Ag PhD Full Episodes
Hosted by Brian and Darren Hefty, Ag PhD brings new information on how to improve crop health throughout the season, protect the environment, and produce more yields at harvest. New episodes weekly.
Automatic Shutoffs on Planters and Sprayers, Manganese, Herbicide Antagonism
The Hefty brothers discuss avoiding overlap when planting and spraying, how to test for and apply manganese, and how to keep your broadleaf herbicide and grass herbicide from working against each other.
Warm vs Cold Germination Tests, Checking Grain Bins, Copper Talk
How do you know if: your seed will start right this spring, your stored grain will survive the winter, and your soil has enough copper in it? Brian and Darren Hefty answer these questions and talk swamp smartweed and soybean herbicide placement in this episode.
Winter Product Storage, Iron Management, Dicamba and 2,4-D Effectiveness
Learn about the challenge of storing liquid products over the winter, how to manage iron levels, and how to get the most out of your dicamba and 2,4-D applications.
Root vs Shoot Inhibitors, The Pros and Cons of Prepay, Your Crops Need Zinc
Brian and Darren Hefty point out that different herbicides target different parts of the weed, prepaying crop inputs has benefits and complications, and zinc is the micronutrient you need to closely balance with phosphorus. Plus they talk common mallow weed control and foaming insecticide.
Contact vs. Residual Herbicides, Tar Spot in Corn, Boron Application
Learn about two different ways that herbicides kill weeds, how to fight tar spot in corn, and how to successfully apply boron to your crops.
Keeping Carbon in the Soil, Stop Soybean Gall Midge, The Facts on Phosphorus
Brian and Darren Hefty tell us how farmers are helping save the planet, keeping gall midge out of the beans, and navigating the confusing but essential nutrient of phosphorus. Plus hemp dogbane is the Weed of the Week. And we talk fertilizer storage tanks in the Iron Talk.
The Weed Seed Bank, Fixing Sodic Soils, Variable Planting Population
Brian and Darren discuss the continuous fight against weeds, how to fix soils that have too much sodium, and how to decide if you should increase or decrease planting populations in corn, soybeans, and wheat.
Apical Dominance, Base Saturation: Potassium, Understanding Soil Compaction
What happens if you lose the top growing point in a plant? What is the perfect percentage for K with other nutrients? And how can you manage compacted soils on the farm? Plus henbit and post-harvest checklists.
Personal Protective Equipment, Drain Tile, Magnesium Base Saturation
The Hefty brothers talk about staying safe by using PPE or personal protective equipment, the benefits of installing drain tile, and how to manage your magnesium levels in your soils.
Weed Control in Shelterbelts, Corn Rootworm Control, Base Saturation: Calcium
What's the best way to fight weeds in your trees, what are Brian & Darren's 3 steps to rootworm control, and what's the best number for calcium in your soil? Plus we talk marestail and deep fertilizer placement in today's show.
What Is An LD50?, Fall Nitrogen Management, Fall Herbicide Application
Learn about safety by understanding the LD50 of various products, how to successfully apply nitrogen in the fall, and how to control weeds better by spraying after harvest.
Farm Trash, Strip-Till Suggestions, Cation Exchange Capacity
How heavy is your soil, why don't we bury trash in farmyards anymore, and what wonderful soil-prep is between no-till & conventional tillage? Plus Brian & Darren talk field pennycress control and lime applications.
Road Safety, Seed Corn Prices and Planting Population, Soil Test and Yield Data
Brian and Darren discuss sharing the road with farm equipment, cutting planting populations when seed corn prices are higher, and how to improve your fertility program by matching your soil test data with your yield data.
Field Operations at Night, How to Fix High pH Soil, Late Season Weed-Escapes
Yes you can drop your high soil pH, Brian and Darren Hefty have many solutions to help you achieve the ideal balance! Plus they talk night-farming, end of season weeds, drain tile maintenance, and black nightshade control.
Preventing Grain Spoilage in Storage, Manure Application, Raising Soil pH
The Hefty brothers talk about keeping grain from spoiling in storage, how to best manage manure application, and how to test for and correct low soil pH.
Soybean Moisture, Grids vs. Zones, Baling Residue
Brian & Darren Hefty discuss what is best to do with your corn residue, if it's better to harvest soybeans too wet or too dry, and if grids or zones are better for soil sampling maps. Plus there's cone bottom bins and dandelions in today's show.
Drying Grain, Winter Wheat Seed Treatments, and How To Pull Soil Samples
Learn how and why farmers dry grain, what to apply to your winter wheat seed, and how to ensure a successful soil sampling program.
Corn Silage, Off-Season Alfalfa, & Wheat Pre's
This show features corn silage harvesting, "winterizing" alfalfa fields, & products to put in front of wheat. Plus, the Hefty brothers talk ragweed control and air reels for harvesting lodged soybeans.
Ordering Seed Early, Grain Bin Preparation, and Reducing Corn Lodging
Learn why farmers order next year's seed so early, how to prepare your grain bin for harvest, and the true causes of corn lodging.
Brace Roots, Cover Crops, & Tiling
Why do corn plants have those roots that appear above ground along the base of the stalk? Why should you plant oats or turnips in the fall? What exactly is drain tile & will it work on your farm? Plus Brian & Darren Hefty talk milkweed and combine fires in this Ag PhD Show.
Pesticides & Biotechnology, Post-Harvest Burndown, and Root Pits
Learn about myths vs. facts when it comes to pesticides and biotech, how to have a successful burndown after harvest, and what to look for when you dig a root pit.
Insect Life Cycles, Nutrient Deficiencies, and Late Season Spraying
Brian and Darren talk about insects, the lack of N/P/K seen in crops, the last fungicide/insecticide application of the year, protecting bees, and volunteer wheat.
The Green Bridge, Desiccation & Pre-Harvest Burndown, and Softening Hard Soil
Learn about the "green bridge", desiccation and pre-harvest burndown, and how to soften soils that are too hard.
Ag PhD Field Day, Improving Trouble Spots for Next Year, and Soybean Fungicides
Brian and Darren invite you to Field Day 2022, examine prevent-plant acres, and discuss soybean fungicides. Plus prickly lettuce control and the burndown sprayer considerations in this episode.