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Price Crashes

By Brian Hefty

I have great news for you today. There are even more price crashes with certain input costs! Below are 4 categories where prices are at an all-time low. Because of this, the ROI with using these products has never been better, and you may need to incorporate these things into your overall program […]

October 23rd, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Sclerotinia White Mold

By Darren Hefty

What happened in 2017 that made it the worst white mold year I’ve seen in 20 years? There are several factors that played into our issues with sclerotinia white mold, and there are also a number of control methods that showed some promise. Here’s what we learned this year.

Conditions that led to sclerotinia […]

October 23rd, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Rose Parade Float

October 23rd, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

You Need More Tile

By Brian Hefty

In much of the Midwestern United States, there are two sure-fire ways to increase yield and profits: improve drainage, and fertilize more efficiently based on complete soil test data. We’ll focus on drainage in this article.

I realize that tiling has been around for centuries, and you may have had tile on your farm […]

October 5th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Have We Seen the Seasonal (Cycle) Lows?

By Mark Soderberg
Grain PhD Risk Management Specialist

At Grain PhD this is the most common question we’ve heard in recent weeks. While I’d love to answer this question with a firm yes, the fact of the matter is we do not know. No one does. To date the low in corn prices was made on August […]

October 5th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Fall Weed Control

By Darren Hefty

Marestail, dandelion, and other troublesome winter annuals, biennials, and perennials can be eliminated for your next crop season yet this fall! Below are some excellent options to get the job done. There are also some products and situations you want to avoid. Here’s a rundown on both.
MARESTAIL
Stop your combines on a fall afternoon […]

October 5th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Soil Test to Cut Fertilizer Expense

By Brian Hefty

I hate expenses, but I love good investments. Is the fertilizer you will apply this fall or next spring an expense or an investment? Without a good soil test, your answer is simply a guess.

Back 20 years ago on our farm, we did zero soil testing. None. Today, I can’t imagine not testing […]

October 5th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Want More Income? Test Your Soil!

By Brian Hefty

One of the turning points when it comes to yield and profitability on our farm was when we started regularly soil testing. Prior to about 10 or 15 years ago, we rarely tested our soil. The old philosophy was, “If we over-do it on P & K, it will just be there for […]

August 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Focus on ROI in Wheat

By Darren Hefty

Think about raising wheat like a business produces a product. At every step in the process, the business considers how to make the product work. It also looks at the profitability of each input along the way and analyzes the potential gain. Taking that same approach to your wheat crop is a great […]

August 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Grain PhD is Launched at Field Day!

By Brian Hefty

If you visited the Grain PhD tent and Morton Center presentations at the Ag PhD Field Day July 27th, thank you! It was a perfect way to launch the Grain PhD platform.

We realize that you face many different risks but price risk is often top of mind. The notion of selling crops at […]

August 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|