Spring is here! Hopefully you’ve had a chance to look through the 2020 PFR Book and pick out a PFR Proven™ product or practice to try for 2021. With planting season here, we wanted to share a few early-season PFR Proven products and practices to consider implementing on your farm this spring.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021
Tags: CropTalk, corn, soybeans, PFR, Planting Date, PFR Proven, Closing Wheels
Heading into the 2021 planting season, this is the first year that we have not been in the middle of launching a new soybean technology to our sales team and customers. As exciting and interesting as it is to launch new technologies in three consecutive seasons, it can lead to confusion about what technology fits best on the farm.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, 2021
Soybean yields ultimately depend on the number and weight of the seeds harvested per acre. Soybean yield is determined by nodes per acre (plants per acre x nodes per plant), pods per node, seeds per pod, and seed weight.
Categories: CropTalk, 2020
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, soybean yield, calculate soybean yield
Target Spot is not a new disease but has become more of an issue in the past few years, especially in the southern regions of our marketing area. Historically, it has not been a yield-robbing disease because it typically remains in the lower canopy of a soybean plant, and those leaves do not contribute to overall yield. In 2014, pathologists began seeing more severe infections, and by 2016 it was considered a disease with significant yield impact in susceptible varieties.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, target spot
We're serious about herbicide systems - no matter what soybean technology you plant.
Categories: PFR, #AskPFR
Tags: soybeans, Herbicide, PFR, PFR Report, HERBICIDE RECOMMENDATIONS
As we dive into a new decade, I sat down with Craig Hurley, soybean lead for the Beck’s product team. His unique vantage point allows him to evaluate new technologies from across the industry well before they are commercially available.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, Customer Talk, soybean technologies
For years there has been a focus on achieving the perfect “picket fence” spacing in corn fi elds. As a little girl, I was taught that you could just about fi nd a corn seed in the distance from your thumb to your middle fi nger down the row. Years of research has shown that when corn plants are not spaced perfectly, yield potential lowers. Plants that are too close to one another start to compete for sunlight, water, and nutrients, and one plant will end up dominating while the other will become the “weed.”
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, soybean singulation
Last year's soybean harvest was among the latest on record, resulting in fields harvested at higher than average moisture levels. Farmers may likely have experienced peace of mind as combines rolled, only to face the concern of storing and drying their wet soybeans. As a result, many farmers discovered for the first time that soybeans can be dried relatively easily using air alone or in combination with low temperature heat.
Categories: CropTalk, 2019
Tags: harvest, soybeans, soybean harvest, soybean dry down, split soybeans
Over the past couple of decades, the ag industry has increased its focus on seed treatment research and development. This, coupled with the more challenging environment soybean seed is planted into as farmers plant earlier and more rapidly, has led to seed treatment being included on most soybean seed planted today.
Tags: soybeans, White Mold, Sudden Death Syndrome, ESCALATE, soybean seed treatment, SDS, nemasect
Primary methods of controlling soybean threats in fi elds used to be fairly straight forward. Start with the most resistant variety available, and then apply your fungicides and insecticides in a timely manner. Rotating with corn or other non-host crops was always an added management practice many farmers considered. However, there is a trifecta of threats to soybean crops that are increasing in severity and causing drastic economic losses in fields throughout the Midwest.
Tags: soybeans, White Mold, Sudden Death Syndrome, ESCALATE, soybean seed treatment, SDS, nemasect, nematodes
The spring of 2019 has been nothing but challenging for most Midwest farmers. Because of these challenges, we could see more soybean diseases. Because we experienced plenty of rainfall both before planting and after soybean emergence, certain diseases like phytophthora root and stem rot, brown stem rot, rhizoctonia, brown spot, and white mold could show up in soybean fields. These diseases prefer wet/saturated environments and spells of cool/humid conditions. As a result, crop management throughout the growing season will be key to protecting yield potential.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: soybeans, PFR. PFR Report, fungicides, Fungicide on Soybeans, soybean disease, disease management, fungicide timing
With the new herbicide-tolerant traits on the market today and the many to come in the near future, this is a good opportunity to discuss some common herbicide injury symptomology that is documented every year.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, herbicides, Dicamba, 2019, auxins, 2, 4-D
As you start to plan your post-herbicide application trip for your soybean crops, you may be looking for ways to maximize weed control. With the ever-growing list of resistant weeds, proper weed management techniques are more important than ever. Heavy spring rains may cause the pre-emergent herbicides to break down earlier in some fields this year. Therefore, another layer of in-season residual herbicide will be critical this year.
Tags: soybeans, weed control, herbicides, weed resistance, residuals, POST, PRE, Group 15 Herbicides, SOA, Sites of Action
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
You asked for it, so now we’re rolling it out for you!
Tags: soybeans, PFR, PFR Report, Mandako Land Roller
Join Jonathan Perkins and Joe Bolte at the Southern IL PFR Site for this latest PFR Report as they evaluate the planting depth study they are about to harvest.
Tags: harvest, soybeans, Planting Depth, nodulation
All his life, Jim Harper of Louisiana has wanted to be a farmer. “My father was a farmer. From the time I was small, following him around and working on the farm growing up, I wanted to be a farmer.” Jim recalls.
“When I was a child, we raised seed corn. We used to detassel the seed corn by hand. That was a great memory for me. I would do that every summer. It was hard work, but I liked it. I just, I love being outdoors. I love being in the country. Sometimes it's hard to describe, but it's just a love of being on the farm, being on the land.”
Categories: Why I Farm, Why I Farm Roadtrip
Tags: Beck's Blog, Why I Farm, Beck's Hybrids, soybeans, Why I Farm Roadtrip, Louisiana Farmer, Jim Harper, sugar cane, crawfish, rice
Jessie 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 Jessie has never dreamed of doing anything but farm.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Why I Farm, Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, Wheat, Natalina Sents, Why I Farm Roadtrip, Cotton, Canola, Hobbs Farms, Alabama
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.”
Tags: Beck's Blog, Why I Farm, Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, Natalina Sents, Why I Farm Roadtrip, peanuts, Cotton, Wildy Family Farm, Arkansas
Applying a starter on soybeans is not something that most agronomists have typically recommended in the past. That’s because soybeans compensate for stand loss extremely well and make their own nitrogen, so why would a starter product pay?
Tags: Beck's Blog, soybeans, Kentucky, Beck's Agronomy, PFR Report, Jim Schwartz, Starter Additives, Central Illinois