Ag PhD Ag Minute

Ag PhD Ag Minute

5 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
  • Why Grass Strips Are in Fields | Ag PhD

    Episode 1213

    Grass waterways are the natural way to save soil after a rain. Darren Hefty explains how these little patches can have a big impact.

  • Corn Emergence | Ag PhD

    Episode 1212

    Darren Hefty talks about the importance of getting seeds to emerge at the same time.

  • Cover Crop Control | Ag PhD

    Episode 1211

    If you ever wondered what farmers do with their fields between crops, Darren Hefty has got you covered.

  • Corn Planting Begins | Ag PhD

    Episode 1210

    Darren Hefty talks about some of the reasons that farmers start planting corn so early in the season.

  • Farmers Prepare for Everything | Ag PhD

    Episode 1209

    For farmers, a little foresight can go a long way. Darren Hefty explains how stocking up early pays off later.

  • Pheasants Like To Eat Corn Seeds | Ag PhD

    Episode 1208

    Darren Hefty explains how farmers can protect their corn seeds from pheasants.

  • Be a Farmer of Your Lawn | Ag PhD

    Episode 1207

    Agriculture expert Darren Hefty encourages you to think of the grass in your yard as a crop, and provides wisdom from the farm, to keep your summer weed-free.

  • Dandelions in Lawns | Ag PhD

    Episode 1206

    03/31/24 Ag Minute #1206

  • Frost After Planting | Ag PhD

    Episode 1205

    A late spring frost can hurt some crops more than others. Darren Hefty lays out the cold hard truth in today's Ag Minute.

  • Corn Seed Planting Depth | Ag PhD

    Episode 1204

    Darren Hefty explains why corn seeds must be planted at a very specific depth in the soil.

  • Corn Refuge Hybrids | Ag PhD

    Episode 1203

    There is more than one variety of corn plant in each field. Darren Hefty talks about the pesty reason farmers scatter different seeds on each cornfield.

  • Is It Too Early To Fertilize Your Lawn? | Ag PhD

    Episode 1202

    Darren Hefty talks about when to fertilize your lawn to get the most out of what you apply.

  • More Than One Crop | Ag PhD

    Episode 1201

    Why don't farmers plant just one type of crop? Darren Hefty talks about the benefits of diversification in farming in today's Ag Minute.

  • Seed Size | Ag PhD

    Episode 1200

    Darren Hefty explains how seed size can affect a plant's germination and growth in different conditions.

  • Cover Crop Lifespan | Ag PhD

    Episode 1199

    When should a cover crop be terminated? Darren Hefty helps you uncover the truth about these useful non-cash crops.

  • Early Planting | Ag PhD

    Episode 1198

    Find out why farmers often try to plant their crops as early as they can in the spring.

  • How Many Ears? | Ag PhD

    Episode 1197

    Do cornstalks only have one ear of corn? Darren Hefty gives you an earful of corn math in today's Ag Minute.

  • Plant Roots | Ag PhD

    Episode 1196

    Darren Hefty explains various factors that affect the way plant roots grow.

  • Drought Aftermath | Ag PhD

    Episode 1195

    2023 was a dry year. Now what? Darren Hefty offers advice on how to prepare the soil and fertility after a season of drought.

  • Grain Storage | Ag PhD

    Episode 1194

    Darren Hefty explains how farmers keep stored grain safe from insects and spoilage.