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CropTalk: Late-Season PFR Proven

June 2021

Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about late-season applications. It seems like no matter how much we prepare, it’s mid-season before we even get the planters empty. As we transition from the planting and early-season mindset, I’d like to challenge you to try one new thing on your farming operation this year.

Working closely with the KY Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team, I am privileged to see many products and practices being tested. I get the opportunity to investigate and formulate my own opinion on each study we conduct. It is such an experience to visit one of our PFR locations during the growing season to see the studies before you receive your printed book at the end of the year. We test a variety of things on the farms. Our end goal in PFR is to help you succeed and take some of the guess work out of whether or not a product or practice will provide a positive return on investment. At the end of the day that is my goal, to help put money back in your pockets so that you can continue farming in hopes to one day pass your farming operation onto the next generation.

That is why I am challenging you to take one of our late-season PFR Proven™ products or practices and apply it to your operation. PFR Proven status is earned by products and practices that see a positive yield gain and positive ROI (products only) over the course of three years. Want to take your operation up a notch? These products and practices are a great place to start if you are ready to try something new.

What are some things you can still do lateseason, you may ask? We have several PFR Proven products including lateseason nutrition products (like boron), fungicides, insecticides, and even postharvest products and practices to help you progress into the 2022 growing season.

If you are still reading this article and thinking about what you could add to your operation this summer, I’d encourage you take a tour at one of our PFR locations. You may be interested in putting a fungicide on your soybeans, and some of the studies we are conducting this year may help you move forward with that decision.

I often hear customers talk about not wanting to waste money on their lateseason soybeans. Did you see the new study we did last year (page 139 in the 2020 PFR book, for reference) on soybean planting date and fungicide response? As shown in the graph below, all three planting dates — April, May, and June — provided a positive return on investment. However, the later the planting date, the more money we put back in our pockets.

FIND YOUR PFR PROVEN: I challenge you to open up your 2020 PFR book or go online to beckshybrids. com/PFR/PFR-Proven and find one or two things that interest you. Talk to your Beck’s dealer, seed advisor, or agronomist and let’s see how we can help put money back in your pocket and more bushels through your combine.

FARMERS OFTEN ASK IF IT PAYS TO INVEST IN A LATE-PLANTED CROP. ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL, OUR DATA FROM 2020 INDICATES THAT IT PAYS JUST AS MUCH, IF NOT MORE, TO INVEST IN A SOYBEAN CROP REGARDLESS OF PLANTING DATE. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR OF THIS STUDY, SO FURTHER TESTING IS REQUIRED.

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