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CropTalk: 2018 PFR Proven™ And More

February 2019

Published on Monday, February 18, 2019

The PFR Proven™ concept was developed out of necessity in 2016. During the development of the PFR Book that fall, we found ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of products we tested. As we stepped back to analyze this, we realized that we had a problem. If the people doing the research had a hard time sorting through everything that was going on in the PFR Book, then how could we expect someone outside of our team to know where to begin with a nearly 400 page research book?

The answer was simple. We needed a way to identify the products and/or practices that showed the most potential in our testing. A way to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. PFR Proven™ was our solution.

More information on the products listed above, the sample PFR Proven studies below, and PFR Proven products and practices from past years can be found in the 2018 PFR Book or on our website at www.BecksHybrids.com/PFResearch.

3-YEAR, MULTI-LOCATION BIOLOGICAL IN-FURROW STUDY FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS (DOLLARS):

The graph below shows the PFR Proven ROI over three years of using in-furrow biologicals MicroAZ-IF Liquid™ in corn and TerraMax Liquid-IF™ in soybeans. Both products are PFR Proven in 2018. In corn, MicroAZ-IF Liquid stimulates root development. Optimal root growth is imperative for accessing nutrients during the cool, wet conditions that are common early in the season. TerraMax Liquid-IF aides in soybean nodulation and nitrogen fixation. Note, soybeans require four to five units of nitrogen per bushel.

SO WHAT MAKES IT PFR PROVEN™?

PRACTICE – If a practice has been tested in PFR and found to be the most profitable, then that practice will earn the status “PFR Proven.” However, these practices should be considered starting points. Consult your local Beck’s representative for best management practices for your area.

PRODUCT – If a product has been tested in PFR and found to provide annual yield gains and averages a positive ROI over a minimum of three years, that product will earn the status “PFR Proven.” These products will be marked with the PFR Proven logo, and should be something to consider trying on your farm. Below is a list of products from the 2018 PFR Proven class.

2018 PFR PROVEN™ PRODUCTS:

CORN:
• Boron Plus®
• MicroAZ-IF Liquid™
• Ethos® XB
• Capture® VGR®
• Xanthion® • Trivapro®
• Preemptor® SC
• Schaffert Zipper™
• S.I. Distributing Finger Till
• Copperhead Ag Furrow Cruisers®

SOYBEANS:
• Capello® Quasar Chopping head*
• TerraMax Liquid-IF™
• Serenade® ASO
• Capture® VGR®
• Trivapro®
*The Capello® Quasar Chopping Head is PFR Proven in both corn-after-corn and soybean-after-corn rotations.

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