Ag PhD Ag Minute
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.
How much pressure do your shoes place on the soil? In this week's Ag Minute, Darren Hefty discusses why soil compaction is a big deal to farmers.
Darren Hefty explains how farmers decide how much manure to apply to their fields.
Can Farmers Raise Bigger Crops on Less Fertilizer?
Can farmers raise bigger crops on less fertilizer? In today's Ag Minute, Darren Hefty talks about how to do increase your yield with less money spent.
Darren Hefty explains the function of grass waterways in fields.
Keeping Grain Bins Safe From Insects and Spoilage
Have you ever wondered how farmers prevent bugs from eating their stored crops? Find out in this Ag Minute!
Darren Hefty explains why farmers spray herbicides on soil before weeds have even emerged.
What Do Deer Eat?
Have you ever wondered what deer eat? In today's Ag Minute Darren Hefty says one of their favorite meals is corn.
Soybean Shatter Loss
What is soybean shatter loss? Darren Hefty explains.
Did you know farmers are compositing on a large scale? In today's Ag Minute Darren Hefty discusses how farmers turn manure, into nutrients for crops!
Late Night Harvest
Darren Hefty talks about farmers working through the night to get harvest done.
What Crops Farmers Grow
Darren Hefty talks about the factors farmers consider when deciding what crop to plant.
Why Do Corn Plants Break?
In this week's Ag Minute, Darren Hefty discusses some reasons why corn plants fall over and break.
Darren Hefty talks about the impact that too much fall rain can have on harvest.
In this week's Ag Minute, Darren Hefty discusses the many fall tillage practices.
Darren Hefty talks about the lady beetle nuisance and how to avoid them in your home.
Do Farmers Ever Want a Drought?
Is a drought ever a good thing for farmers? Today's Ag Minute may surprise you.
What's on a Soil Test?
Darren Hefty explains the important readings to get when you're testing your soil.
How Does Frost Effect Harvest?
In this week's Ag Minute, Darren Hefty discusses the balance between late planting and harvesting around frost.
Water's Effect on Roads
Darren Hefty explains the effect that excess water has on roads.
What Makes Good Soil Good?
What makes good soil good? In this week's Ag Minute, Darren Hefty shares some fundamental dirt knowledge that professional farmers deal with every day.
Wind And Plants
Darren Hefty explains wind and its effect on plants.
What is a GDU?
In today's Ag Minute, Darren Hefty discusses how farmers are able to estimate when their crops will be ready. It's through a formula called growing degree units.
Darren Hefty talks about the stresses that soybean plants endure during the growing season.
In today's Ag Minute, Darren explains this devastating bacterial disease in corn.