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Jun

2022

CropTalk: In-Season Decision Making: Mid-Season

June 2022

Author: Jon Skinner

Practical Farm Research (PFR)® has become the go-to resource for farmers to gain information on new products and practices, and 2022 marks the third season of studies designed to test in-season management decisions to aid in profitability. These studies focus on real-world situations that we all encounter in the field and decisions we are forced to make to maintain profitability. In last month’s issue of CropTalk, we higlighted management strategies for early in the season. This month, we expand on that theme by highlighting studies and data for the rest of the season!

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May

2022

CropTalk: The Mighty Grain Sorghum

May 2022

Author: Shane Carver

Grain sorghum, or milo, is thought to be a secondary row crop in many regions of the Beck’s marketing area. It is a warm-season grass with a high level of heat and drought tolerance compared to other major row crops. In many areas of the US, grain sorghum is an ideal crop for the marginally productive, dryland acre, but an adequate pH is necessary as it is sensitive to a pH below 6.0. Grain sorghum can also be utilized in a crop rotation system, especially if root-knot nematodes (RKN) are present, as it is not a host for RKN.

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Dec

2021

CropTalk: Everything Planters

December 2021

If you are like me, you probably believe that the planting pass is the most important pass you will make all season. Jason Gahimer and I presented Everything Planters at Beck’s 2021 Field Shows and Becknology™ Days. The goal of this talk was to express previous research data and showcase new topics to help make that all-important pass the best possible. Below I highlight the topics we discussed at our field shows.

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May

2019

PFR Report: Yetter 2984 Strip Fresheners

Author: Jim Schwartz

This spring, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team is testing new equipment technology. Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in London, OH, gives an overview of our study on Yetter’s 2984 Strip Freshener. Just a week after using this equipment, we already see a difference. The question is will this visual difference translate to increased yield this fall. Stay tuned for updates on this study in the coming months.

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May

2019

PFR Report: Prepping for Planting

Author: Jim Schwartz

We get a lot of questions about new planter technologies. What works and what is all hype? In this edition of Beck’s PFR Report, Brady Rogers, PFR Operator, and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead in Atlanta, IN, share insights on the latest planter technologies we are putting to the test this spring.

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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

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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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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May

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Wordless Wednesday: Fun in the Field

My aspiring farm dog, Pearl, and I spent an afternoon in the field. And we had fun. Well, maybe I had fun. She turned into my model for the day.

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Feb

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Wordless Wednesday: Gift from God

With Spring on my mind and the sun shining outside, I thought a Wordless Wednesday was in order. T-29 days until the first day of Spring.

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