When appropriately timed, fungicide applications in soybeans provide one of the most consistent returns of all the things tested through Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, even in the absence of significant foliar disease pressure. Beck’s 4-year, multi-location research suggests that the optimal timing is the R3 reproductive stage, which is identified by having a 3/16 in. pod at one of the uppermost four nodes.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, Agronomy, PFR, PFR Proven, fungicide timing, funicide soybeans
A key factor in yield is pollination success. Across the Cornbelt, field corn enters the critical period of pollination from late June through the end of July. A corn plant is monoecious, which means it contains both male and female flowers on the same plant. The female flower is called the ear and contains the ovules and silks. The male flower is called the tassel and sheds pollen. Many understand the female flower and its importance in yield, but let’s dive deeper into the male flower.
Tags: CropTalk, Pollination, corn pollination
As farmers are preparing for the upcoming 2021 planting season, winter is a great time to review planter maintenance and install upgrades. Travis Burnett, northern Indiana Beck’s field sales agronomist, and southern IN Beck’s field sales agronomist, Travis Coleman, inspect what to look for on planters to prep for successful planting passes.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
For farmers across the Midwest, the 2019 growing season proved more challenging and stressful than your “normal” year. While some suffered more than others, 2019 yields as a whole were not as catastrophic as many predicted. This is mainly due to the nearly ideal weather we experienced in September.
Categories: CropTalk, 2020
Tags: CropTalk, PFR Studies, 2020 pfr
Today, let’s talk soybean replant and discuss best practices for making replant decisions. No matter how much time and effort is put into planning, Mother Nature seems to have plans of her own, and she trumps all.
Categories: CropTalk, 2019
Tags: CropTalk, soybean, Replant
The PFR Proven™ concept was developed out of necessity in 2016. During the development of the PFR Book that fall, we found ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of products we tested. As we stepped back to analyze this, we realized that we had a problem. If the people doing the research had a hard time sorting through everything that was going on in the PFR Book, then how could we expect someone outside of our team to know where to begin with a nearly 400 page research book?
For years, soybeans have not received the same love that corn has, and is often referred to as “that crop between corn crops.” It’s not uncommon for many farmers to plant all their corn before even thinking about starting on soybeans, and in most cases, the care or precision dedicated to soybean fields is nowhere near what it is when planting corn. Recently, however, some of the more progressive farmers throughout the Midwest have been giving soybeans a little more love.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Soybean Population, PFR, PFR Report, Beck’s, Soybean Row Width
Two years ago, Sonny Beck challenged our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team to raise 400-bushel corn. Unlike all the other studies done in PFR, economics and profitability have little influence on this particular study. Instead, the focus here is solely on maximizing yield by utilizing non-traditional management practices in combinations that may be unpractical in today’s economy.
Have you ever wondered what Beck’s PFR team does all day? Do you want to see the studies they’re conducting first hand? Now you can!
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, PFR Tours
In this latest PFR Report, I am joined by Tyler Kilfoil as we report from the Row Width and Populations in Double Crop Soybeans study at Beck’s PFR site in Indiana.
Join Tyler Kilfoil, PFR location lead, and Travis Burnett, PFR agronomist at Beck’s Indiana Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site as they provide an update on the Nitrogen Application Study at Beck’s Indiana PFR site.
Join Travis Burnett, PFR Field Agronomist, in the field at Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Indiana as he evaluates the 2017 high-yield wheat plot.
Check out the video to learn more about the different management practices that have contributed to the visual differences between the traditional and high-yield plots!
In this latest PFR report, PFR Agronomist Travis Burnett, introduces an exciting new project going on at the Indiana PFR site for 2017.
In this PFR Report, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® agronomist, Travis Burnett, introduces Nitrogen Sealers. Beck's PFR has continued to test Nitrogen Sealers over the last 4 years to evaluate their effect on nitrogen (N) retention and yield.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Travis Burnett, nitrogen sealers, nitrogen retention, Nitrogen Sealing Systems
Travis Burnett, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Agronomist, introduces a new project in which Beck’s production team conducted side-by-side comparisons of ripper points.
Beck's PFR Agronomist, Travis Burnett is in the field with Rich Graham from Kingdom Ag, the makers of Shred Select™, a new residue management tool.
One of the most common questions we get at PFR is centered around soil testing. Our goal is to have an accurate sampling system that gives us the best representation of what is out in the field.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Cover Crops, PFR, Cover Crop Seeding, Rowbot, How to seed cover crops, cover crop seeding applications
Beck’s Indiana PFR Agronomist, Travis Burnett, introduces an impromptu wheat study that has been developed due to a recent local weather event where we saw golf ball-sized hail we experienced in
Atlanta, IN earlier this month.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, Travis Burnett, Hail damaged wheat, feekes 10