Ag PhD Farm Basics
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.
Liquid vs. Dry Fertilizer
Darren and Brian Hefty talk about the reasons why a farmer may choose to use a liquid vs. dry formulation of a fertilizer or plant nutrient.
Ag PhD Young Farmers Field Day
Brian and Darren Hefty discuss the Ag PhD Young Farmers Field Day, happening later in 2021.
2021 Ag PhD Winter Workshops
Brian and Darren Hefty discuss the upcoming 2021 Ag PhD Winter Workshops.
Seed Germination Test
The Hefty brothers explain two different germination tests that farmers may look at when deciding which seeds to plant and when to plant them.
Broadcast vs. Banding
The Hefty brothers explain two common methods of applying fertilizer and crop protection products to fields.
The Hefty brothers explain how the freeze-thaw effect in colder climates can benefit farmers.
How Farmers Reduce Erosion
Darren and Brian Hefty discuss various farming practices that can reduce soil erosion in crop fields.
The Hefty brothers explain why there are sometimes fences between fields, and how they may choose to control weeds along them.
Controlled Traffic in Fields
Brian and Darren Hefty explain how farmers minimize soil compaction by controlling traffic patterns in fields.
Plant Growth Hormones
The Hefty brothers talk about several plant growth hormones that farmers sometimes use, and one that you could also use in your lawn.
Spray Drift and Volatility
Darren and Brian explain the difference between spray drift and volatility, and how farmers can avoid problems when making spray applications.
Farming at Night
Darren and Brian Hefty explain why farmers sometimes work in their fields after dark, and how modern technology allows farmers to stay safe when working through the night.
Chopping Corn Heads
Darren and Brian Hefty talk about the success they've had by using chopping corn heads to manage residue at harvest.
Herbicide Modes of Action
Darren and Brian Hefty explain why farmers use different categories of herbicides, or "modes of action", when controlling weeds in crop fields.
How Do Farmers Know When to Harvest?
The Hefty brothers discuss factors that influence a farmer's decision of when to harvest their crops.
Why Do Farmers Rotate Crops?
Brian and Darren Hefty discuss the reasons why farmers alternate, or rotate, which crops they plant on their farm.
Brian and Darren Hefty explain how farmers protect water quality and their fertilizer investment by using nitrogen stabilizers to keep nitrogen in their fields and out of the water supply.
Yield Monitors and Yield Maps
Yield monitors and yield maps are invaluable in modern farming. The Hefty brothers explain how farmers utilize this technology to constantly improve their crops.
Grain Bin Safety
Brian and Darren Hefty talk about the risks of entering a grain bin, and safety measures you should take to avoid an accident.
Nitrate and Water Quality
Darren and Brian Hefty explain how farmers keep fertilizer in their fields and out of the water supply.
Ethanol - Food vs. Fuel
The Hefty brothers discuss how field corn is put to use for ethanol as well as animal feed.
What Causes Foam in Rivers?
The Hefty brothers explain what causes foam in rivers.
Darren and Brian Hefty talk about the importance of riparian areas around rivers and streams.
Impact of Flooding on Soil
The Hefty brothers talk about how flooding impacts soil.