How do you achieve better plant health and higher yields? Agronomy is the science of soil management and crop production, and these videos feature a wide array of topics that help protect and improve crops all throughout the season. If you want to build better crops, this is the place to start.

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  • 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.

  • Keeping Carbon in the Soil

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

  • Hemp Dogbane

    This waxy-leaf perennial is often misidentified for milkweed. Brian and Darren offer their favorite herbicide for hemp dogbane.

  • 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.

  • Fall Fertilizer

    Plants need food and after harvest is the best time to spread some of those nutrients for the next season. Darren Hefty explains the chemistry behind fall fertilizing in this Ag Minute.

  • Variable Planting Population

    Brian and Darren discuss planting different populations across your corn, soybean, and wheat fields

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Understanding Soil Compaction

    Compacted soil is sometimes hard to avoid. Brian and Darren tell us how to identify it and how to fix it.

  • What is Apical Dominance?

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

  • Henbit

    Brian and Darren offer their solutions for stopping this winter annual in corn, soybeans, and wheat.

  • Soil Health Series - Aggregate Stability & Rain Fall Demo

    Join Midwest Laboratories Field Representative, Ashley Babl, as she discusses the importance of Soil Health testing with members of the Nebraska NRCS office.

    In part 3, Aaron of the Nebraska NRCS office gives a demonstration of how different outside forces can effect soil health.

  • Soil Health Series - Defining Characteristics of Soil Health

    Join Midwest Laboratories Field Representative, Ashley Babl, as she discusses the importance of Soil Health testing with members of the Nebraska NRCS office.

    In part 2 we go over some important characteristics of Soil Health.

  • Soil Health Series - What is Soil Health

    Join Midwest Laboratories Field Representative, Ashley Babl, as she discusses the importance of Soil Health testing with members of the Nebraska NRCS office.

    In part 1, we give an introduction to Soil Health. Follow us for parts 2 and 3.

  • Shatter Loss In Corn

    Learn how to calculate shatter loss in corn, and steps you could take to reduce your losses.

  • 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.

  • Marestail

    Marestail is a roundup-resistant winter annual that can be tricky to stop in fields. Brian and Darren offer solutions in corn, soybeans, and wheat.

  • Weed Control in Shelterbelts

    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.

  • 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.

  • Fats, Oils & Fuels

    There’s an industry within the world’s most important industry that most folks probably don’t think a lot about but it’s huge and it’s growing: The fats and oils side of Ag. Vegetable oil demand is growing, not just because of human consumption but also as a fuel source with renewable diesel and ...

  • Carbon Negative Renewable Energy That Benefits Agriculture?

    While Ag’s detractors often paint Agriculture as an environmental villain, I promote Agriculture as an environmental solution. Renewable energy, carbon sequestration, water filtration, and enviro benefit via land management are all enhanced through Agriculture. In the future we may also be a rese...

  • Montana Ag — It’s Not Yellowstone!

    There’s way more to Montana than just Yellowstone — the park AND the popular television show. Montana agriculture is diverse, productive, and as big as the Big Sky state. The state produces wheat, oats, flax, canola, camelina, lentils, peas, and more. Justin Miller, a fifth generation Montana far...

  • Damn Those Dams! How (Misguided) Environmentalism Is Taking Food Off Our Plate

    The Columbia - Snake River system consists of 465 miles of river that acts as Agricultural infrastructure. The waterways and their 8 dams allow barges to move 10% of America’s exported wheat and 40% of the inland Northwest’s total wheat production. In short, the river system is vital for food pro...

  • The Future of Ag & The Ag Inputs Business

    Biologicals are the newest iteration in Ag inputs but they’ve actually been around for several decades and they still lack consistent results. Consolidation among Ag’s biggest players has left just a handful of huge companies — will they all still be here in a decade? If so, who will they acquire...