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7

Nov

2018

PFR Report

Corn Planting Depth by Date

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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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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6

Feb

2018

PFR Report

Let’s Recap…Emergence by Planting Date

Author: Alex Knight

Every year, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team evaluates, and then discusses, planting dates for corn. What is the ideal planting date for your region? Based on management practices including water management and tillage, can you get into the field during that timeframe?Better Late Than Never?
Every year, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team evaluates, and then discusses, planting dates for corn. What is the ideal planting date for your region? Based on management practices including water management and tillage, can you get into the field during that timeframe?
When we listen to winners from the NCGA yield contest, (https://thoughtsfromtheturnrow.com/2016/08/18/2014-ncga-yield-contest-winner/) one of the first things they tell us is we need consistency in emergence. One goal in PFR this year was to evaluate differences in emergence and determine how they impacted yield. 
Let’s Talk Regional Differences
Typically, we see the best planting window at our Ohio PFR site in mid- to late April, as our yield potential starts to decrease when we plant in early June.

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Nov

2017

PFR Report

Corn Population and Row Width Harvest

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Jason Gahimer, PFR operations manager, in the field as the team harvests one of our multi-population, multi-row width plots with Capello's All Row Gladiator Corn Head.

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14

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: UTAH FARMERs, Kelby & Kathie Iverson

With their faith and family leading the way, Kelby and Kathie Iverson are building a legacy on their ranch in southern Utah. Both grew up with farming and ranching backgrounds, and are eager to raise their own six children with traditions of hard work and love of the land.

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11

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: MONTANA FARMER, Justin Hamilton

When he was a senior in high school, Justin Hamilton’s family moved to a new irrigated ranch near Columbus, Montana. His parents also owned the ACE Hardware store in town. Early in his career, Justin worked all day at the store and did ranch work at night.

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22

Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Nevada FARMER, Colby Frey

 

On the family ranch in Fallon, Nevada, Colby Frey is continuing his family’s legacy in a unique way. The family has been in the region since 1854, ten years before Nevada was even a state.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - ALABAMA FARMER, Jesse Hobbs

Jesse Hobbs jokes he should call his place in Alabama "Total Chaos" instead of Hobbs Farms. He’s the fifth generation to care for the land where he now raises seven different commodities and his four children. Between ball games, community meetings, and farm work, life is never boring. It isn’t always easy to juggle it all, but Jesse has never dreamed of doing anything but farm.

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24

May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arkansas FARMER, Wildy Family Farms

The Wildy family has a strong reputation as outstanding Arkansas farmers. In 2015, they were honored as the Arkansas Farm Family of the year. But their legacy goes back even further than that. “My granddad was the Arkansas Master Farmer back in 1920, I think it was.” David Wildy beams, pointing to a newspaper clipping proudly displayed in the farm office. “And then my dad was the Arkansas Master Farmer in 1956 or so.”

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6

May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arkansas FARMER, Derek Helms

The family farm has been part of Derek Helms’ life for about as long as he can remember. As a kid, his grandmother would be waiting in her big Caprice Classic to shuttle him to the farm after school. “School was out by 3:00 and she'd have me here by 3:30 to start milking cows. I was going to come home and learn the responsibility of taking care of the animals and milking the cows and getting the job done.” Derek recalls.

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4

May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Missouri FARMERs, Matt and Kate Lambert

On any given day, three generations of Lamberts can be found caring for their land and livestock near Brookfield, Missouri. Often, there’s even a fourth generation soaking it all in. “I grew up here. Dad actually started this farm.” Matt explains, sitting in the office of the home farm where he spends countless hours working alongside his dad and grandpa.

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28

Apr

2017

PFR Report

TO REPLANT OR NOT TO REPLANT, THAT IS THE QUESTION

Author: Jim Schwartz

It’s a tale as old as time. April rolls around, the sun comes out, and farmers across the Midwest hit the field. Spirits are high, corn is planted, and then…it happens. Hail. Near-freezing temperatures. Dropping soil temperatures.

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28

Apr

2017

PFR Report

Two Truths and a Lie: Nitrogen Edition

Author: Jim Schwartz

Let’s play a game. It’s called two truths and a lie. We’ll tell you three facts, two are true and one of them is not. Your goal is to determine which is false. Ready? Go.

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26

Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Georgia FARMER, Rodney Miller

Rodney Miller has had success as a basketball coach, business man, and host of the popular TV show, Small Town Big Deal. Today, he lives hundreds of miles away from the row crop farm where he grew up. Through it all, agriculture has been his passion. Now a Georgia resident, he’s still an Illinois farm boy at heart.

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24

Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arizona FARMER, Jeff Knobloch

Jeff Knobloch grew up on a farm in Minnesota where his dad raised corn, soybeans and cattle. As a kid, Jeff participated in 4-H and FFA. He’s always enjoyed agriculture, but about two years ago, his dad sold the farm. “That's kinda how I ended up here.” Jeff says looking over the irrigated acres he cares for at Riverview’s Coronado Farm.

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22

Apr

2017

PFR Report

The Importance of Planting Depth

Author: Jim Schwartz
Farmers are at the start of another challenging year with low commodity prices and shrinking margins. To succeed in a down market, we have to set ourselves up for success from the start. The best way to do that is to utilize all your tools and resources to their fullest potential. That means making sure your planter is ready for the field before it’s time to plant. But it also means planning for accurate plant spacing, seeding depth, and proper seed-to-soil contact as well.
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21

Apr

2017

PFR Report

IMPROVING CORN YIELDS WITH WEX

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting has commenced and the corn markets are still down. That being said, many farmers are looking for ways to increase their corn yields without hurting their bottom line. One solution many have turned to is the use of a soil amendment product. Such products have shown to help corn crops develop deeper, strong root systems throughout the growing season and higher yields at harvest.

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17

Apr

2017

PFR Report

PLANTER BOX APPLIED ADDITIVES FOR IMPROVING PROFITS

Author: Jim Schwartz

The first step in maximizing yield potential is to establish a uniform, fast growing, and vigorous stand of corn with a strong nodal root system free from disease and/or insect pressure. The second is to jump start the growth of your crop. While stand establishment and early growth are key to high yields, they have become more difficult for farmers to achieve as we continue to plant earlier into cooler soils, especially in no-till fields.

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25

Mar

2017

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - North Carolina Farmer, Brooks & Heather Barnes

All his life, Brooks Barnes has known he wanted to be a farmer. “I used to go to the field and ride between my daddy's legs in the combine. I'd take naps there. They couldn't get me away from it.” Brooks recalls.

In high school, Brooks was a very talented athlete but by his junior year, something else was calling him. "I decided I didn't want to play sports anymore. I wanted to come home and burn diesel fuel or go hunting or fishing. I'm an outdoors person.”

Now Brooks and his family grow tobacco, sweet potatoes, corn, soybeans and wheat.

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