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8

Jan

2019

PFR Report: Why Water Management?

What Three Years on a Clay Pan Soil Has Taught Us

Author: Joe Bolte

What has three years of implementing water management practices at our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® facility in southern Illinois (SIL) taught us? That in environments that struggle with drainage, tile has payed dividends. Despite the common belief that tile does not work on clay pan soils, our data has proved otherwise.

So, the question is, why did tile work? To gain a better understanding, we must first dig deeper into the soil moisture and temperature data we have gathered over the past three years with CropX LLC moisture sensors.

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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

Wheat Planting Date and Row Width

Unlike corn and soybeans, there hasn't been a lot of work done to determine the optimum planting date, row width or populations for wheat. Until now. Beck’s PFR started their Wheat Planting Date Study in 2017 and will be continuing that study, along with a row width and population study this year.

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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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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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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report

Conceal Systems Study

In this PFR report, the team at our Southern Illinois facility in Effingham talk about the new starter fertilizer systems study they are conducting this year utilizing Precision Plantings Conceal System.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: Fungicide Applications On Soybeans

Author: Jim Schwartz

Beck’s PFR team has tested fungicide and insecticide applications on soybeans for a number of years. The one consistent finding in terms of increasing yields and ROI is making applications at the R3 growth stage.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: 2017-2018 Nitrogen Rate Results on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

As farmers, we do our best to create an environment that encourages positive plant responses like higher yields. For example, we may alter the environment by planting a different population, utilizing a new method of working soil or, perhaps the most obvious, adding a fertilizer. All of this is done in the hopes that the plant’s response, or its phenotypic alteration in response to its environment, creates additional yield and profit.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

2x2x2 Systems Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join our Central Illinois PFR Team in this PFR Report as they talk about a few new studies being conducted this year.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Mandako Land Roller

Author: Jim Schwartz

You asked for it, so now we’re rolling it out for you!

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Update

Author: Jim Schwartz

Breaking ground – literally and figuratively. Hear the most recent updates from the Beck’s PFR Team about our multi-row, multi-hybrid planter that’s the first of its kind.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Beck's PFR Tours

Have you ever wondered what Beck’s PFR team does all day? Do you want to see the studies they’re conducting first hand? Now you can!

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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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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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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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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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Apr

2018

PFR Report

Fungicides on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

The topic of applying fungicide on wheat usually sparks many questions and concerns. Many farmers apply fungicides and often wonder if it was worth the investment. When Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team tests fungicides, it’s done based on product timing recommendations. 

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Apr

2018

PFR Report

New PFR Studies for 2018

Author: Alex Knight

Each year the Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program aims to test 1) products and practices on their way to becoming PFR Proven, 2) new technologies just introduced to the marketplace 3) cost effective management practices and 4) timely topics that farmers are considering on their operations.

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Apr

2018

PFR Report

Corn and Soybean Planting Date

Author: Jim Schwartz

Spring upon us and with that comes a big decision every farmer is faced with each year... when to plant their crop.

 

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