We've got a whole new focus on organic research in PFR!
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Below, we are highlighting some comments from our Regional Agronomy Managers (RAM), a recently created position at Beck's.
Categories: CropTalk, 2020
As hard as it was, a challenging year like 2019 can still yield applicable insights. The important thing to do is carefully weigh all the factors that can impact your results and examine the data in light of those factors. This past spring, I asked an intern to work a plot and as he began to work the ground I found myself thinking “that may be the worst decision I have made in my 35-year ag career”.
This season will also impact how we think about future decisions as it relates to soil tests and soil testing. I asked my friend Jamie Bultemeier, an agronomist with A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, to share his thoughts on the impact of 2019.
Tags: Cover Crops, Soil Sampling, PFR, soil testing, PFR Report, fall tillage
With prominent wet conditions this past fall and spring, switching to more in-season nitrogen management programs is a task many farmers are faced with this year. So what options are available for in-season nitrogen application? Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has past data on yield-gaining nitrogen management programs. One new product we are testing this year is PinnitMax™, a nitrogen stabilizer product.
Tags: Nitrogen, PFR, nitrogen stabilizers, nitrogen management, PFR Report, nitrogen sealers, UAN, nitrogen applications
This latest PFR Report features Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead at our Central Illinois PFR site as he talks about an exciting new-ish study we will be conducting this year!
Tags: Nitrogen, PFR, PFR Report, Nitrogen Application, nitrogen on corn
This spring, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team is testing new equipment technology. Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in London, OH, gives an overview of our study on Yetter’s 2984 Strip Freshener. Just a week after using this equipment, we already see a difference. The question is will this visual difference translate to increased yield this fall. Stay tuned for updates on this study in the coming months.
Tags: planting, equipment, Farmserver, PFR Report, Yetter, Precision Farming, strip freshener
We get a lot of questions about new planter technologies. What works and what is all hype? In this edition of Beck’s PFR Report, Brady Rogers, PFR Operator, and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead in Atlanta, IN, share insights on the latest planter technologies we are putting to the test this spring.
Tags: planting, Farmserver, PFR Report, Closing Wheels, Precision Planting, Precision Farming, planter technologies, high-speed planters
Rolling ground is always an interesting topic of discussion. If you talk to farmers in the Northern U.S., they’ll say it’s a great way to push down rocks and create better field conditions for planting any crop, as well as for harvesting soybeans. Farmers further south will say it can promote branching and increase soybean yields when rolling once the soybeans are up.
Tags: Farmserver, Precision Farming, compaction, land roller, land rolling soybeans, rock supression
Pouring sugar…on plants? What kind of madness is this?
Not madness at all! Plants need sugar for carbohydrate transport, energy, and stored fuel. Carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, like glucose, are converted to complex sugars by means of starches. When this conversion process occurs in plants, better growth + development, improved regulation of various biological systems, as well as respiration & transpiration steps can occur. Graphic 1 (below) shows the process of photosynthesis.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Sugar, Sugar Studies, Sugar on corn, sugar on soybeans
Clayton Stufflebeam, CIL PFR Location Lead is joined by Paul Harms of Precision Planting in this PFR Report to discuss the new SmartDepth product.
Tags: Emergence, Planting Depth, PFR, PFR Report, Precision Planting, Germination, Planting Temperature, Smartdepth
In the February issue of CropTalk, we discussed different methods to apply anhydrous in front of planting to minimize seedling injury. Having said that, there is no guarantee that this spring will be a smooth planting season. So, what should you do if you have a tight planting window this spring?
Categories: CropTalk, 2019
Tags: CropTalk, Nitrogen Uptake
Join Chris Robinson, PFR Location Lead, and Field Agronomist and Herbicide Specialist, Austin Scott, in this PFR Report as they discuss different ways to add profitability to your wheat crop.
Tags: Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, PFR Proven, Fungicides on Wheat, pgr products
For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Steve Martin of Martin-Till at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about the Dual-UMO 2x2x2 system.
Tags: Farmserver, PFR, PFR Report, 2x2x2, Precision Farming, Martin-Till, Martin Duo
For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Jeff Wherley with Yetter Manufacturing at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about starter fertilizer coulters , specifically Yetter's Dual 2968 Series 2x2x2 coulters .
Tags: Farmserver, PFR, PFR Report, Yetter, Starter Fertilizer, 2x2x2, Precision Farming
Many farmers perform fall operations at the conclusion of harvest to spread out their workload and/or properly prepare their fields for the next growing season. Given the challenges of the 2018 harvest season in some areas, many farmers' main focus was to complete harvest, which meant that traditional fall operations may have been left undone. This could leave many farmers with questions regarding how to react to the unfinished business.
In this latest video, PFR Location Lead Clayton Stufflebeam joins Jeremy Hodel of Precision Planting at their winter conference to talk about their new Conceal product.
In this PFR Report Jared Chester, Beck's Ohio PFR Location Lead, summarizes and highlights various studies and findings from PFR around closing wheels to help you increase your success in 2019.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Closing Wheels
No, this isn’t an article about healthy food choices to lower your cholesterol, control high blood pressure, or to set a calorie goal.
However, feeding a crop and managing its diet is just as important as feeding our own families and making sure they are healthy. Just because my corn looks fine, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it has everything it needs to grow strong and healthy. So, how does soil fertility play into the health and well-being of the crops we grow?
Tags: soil testing, fertilizer, macros, soil, fertility programs
Planting depth for row crops is a main topic of discussion in the agricultural community. Beck’s PFR team has heard your questions and in response, has put planting depth to yet another test. You may have seen our planting depth data over the last few years, but this year we added a second planting date into the mix. For this study, we planted corn in April and in May. In April, we tend to see cooler, wetter soils whereas in May we sometimes experience drier periods with less rainfall and warmer soil temperatures. Soil temperature and moisture have a great effect on how plants emerge. In this study, we looked to evaluate how much soil conditions can affect plant emergence, and how much yield potential we lose with late-emerging plants.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Corn Planting Date, PFR, PFR Report, research, corn planting depth
Join Eric Wilson, Field Agronomist, and Miles Mcgovney, PFR Agronomist, for some post-harvest updates on our Landroller Study.
Based on the numerous requests received from farmers, Beck’s PFR team is testing the Mandako Landroller for the first time this year. We launched this study in an effort to determine if Land Rollers would provide any yield benefit to a soybean crop.
Tags: soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, landroller, rolling soybeans, soybean studies