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
  • Semis & Tractors

    Episode 1137

    Semi-trucks and large tractors are much more difficult to drive than your car. Darren Hefty says everyone should give these big machines extra space on the road.

  • Calcium and Magnesium

    Episode 1136

    Darren Hefty explains why some growers pay attention to soil nutrients other than nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

  • Fall Fertilizer

    Episode 1135

    Plants need food and after harvest is the best time to spread some of those nutrients for the next season. Darren Hefty explains the chemistry behind fall fertilizing in this Ag Minute.

  • Fertilizer Rates

    Episode 1134

    Darren Hefty explains how farmers decide how much fertilizer to apply to their crops.

  • Autumn Drought

    Episode 1133

    If there has to be a drought, some say fall would be the best time for it. Darren Hefty talks about seasonal lack of rain in this Ag Minute

  • Fall Rains

    Episode 1132

    Find out why farmers want rain, but not too much and not at the wrong times.

  • Lady Beetles

    Episode 1131

    Some advice on lady beetles residing in your house from Darren Hefty.

  • Cover Crops

    Episode 1130

    Darren Hefty explains what a cover crop is and why some farmers plant them after harvest.

  • Fall Pasture Management

    Episode 1128

    Find out how farmers and ranchers are able to keep their cattle grazing into the fall.

  • Early Fall Freeze

    Episode 1127

    Darren Hefty talks about the possibilities of late-season frost.

  • Corn Silage vs. Grain Harvest

    Episode 1126

    Learn a few different ways farmers manage their fields when they chop silage instead of harvest the grain.

  • Deer & Corn

    Episode 1125

    Farmers see a lot of deer because they love to eat their corn. Darren talks deer diets in today's Ag Minute.

  • Corn Piles

    Episode 1124

    Darren Hefty explains why you may see piles of grain outside grain bins this fall.

  • Dandelions & Fall Lawn Management

    Episode 1123

    There are three things you can do each autumn to help your lawn be ready for spring. Darren Hefty talks weeds, fertility, and mowing in this Ag Minute.

  • Ethanol E15

    Episode 1122

    Darren Hefty explains that using higher ethanol blends is just fine for vehicles.

  • Organic Matter

    Episode 1121

    Decaying plant and animal waste is essential for good soils. Darren Hefty digs into organic matter in this week's Ag Minute.

  • Pigweeds
    01:00
    Episode 1120

    Pigweeds

    Episode 1120

    Darren Hefty talks about the challenging weeds like Palmer amaranth and waterhemp.

  • Why Do Farmers Have Dirty Hands?

    Episode 1119

    You have get your fingers into the soil throughout the year to be a good farmer says Darren Hefty.

  • Dry Weather

    Episode 1118

    Darren Hefty talks about plants during short-term dry spells.

  • Hot Crops
    01:00
    Episode 1117

    Hot Crops

    Episode 1117

    Can corn get too hot? Darren Hefty talks about ideal temperatures for crops.

  • Goss's Wilt

    Episode 1116

    Darren Hefty talks about a bacterial corn disease called Goss's Wilt.

  • How Bugs Affect Crops

    Episode 1114

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

  • Tar Spot
    01:00
    Episode 1115

    Tar Spot

    Episode 1115

    Where is tar spot? What does it look like? And what can farmers do to manage this fungus? Darren Hefty talks about the worst disease you can have in corn.

  • 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.