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
  • 2020 Ag PhD Winter Workshops

    Episode 1134

    Brian and Darren invite you to attend the upcoming 2020 Ag PhD Winter Workshops. Please check agphd.com for more information!

  • Food and Fuel Through Ethanol

    Episode 1133

    Why do farmers raise corn for gasoline? In this week's Farm Basic Brian and Darren Hefty discuss how farmers help both infrastructure and feed their livestock.

  • How Much Water Do Crops Use?

    Episode 1132

    Brian and Darren Hefty discuss crops and water usage.

  • What Are Corn Brace Roots?

    Episode 1131

    Did you know corn has special roots designed just to combat stress? In this week's Farm Basics, the Hefty Brothers discuss this cool feature you may not know about corn.

  • Winter Crops vs. Spring Crops

    Episode 1130

    In this Farm Basics segment, Brian and Darren Hefty explain why farmers plant crops in the fall vs spring.

  • Why Do Farmers Make Snow Fences?

    Episode 1129

    In this Ag PhD Farm Basics, Brian and Darren Hefty discuss why farmers leave little strips of crops in their fields throughout the winter months.

  • Why Do Farmers Burn Ditches?

    Episode 1128

    The Hefty brothers explain what's behind farmers burning ditches.

  • Discussing Silage vs. Grain Harvest

    Episode 1127

    Have you ever wondered why farmers chop silage versus harvesting seed? In today's Farm Basic, Brian and Darren discuss the pros and cons of silage farming.

  • What Are Winter Annual Weeds?

    Episode 1126

    Brian and Darren Hefty explain what winter annual weeds are, and the challenge they can be to farmers.

  • Weed Control in Shelterbelts

    Episode 1125

    How do you manage weeds inside of shelterbelts? With fall applications! Today Brian and Darren Hefty will share some management tips for controlling those pesky weeds.

  • Herbicide Carryover

    Episode 1124

    The Hefty brothers talk about herbicide "carryover", or how the herbicides remaining in soil can adversely affect a future crop.

  • Why Are Cows in Corn Fields?

    Episode 1123

    Why do farmers let cattle hang out in their cornfields after harvest? In today's Farm Basics Brian and Darren talk about the advantages of cows in fields.

  • Cover Crops in 2019

    Episode 1122

    Brian and Darren Hefty discuss the challenges of using cover crops in a difficult year like 2019.

  • Soil Sampling on Pastures and Lawns

    Episode 1121

    In this week's Farm Basic, Brian and Darren Hefty discuss why it's important to treat your lawn just as you would a farmer's pasture.

  • Soil Health Tests

    Episode 1120

    The Hefty brothers explain what a soil health test is and how to do one on your farm.

  • What is a Chopping Corn Head?

    Episode 1119

    In this week's Farm Basics Brian and Darren discuss a why combines may use a Chopping Corn Head and what are the advantages.

  • Planning for Planting After a Fallow Year

    Episode 1117

    If your farm was one of the many that suffered a fallow year from flooding, Brian and Darren have a few tips to help you prepare for next planting season

  • Corn Reproduction

    Episode 1116

    Ag PhD Darren and Brian Hefty explain the stages of corn reproduction, from tassel to dry-down.

  • How Do Soybeans Produce Nitrogen?

    Episode 1115

    This farm basic talks about the relationship between microbes in the soil and soybeans.

  • Drain Tile Basics

    Episode 1114

    The Hefty brothers go over the reasons for installing drain tile.

  • Importance of Grain Bin Preparation

    Episode 1113

    In this week's Farm Basics, Brian and Darren hefty discuss the importance of preparing grain bins prior to storing grain.

  • What Is a Root Pit?

    Episode 1112

    The Hefty brothers explain what a root pit is, and reasons you may want to dig one on your farm.

  • What Are the Benefits of a Cover Crop?

    Episode 1111

    In today's Farm Basics, Brian and Darren discuss the benefits of cover crops, and why farmers may choose to plant them this year.

  • Ag PhD Field Day 2019

    Episode 1110

    Brian and Darren Hefty invite you to attend the 2019 Ag PhD Field Day on their farm on July 25, 2019.