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.
Calcium and Magnesium
Darren Hefty explains how paying attention to calcium and magnesium levels in soil can improve soils and crops.
One Ear of Corn per Stalk
Darren Hefty explains why corn plants typically have only one ear.
Late Fall Field Work
Darren Hefty explains why farmers continue to work in their fields late into the fall.
Darren Hefty explains why corn fields may have more than one hybrid planted in it.
Darren Hefty explains how farmers decide how much manure to apply to their crop fields.
Lawn Soil Testing
Darren Hefty talks about soil testing and fertilizing your lawn or garden.
Darren Hefty talks about preventing lady beetles from getting into your house in the fall.
Darren Hefty explains why farmers may do tillage in the fall instead of the spring.
Soybean Shatter Loss
Darren Hefty explains why farmers don't want to waste time getting their soybean crops harvested in the fall.
Late Night Harvest
Darren Hefty talks about why farmers sometimes work around the clock to get their crops harvested.
Tractors and Semis
Darren Hefty talks about the importance of safety when farmers are driving large trucks and tractors.
Late Season Intactness
Darren Hefty explains why you may see corn plants looking a little "tipsy" late in the growing season.
What Crops Farmers Grow
Darren Hefty talks about how farmers choose which crops they will raise on their farms.
Excessive rain can be a problem for farmers; not just in the spring during planting, but also during harvest season.
Where Does Fertilizer Come From?
Darren Hefty explains where fertilizers such as phosphorus and gypsum come from.
Darren Hefty talks about a corn disease called Goss's Wilt.
Early Corn Harvest
Darren Hefty explains why corn harvest is ahead of schedule this year.
Darren Hefty talks about the importance of organic matter in soil.
Darren Hefty talks about some insects that can be beneficial for crops.
Benefits of Rain
Darren Hefty talks about plants utilizing water after a rain or a watering.
Darren Hefty talks about the stresses that soybean crops endure during the summer.
Crops and Heat
Darren Hefty explains how crops deal with excessive heat.