Published on Monday, August 23, 2021
At Beck’s, we are always looking for new ways to help our farmers succeed. Each year, through our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program, our PFR team evaluates new technologies and management practices that provide unbiased agronomic data, helping farmers make decisions and increase their profitability.
Our PFR team implemented wheat studies at our Effingham, IL and Henderson, KY sites this year. The 2021 PFR Wheat Book data was then collected, analyzed, and published on our website.
2021 Wheat Studies
Six wheat studies were conducted across these two PFR locations, including:
• Closing Wheel Study
• Fungicide Study
• Nitrogen Application Study
• Row Width and Population Study
• Sulfur Study • Sugar Study – Foliar
PFR Proven™ Wheat Products
If a wheat product has been tested in PFR, is found to provide yield gains each year, and averages a positive ROI over a minimum of three years, that product is recognized as PFR Proven™.
The 2021 PFR Proven™ class of products in wheat include Miravis® Ace (fungicide), Feed Grade Dextrose (a sugar product), and Yetter’s Poly Twister and Schaffert Zipper™ closing wheels.
In addition to providing consistent protection from fusarium head blight (FHB), Miravis® Ace fungicide also acts as a strong deterrent for many key leaf diseases. Feed grade dextrose, a sugar product, feeds the bacteria by supplying them with the necessary sugars needed to break dormancy and become active in the soil.
The design of the Yetter Poly Twister closing wheel allows it to work in various soil types and conditions. These wheels utilize twisted poly spikes, a rounded center, and a ring design that maintains wheel depth while also firming the soil – eliminating the possibility of air pockets. It is not recommended to use these in conjunction with a factory-style rubber wheel.
Designed to take the place of standard rubber closing wheels, the Schaffert Zipper closing wheels utilize 13 in. angled spikes and can work in all soil types. The 1 in. angled spikes feather the soil in the furrow while also applying pressure, ensuring that the furrow is zipped shut. To increase seed-to-soil contact, the spikes create indentations as they close, allowing for any moisture to sink in.
PFR Proven™ Wheat Practices
According to our PFR data, 15 to 20 seeds per foot of row resulted in the greatest economic return on investment for both 7.5 and 15 in. row spacings. For years, industry and university data have recommended the standard 25 seeds per foot of row. Although the overall difference in bushels between different populations was small, our PFR research shows that planting less than 25 seeds per foot of row results in the best ROI.
With the hard work of our dedicated PFR team, the 2022 wheat season could add more PFR Proven products and practices to our collection. In the meantime, keep an eye out for Beck’s monthly PFR Report for study highlights and observations from the PFR and agronomy teams.
To view the 2021 PFR Wheat Book, visit beckshybrids.com/PFR/About-PFR
Author: Kate Roth
Categories: 2021, PFR