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.
Producing More With Less Seed
Darren Hefty talks about getting higher yields by planting fewer seeds.
Plant Tissue Testing
Darren Hefty explains why farmers cut leaves off plants and send them in for analysis.
One Ear Of Corn Per Stalk
Find out why corn stalks usually have a single large ear of corn instead of multiple smaller ears.
Semis & Tractors
Semi-trucks and large tractors are much more difficult to drive than your car. Darren Hefty says everyone should give these big machines extra space on the road.
Calcium and Magnesium
Darren Hefty explains why some growers pay attention to soil nutrients other than nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Plants need food and after harvest is the best time to spread some of those nutrients for the next season. Darren Hefty explains the chemistry behind fall fertilizing in this Ag Minute.
Darren Hefty explains how farmers decide how much fertilizer to apply to their crops.
If there has to be a drought, some say fall would be the best time for it. Darren Hefty talks about seasonal lack of rain in this Ag Minute
Find out why farmers want rain, but not too much and not at the wrong times.
Some advice on lady beetles residing in your house from Darren Hefty.
Darren Hefty explains what a cover crop is and why some farmers plant them after harvest.
Fall Pasture Management
Find out how farmers and ranchers are able to keep their cattle grazing into the fall.
Early Fall Freeze
Darren Hefty talks about the possibilities of late-season frost.
Corn Silage vs. Grain Harvest
Learn a few different ways farmers manage their fields when they chop silage instead of harvest the grain.
Deer & Corn
Farmers see a lot of deer because they love to eat their corn. Darren talks deer diets in today's Ag Minute.
Darren Hefty explains why you may see piles of grain outside grain bins this fall.
Dandelions & Fall Lawn Management
There are three things you can do each autumn to help your lawn be ready for spring. Darren Hefty talks weeds, fertility, and mowing in this Ag Minute.
Darren Hefty explains that using higher ethanol blends is just fine for vehicles.
Decaying plant and animal waste is essential for good soils. Darren Hefty digs into organic matter in this week's Ag Minute.
Why Do Farmers Have Dirty Hands?
You have get your fingers into the soil throughout the year to be a good farmer says Darren Hefty.
Darren Hefty talks about plants during short-term dry spells.
Darren Hefty talks about a bacterial corn disease called Goss's Wilt.