Crops don’t grow well without ample plant food, and fertility is the biggest recurring expense on any farm. Finding the best and most cost-effective ways to meet the fertility needs of your crops will help them thrive all season long and build better yields at harvest.

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  • Corn Maturity Selection, Plant Tissue Analysis, Iron Deficiency Chlorosis|Ag PhD

    Learn how farmers decide what maturity of corn to plant, how to improve your fertility program by doing plant tissue analysis, and how to fix iron deficiency chlorosis in soybeans.

  • Iron Deficiency Chlorosis | Ag PhD

    Brian and Darren explain the causes of iron deficiency chlorosis and some short-term and long-term fixes for it.

  • Plant Tissue Analysis | Ag PhD

    Learn about the benefits that a proper plant tissue testing program can provide for your farm.

  • Ag PhD Scouting and Scholarships, Humic and Fulvic Acid, Sidedressing Nutrients

    In this episode the Hefty brothers talk about helping those new to farming, biologicals that you may not have heard of yet, and applying N, S, and B after your crop has come up. The Weed of the Week is compass plant. Plus Darren talks about paying $640/hr to spray fields!

  • Humic and Fulvic Acid | Ag PhD

    These biologicals naturally occur in your soil and can help you reach a higher yield. Brian and Darren explain all you need to know about this new trend in agronomy.

  • Sidedressing Nutrients | Ag PhD

    Brian and Darren talk in depth about the best way to apply nitrogen, sulfur, and boron once your crop is up.

  • Is The Meat Industry Listening To Consumers? | Damian Mason

    Have you noticed steaks and chicken breasts are considerably larger than they were just a couple decades ago? Switching to pork, have you noticed your chops are less flavorful (maybe that explains the popularity of bacon)? Todd Thurman and Nevil Speer join Damian to discuss the meat production mo...

  • Increasing Stalk Size, Keeping Dicamba on Target, Soybean Post Residual | Ag PhD

    In this episode, Brian and Darren Hefty talk about how growers can reduce lodging in crops by increasing stalk size. They discuss how to reduce drift and volatility issues when applying dicamba, and what residual products you could spray post-emerge in soybeans.

  • Increasing Stalk Size | Ag PhD

    Learn how farmers can maximize stalk size in their crops in order to reduce lodging and other problems.

  • Palisade Performance | Ag PhD

    If you have shorter crops there will be less lodging. Brian & Darren talk about the plant growth regulator Palisade.

  • Herbicide Vapor Pressure, Managing Lentils, Palisade Performance | Ag PhD

    The Hefty brothers discuss vaporization/volatility, everything lentils, and raising a small crop on purpose. The Weed of the Week is whorled milkweed and there's an Iron Talk on sprayers.

  • Depreciating A Farm’s Fertility To Lower Taxes? Yep, It’s A Thing | Damian Mason

    When you think of buying a piece of farm ground, you probably think of the very real possibility that the soil is depleted. But what if it’s got more than enough fertility and what if you can actually use that banked fertility to lower your taxes? Turns out, per IRS Section 180, you can depreciat...

  • Xtreme Ag's Kelly Garrett Trials the Fendt Rogator 937H

    Xtreme Ag includes the Fendt Rogator 937H in an application trial on Kelly Garrett's Iowa farm. Learn more about the precision and versatility of the Rogator AirMax boom system and how it performs on Kelly's farm.

  • Fendt Rogator 937H Applicator Dry to Liquid System Instructions

    Follow step-by-step instructions from Fendt's product specialist on how to convert the Fendt Rogator 937H from a dry to liquid applicator. With combo capabilities, flexible clearance and a flotation chassis, the Fendt Rogator applicator provides year-round utilization, from dry to liuqid from pre...

  • Planting into Heavy Residue, 'Drought-Proof' Your Crop, Comparing Corn Pre's

    Brian and Darren Hefty are getting us ready for spring with a show about difficult planting, preparing now for dry weather, and finding the best pre-emerge products. The Weed of the Week is stink grass. Plus DIY inoculants.

  • Row Spacings, Fungicides at Planting in Corn, Jump Start Your Pasture

    Brian and Darren Hefty discuss setting wide or narrow row crops, how putting a fungicide in-furrow can improve yield, and the best way to get your pasture thick and lush. Plus they give advice on spotted spurge weeds and planter opening discs.

  • Jump Start Your Pasture

    If you want a great lush pasture this year, start now. Brian and Darren Hefty talk pasture soil sampling, gibberellic acid, fertility, weeds and more.

  • Acidic Soil and Lime

    Darren Hefty explains why farmers sometimes apply lime, or calcium carbonate, to their soils.

  • Tillering in Crops, Super Early Pre-Emerge Spraying, Nutrient Stratification

    In this episode, Brian and Darren Hefty talk about suckers in wheat and corn, the earliest you can spray before you plant, and where the fertility should be in the different layers of soil. Volunteer corn is the Weed of the Week. And Darren discusses field cultivators in the Iron Talk segment.

  • Nutrient Stratification

    Where exactly is all your fertilizer? Brian & Darren talk the importance of having your P, Zn, Cu, K at the right layers of the soil.

  • Frost Heaves In The Road, Molybdenum Matters, Planting Population

    Brian and Darren Hefty talk about how to stop winter damage on your roads, how much molybdenum your crops need, and exactly how thick or thin you should plant your corn and soybeans. Tough puncturevine is the Weed of the Week and the Germinator Closing Wheel is discussed in this week's Iron Talk.

  • Planting Population

    What's the ideal planting population for corn and soybeans? Brian and Darren give you the equations and ideas so you don't plant too thick or too thin.

  • Molybdenum Matters

    You don't need much "moly", but all your crops must have some molybdenum. Brian and Darren tackle this hard to say and hard to to measure micronutrient in this episode.

  • Nutrient Movement In Soil, Plant Growth Hormones, Mulder's Chart

    The Hefty brothers discuss how various nutrients move or stay put in the soil profile, what plant growth hormones you could use, and how to use Mulder's Chart to help balance your soil's fertility.