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5

Dec

2018

PFR Report

Soybean Row Width and Population Study

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.

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7

Nov

2018

PFR Report

Landroller Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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14

May

2018

PFR Report: How Sweet It Is

In-Furrow Sugar Applications

Author: Alex Knight

Can in-furrow applications of sugar increase nutrient availability and yields in corn?

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14

May

2018

PFR Report

Starting Strong with Starter Fertilizers

Author: Alex Knight

Review your fertility options for getting your corn crop going.

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2

May

2018

PFR Report

Water Conditioning Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio is joined by Field Agronomist Luke Schulte to discuss water quality when it comes to spraying.

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30

Apr

2018

PFR Report

Wheat Planting Depth Study Follow-Up

In this May 2018 PFR Report, PFR Agronomist and Location Lead Jonathan Perkins joins us from the Wheat Planting Depth Study at our Southern Illinois PFR site to provide some updates on heaving, or in this case, lack thereof, once we reached April and were through the freeze/thaw cycles.

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30

Apr

2018

PFR Report

Sugar - What We’ve Learned

Author: Alex Knight

As commodity prices leave us looking for new ways to be leaner and leaner with our on-farm practices, one consideration that rises to the top as a cost effect practice is applications of sugar in-furrow. Why sugar in-furrow? You may have noticed that many in-furrow starters already have a small percentage of sugar within their fertilizers. The idea behind applying sugar in-furrow is to stimulate the microbial activity. If we can stimulate microbial activity in the soil, then more nutrients will be readily available to the plant, thus promoting yields.

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6

Mar

2018

PFR Report

2018 Planting Prep

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting season is almost here which means many of you are probably thinking about all of the decisions that need to be made before the planter ever hits the field. Questions like “when should I start planting?”, “how deep should I plant?” and “should I wait for perfect conditions?” are all valid questions you may have. But answering them may require some planning and preparation to ensure you start your crops off in the best possible situation.

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6

Dec

2017

PFR Report

2017 PFR Proven™ Wheat Products and Practices

Author: Alex Knight

One question we get asked a lot is how we apply nitrogen (N) on our wheat acres. What we have observed in Practical Farm Research (PFR)® is that, regardless of the source of N applied, split applications pay. Some of the benefits of split applications include increased yield, increased N efficiency, and the potential for lower environmental losses.

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6

Dec

2017

PFR Report

Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans

Author: Joe Bolte

In times of lower commodity prices, we’re always trying to find new ways to cut cost. One area to consider is cutting costs on soybeans is your fall burndown program. But, before making that decision, you should evaluate the benefits of a fall burndown.

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27

Jun

2017

Precision Farming

Crop Health Imaging™ | Valuable Tool For Assessing Field Conditions

Author: Craig Rogers

For a large part of the Midwest, the 2017 planting season has been one for the record books. Unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. When we drive from area to area, we are seeing corn plants in a wide array of stages. Uneven stands and multiple planting dates can wreak havoc on deciding when to apply a fungicide. If you have been following Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, we are seeing a positive ROI when we have applied fungicide at the VT growth stage. Over the last four years, we have seen a 9.4 Bu./A. advantage applying Headline AMP® at the right time, making this one of our PFR Proven™ products. Now the question to ask yourself is, how can I apply fungicide at the correct time with all the replant and unevenness in my fields?

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16

May

2017

#AskPFR

How Long Can My Corn Seed Survive in the Ground?

#AskPFR:

How long can corn seed survive in the ground? 

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5

Apr

2017

PFR Report

Planter Calibration

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting season is upon us and one thing that is on every farmers’ mind is how to maximize their return on investment (ROI) for this season. One obvious way to increase ROI is to decrease your input costs. If you are running any kind of starter fertilizer, you can improve your ROI through proper calibration.

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4

Apr

2017

PFR Report

Kentucky Planting Date Study

Join Chris Robinson, Beck's Kentucky PFR Location Lead, as he and the team in Henderson prepare to get their first corn and soybean planting date plots into the ground for 2017.

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4

Apr

2017

PFR Report

Schaffert Manufacturing Updates from the National Farm Machinery Show

Author: Jim Schwartz

Check out this latest PFR report as Jared Chester joins Paul Schaffert of Schaffert Manufacturing at the National Farm Machinery show. 

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4

Apr

2017

PFR Report

Southern Illinois Planting Date Study

In this latest report from southern Illinois, PFR location lead Jonathan Perkins and PFR operator Joe Bolte discuss the 2017 planting date study for corn and soybeans and why it’s so important.

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8

Mar

2017

PFR Report

Fight Your Feelings: Don't Let Emotions Control Your Crop Input Decisions

Author: Jim Schwartz

Emotions play a huge role in our lives and drive everything we do. They can impact our moods and drive our decision making. Our emotions can cause us to buy certain brands and leave others. That’s just the way it works.

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3

Mar

2017

PFR Report

Farmer's, Start Your Engines

Author: Jim Schwartz

Last week the Daytona 500 officially marked the beginning of NASCAR season. This iconic race is not only the biggest race of the season, but it is also super important for multiple reasons. The first, obvious bragging rights and a confetti shower for the crowned champion. Second is that the Daytona 500 sets the stage for the rest of the season. It’s important for the drivers to get off to a good start, not only when that green flag waves in Daytona, but also for the remainder of the season as they sprint towards that coveted cup.

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1

Mar

2017

PFR Report

PUTTING PRESSURE ON THOSE PESKY PESTS – CAPTURE VGR FIGHTS BACK

Author: Jim Schwartz

Much of the Midwest has experienced an extremely mild winter this year. While that is great for early planting preparations, mild winters also mean that there is an increased opportunity for soil-borne insects to thrive. One proactive solution to combat these pesky pests is the use of an in-furrow insecticide.

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28

Feb

2017

PFR Report

It's Time to Rethink Your High Populations

Author: Jim Schwartz
Row widths and planting population are two management practices that farmers have complete control over that are often considered to be crucial to increasing yield and return on investment (ROI.) That’s why Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team continues to compare 15 in. and 30 in. rows at various planting populations in an attempt to determine the Economic Optimum Seeding Rate (EOSR) for each row width.
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