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
  • Corn Maturity Selection | Ag PhD

    Episode 1312

    Brian and Darren Hefty talk about various factors that farmers consider when choosing what maturity of corn to plant.

  • Ag PhD Scouting and Scholarships | Ag PhD

    Episode 1311

    Brian and Darren invite everyone to attend this year's Scouting and Scholarships event at the Hefty farm. There will be hands-on learning and hundreds of college scholarships given out.

  • How Much Seed Do Farmers Buy? | Ag PhD

    Episode 1310

    Learn about the various factors that farmers consider when deciding how much seed to purchase for planting the whole farm.

  • Sweet Corn vs. Field Corn | Ag PhD

    Episode 1309

    Sweet corn is what you eat, yet most farmers produce #2 yellow corn. Brian and Darren Hefty explain the differences in today's tasty Farm Basics.

  • Increasing Stalk Size | Ag PhD

    Episode 1308

    Learn how farmers can maximize stalk size in their crops in order to reduce lodging and other problems.

  • Herbicide Vapor Pressure | Ag PhD

    Episode 1307

    There are 5 inputs that can either vaporize or volatilize. Brian and Darren talk about what you need to do when applying these products pre or post emerge.

  • Fungicides and Plant Health

    Episode 1306

    The Hefty brothers discuss benefits other than disease control that fungicides can provide to plants.

  • Weed Control in Lawns

    Episode 1305

    A good lawn is priceless. The Hefty brothers give their advice on dandelions, crabgrass, and other things holding back your yard.

  • Weed Control In Ditches

    Episode 1304

    Darren and Brian Hefty discuss how farmers and landowners keep their ditches weed-free.

  • Planting into Heavy Residue

    Episode 1303

    How do you get good quick growth from fields covered in leftovers from last year? Brian and Darren uncover all the tricks to help you get the right start.

  • Nurse Crops

    Episode 1302

    Brian and Darren explain how a nurse crops are sometimes used to help a main crop grow.

  • Row Spacings

    Episode 1301

    Some fields have wide rows and others are narrow. Brian and Darren Hefty talk about the reasons behind the variety of row spacings.

  • Fences
    Episode 1300


    Episode 1300

    The Hefty brothers explain why fields may or may not have fences around them.

  • Tillering in Crops

    Episode 1299

    Are suckers good or bad? Brian and Darren say tillering in grass crops is not necessarily a negative and may actually improve your yield.

  • Nutrient Movement In Soil

    Episode 1298

    Brian and Darren talk about how various nutrients either move down or stay where they are in the soil profile.

  • Frost Heaves In The Road

    Episode 1297

    The winter can be damaging to the roads near your farm, but there is one thing you can do to help prevent frost heaves according to Brian and Darren.

  • Soil Temperature Variation

    Episode 1296

    The Hefty brothers discuss monitoring soil temperature throughout the day and how it pertains to planting.

  • Surface vs Sub-Surface Drainage

    Episode 1295

    There are two main ways farmers manage water issues in the field. Both ditching and tiling are useful tools to help the crop get ideal moisture.

  • Ears Of Corn Per Plant

    Episode 1294

    Brian and Darren talk about why corn plants usually have only one ear, instead of multiple ears per plant.

  • Nutrient Movement in the Plant

    Episode 1293

    Many nutrients are mobile in the plant but some are not. You can see what plant food you are short on by looking at where the discolored leaves occur on your crop.

  • Bt Corn
    Episode 1292

    Bt Corn

    Episode 1292

    Darren and Brian explain what Bt corn is and the benefits it provides to farmers.

  • Autosteer and GPS

    Episode 1291

    It's a lot easier to get straight rows these days thanks to computers in the tractor cab. Brian & Darren talk about the way producers are using the latest technology to help improve many aspects on the farm.