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CropTalk: PFR Proven Products and Practices: Wheat

January 2021

Published on Monday, January 4, 2021

The ever-popular PFR Book that many of you know and utilize on your operation is not the only publication the Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team at Beck’s develops. We also publish a PFR Wheat Book each year!

Three of our PFR teams implement wheat studies on their farms each year. These include our Effingham, IL, Henderson, KY, and London, OH sites. After the wheat studies are harvested in the summer, double-crop soybeans are often planted on those plots. Once the data is collected and analyzed, the PFR Wheat Book is then published on Beck’s website before we kick off our field show season in August.

2020 Wheat Studies

Six wheat studies were conducted across these three PFR locations, including:

  • Planting Depth Study
  • Row Width and Population Study
  • Closing Wheel Study
  • Fungicide Study – Foliar
  • Sugar Study – Foliar
  • Sulfur Study

PFR Proven™ Wheat Products

As with PFR Proven™ products in corn and soybeans, if a wheat product has been tested in PFR and found to provide yield gains each year and averages a positive ROI over a minimum of three years, that product will earn the status of PFR Proven. These are not ‘silver bullet’ products for every field on every farm, but have shown consistent positive yield and return on investment results in the PFR plots.

PFR Proven products in wheat include fungicides Caramba®, Prosaro® 421 SC, and Nexicor™ along with the plant growth regulator (PGR) Palisade® EC. Wheat fungicides can protect the plant from fusarium head blight, head scab, powdery mildew, and various rusts. Not only can a PGR application reduce plant growth from in-season applications, it can also reduce the risk of lodging form high nitrogen (N) level remnants from the previously planted crop. Successful in-season management treatments – preventative sometimes being the better option over curative – can continue the foundation for a healthy yielding wheat harvest.

PFR Proven™ Wheat Practices

A split application of N in the form of UAN has a six-year, $17.24/A. ROI, and 2.8 Bu./A. yield advantage over a single nitrogen application on wheat. This concept is PFR Proven and represents multi-year, multi-location data. In this study, the split applications of N occurred at Feekes 3 and Feekes 5, whereas the single N application was made at Feekes 3 only. Splitting N applications can reduce N volatility risk and provide N to the crop at different uptake timings.

Another PFR Proven practice for wheat is implementing a split application of urea instead of loading all the wheat’s N needs in one pass. This practice has six years’ worth of data backing it. Split urea applications had a 3.5 Bu./A. yield increase and a $22.13/A ROI compared to a single application.

Second Year Studies

The 2021 wheat harvest season could add more PFR Proven practices! Utilizing closing wheels at planting, making foliar sugar applications, and applying the fungicide Miravis® Ace are all products potentially on their way to being proven in 2021. All these products have experienced two years of PFR testing. As always, stay tuned to the monthly PFR Report for study highlights and observations from the PFR and agronomy teams.

To view the 2020 PFR Wheat Book, visit beckshybrids.com/PFR/About-PFR

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Author: Deatra Gremaux

Categories: CropTalk, 2021

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