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
  • Calcium and Magnesium

    Episode 1036

    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

    Episode 1032

    Darren Hefty explains why farmers continue to work in their fields late into the fall.

  • Refuge Corn

    Episode 1031

    Darren Hefty explains why corn fields may have more than one hybrid planted in it.

  • Manure Application

    Episode 1030

    Darren Hefty explains how farmers decide how much manure to apply to their crop fields.

  • Lawn Soil Testing

    Episode 1029

    Darren Hefty talks about soil testing and fertilizing your lawn or garden.

  • Lady Beetles

    Episode 1028

    Darren Hefty talks about preventing lady beetles from getting into your house in the fall.

  • Fall Tillage

    Episode 1027

    Darren Hefty explains why farmers may do tillage in the fall instead of the spring.

  • Compost
    Episode 1026


    Episode 1026

    Darren Hefty talks about the benefits of using compost at home and on the farm.

  • Soybean Shatter Loss

    Episode 1025

    Darren Hefty explains why farmers don't want to waste time getting their soybean crops harvested in the fall.

  • Late Night Harvest

    Episode 1024

    Darren Hefty talks about why farmers sometimes work around the clock to get their crops harvested.

  • Tractors and Semis

    Episode 1023

    Darren Hefty talks about the importance of safety when farmers are driving large trucks and tractors.

  • Late Season Intactness

    Episode 1022

    Darren Hefty explains why you may see corn plants looking a little "tipsy" late in the growing season.

  • What Crops Farmers Grow

    Episode 1021

    Darren Hefty talks about how farmers choose which crops they will raise on their farms.

  • Fall Rains

    Episode 1020

    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?

    Episode 1019

    Darren Hefty explains where fertilizers such as phosphorus and gypsum come from.

  • Gypsum
    Episode 1018


    Episode 1018

    Darren Hefty talks about the value of a soil amendment called gypsum.

  • Goss's Wilt

    Episode 1017

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

  • Early Corn Harvest

    Episode 1016

    Darren Hefty explains why corn harvest is ahead of schedule this year.

  • Organic Matter

    Episode 1035

    Darren Hefty talks about the importance of organic matter in soil.

  • Beneficial Insects

    Episode 1015

    Darren Hefty talks about some insects that can be beneficial for crops.

  • Benefits of Rain

    Episode 1014

    Darren Hefty talks about plants utilizing water after a rain or a watering.

  • Soybean Stresses

    Episode 1013

    Darren Hefty talks about the stresses that soybean crops endure during the summer.

  • Crops and Heat

    Episode 1012

    Darren Hefty explains how crops deal with excessive heat.