What comes to mind when you think of Hawaii? Sun, sand, and a tropical breeze? Yes, of course, we have all of that, but for those of us in the seed industry, we think CORN! Since the 1960s, Hawaii has served as a winter breeding location for many of the biggest players in the seed industry. With year-round favorable weather, abundant agricultural land, and familiar US shipping regulations, Hawaii offers unique advantages over alternative winter breeding locations.
Categories: CropTalk, 2019
The idea that population is one of the key factors in yield has been widely accepted. With many advancements in planting equipment and monitoring, we can place seed with unprecedented accuracy and generate an exact record in real time. There is one factor in agriculture that no current technology can control, though. The weather can foil even the best-laid plan or best planting equipment. Historically, farmers who already find themselves with a very busy schedule calculate stand counts manually.
We finally learn how to manage or control the latest pest or plant disease, and then another threat rears its ugly head. Farmers are left scratching their heads while searching for solutions and putting into practice new precautions to protect their crops. From insect invasions to disease migration, below are three threats on the cusp of wide-spread notoriety.
Applying foliar nutrition products to ensure your crop has the nutrition it needs to finish strong is nothing new! In fact, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® has identified five PFR Proven™ foliar nutrition products for use in soybeans and four products in corn. If you are unfamiliar with the PFR Proven concept, it is any product or practice that has been tested in PFR and found to provide yield gains each year and a positive Return on Investment (ROI) over a minimum of three years. While it may seem like an obvious choice to incorporate these products on your farm, it may be more beneficial to take a targeted approach to foliar nutrition.
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
With prominent wet conditions this past fall and spring, switching to more in-season nitrogen management programs is a task many farmers are faced with this year. So what options are available for in-season nitrogen application? Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has past data on yield-gaining nitrogen management programs. One new product we are testing this year is PinnitMax™, a nitrogen stabilizer product.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: Nitrogen, PFR, nitrogen stabilizers, nitrogen management, PFR Report, nitrogen sealers, UAN, nitrogen applications
Planting under film? We're up for the challenge!
Check out this PFR report as Samantha Miller, Agronomy Information Specialist, interviews Will Albrecht from F.O.R & SAMCO to learn more about their "Film on Roll" biodegradable mulch film product for row crops.
Tags: corn, PFR, PFR Report, Innovations. Planting under film, heat units, PFR studides
This latest PFR Report features Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead at our Central Illinois PFR site as he talks about an exciting new-ish study we will be conducting this year!
Tags: Nitrogen, PFR, PFR Report, Nitrogen Application, nitrogen on corn
As you start to plan your post-herbicide application trip for your soybean crops, you may be looking for ways to maximize weed control. With the ever-growing list of resistant weeds, proper weed management techniques are more important than ever. Heavy spring rains may cause the pre-emergent herbicides to break down earlier in some fields this year. Therefore, another layer of in-season residual herbicide will be critical this year.
Tags: soybeans, weed control, herbicides, weed resistance, residuals, POST, PRE, Group 15 Herbicides, SOA, Sites of Action
The brim of my hat shaded my face from the harsh sun as I stood on a gravel road. In the distance, I could see the continuation of the gravel path, rising out of the still, murky water that was hiding a large portion of it. A small motorboat was anchored on the muddy shore, barely swaying back and forth in the light breeze. It looked as though it was in its natural habitat. Instead, it was floating atop a cornfield, harvested only a few months earlier.
Beck's breeding program began in 1976 with Kyle Smith and a 500- row nursery. Today, there are about 90 people involved in the program, and breeding and testing Beck's genetics occurs around the globe. There is a Beck’s breeding nursery being pollinated every day of the year thanks to the addition of our greenhouse facilities, our Hawaii nursery, and global cooperations, which extend to Central and South America, Europe, and the Southern Hemisphere. For today’s breeders, it’s always summer somewhere.
Let's begin by addressing the term “pigweed.” Typically, when referring to pigweed, the first thing you need to consider is your location. If you are in Central Illinois, then most likely you are referring to waterhemp. If you are in West Tennessee, then pigweed most likely means Palmer amaranth (Palmer). Pigweed is a general term that can be used to describe most amaranthus species. Palmer amaranth is Amaranthus palmeri and tall waterhemp is Amaranthus tuberculatus (=A. rudis). You can see the confusion. In 2016, The Weed Science Society of America ranked waterhemp and Palmer in the top three most troublesome weeds for corn and soybean production; however, for the purpose of this article, “pigweed” will be considered Palmer.
In the world of horse racing, there is a term for an underdog that emerges as a winner: dark horse. As we survey the landscape of soybeans, the LibertyLink® GT27™ trait is clearly the dark horse of soybean technologies. It may not be a household name when it comes to soybean platforms, but it is certainly at the top of the list when it comes to bringing great value to our customers.
While Sudden Death Syndrome and Brown Stem Rot steal the spotlight in most soybean disease discussions, there is another disease that plagues soybean production in the northern geographies, White Mold. White Mold can take a high yielding field from 80 to 20 Bu./A., so farmers are constantly looking for solutions to combat this devastating disease. Thankfully, we are gaining more and more insight as to how we can use multiple management techniques to avoid significant yield loss from White Mold.
…but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (I John 1:7)
This spring, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team is testing new equipment technology. Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in London, OH, gives an overview of our study on Yetter’s 2984 Strip Freshener. Just a week after using this equipment, we already see a difference. The question is will this visual difference translate to increased yield this fall. Stay tuned for updates on this study in the coming months.
Tags: planting, equipment, Farmserver, PFR Report, Yetter, Precision Farming, strip freshener
We get a lot of questions about new planter technologies. What works and what is all hype? In this edition of Beck’s PFR Report, Brady Rogers, PFR Operator, and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead in Atlanta, IN, share insights on the latest planter technologies we are putting to the test this spring.
Tags: planting, Farmserver, PFR Report, Closing Wheels, Precision Planting, Precision Farming, planter technologies, high-speed planters
Rolling ground is always an interesting topic of discussion. If you talk to farmers in the Northern U.S., they’ll say it’s a great way to push down rocks and create better field conditions for planting any crop, as well as for harvesting soybeans. Farmers further south will say it can promote branching and increase soybean yields when rolling once the soybeans are up.
Tags: Farmserver, Precision Farming, compaction, land roller, land rolling soybeans, rock supression
Across the Midwest, finding a window to do field activity has been very challenging this spring. Many farmers find themselves wondering if they should change any of their management strategies as planting continues to be delayed. But, before you make any changes to your 2019 plans, let’s discuss some factors that could influence your growing season.
Tags: Nitrogen, Farmserver, Delayed planting, Planting Date, Spring Burndown, Fall Burndown, Precision Farming, pre-emerge herbicide applications, residuals
Pouring sugar…on plants? What kind of madness is this?
Not madness at all! Plants need sugar for carbohydrate transport, energy, and stored fuel. Carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, like glucose, are converted to complex sugars by means of starches. When this conversion process occurs in plants, better growth + development, improved regulation of various biological systems, as well as respiration & transpiration steps can occur. Graphic 1 (below) shows the process of photosynthesis.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Sugar, Sugar Studies, Sugar on corn, sugar on soybeans