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Feb

2020

CropTalk: New Corn PFR Proven™ Products and Practices

February 2020

After the excitement of the new year, one way we can continue the “new” theme is to give you our brand new PFR Proven™ products and practices for corn. We already revealed some information last month about soybeans, so what’s new in the PFR Proven world of corn? Ding, ding, ding! Eighteen products and practices is the answer, so let’s take a look!

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: Corn — PFR Proven™ Success Strategies

February 2020

If there is one thing that the 2019 growing season showed us, it’s that you can’t outguess the weather. For many, 2019 ended up being a year we wanted to put behind us. With Practical Farm Research (PFR)® looking at many products and practices across several locations, we have developed several key strategies that will help optimize yield potential and success. As discussed at many of our 2020 PFR Insight Meetings, we have determined five strategies that we believe will give farmers the highest likelihood to succeed and named them PFR Proven™ Success Strategies.

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Jan

2020

PFR Report: Winter Herbicide Clinic

We're serious about herbicide systems - no matter what soybean technology you plant. 

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Jan

2020

CropTalk: New Soybean PFR Proven™ Products and Practices

January 2020

What do you want? More profitability and yield! When do you want it? Now! How are you going to get there? By checking out the latest additions to Beck’s PFR Proven™ products and practices! Over the past four harvest seasons, Beck's PFR program has tested hundreds of products and practices to identify the most consistent, yield-enhancing and money-making strategies for your farm. Added to the elite PFR Proven class were 18 products and practices for corn and 10 for soybeans in 2019.

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Jan

2020

CropTalk: Soybeans — PFR Proven Success Strategies

January 2020

Author: Steve Gauck

In today’s farm economy, we are always looking for ways to be efficient and profitable, while trying to keep costs in check. This is when the value of our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data becomes part of your decision making. Since 1964, the Beck family has worked to bring new ideas to your farm to increase productivity and profit. Beck's PFR has developed the PFR Proven™ endorsement to help you decide which products and practices you should try in your operation. This year, we have identified PFR Proven strategies for success based on the key things we have learned in PFR that will lead you to higher soybean yields.

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Dec

2019

PFR Report: Ohio Strip-Till

Can we be more efficient by banding our nutrients and only doing tillage in the strips? Find out now.
 

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Dec

2019

PFR Report: Weed Management with Different Tillage Practices

Author: Joe Bolte

Ever wonder how different tillage practices can affect weed management? Find out in this video. 
 

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Dec

2019

PFR Report: The Grit & Grain of 2019: Delayed Planting

The wild weather of 2019 created challenging conditions, which caused many to implement unconventional practices on some farms. Heavy downpours on tight Midwestern clay soils delayed planting in much of our marketing area, and the shorter planting windows left farmers wondering, “Should I switch my corn hybrids to shorter-season maturities?” This question prompted our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team at Beck’s to organize a delayed planting hybrid response study. 

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Nov

2019

PFR Report: The Benefits of Soil Sampling

Author: Jim Schwartz

As hard as it was, a challenging year like 2019 can still yield applicable insights. The important thing to do is carefully weigh all the factors that can impact your results and examine the data in light of those factors. This past spring, I asked an intern to work a plot and as he began to work the ground I found myself thinking “that may be the worst decision I have made in my 35-year ag career”. 

This season will also impact how we think about future decisions as it relates to soil tests and soil testing. I asked my friend Jamie Bultemeier, an agronomist with A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, to share his thoughts on the impact of 2019.

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Oct

2019

PFR Report: Late-Season SDS Observations

Jonathan Perkins, location lead and PFR agronomist at our Effingham, IL site filmed this PFR Report from the field to provide some insight into the late-season SDS observations the SIL PFR team has made over the past few weeks. 

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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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Sep

2019

CropTalk: Space Age Spatial Soil Sampling

September 2019

Soils are anything but monolithic; chemistry, soil type, management history, and, ultimately, yield potential vary acre by acre and inch by inch. Farmers must balance the precision of intensive sampling with the expense of sampling and the practicality of actionable management units.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: Exploring Water Management Through PFR

August 2019

In light of the remarkedly wet season that most of the Midwest has experienced, irrigation is likely in the back of most farmers' minds right now. That said, we continue putting irrigation/fertigation systems to the test with our Practical Farm Research (PFR)®. In the case of sub-irrigation, three of our PFR sites have been able to utilize tile drainage systems in certain areas on the sites and backfl ow water through them for a multi-functional drainage plus irrigation system.

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Jul

2019

PFR Report: Corn Fungicide Applications for 2019

With the challenging and stressful growing season that most of the Midwest’s corn crop has faced this year, many farmers have asked if a fungicide application is worth the investment for 2019.

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Jun

2019

PFR Report: In-Season Nitrogen Management

Author: Jim Schwartz

With prominent wet conditions this past fall and spring, switching to more in-season nitrogen management programs is a task many farmers are faced with this year. So what options are available for in-season nitrogen application? Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has past data on yield-gaining nitrogen management programs. One new product we are testing this year is PinnitMax™, a nitrogen stabilizer product.

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5

Jun

2019

PFR Report: Planting - Under Film

Planting under film? We're up for the challenge!

Check out this PFR report as Samantha Miller, Agronomy Information Specialist, interviews Will Albrecht from F.O.R & SAMCO to learn more about their "Film on Roll" biodegradable mulch film product for row crops. 

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Jun

2019

PFR Report: NutriMax® Dual Delivery System

Author: Jim Schwartz

This latest PFR Report features Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead at our Central Illinois PFR site as he talks about an exciting new-ish study we will be conducting this year! 

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Apr

2019

PFR Report: Pour Some Sugar On Me...

Ooh, in the name of photosynthesis

Author: Jim Schwartz

Pouring sugar…on plants? What kind of madness is this?

Not madness at all! Plants need sugar for carbohydrate transport, energy, and stored fuel. Carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, like glucose, are converted to complex sugars by means of starches. When this conversion process occurs in plants, better growth + development, improved regulation of various biological systems, as well as respiration & transpiration steps can occur. Graphic 1 (below) shows the process of photosynthesis.

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Apr

2019

PFR REPORT: PRECISION PLANTING SMARTDEPTH

Author: Jim Schwartz

Clayton Stufflebeam, CIL PFR Location Lead is joined by Paul Harms of Precision Planting in this PFR Report to discuss the new SmartDepth product.

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Apr

2019

PFR Report: "Easy Button" Weed Control

Author: Joe Bolte

Is there an "easy button" when it comes to weed control?

Check out this PFR report featuring PFR Operator and Herbicide Specialist, Joe Bolte, and University of Missouri Extension Weed Scientist, Dr. Kevin Bradley as they discuss the importance of in-season residual herbicides.

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