximum height and root size at tasseling, think about how [...]

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Jul 172014
 

By Darren Hefty Last year at the Ag PhD Field Day, I was blown away by how much attention our cover crop area received.  There were tons of people in there all day asking questions, looking at a wide variety of cover crops, and even digging them up to see what kind of root system [...]

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By Brian Hefty Whether you have 10 miles to drive or 1000, we are doing everything we can to put together a memorable day for you on Thursday, July 24 at the free Ag PhD Field Day on our farm.  I know you’re busy.  I am, too, but I’ve always found that it’s good to [...]

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By Brian Hefty Get a sweep net.  Check your fields for bugs before you spray.  Always carry insecticide with you when spraying just in case you need it.  Throw insecticide in with your herbicide and/or fungicide in wheat when you see enough harmful insects. It’s really that simple.  Insecticide is dirt cheap – $1.50 to [...]

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Jun 202014
 

By Brian Hefty What will give you the best payback in the short-term and long-term yet this year?  That’s a tough question to answer, and it obviously varies depending on the area you are in.  Here is how the discussion has gone with many farmers in the upper Midwest over the last few years, as [...]

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Jun 202014
 

By Brian Hefty In the spring of 2007, I had finally had enough.  For many years, we had been farming around wet holes, delaying planting, re-seeding, getting stuck – you know what I’m talking about.  That spring we were farming 35 fields, and we only had 3 that we could plant straight through.  Even though [...]

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By Darren Hefty Whether you got a pre-emerge herbicide on or not, you may need a tankmix partner for Roundup in your soybeans.  I’ll list your main non-premix choices and the weeds they really help with.  I’ll rank these products in terms of popularity, although this varies by region: Flexstar is your best choice for [...]

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By Brian Hefty If you want to learn from the best, join us for the free Ag PhD Field Day on our farm on Thursday, July 24 as we will have yield champs from across the country as featured speakers!  We will have several panels on corn, soybeans and wheat, with several high-yield farmers in [...]

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By Darren Hefty When it comes to fungicide use, there are really two goals and one big consideration. The goals are: Protecting your crop against yield and quality robbing diseases Plant health benefits Your only consideration is this – will an application of fungicide give me a good return on investment this year? Corn There [...]

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