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NEW Wheat Studies!

Published on Wednesday, November 01, 2017

In spring of 2017, multiple PFR Proven™ products and practices were identified for wheat. One of these practices included the application of fungicide at flowering (Feekes 10.5.1) with proven products including Caramba® and Prosaro® 421 SC. As a result of the success with these fungicide products and the practice of applying them at flowering, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team wanted to determine if applying them even earlier could be a PFR Proven practice.

Fungicides in Wheat

This fall, we will be conducting a fungicide study with applications at flag leaf emergence, or Feekes 8.  The fungicides that will be evaluated at this application timing include Trivapro™, Nexicor™, and Preemptor™ SC.  In addition to a fungicide study at flag leaf, we also wanted to determine if there are plant health products that can improve fungicide activity on wheat. This data will be captured in our Fungicide Additive Study where we will be testing different fungicide additives including: Raven, Versa Max™ AC, and Feast®-XL. A fungicide placement has also been added to the list for this fall to help us determine how important coverage is when applying these fungicides at flowering. For this study, we will be comparing different nozzle configurations to the 360 UNDERCOVER® at flowering.

Seed Treatment and In-Furrow

Two additional, early-season studies that will be implemented this fall are a seed treatment study and an in-furrow product study. We hope to find out if the addition of nutrients and microbes can help get our wheat tillered and off to a good start before overwintering occurs. In the seed treatment study, Amplify-D® and MicroAZ ST Dry will be tested in combination with Beck’s Escalate™ yield enhancement system. For the in-furrow product study, we will be testing rizNate™, Enviroboost, and vitaNterra™.

Planting Date

Along with testing new products, we want to make sure we are hitting on some of those key agronomic practices. With this in mind, we will be conducting a planting date study at our Kentucky, Southern Illinois, and Ohio PFR sites. For several years, we have also talked about the importance of planting depth on corn and soybeans, and we know that consistent soil moisture and temperature are important in the emergence of these crops. Additionally, we know that a deeper planting depth allows for more consistent emergence with better seed-to-soil contact. So the real question is, how much does this impact wheat emergence and, ultimately, our yields? To find out, we are implementing a planting depth study at our Southern Illinois and Ohio sites this fall where we will be evaluating depths of 0.5 in., 1 in., 1.5 in. and 2 in., all using a 15 in. planter.

Row Width and Population

Also new this fall, we will have testing on practices such as row width and population. What is the best population for each row-width? How much does will this depend on location? Our Indiana, Kentucky, and Southern Illinois PFR sites will be conducting this study with both 7.5 in. drilled wheat and 15 in. planted wheat at populations of 1,000,000, 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 seeds/A. Our Indiana location will be using these treatments, as well as a 10 in. row spacing, with our new multi-hybrid, multi-row width planter! 

We are excited to share these results with you in the spring and we hope to have some new PFR Proven products and practices for you to consider for your farm.


Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, Escalate™ and PFR Proven™ are trademarks of Beck's Superior Hybrids, Inc. Caramba® is a registered trademark of BASF. Prosaro® and Nexicor™ are trademarks of Bayer. Trivapro™ is a trademark of a Syngenta Group Company. Preemptor™ is a trademark of FMC Corporation Versa Max™ is a trademark of Midtech R&D, Inc. 360 UNDERCOVER® is a registered trademark of 360 Yield Center, LLC. Amplify-D® and Feast® are registed trademarks of Conklin Company, LLC. rizNate™ and vitaNterra™ are trademarks of Genesis Ag.

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