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PFR Report: 2019 PFR Takeaways to Help Prepare for 2020

Published on Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Happy New Year from the PFR team!

As we start selecting new products and practices to test in 2020, we wanted to highlight some of the studies that stood out in 2019 and the lessons that we learned from them.

Investing in the Planter Pays

Last year, seven different planter attachments earned PFR Proven™ status. Two new attachments that performed well in their first year of testing on both corn and soybeans were row cleaners and hydraulic downforce.

We encourage you to utilize the PFR Proven Planter Attachments Section in your 2019 PFR Book (pgs. 18-29) and review the planter attachments that we have found success with and what is the best investment for your farm.  

High-Speed Planting

The short planting window that most of the Midwest faced in 2019 helped drive home the importance of evaluating new technologies that can increase planter productivity. Utilizing Precision Planting’s SpeedTube®, three PFR sites conducted field-scale studies testing planting speeds ranging from 5.0 to 12.5 mph. The take-home insights from the first year of testing include:

  • Efficiency can be gained without sacrificing yield
  • The faster you go, the more downforce and horsepower you need

Little Changes Add Up

We continue to uncover management tweaks/changes to improve return on investment (ROI) in our PFR studies. Some of these small changes that boost ROI include:

  • Brandt® Indicate 5®, a water conditioner, provided an additional 5.5 Bu./A. when added to a Versa Max™ AC foliar application at V5. This resulted in an ROI increase of $20.60.
  • When added to a V3 sidedress application, four different products resulted in increased yield. Humika™, a product containing humic and fulvic acid, provided a $17.11 ROI.  

Don’t Overlook Agronomic Basics

Our Nitrogen Depth and Timing – Anhydrous Ammonia Study helped reiterate what can happen when we are rushed and don’t pay attention to detail. This study highlights the importance of maintaining an adequate depth when you are forced to apply anhydrous close to planting. In challenging springs, management strategies will change and the windows of opportunity will be shorter, but taking the time to implement sound agronomic practices will pay in the end.

We hope you find the 2019 PFR Book valuable and utilize the unbiased data to make a change on your farm to be more successful in the coming year. If you have any questions about any of the products or equipment tested, please reach out to your local Beck’s representative or PFR team member.

We look forward to seeing you at a PFR Insight meeting and wish you success in 2020!

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