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
  • Rotational Grazing

    Episode 958

    Darren Hefty explains why farmers and ranchers sometimes restrict cattle from grazing all over a pasture.

  • Beneficial Insects

    Episode 956

    Darren Hefty talks about the importance of ground beetles, pirate bugs, and lady bugs for crop fields.

  • Emerald Ash Borer

    Episode 955

    Darren Hefty talks about how to prevent damage from the emerald ash borer.

  • Dandelions and Freelexx

    Episode 954

    Darren Hefty explains how and when to control dandelions in your lawn.

  • Plant Food

    Episode 953

    Darren Hefty talks about how farmers find the food plants need to grow.

  • Soil Microbes

    Episode 952

    Darren Hefty talks about the role that soil microbes play in helping plants grow.

  • Lawn Soil Testing

    Episode 950

    Darren Hefty explains how you can improve your lawn by doing a soil test.

  • Replanting

    Episode 951

    Darren Hefty talks about the things a farmer may consider when deciding to replant a crop.

  • Late Planting

    Episode 949

    Darren Hefty talks about the influence and risk of getting crops planted too late.

  • Watering Your Lawn

    Episode 948

    Darren Hefty explains why watering your lawn too often can be bad for your grass - it's all about deep healthy root growth.

  • Corn Planting Begins

    Episode 947

    Darren Hefty explains factors that influence a farmer's decision of when to plant corn.

  • Flooded Fields

    Episode 946

    Darren Hefty explains how floods can negatively affect soils.

  • Cold Spring

    Episode 945

    Darren Hefty explains how a cool spring can affect the decisions farmers make at planting time.

  • Row Cleaners

    Episode 944

    Darren Hefty explains why planters have attachments called "row cleaners".

  • Pasture Management

    Episode 942

    Darren Hefty explains a few ways that farmers maintain the fertility and grass growth in their pastures.

  • Producing More With Less Seed

    Episode 941

    Darren Hefty explains how farmers are actually getting more yield with planting fewer seeds.

  • Seed Treatments

    Episode 940

    Darren Hefty explains why seeds are often coated with many seed treatments before planting.

  • Soil pH
    Episode 939

    Soil pH

    Episode 939

    Darren Hefty talks about the importance of the the acidity of all soils.

  • Caring for Livestock in Extreme Weather

    Episode 938

    Darren Hefty explains how farmers and ranchers care for their animals during extreme weather. He explains how facilities are built to provide animals shelter and what they need to remain healthy.

  • Snow Insulates Plants

    Episode 937

    Darren Hefty explains how a blanket of snow can benefit crops over the winter.

  • Salt and Plants

    Episode 936

    In this week's Ag Minute, Darren Hefty explains how salt interacts with plants and how it can help or hurt their growth.

  • Water and Plant Food

    Episode 935

    Darren Hefty explains the relationship between water in the soil and a plant's ability to take in nutrients.

  • Preparing Soil for Planting

    Episode 934

    Darren Hefty explains how soil has to be prepped in order to plant the seed for the upcoming season properly. He discusses what plants need in order to grow, and how proper planting sets farmers up for a successful harvest in the fall.

  • Calcium & Magnesium

    Episode 933

    Darren Hefty explains how paying attention to the little things can make a good soil great.