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CropTalk: What’s New for 2022 in PFR?

May 2022

Published on Monday, May 2, 2022

Another year brings about another round of new products and practices for Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team to try. This growing season, there are 15 new studies for corn and 14 new studies for soybeans. Within those 29 new studies, 29 never-before-tested-in-PFR products will be used across the seven PFR sites and additional cooperator locations. Of those products, ten will be applied to both corn and soybean studies, twelve new products to corn exclusively, and seven to soybeans only.

 

NEW COMPANIES PFR IS PARTNERING WITH FOR THE 2022 GROWING SEASON INCLUDE:

Agrauxine

Agricultural Innovations

Aqua-Yield®

Dakota Bio

Novozymes®

NTS Tire Supply™

Spraytec

Vive®

Across these fresh studies, products ranging from biologicals and organic products to adjuvants and nitrogen management products – and even tire pressure adjustment of tractors will be tested. Let’s take a quick look at the details of some of the studies!

 

CULTURAL CHANGES

High input prices, coupled with product availability, can be areas of stressors on the farm. How can we alleviate some of that weight? By making cultural changes on our operations. PFR will be adding two new ‘Short Corn’ studies this year – one on ‘Nitrogen Rates’ and one on ‘Row Width and Population.’ The physics aspect behind short corn is that it lowers the center of gravity of the corn plant, hopefully mitigating stress from windy field conditions and reducing effects of greensnap. Another cultural study for 2022 compares the use of well water against reverse osmosis (RO) water. Versa Max® and Veltyma™ will be added to determine if RO water helps reduce the potential tie-up of minerals and metals in the water with the products. This study will be tested on both corn and soybeans.

The most sought-after primary macronutrient — nitrogen (N) — has been skyrocketing in price over the past year. What are some ways we can implement best management practices of N in corn fields? A stream bar will be used to understand which placement of N works best. Another N placement study is our dribble vs. 2x2x2 applications of different products, applied with UAN, will also be tested. This growing season, PFR will also look into which depth (2-3 in. vs. 5-6 in.) of sidedressing N at the V3 growth stage is most efficient.

 

NEW TECHNOLOGY ON THE BLOCK

Have you ever heard of nanotechnology? Aqua-Yield’s NanoPro® is a humic acidbased liquid crop protection enhancer; formulated with nanoparticles. When soybeans reach the V4 growth stage, an application of Versa Max® MN plus NanoPro will be made. NanoPro will also be applied with FMC’s Lucento® fungicide and Mustang® Maxx insecticide at R3 on soybeans. Due to their size and nature, nanoparticles can permeate their way through stomatal openings in the plant. We are eager to unlock more about this new scientific formulation method.

 

FRESH TWIST ON SOMETHING OLD

Our ‘Nutrient Management’ studies have been around for the past few years in PFR, and this year will be the first year for rotating these two trials with soybeans! Both the ‘Broadcast vs. Banded’ and ‘Fall vs. Spring Banded’ studies will now be tested with soybeans on the corn fertilizer treatments. For the ‘Broadcast vs. Banded’ study, tillage practices of no-till, strip-till, and conventional-till exist in the plot – with various rates of monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and potash fertilizers. Comparing fall vs. spring strip-till banded with strip-freshener banded treatments comprise the ‘Fall vs. Spring’ study. It will be interesting to see how the rotation of soybeans in these corn plots react to the treatments!

 

 

EFFICIENCY IS OF THE ESSENCE

Nitrogen efficiency is key – application timing, rate, placement, and product type are all important factors when making profitable nutrient passes. Hot on the rowcrop market are products that claim to improve N efficiency; these products are typically biologically-based nutritionals. A few products of this genre have been tested in PFR. Utrisha™ N from Corteva Agriscience™ is the latest to hit the market. An application of this nitrogen use efficiency source will be made to both corn and soybeans at V4. Biological products continue to gain momentum in the agriculture industry, and PFR will persist in staying on top of what is new.

 

ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE ON SUCCESS STRATEGIES

For those of you who are familiar with the high yield plots at our Atlanta, IN, PFR location, high yield attempts are performed on both corn and soybeans. Both the ‘400 Bushel Attempt’ and ‘125 Bushel Attempt’ studies involve a myriad of treatments. Instead of adding more treatments, this new ‘Success Strategies — Omission Study’ will be looking at the PFR Proven™ Success Strategies in a treatment deletion manner. Each crop will have a treatment of all their five corresponding Success Strategies carried out, then a tier of treatments removing each Success Strategy from the ‘enhanced’ treatment. Our goal is to uncover how each Success Strategy treatment impacts the crop.

 

EVERYBODY LOVES EQUIPMENT

Equipment studies are always exciting. A tire pressure study will be new for 2022. This study incorporates treatments of various pounds per square inch (PSI) settings on the front and rear tires. Field compaction will be analyzed to view the effects of soil particles in high density areas. PFR will be testing this study in both corn and soybean fields. NTS Tire Supply is working with PFR for this trial.

 

Want to hear more about the rest of the new studies throughout the year? Here are some ways to stay informed!

o Schedule a private PFR tour with your local sales team at a PFR site o Attend a Beck’s Field Show in August

o Check your email for important announcements

o Follow Beck’s on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more fun info!

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