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Finance Programs for 2017

By Brian Hefty

Every year we talk about the importance of prepaying.  The savings are big, and most dealers offer price protection on seed and pesticides if prices go down in-season.  If you are holding on to your grain, leaving you a little short on cash, there are plenty of options so you can still get […]

November 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Soybean Disease Management for 2017

By Darren Hefty

2016 was an excellent growing season for soybeans across much of the country, but the same growing conditions that led to high yields also provided a great environment for disease development.

For any disease to thrive in your fields, it needs three factors (called the Disease Pyramid) to align.

Host (Susceptible Plant)
Pathogen
Environment

If you had anthracnose, […]

November 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Biodiesel Basics

By Ray T. Bohacz

Biodiesel’s roots grow deep in the soil of American farms. Yet there is a great deal of misinformation.

The amount of biodiesel in fuel is identified alphanumerically (the letter B and a number). B100 is pure biodiesel. B20 is a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum-based diesel.

Biodiesel is manufactured instead of refined. […]

November 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Comparing Soybean Traits

By Darren Hefty

Today’s soybean genetics have a very high yield potential!  The world record was broken this year and the bar is now set at 171 bushels per acre!  I’ve talked to many producers across the country raising 80, 90, 100 bushels per acre and more.  The key to high yielding soybeans is getting the […]

November 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Don’t Miss This Winter’s Ag PhD Events!

Last year we had over 15,000 people attend our Winter Workshops & Clinics.  If you attended, thank you!  We will have lots of new info for you this year.  If you haven’t attended one of our winter events in the past, we invite you to join us.  We will absolutely make it worth your while […]

November 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Are Your Fertilizer Recommendations Wrong?

By Brian Hefty

At one of our soils clinics last winter, I had a farmer walk up to me during one of our breaks, and here was what he said.  “Brian, I’ve talked to some of your people already, but I just wanted to thank you personally for putting on these Soils Clinics.  Last year I […]

November 3rd, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Awesome Winter Wheat

By Darren Hefty

As wheat planting approaches in your area, here is the “To Do” list in the pursuit of higher yields and profits.

Eliminate the Green Bridge.  If you visited the Ag PhD Field Day this year, you probably noticed the handy work of the wheat curl mite.  If you are going to plant wheat (or […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Should I Switch to Xtend or LibertyLink?

By Brian Hefty

Weed issues might not be the number one concern on your farm, but I’ll bet you are a lot more worried about weed control than you were five years ago.  Who isn’t?

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend beans are now approved in Europe, so every U.S. elevator will likely be accepting them this fall and […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Cut Fertilizer Costs with Soil Testing

By Brian Hefty

Last fall on our farm, we identified some areas with phosphorus levels high enough that had we applied more P (like we originally planned), it likely would have HURT YIELD, not helped it.  Having an excess of almost any nutrient can be as detrimental as having a low level of that nutrient.  For […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Field Scouting Summary From 2016

By Darren Hefty

You’ve heard before that every year is different on the farm, but EVERY YEAR REALLY IS DIFFERENT!  With that in mind, here are a few things we noticed this year that will play into successful crop plans for 2017.

Precision Ag 

Grid soil sampling and variable rate fertilizer application are proving to reduce wasted fertility […]

August 29th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|