Ag PhD Farm Basics

Ag PhD Farm Basics

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In these Farm Basics segments taken from Ag PhD, Brian and Darren Hefty present on-farm topics to a non-farming audience, peeling back the curtain with down-to-earth explanations that help viewers achieve a better understanding of the truth of agriculture.

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Ag PhD Farm Basics
  • Studying Leaf Surfaces | Ag PhD

    Episode 1371

    Leaf cuticles are a plant's first line of defense. The Heftys explain how weather changes impact them, and how to use that knowledge to your advantage.

  • 2024 Ag PhD Field Day | Ag PhD

    Episode 1370

    Brian and Darren invite you to come to the Ag PhD Field Day on Thursday, July 25, 2024.

  • The Green Bridge | Ag PhD

    Episode 1369

    The 'green bridge' is not a path you want to tread. The Hefty brothers explain how breaking this link can lead to healthier crops and higher yields.

  • Day Length and Crop Growth | Ag PhD

    Episode 1368

    Brian and Darren discuss the difference that latitude can make when it comes to how many hours of sunlight your crop can get during the growing season.

  • Longer Grass in Lawns and Pastures | Ag PhD

    Episode 1367

    A thick grass canopy can shade out weeds. The Hefty brothers remind you to raise your mower for a healthier lawn.

  • How To Tell If A Weed Is Dead | Ag PhD

    Episode 1366

    The Hefty brothers explain how to tell if your herbicide application was successful in killing your target weeds.

  • Ag PhD Field Day 2024 | Ag PhD

    Episode 1365

    Bring the family for a day at the Hefty Farm in Baltic, SD on July 25th, 2024.

  • Soybean Growth and Development

    Episode 1364

    Brian and Darren explain the basics of how a soybean plant germinates and grows.

  • Scouting & Scholarships 2024 | Ag PhD

    Episode 1363

    Brian and Darren invite budding agronomy students and farmers young and old, to a hands-on event at the Hefty Farm June 29, 2024.

  • Insect Control in Lawns | Ag PhD

    Episode 1362

    Learn how to control insects in your lawn and around your home.

  • Corn Growth Stages | Ag PhD

    Episode 1361

    Watching grass grow is more complex than you realize. Expert agronomists Brian and Darren Hefty explain all the stages of corn, from seed to stalk.

  • Scouting and Scholarships | Ag PhD

    Episode 1360

    Brian and Darren invite college students and farmers to attend the Ag PhD Scouting and Scholarships event on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

  • Tillering in Grass Crops | Ag PhD

    Episode 1359

    Why do some plants look "bushier" than others? Brian and Darren explain the pros and cons of when multiple stalks grow from one seed.

  • Seed-to-Soil Contact | Ag PhD

    Episode 1358

    The Hefty brothers explain the importance of getting soil packed around seeds.

  • Gibberellic Acid | Ag PhD

    Episode 1357

    Why does grass grow faster in warmer weather? The Heftys explain how this natural plant hormone can be used to regulate crop growth.

  • Fertilizer Analysis | Ag PhD

    Episode 1356

    Learn what the numbers mean on fertilizer bags.

  • Types of Root Systems | Ag PhD

    Episode 1355

    Brian and Darren dig into why knowing your roots below the surface, can help protect your profits above it.

  • Insects vs. Mites | Ag PhD

    Episode 1354

    Learn about the challenges growers face when controlling insects and mites in crop fields.

  • The Disease Triangle | Ag PhD

    Episode 1353

    The Heftys explain the three factors leading to disease in plants, and how this knowledge can help you have a healthier harvest.

  • 2024 Ag PhD Field Day

    Episode 1352

    Brian and Darren Hefty invite you to attend the 2024 Ag PhD Field Day on the Hefty farm near Baltic, SD.

  • No-Till vs Strip-Till | Ag PhD

    Episode 1351

    Less tillage has many advantages. The Hefty brothers compare two ways to reduce erosion, save organic matter, and conserve moisture in your soils.

  • Winter Wheat vs Spring Wheat | Ag PhD

    Episode 1350

    Learn why farmers choose to plant their wheat in the fall instead of the spring or vice versa.

  • 2024 Neal Kinsey Soil and Fertility Seminar | Ag PhD

    Episode 1349

    Renowned soils expert Neal Kinsey will give a three-day clinic at the Hefty Farm in Baltic, SD February 20-22, 2024.

  • Biotechnology and the Covid Vaccine | Ag PhD

    Episode 1348

    Brian and Darren Hefty explain the similarities between the Covid vaccine and biotech crops.