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9

Jun

2021

PFR Report: Seed Orientation Study - AeroTube

For many years, there has been discussion in the agriculture industry on the effects of placing a kernel of corn in the seed trench in a specific orientation on yield. 

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9

Jun

2021

PFR Report: Soybean Replant Threshold and Spotting-In Studies

Should I replant or keep my current soybean stand? Should I spot-in more soybeans?

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6

May

2021

PFR Report: Planting Speed Study – SureSpeed

High-speed planting continues to become a more popular practice when farmers are faced with narrower planting windows and have more acres to plant.

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6

May

2021

PFR Report: Seed Orientation Study on Corn – AeroTube at Planting

What is one way to tweak your planting pass even more?

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7

Apr

2021

PFR Report: Nitrogen Application Study on Wheat

Ready to make nitrogen applications on your wheat crop?

The Henderson, Kentucky, Beck’s PFR team is putting TeeJet StreamJet SJ7 Nozzles to the test against the Chafer Fertilizer Stream Bar in the Nitrogen Application Study.

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7

Apr

2021

PFR Report: New Study Highlights for 2021

Camille Lambert, Field Sales Agronomist, and Brandon Somers, Kentucky PFR Location Lead discuss some of the new Practical Farm Research (PFR®) corn and soybean trials for the 2021 planting season.

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3

Mar

2021

PFR Report: ANHYDROUS AMMONIA

Author: Chris Grimm

Nitrogen is one of the 16 essential elements required for plant growth. The most common nitrogen fertilizer forms include anhydrous ammonia (NH3), urea, and urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN) solutions. Anhydrous contains 82% nitrogen, the highest amount of any nitrogen fertilizer. Once applied in the soil, anhydrous ammonia converts to the ammonium form (NH4+). Ammonium ions are very stable in the soil. Over time, ammonium converts to nitrate (NO3), which is the form of nitrogen most used by plants. 

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3

Mar

2021

PFR Report: Pre-Emergent Herbicide Application Timing

Author: Joe Bolte

The foundation of a successful herbicide program starts with the Power in the PRE™. A successful pre-emerge herbicide can help reduce the amount of weed pressure in the POST-emergence application. Many POST-emergence applications are sprayed in the earlier vegetative stages. However, data shows by delaying weed removal until the POST trip, a significant yield reduction can occur. This highlights the negative impact of early weed competition and showcases the Power in the PRE.

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3

Mar

2021

PFR Report: Corn High-Speed Planting Preparation

How can a farmer capitalize on increasing yields through higher planting speeds? Clayton Stufflebeam, Practical Farm Research (PFR®) Agronomist, discusses data from Beck’s Hybrids PFR plots regarding high-speed planting research.

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: Planter Maintenance and Upgrades

As farmers are preparing for the upcoming 2021 planting season, winter is a great time to review planter maintenance and install upgrades. Travis Burnett, northern Indiana Beck’s field sales agronomist, and southern IN Beck’s field sales agronomist, Travis Coleman, inspect what to look for on planters to prep for successful planting passes.

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Research

What is the best row width spacing, hybrid, and planting population for achieving the highest-yielding corn yields?

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: Marestail Burndown

Author: Austin Scott

Having a hard time controlling marestail weeds in your corn and soybean fields? Join Beck’s Hybrids Ohio field sales agronomist, Luke Schulte, with Tennessee field sales agronomist (now Area Team Leader), Austin Scott, as they discuss burndown and residual options to reduce marestail weed pressure.

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: 2021 Farming Resolutions with PFR

With spring approaching and farmers making plans for 2021, Practical Farm Research (PFR®) has some resolutions and unique learnings to share. This research has been discovered over the last few years and could help you prepare for 2021. These insights have demonstrated to be profitable and reliable for most farms.

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11

Jan

2021

PFR Report: TH Fabrication Row Crop Cultivator

January 2021

Need help with weed control in organic systems? TH Fabrication, LLC has developed a row crop cultivator with a swing arm design that helps reduce and eradicate weed pressure in row crop fields.

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8

Dec

2020

PFR Report: Nitrogen Systems Harvest Update

Nitrogen management is always a moving target. Rate, timing, source, and placement dictate yield when it comes to nitrogen management. Mother Nature has just as much influence on nitrogen management, if not more, compared to the previously mentioned factors.

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8

Dec

2020

PFR Report: REPLANT THRESHOLD

What do you do with a poor stand? How good of a stand is good enough? Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR®) implemented new studies in 2020 to help farmers manage a reduced stand of soybeans and have confidence in making decisions- including when to replant.

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Dec

2020

PFR Report: Harvest Update on Corn Nitrogen Rate Study - Fungicide Response

What is the ideal V3 sidedress rate of nitrogen, applied in the form of UAN on corn? New for 2020, Practical Farm Research (PFR™) implemented a nitrogen rate study to determine the impact of 150, 200, and 250 pounds of nitrogen sidedressed at V3.

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Nov

2020

PFR Report: Update on Corn – Closing Wheel Study – FurrowForce

Is using the fully automated FurrowForce setting better than using a manual downforce setting on a planter?

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4

Nov

2020

PFR REPORT: RESIDUE MANAGEMENT

Harvest is wrapping up in most of our marketing area, which means it's time to start planning for next season. As we evaluate our 2020 crop, we should be thinking about nutrient management options to replace or build soil fertility. One factor that farmers often overlook when calculating fertility needs is the value in crop residue.

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Nov

2020

PFR Report: Corn Frost Study Pre-Harvest Update

When is it warranted to replant corn after a frost event? 

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