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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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8

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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4

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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4

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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7

Oct

2020

PFR Report: New Focus on Organic Research

Author: Jim Schwartz

We've got a whole new focus on organic research in PFR!

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7

Oct

2020

PFR Report: Nitrogen Systems Study Pre-Harvest Update on Corn

In this video, Central Illinois Practical Farm Research (PFR) Location Lead, Clayton Stufflebeam discusses a study that combines nitrogen timing and nitrogen systems.

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7

Oct

2020

PFR Report: Prescription Tillage Technology’s STP Disc Opener Pre-Harvest Update

Join Clayton Stufflebeam, Central IL Practical Farm Research (PFR) Location Lead, highlights the preharvest findings on Prescription Tillage Technology’s STP Disc Openers.

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: Harvesting Derecho-Damaged Down Corn

Wondering how to rescue and harvest down corn this year? The Iowa Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR) site in Colfax suffered damage from the 2020 Derecho windstorm on August 10.

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6

Oct

2020

PFR Report: 2x2x2 Systems - Preharvest Update

What is the ideal placement for nitrogen starter fertilizer?

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6

Oct

2020

PFR Report: New Fallow Syndrome Study

What options does a farmer have when fields are left in fallow syndrome situations due to challenging spring conditions?

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16

Sep

2020

PFR Report: Practical Farm Research Update on Corn Fungicide Carrier Rate Study

How does applying a fungicide to corn at the R1 growth stage impact late-season plant health? 

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16

Sep

2020

PFR Report: Horsch Joker RT40 Live Demonstration

Clayton Stufflebeam, Central Illinois Practical Farm Research Location Lead, joins Dan Fulton, Horsch Agvision Farm Manager, to discuss the Horsch Joker RT Series.

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16

Sep

2020

PFR Report: Practical Farm Research Plot Update on Soybean Replant Threshold Study

What should a grower do when faced with emerged soybean planting populations that look like means for a replant situation?

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Jul

2020

PFR Report: Need for Speed: Closing Wheel & SpeedTube High Speed Planting Studies Highlights

Join Jared Chester, OH PFR Location Lead, as he reviews early-season visual observations in these high-speed planting corn and soybean studies.

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6

Jul

2020

PFR Report: Wheat Fungicide Study

When is the best time to apply fungicides on wheat? Check out this video to find out! 

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6

Jul

2020

PFR Report: Nutrient Management Study: Broadcast vs. Banded

Should a grower band or broadcast fertilizer applications? In this new Practical Farm Research (PFR) study, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertilizers are being put to the test in various rates and tillage practices, in both broadcast and banded applications. Phosphorus is being applied in the form of monoammonium phosphate and potassium is applied in the form of potash. The three tillage practices this study is performed on include: no-till, strip-till, and conventional-till field conditions.

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Jun

2020

PFR Report: Soil Microbial Analysis in PFR Plots

Soil microbial health has been a hot agronomic topic of discussion lately. What can we learn and implement from sampling the microbial communities of our soils? Deatra Gremaux, the Practical Farm Research Data and Logistics Manager, from Beck’s Hybrids is working with Casey McGuire, Regional Pattern Ag Manager, to uncover the answers to that very question.

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