Ag PhD Ag Minute

Ag PhD Ag Minute

4 Seasons

A companion piece to Ag PhD, the Ag Minute is a weekly 60-second vignette designed to provide a quick burst of insight into how and why farmers do what they do.

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Ag PhD Ag Minute
  • How Bugs Affect Crops

    Episode 1114

    Darren talks about various impacts that bugs can have on crops.

  • Hungry Plants

    Episode 1113

    Darren Hefty tells us how farmers manage crop nutrients throughout the season. You have to feed your plants before they feed you.

  • Crop Canopy

    Episode 1112

    Darren talks about natural weed control with good crop canopy.

  • Dew
    Episode 1111


    Episode 1111

    Learn how dew can help plants when the weather turns dry.

  • Pheasants Eating Corn Seeds

    Episode 1110

    Darren talks birds in your fields. He has a non-harmful way to keep the pheasants from stealing your just planted seeds.

  • Planning Ahead

    Episode 1109

    Find out how farmers plan ahead in the face of adverse conditions.

  • Greener Healthier Lawn With Less Work

    Episode 1108

    Soil sampling and less frequent watering can turn your yard into the lush lawn you've always wanted.

  • Lawn Spray Timing

    Episode 1107

    Darren Hefty talks about when to apply weed control products to your lawn.

  • Corn Emergence

    Episode 1109

    Darren Hefty tells us why farmers try to have their all corn plants come out of the ground at the exact same time.

  • Cold Spring

    Episode 1105

    Learn how farmers deal with cooler weather during planting time.

  • GDUs
    Episode 1104


    Episode 1104

    Darren Hefty explains exactly what Growing Degree Units are, why they are so important, and how to calculate them for corn.

  • Pasture Management

    Episode 1103

    Darren explains various ways that farmers can maximize grass growth in their pastures.

  • Gypsum for Healthy Crops and Lawns

    Episode 1102

    Learn how farmers and homeowners alike can use gypsum to improve soils.

  • Warm Spring

    Episode 1101

    See why farmers can benefit from an early spring warm-up.

  • Rain Importance

    Episode 1100

    Darren explains the importance of having ample fertility as well as water for plants.

  • Grass Tetany

    Episode 1099

    Learn how farmers keep cattle healthy when grass may not have the nutrients they need.

  • Sunlight & Corn Ears

    Episode 1098

    What is the "edge effect"? Darren Hefty explains how corn plants may grow more than one ear when they receive more sunlight.

  • Row Cleaners

    Episode 1097

    Darren Hefty explains how modern planting equipment successfully plants in last year's crop residue.

  • Weeds in No-Till Fields

    Episode 1096

    Darren talks about the challenges of controlling weeds in no-till fields.

  • Carbon
    Episode 1095


    Episode 1095

    Darren Hefty explains how farmers can help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

  • Plant Root Growth

    Episode 1094

    How do roots know where to go? Darren Hefty discusses the science of plant root growth in today's Ag Minute.

  • Drain Tile In Spring

    Episode 1093

    Darren Hefty explains how drain tile works in the spring vs. the fall.

  • Soybean Germination Problems

    Episode 1092

    Soybeans are becoming more popular than ever. Unfortunately, many seed companies are reporting some poor germination tests on bean seed this year.

  • Hog Confinement

    Episode 1091

    Darren Hefty explains why livestock are raised in buildings instead of outdoors.