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Practical Farm Research (PFR): Corn and Soybean Results

2022 PFR Book

Published on Monday, December 6, 2021

Since 1937, the Beck family has owned and operated Beck’s, the largest family-owned retail seed company and the third-largest seed brand in the United States. As farmers themselves, the Beck family recognizes the value of conducting unbiased agronomic research to help farmers succeed.

That’s why we developed Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program 58 years ago. PFR provides the most comprehensive, innovative, and practical agronomic research in the industry. We evaluate hundreds of new management practices and inputs and then deliver unbiased agronomic data to help farmers make better decisions and increase profitability. In 2022, Beck’s PFR program conducted over 110 studies testing more than 200 products and practices across ten sites with a combined total of over 1,000 dedicated acres. 

Each year we produce a book with the research results. We’re excited to share the 2022 PFR Book, which contains five sections.

  • PFR Proven™: Are you looking for something new to try on your farm? PFR Proven products and practices have continuously provided positive yield gains each year and average an increased return on investment for a minimum of three years. The research is featured chronologically by the growing season.
  • Multi-Location Data: Beck’s conducts nearly all PFR studies at multiple locations across our marketing area. By combining data from many sites, we have more confidence in the results, good or bad.
  • Individual Location Studies: With 10 PFR testing locations, you can dive into each unique study and review the results.
  • On-Farm Studies: Field-scale research of some of the most requested PFR studies from farmers. 

New and Exciting Additions to the 2022 PFR Book!

FOR MORE INFORMATION (FMI) VIDEOS

Growers have requested more information about our studies over the years. With these new FMI videos, we address questions like how we conduct specific studies or how we measure certain results. Throughout the book, you will find QR codes. Scan your phone camera over the code and watch these 2–3-minute videos that will provide additional information on that specific study or topic.

ON-FARM TESTING

Some tests are more challenging to conduct in a plot-sized scale. Similarly, we recognize the need for field-scale research for some of our equipment studies to gather more accurate, real-life information that accounts for field variability. Over the last five years, ground vs. aerial-applied fungicide applications has been one of the most highly requested studies from farmers throughout our marketing area, so in 2022, we implemented on-farm testing to conduct these studies in a large-scale, controlled environment with specific protocols to deliver this valuable data to farmers.

NEW LOCATIONS

We have added two distinct and unique locations to our testing area. In the fall of 2021, we announced our expansion into Nebraska and our purchase of a new facility in Goehner, Nebraska. We started our PFR research at this location in the spring of 2022 and are excited to have some inaugural data from Goehner in this year's book. We also initiated cooperator studies in the south for what we are calling our Delta data. These studies should more accurately reflect the agricultural practices in the Delta region.

Looking for more PFR Proven™ information? Check out the links below!

Success Strategies on Soybeans

Success Strategies on Corn

PFR Wheat Book

Success Strategies on Weed Management

 

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