Winston Churchill once said, “those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” History is for self-knowledge…after all. The only clues to the future that are offered to us are our past experiences. The value of history is that it teaches us how to improve based on our past. This lesson has never felt more applicable than it does this year.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Agronomy, PFR Report, Jim Schwartz, Denitrification, Leaching, Nitrogen Application
There is no better time to experience the benefits of water management than after a big rainfall event. And Mother Nature has provided more than enough of those this season.
Fields across the Midwest have been flooded and tractors put on standby as farmers across the Corn Belt waited out torrential rains and wet fields over the last few weeks. Some fields however, fared better than others. Their secret you ask? Well water management of course!
Tags: Beck's Blog, Yield, PFR Report, Water Management, Jim Schwartz, Beck's Agronomy Update, Drip-Irrigation, Sub-Irrigation
With all the rain we have been experiencing throughout the Midwest, the number one thing on most farmer’s minds is replant or delayed planting decisions. Looking ahead to the rest of the season however, one important consideration is how much nitrogen (N) is available to our corn crop.
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn planting, Beck's Agronomy, Nitrogen, Yield, PFR Report, Replant, Jim Schwartz, Denitrification, Leaching, Volatilization
It’s a tale as old as time. April rolls around, the sun comes out, and farmers across the Midwest hit the field. Spirits are high, corn is planted, and then…it happens. Hail. Near-freezing temperatures. Dropping soil temperatures.
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, Beck's Agronomy, PFR Report, Replant, ROI, Jim Schwartz
Let’s play a game. It’s called two truths and a lie. We’ll tell you three facts, two are true and one of them is not. Your goal is to determine which is false. Ready? Go.
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, Beck's Agronomy, Nitrogen, PFR Report, Jim Schwartz, Midwest, Population Size
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, Beck's Agronomy, Emergence, PFR Report, Jim Schwartz, Depth, Yields
Planting has commenced and the corn markets are still down. That being said, many farmers are looking for ways to increase their corn yields without hurting their bottom line. One solution many have turned to is the use of a soil amendment product. Such products have shown to help corn crops develop deeper, strong root systems throughout the growing season and higher yields at harvest.
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, Beck's Agronomy, PFR Report, Jim Schwartz, Yields, Wex, Soil Amendment, Conklin
The first step in maximizing yield potential is to establish a uniform, fast growing, and vigorous stand of corn with a strong nodal root system free from disease and/or insect pressure. The second is to jump start the growth of your crop. While stand establishment and early growth are key to high yields, they have become more difficult for farmers to achieve as we continue to plant earlier into cooler soils, especially in no-till fields.
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, Beck's Agronomy, PFR Report, Jim Schwartz, MycoGold, Amplify-D, Planter Box
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
Tags: Beck's Blog, soybeans, Beck's Agronomy, PFR Report, Jim Schwartz, Fertilizers
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the forest and pretty soon, she came upon a house. She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in. Why on earth a little girl was wandering alone in a forest, and breaking into a stranger’s home is anyone’s guess…but everyone knows what happens next. She tried some porridge, sat in some chairs, and then proceeded to lay down in these stranger’s beds until she found one that was “just right.”
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, corn planting, Beck's Agronomy, Yield, PFR Report, Jim Schwartz
Emotions play a huge role in our lives and drive everything we do. They can impact our moods and drive our decision making. Our emotions can cause us to buy certain brands and leave others. That’s just the way it works.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Practical Farm Research, Beck's Agronomy, PFR, ESCALATE, PFR Proven, Jim Schwartz, Capture LFR
Tags: Beck's Blog, soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Beck's Agronomy, PFR, Jim Schwartz, Populations
Tags: Beck's Blog, soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Beck's Agronomy, Fungicide, PFR, Jim Schwartz, in-furrow
As farmers prepare for a new planting season, they seek new ways to improve seedling growth to maximize their yield potential. In-furrow technologies such as starter fertilizers, micronutrients, seed treatments, and fungicide and insecticide applications are one way to nourish seedlings at their most vulnerable state. And because these in-furrow technologies provide crops with nutrients and protection during those early growth stages, farmers can plant earlier knowing their crop is set up for season-long success.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Agronomy, Kentucky PFR, PFR, Jim Schwartz, Additives, Indiana PFR
Have you ever considered planting your soybeans at the same time as your corn? What about before your corn? Most farmers don’t consider these options because it costs more to put out an acre of corn than it does soybeans and the risk with corn is always higher, so we always like to get it in the ground sooner.
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, PFR, Jim Schwartz, Early Plant
Tags: Beck's Blog, Practical Farm Research, Fungicide, PFR, Jim Schwartz, insecticides
Tags: Beck's Blog, Practical Farm Research, Fungicide, Jim Schwartz, insecticides
Protecting your seed from the start is important to achieving high yields. Seed treatments are an excellent way to get a head start on season-long success. However, many farmers facing increased pest pressure, are finding that they also require extra protection around the seed and root zone throughout the season.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Jim Schwartz, insecticides, 3RIVE 3D, Capture
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has become a huge threat to farmers as it is one of the top yield-robbing diseases in the Midwest. And in years with weather swings and volatility like in 2016, the yield losses can be devastating. The most unfortunate thing about SDS is that once you have it in your fields, there is no rescue treatment or fungicide to slow its growth or reverse its affects. The best defense against SDS is to protect your crop from the start. And there is no better way to do that than with the use of ILeVO®.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, PFR, soybean planting, yield potential, Jim Schwartz, SDS