What Should We Do with Dicamba?

By Brian Hefty

I have been an agronomist for over 25 years, and I’ve never seen anything like what we’ve experienced this summer in terms of leaf cupping on soybeans. I have cupped beans, too. While this is an emotional issue, it’s always best to take the emotion out and look at it from a business […]

August 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Field Scouting in 2017

By Darren Hefty

There were so many things going on in fields around the country that will and have had a big impact on yields in 2017. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the bigger ones I saw and what can be done to protect your crops going forward.

Wheat Curl Mite – We saw wheat […]

August 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Field Days Featuring Randy Dowdy!

By Brian Hefty

A couple months ago, I went to Georgia to visit Randy Dowdy’s farm, and that was one of the highlights of my summer. If you are not familiar with Randy, he is the current world-record holder for soybean yield (171 bushels per acre), and he has raised over 500 bushel corn. Yes, you […]

August 25th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Cover Crops

By Darren Hefty

It’s hard to pick up a farm publication and not hear about cover crops these days.  Brian and I get asked about cover crops almost every day on Ag PhD Radio (Sirius XM 147 at 2 p.m. CT).  Here are the most popular questions we’ve recently received, along with our answers.
Will My Residual […]

June 28th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Can Late Soybean Applications Pay This Year?

By Brian Hefty

When soybeans were over $10 per bushel, I literally had farmers walk into my office and say, “What else can I spend money on in my soybeans?”  Recently, I’ve talked to farmers who have said, “Soybeans aren’t worth anything now, so I’m not going to spend any money on them.”

I have been a […]

June 28th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Post-Harvest Burndown

By Brian Hefty

This summer or this fall, you may need a burndown application (or two) after harvest.  What is happening with herbicide pricing, and what are the best burndown options for 2017?

First of all, Roundup has been in tight supply lately.  The farmgate price around our area is up more than 25% since last fall, […]

June 28th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

When Can I Be Done Spraying Weeds?

June 28th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Ag PhD Field Day July 27th!

By Brian Hefty

Please register today at agphd.com for the Ag PhD Field Day!  You are invited to join us for the Ag PhD Field Day on Thursday, July 27th!  My brother Darren & I, along with our great staff, are hosting this event on our farm near Baltic, SD.  The Field Day site is just […]

June 28th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Late Season Wheat Investments

By Darren Hefty

Could a $2 investment in your wheat result in $100 of profit?  It sure could.  Then again, it could only result in a $10 profit.  That’s the thing with crop inputs – you have to look at the average gain over a period of years to make the best decisions for your farm.  […]

May 29th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|

Rotational Restrictions

By Brian Hefty

Your decisions today could impact the next crop you raise, and possibly even the crop after that.  I love herbicides… IF they control my weeds without injuring my next crop.  Let’s talk about how to avoid the bad, but achieve the good.

Always check the label and talk to your agronomist about carryover potential.  […]

May 29th, 2017|Ag PhD Newsletter|