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In-Season Nitrate Testing

By Brian Hefty

Plant tissue analysis is great for knowing what is in the plant today for nutrients.  If you want to know how much nitrogen you need to sidedress for corn or how much to streambar in wheat this year, you need a different test.

Our suggestion is to soil sample for nitrogen levels a week […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day 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.

This will be our largest event ever, with more to see and do than any Field […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Early to Mid Season Fungicide Apps in Corn and Wheat

By Darren Hefty

I looked back at an article I wrote last year, and the facts are still the facts.
Fungicide Facts

Fungicides are preventative.  They must be applied before the disease hits in order to protect the maximum amount of yield.
Plant health benefits are real.  There actually are changes made inside plants after fungicide applications that cause […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Post Corn Herbicides

By Brian Hefty

What will you tankmix with Roundup post-emerge in your corn this spring?  Here is a quick rundown on the 3 most popular options, as well as some extra add-ins you commonly see in premixes.

Status – Many people have the misconception that dicamba is the main weed killer in Status.  At the 5 oz […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Post-Emerge Weed Control in Soybeans

By Darren Hefty

When you think about the resistant weed problems you face in soybeans, almost every one of them is a broadleaf weed.  If you can solve the toughest broadleaf weed problems on your farm, your soybean fields will not only be able to reach their maximum yield potential, but you’ll be able to stand […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Plant Tissue Analysis

By Brian Hefty

Cut, cut, cut… Many farmers I talk to this year are trying to cut “extra expenses”.  Here’s the problem.  What’s an “extra expense” and what’s a good investment?  The worst thing you can do is cut $20 in “expenses” and lose $40 in yield.  While you can shave 25 or 50 cents an […]

May 12th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Pesticide Safety

By Brian Hefty

One of the most popular requests we get at Ag PhD is for information on pesticide safety, as farmers need to justify their use of these products when speaking to non-farmers.  Here are six things you can discuss with your non-farm friends:

The dose makes the poison.  When I looked up the definition of […]

April 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

RyzUp SmartGrass

By Brian Hefty

In the northern U.S., perhaps the biggest challenge we face each year is lack of heat units.  Our growing season is short, so we have to make the most of every single day.  One of the products we’ve been experimenting with in the last few years, RyzUp SmartGrass, can help increase early-season growth.  […]

April 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Wheat Insecticides

By Darren Hefty

Weed, disease, and insect control in most crops is rarely overlooked.  For some reason, insects in wheat seem to be an exception.  Is it an attempt to save money by not spraying?  Yield loss due to insect feeding and the increase in disease severity that affects plants that have been fed on is […]

April 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day July 28th!

By Brian Hefty

We invite you to attend the Ag PhD Field Day on our farm near Baltic, SD 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.

This will be our largest event ever, with more to see […]

April 15th, 2016|Ag PhD Newsletter|