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.
No Till Weeds
How do no till farmers eliminate "super weeds" like marestail and dandelions? Darren Hefty explains strategies for weed control in fields without tillage.
Acidic Soil and Lime
Darren Hefty explains why farmers sometimes apply lime, or calcium carbonate, to their soils.
Seed Bed Preparation
It takes the perfect seed bed to get the perfect crop. Today Darren talks about tillage and soil conditions to get the seed off to a good start.
Have you ever wondered where fertilizer actually comes from? Darren Hefty explains in this week's Ag Minute.
Early Corn Planting
How early is too early to plant? Darren Hefty talks about the many factors that need to be considered before you put the seed in the soil.
Cold Temperatures Are Good For Soil
Learn why freezing weather can be a benefit for farmers when it comes to soils in winter.
White Mold in Wet Weather
Farmers sometimes pray for rain. Yet, today Darren Hefty talks about how too much rain can bring a killer disease to some crops.
Salt and Plants
Darren Hefty talks about how too much salt is harmful to plants.
Refuge Corn Hybrids
Darren Hefty talks about why farmers almost always have different types of corn plants in one field.
Pounds Of Pressure On Soil
Learn about one way that farmers decide whether or not they should be in fields in the spring.
What can farmers do after a drought season? Darren Hefty says extra tillage and fertility testing are two ways you can get next year's crops ready after a dry year.