Crop Protection

Crop Protection

Weeds choking out crops. Diseases devastating yields. Insects ravaging acres. Mother Nature doesn’t make it easy for farmers. Find out how to rid your fields of pests and preserve yield potential.

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Crop Protection
  • Crop Residue, Biological Nitrogen Replacement Products, Boron | Ag PhD

    Find out how farmers can speed up the breakdown of crop residue, biological products you could use to get nitrogen into your crops, and what you should know about testing for and applying boron.

  • Curly Dock | Ag PhD

    Find out how to get rid of this perennial noxious weed.

  • 3RIVE 3D Application System | Ag PhD

    If you've been looking for a way to apply insecticide or even fungicide at planting time, the 3RIVE 3D system from FMC could be ideal for you.

  • Vorceed Enlist RNAi | Corteva

    Vorceed Enlist corn brings a brand-new mode of action to control corn rootworm larvae in your corn while also stacking multiple new modes of action for herbicide tolerance. Find out about the strongest option to control weeds in corn and stop corn rootworm issues.

  • Increase Soybean Seeding Rate | Ag PhD

    Planting more soybeans in your field, does a lot more than increase your yield. Brian and Darren discuss the benefits of adding a few more seeds to your planter next spring.

  • Price Protection, Soybean Seeding Rate, Fixing Phosphorus Fertility | Ag PhD

    The Hefty brothers talk about saving you money at the register, planting more soybean seeds per acre, and the tricks to getting the most out of your phosphorus. Also, the Weed of the Week is perennial sow thistle, and the hot topic in Iron Talk is engine coolants.

  • Fixing Phosphorus Fertility | Ag PhD

    Phosphorus can be a complicated primary nutrient to test for and balance. Don't fear, Brian and Darren clear up the confusion for you, and help you get your amounts just right.

  • Perennial Sow Thistle | Ag PhD

    This tough weed may look like dandelion, but it's twice as hard to control. The Heftys tell us their favorite product that'll knock out this pasture invader.

  • Absinth Wormwood | Ag PhD

    Learn how to control absinth wormwood, which is a tough perennial weed.

  • Fallen Late-Season Corn | Ag PhD

    Darren Hefty talks tipsy harvest corn in today's Ag Minute.

  • Catching Snow, Base Saturation: Calcium, Strip-Till in Heavy Residue | Ag PhD

    In this episode, Brian and Darren Hefty talk about: how to make all that winter precipitation work for you in the spring, how much Ca you need in your soil, and how to strip-till in a field thick with stalks and leaves. The Weed is roughstalk bluegrass, and protecting your bulk chemicals is the I...

  • How to Strip-Till in Heavy Residue | Ag PhD

    Is a field ever too full of stalks and leaves to properly strip-till? The Hefty brothers say no. They share their advice from 20 years of planting in the black line.

  • Roughstalk Bluegrass | Ag PhD

    It can be difficult to keep grass weeds out of your wheat. The Heftys tell you exactly what to use to control this perennial with stolons out of your fields.

  • Marshelder | Ag PhD

    Learn how to identify marshelder and how to control it in corn, soybeans, and especially sunflowers.

  • Golden Rice, Magnesium Base Saturation, Fall Residual Herbicide Application

    Learn how biotechnology and Golden Rice are saving lives, what levels of magnesium you should have in your soils, and how to have great weed control in the spring by spraying residual herbicides in the fall.

  • Fall Residual Herbicide Application | Ag PhD

    Darren and Brian explain the benefits of spraying a residual herbicide in the fall and what products you could use.

  • Surface vs Subsurface Drainage | Ag PhD

    Water is always moving - whether or not you can see it. Brian and Darren talk about the unique differences between water on versus in your soil.

  • Shatter Loss | Ag PhD

    Why are soybeans harvested so quickly? In this Ag Minute, Darren Hefty explains why a timely harvest prevents shatter loss due to weather, drying, and disease.

  • Russian Knapweed | Ag PhD

    This is a tough and toxic creeping perennial with rhizomes, and it's one of the worst things to find in your pasture. Brian and Darren offer ideas on how to control it and prevent it from taking root in the first place.

  • Fix Compaction on Your Farm | Ag PhD

    Brian and Darren help you to identify and repair the compacted parts of your fields, and tell you how to prevent this pressing problem in the future.

  • Surface vs Subsurface Drainage, Fix Compaction, Base Sat: Potassium | Ag PhD

    The Hefty brothers talk about how water's always flowing on or below your soil, how to handle compacted soil, and how to determine the right amount of K to have in your soil. The Weed of the Week is the evasive Russian knapweed, and Darren talks Demco grain carts.

  • Harvest Loss, Interest Rates & Financing, Fall Nitrogen Management | Ag PhD

    Brian and Darren discuss how to calculate potential per-acre loss at harvest, how to spend your money wisely when purchasing crop inputs for next season, and the best way to invest your nitrogen dollars if you're applying nitrogen this fall.

  • Jointed Goatgrass | Ag PhD

    Jointed goatgrass can be a challenge to control in wheat and other crops. Find out how to get it under control in this Weed of the Week segment.

  • Burning Ditches and Residue | Ag PhD

    Some burning questions: Why do farmers burn fields and ditches, and what are the benefits and drawbacks of doing so? Brian and Darren explain why you might want to hold your fire.