Ag PhD Farm Basics

Ag PhD Farm Basics

4 Seasons

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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  • Contact vs Residual Herbicides

    Episode 1286

    Learn about two different ways that herbicides can kill weeds.

  • Keeping Carbon in the Soil

    Episode 1285

    Brian and Darren tell us how to get more yield and a better Earth by keeping an eye on the C.

  • The Weed Seed Bank

    Episode 1284

    Darren and Brian explain why fighting weeds can sometimes be a never-ending battle.

  • What is Apical Dominance?

    Episode 1283

    What happens if your top growing point is lost? Brian and Darren Hefty explain what agronomists call apical dominance in today's Farm Basics.

  • Personal Protective Equipment

    Episode 1282

    The Hefty brothers talk about reading safety data sheets and wearing personal protective equipment when using things like pesticides and household cleaners.

  • Weed Control in Shelterbelts

    Episode 1281

    Ideas on how to start and maintain rows of trees around your farm. Brian and Darren share products and techniques to kill the weeds not the trees.

  • What Is An LD50?

    Episode 1280

    Brian and Darren discuss the safety and risks of pesticides and other everyday things by understanding LD50 ratings.

  • Farm Trash

    Episode 1279

    In the past, trash was buried in farmyards. These days we need to be better stewards of the Earth.

  • Road Safety

    Episode 1278

    Brian and Darren talk about how to stay safe when sharing the road with farm equipment.

  • Field Operations at Night

    Episode 1277

    Night-farming happens each fall as producers fight the impending weather to get their crops in. Brian and Darren share their concerns with after-hours farm work.

  • Preventing Grain Spoilage in Storage

    Episode 1276

    Brian and Darren explain how farmers keep grain from spoiling when storing it in grain bins long term.

  • Bale or Leave Residue?

    Episode 1275

    To bale or not too bale, that is the question. Brian & Darren say both choices can add value to your farm.

  • Drying Grain

    Episode 1274

    The Hefty brothers talk about how farmers deal with various grain moisture percentages when harvesting and storing crops.

  • What is Corn Silage?

    Episode 1273

    Reaping the whole corn plant vs. only the grain makes for two different ways to manage your harvest. Brian & Darren Hefty talk about silage in today's Farm Basics

  • Ordering Seed Early

    Episode 1272

    Learn why farmers sometimes order next year's seed so early.

  • Brace Roots in Corn

    Episode 1271

    The final of the 4 root systems in corn are brace roots. Brian & Darren tell us the different reasons why and where exactly they appear, if at all.

  • Pesticides and Biotechnology

    Episode 1270

    Brian and Darren separate fact from fiction when it comes to pesticides and biotechnology.

  • Insect Life Cycles

    Episode 1269

    There are so many varieties of bugs out there - some crawl, some fly, some eat leaves, some eat stems. And some will do it all, depending on what stage of their life they're in, Brian and Darren examine insects in today's Farm Basics.

  • The Green Bridge

    Episode 1268

    Brian and Darren explain what the "green bridge" is and why farmers want to eliminate it.

  • Ag PhD Field Day 2022

    Episode 1267

    We invite to come to Baltic, SD on Thursday 28th July 2022 for the free farm festivities on the Hefty fields.

  • Harvest and Grain Bin Safety

    Episode 1266

    Darren and Brian talk about various ways to stay safe during harvest.

  • Maturity in Corn & Soybeans

    Episode 1265

    Is it sun or heat that grows your crop? Brian and Darren Hefty explain why it's both when looking at corn and soybeans.

  • Crop Canopy

    Episode 1264

    Learn about the various benefits that having good crop canopy can provide.

  • Air Inversions

    Episode 1263

    When smoke goes sideways don't spray. Air temperature inversions are a regular weather phenomenon that can be seen, smelled, and heard. Brian and Darren explain why identifying them is important to farming.