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Sep

2022

CropTalk: 7 Tips for Combine Preparation

September 2022

Several thoughts come to mind when I start thinking about harvest. The long hours, the constant hustle, seeing the results of the season’s toils firsthand, and most importantly, turning the chapter on another season are just a few that come to mind. It’s important to prepare for the harvest season. It takes many pieces of equipment for harvest to flow quickly, efficiently, and safely. Trucks, tractors, grain carts, and augers must work in unison for a seamless harvest. Of course, the kingpin of the whole operation is the combine. Proper maintenance when it comes to combine prep cannot be understated. Here are seven tips to ensure tip-top combine performance.

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Dec

2021

CropTalk: Everything Planters

December 2021

If you are like me, you probably believe that the planting pass is the most important pass you will make all season. Jason Gahimer and I presented Everything Planters at Beck’s 2021 Field Shows and Becknology™ Days. The goal of this talk was to express previous research data and showcase new topics to help make that all-important pass the best possible. Below I highlight the topics we discussed at our field shows.

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Aug

2021

PFR Report: TH Fabrication Row Focus Weed Tine Harrow

Need a mechanical form of weed control in your crops? Clayton Stufflebeam, Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Agronomist reviews the TH Fabrication Row Focus Weed Tine Harrow from TH Fabrication, LLC.

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Aug

2021

PFR Report: John Deere ExactEmerge™ High-Speed Planting in PFR

High-speed planting caught your interest? You’re in the right place!

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May

2021

PFR Report: Planting Speed Study – SureSpeed

High-speed planting continues to become a more popular practice when farmers are faced with narrower planting windows and have more acres to plant.

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Mar

2021

PFR Report: Corn High-Speed Planting Preparation

How can a farmer capitalize on increasing yields through higher planting speeds? Clayton Stufflebeam, Practical Farm Research (PFR®) Agronomist, discusses data from Beck’s Hybrids PFR plots regarding high-speed planting research.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: 2020 PFR Proven

February 2021

Another season of Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data is in the books. Naturally, the first section I check out is the PFR Proven™ section. This section is very important when it comes to making decisions on your operation. For a product or practice to earn the PFR Proven title, it must be tested at multiple locations for a minimum of three years. In each of the three years, it must provide a positive yield gain each and every year and average a positive ROI over the combined years of research.

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Dec

2020

PFR Report: Nitrogen Systems Harvest Update

Nitrogen management is always a moving target. Rate, timing, source, and placement dictate yield when it comes to nitrogen management. Mother Nature has just as much influence on nitrogen management, if not more, compared to the previously mentioned factors.

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Nov

2020

PFR Report: Update on Corn – Closing Wheel Study – FurrowForce

Is using the fully automated FurrowForce setting better than using a manual downforce setting on a planter?

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Nov

2020

PFR Report: Corn Frost Study Pre-Harvest Update

When is it warranted to replant corn after a frost event? 

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: Nitrogen Systems Study Pre-Harvest Update on Corn

In this video, Central Illinois Practical Farm Research (PFR) Location Lead, Clayton Stufflebeam discusses a study that combines nitrogen timing and nitrogen systems.

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: Prescription Tillage Technology’s STP Disc Opener Pre-Harvest Update

Join Clayton Stufflebeam, Central IL Practical Farm Research (PFR) Location Lead, highlights the preharvest findings on Prescription Tillage Technology’s STP Disc Openers.

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: Harvesting Derecho-Damaged Down Corn

Wondering how to rescue and harvest down corn this year? The Iowa Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR) site in Colfax suffered damage from the 2020 Derecho windstorm on August 10.

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: 2x2x2 Systems - Preharvest Update

What is the ideal placement for nitrogen starter fertilizer?

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Sep

2020

PFR Report: Horsch Joker RT40 Live Demonstration

Clayton Stufflebeam, Central Illinois Practical Farm Research Location Lead, joins Dan Fulton, Horsch Agvision Farm Manager, to discuss the Horsch Joker RT Series.

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Jun

2020

PFR Report: Closing Wheel Systems Study

Clayton Stufflebeam, Practical Farm Research (PFR) Location Lead from the El Paso, IL, location takes a minute to explain our Closing Wheel Systems Study before testing the closing wheels.

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May

2020

PFR REPORT: Importing FARMServer Data into Precision Planting’s 20/20 Monitor

Interested in learning how to transfer data seamlessly from FARMserver into Precision Planting’s 20|20 monitor?

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Mar

2020

PFR Report: Indexing Your Planter

This latest PFR Report features Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead at our Central Illinois PFR discussing how to get your corn planter dialed in for #plant2020. Clayton spends time discussing how to index your planter and the importance of doing so.

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Mar

2020

PFR Report: Prescription Tillage Sabre Tooth Planter (STP) Disc Openers Q&A

Learn all about the Prescription Tillage Sabre Tooth Planter (STP) Disc Openers now!

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Oct

2019

PFR Report: Weed Zapper

In this electrifying video, our team in El Paso tested the Weed Zapper at the CIL Organic Field Day to see if it would be a useful component in an organic weed control program.

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