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.
Why Crops Stand Until Spring
Why do farmers let their crops stand until spring instead of harvesting in the fall? Brian and Darren give reasons why some choose to leave their corn standing through winter.
Township Roads and Ditches
The Hefty brothers talk about ownership and maintenance of ditches and township roads in "farm country".
Variable Rate Fertilizing
New technology has allowed today's farmer to control exactly how much various fertilizer can be spread on different parts of the field.
Cattle Grazing Corn Stalks
The Hefty brothers explain why farmers let cattle graze corn fields after harvest.
Augers vs. Beltveyors
For years, farmers have used augers to move their grain. Beltveyors are a newer option that may help keep your grain in better shape.
Terminating Cover Crops
Brian and Darren Hefty explain why farmers may want to kill a cover crop before winter.
The Purpose of Tillage
Brian and Darren explain various reasons why farmers do tillage.
When Weeds Go To Seed
Find out what can happen when farmers don't get weeds under control before they go to seed.
Why do you see farmers burning ditches and sometimes fields? Brian and Darren point out the perfect occasions to start a fire.
Do farmers spend more time trucking these days than they did 30 or 40 years ago? Brian and Darren Hefty explain.
Why all the piles of corn and beans around farms and elevators? The Hefty brothers answer that question.
Plants & Carbon Dioxide
Brian and Darren Hefty discuss the importance of plants in relation to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Darren and Brian discuss the reasons that farmers till at various depths.
What is a Lift Station?
Brian and Darren Hefty explain what a lift station is and why farmers may choose to install one.
The Impact of Frost
The Hefty brothers explain some of the benefits of frost for farmers in the northern US.
Controlled Traffic in Fields
Brian and Darren Hefty discuss how farmers drive on fields to minimize yield loss.
Reproductive Stages of Soybeans
The Hefty brothers explain the reproductive stages of soybeans.
Corn Harvest - Silage vs. Grain
Brian and Darren Hefty explain the differences between harvesting corn for silage and harvesting corn for grain.
Humidity and Crops
The Hefty brothers explain the importance of humidity for crops.
What Is The Green Bridge?
Brian and Darren explain why farmers may want to "eliminate the green bridge" between crops.
What Is A Fallow Year?
The Hefty brothers explain what a fallow year is, and why many farmers choose to use other tools such as no-till, cover crops, and herbicides.
Finding Soil Compaction
Why are your plant roots not growing deep into the soil? It could be due to soil compaction.
Spider Mites in Dry Years
Find out why spider mites are a bigger problem in dry years.
Corn Reproductive Stages
The Hefty brothers discuss the stages of corn reproduction.