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Turning Plant Tissue Tests Into Fertilizer Recommendations

By Darren Hefty

Are you sufficiently alarmed?  I am, just by reading that title.  Can you turn a plant tissue test result into a fertilizer application that will make your farm money consistently?  Before you can do that, you really have to understand your soils.

Example 1:  Your soil is borderline low in copper but great in […]

June 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Post Harvest Burndown

By Brian Hefty

If you are raising a crop that will be harvested in the summer or early fall, a post-harvest burndown is often essential.  The big question each year is which herbicide program should you use?  We all know that by avoiding tillage as much as possible, you can reduce erosion, conserve moisture, and build […]

June 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Corn Rootworm Beetles

By Darren Hefty

2016 has been a bad year for corn rootworm control. There are 4 big reasons why.

An increase in conventional corn acres
Some farmers cutting back or eliminating planting time insecticide
A switch from SmartStax to above ground only Bt’s
A mild winter

How do you gauge the type of rootworm pressure you had earlier this year? […]

June 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Soybean Fungicide & Insecticide

By Brian Hefty

What will you spray in your soybean fields yet this summer?  Here are 4 options that could improve your yield and profitability.

INSECTICIDE.  If you are looking for “consistent results”, nothing beats insecticide if you have harmful bugs show up.  Normal pyrethroids like Silencer only cost $2 for the full rate!  If you are […]

June 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

2016 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 – […]

June 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

2016 Ag PhD Field Day – Thursday, 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 30th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

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|