Ag PhD Show Segments
Each week on Ag PhD, Brian and Darren go in-depth into various agronomic topics, covering anything that could help your crops grow better.
The Hefty brothers discuss potential problems when mixing broadleaf herbicides with grass herbicides.
Copper is the disease nutrient and more. Brian & Darren tell you the Cu ppm you should have and a new ratio with phosphorus.
Checking Grain Bins
You have a lot income inside those bins, don't forget to keep an eye on the grain over the winter. Brian & Darren have several ideas to help keep your investment safe before you sell it.
Dicamba and 2,4-D Effectiveness
Find out how to get better weed control with dicamba and 2,4-D.
The Hefty brothers discuss the importance of having enough iron and other nutrients available for your crops.
Your Crops Need Zinc
Zn is the complicated micronutrient essential in every crop. Brian and Darren have the ratios and everything else you need to know to get the right amounts of zinc safely in your fields.
The Pros & Cons of Prepay
Why do some farmers buy their fertilizer, seed, and herbicides extra early? There is great benefit to this method, Brian and Darren walk you through the profit and pitfalls of the farm prepay procedure.
Tar Spot in Corn
The Hefty brothers talk about identification and control of tar spot, a serious fungal disease in corn.
Brian and Darren share tips on successfully applying boron to your crops.
Stop Soybean Gall Midge
Gall Midge is dropping yields in the Midwest. Even though there are no control options for the larvae, Brian and Darren offer their three unique options to help prevent this insect from munching on your bean stalks.
The Facts on Phosphorus
Phosphorus is a primary nutrient needed for all plants. However P can be confusing to calculate, Brian and Darren share their knowledge on this immobile input.
Base Saturation: Potassium
K is an unmovable nutrient that needs to be in balance with the other elements in your soil. When used at the optimum percentage, potassium can give you the best stalks, plant health, and yields.
Variable Planting Population
Brian and Darren discuss planting different populations across your corn, soybean, and wheat fields
Fixing Sodic Soils
Brian and Darren discuss the challenges of having too much sodium in your soils.
Understanding Soil Compaction
Compacted soil is sometimes hard to avoid. Brian and Darren tell us how to identify it and how to fix it.
Brian and Darren discuss the many benefits of improving drainage in your fields.
Magnesium Base Saturation
Brian and Darren Hefty explain various issues you may have if you have too much magnesium in your soils.
Base Saturation: Calcium
Calcium may not be a major nutrient, but it's the most important one for building and maintaining your soil. Brian and Darren talk about getting your Ca in balance with K, Mg, H, and Na.
Corn Rootworm Control
There are 3 clear steps to help prevent and stop rootworm in your corn. Brian and Darren have seen a lot of this pest - find out what has worked on the Hefty Farm.
Fall Herbicide Application
Learn how applying herbicide after harvest can improve your weed control now and into next year.
Fall Nitrogen Management
Should you apply nitrogen in the fall? Brian and Darren Hefty share some tips on a successful nitrogen program.
Brian and Darren have a lot of experience with strip-till, they share their do's and don'ts with this perfect blend of no-till and conventional tillage.
Cation Exchange Capacity
Exactly how heavy or light is your soil? Getting CEC results in your soil test is necessary before you do many jobs on that field.