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 Farmers Choose Their Crops
Why don't farmers raise 10 different crops? Darren Hefty explains that weather, markets, and profits dictate what is raised across the US.
Snow and Plants
Darren Hefty explains how a blanket of snow can help perennial and winter annual plants.
Are there "Super Weeds?" Darren Hefty explains why that term is false. Weeds like waterhemp have become harder to control; however, we are finding new ways to kill these Roundup resistant plants.
Calcium and Magnesium
Darren Hefty talks about the importance of testing for calcium and magnesium in soils.
Diversification of Crops
It's usually best to diversify your crops each year; Darren Hefty explains why.
Darren Hefty talks about the purpose of grass waterways in fields.
Darren Hefty tells us how to identify and fix high pH on the farm.
Youth in Agriculture
Learn how young people can find careers in farming in a modern world.
Late Fall Field Work
From fertilizer applications to tillage to water management - farmers still have a lot to accomplish before winter.
Fall Pasture Management
Darren Hefty explains how farmers can keep pastures greener for cattle later in the season.
Darren Hefty explains factors that farmers consider when deciding which fields to harvest first.
Foam in Rivers
Why do you occasionally see foam in rivers and streams? Darren Hefty explains the science behind this phenomenon and whether you should be alarmed by foamy waters.
Darren Hefty talks about the use of gibberellic acid in pastures.
Darren Hefty talks about rainy vs. dry weather in the fall.
Winter Annual Weeds
Darren Hefty talks about the importance of controlling winter annual weeds in the fall.
Darren Hefty explains how farmers keep grain in bins safe from insects and spoilage.
Lawn and Garden Fertility
Darren Hefty explains the importance of a good soil sampling program for fields as well as gardens and lawns.
Weeds On Field Borders
Darren Hefty explains why farmers sometimes control weeds on the edges of fields.
Darren Hefty explains why corn harvest will likely be earlier than normal this year.
Darren Hefty talks about a corn disease called Goss's Wilt.
Darren Hefty explains how farmers decide how much plant food, or fertilizer, to apply to fields.
Darren Hefty talks about the use of cover crops after harvest.