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Field News: PFR Sneak Peek - What to Expect this Year

Published on Monday, March 5, 2018

The key to a successful spring planting is to start making preparations now and here at Beck’s, all of our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites are currently doing just that. We are in the process of laying out all of our plots and selecting the hybrids, varieties, products, and practices we will be testing throughout the 2018 growing season.

As I started reviewing the master list of plots for the upcoming year here in Kentucky, I noticed that several familiar plots were missing and that several new studies have been added. There is a constant change when it comes to farming, and our PFR sites are no different. We are constantly looking for new products and management practices we can test that will ultimately help you succeed.

With that said, here are a few of the new studies you can look forward to this year.


We have 14 new corn studies this year that we are really excited about. We have always looked at planting depths and planting dates, but what about different planting depths at different planting dates? This will be the objective of our planting depth by date study. And because biologicals have been a hot topic as of late, we are also going to look at biological concentrations run through our 2x2x2 system.


This year we will be conducting 15 new soybean studies. A lot of questions that we have been asked over the years are in regards to continuous soybean production, so this year we are setting out to find some answers. Seed treatments, fungicides, insecticides, and nutrients will all be tested in a soybean after soybean rotation at many of our PFR sites. Fungicides and insecticides applied at the R3 growth stage on soybeans was identified as a PFR Proven™ Practice, but what about carrier rates and the timing day for application? These two question we be studied thru PFR as well.

These new and exciting studies will be on display at this year’s field show, so we encourage you to join us this summer! Beck’s Kentucky PFR Field Show will be on August 3rd, so go ahead and mark your calendars for a day packed full of unbiased agronomic research and advice.

If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me.


Chris Robinson | KY PFR Location Lead


Practical Farm Research (PFR)® and PFR Proven™ are trademarks of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc. PFR Proven™ was developed in 2016 to identify the products and practices that are likely to be most profitable. If a product has been tested in PFR and found to provide yield gains and averages a positive ROI over a minimum of three years, then that product will earn the status of PFR Proven and should be something to consider trying on your farm. If a practices has been tested in PFR and found to be the most profitable, then it will also receive the status of PFR Proven. Please consult with your local Beck’s representative or trusted advisor for best management practices in your area.

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