Two years ago, Sonny Beck challenged our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team to raise 400-bushel corn. Unlike all the other studies done in PFR, economics and profitability have little influence on this particular study. Instead, the focus here is solely on maximizing yield by utilizing non-traditional management practices in combinations that may be unpractical in today’s economy.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Join Beck's Field agronomist, Chad Kalaher, and PFR Location Lead, Clayton Stufflebeam, at Beck's Central Illinois site for this PFR Report.
In this PFR report, the team at our Southern Illinois facility in Effingham talk about the new starter fertilizer systems study they are conducting this year utilizing Precision Plantings Conceal System.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Starter Fertilizer, 2x2x2, Conceal, Precision Planting
Beck’s PFR team has tested fungicide and insecticide applications on soybeans for a number of years. The one consistent finding in terms of increasing yields and ROI is making applications at the R3 growth stage.
Categories: PFR Reports
Tags: Fungicide, PFR, PFR Report, Fungicide on Soybeans, R3 Growth Stage
As farmers, we do our best to create an environment that encourages positive plant responses like higher yields. For example, we may alter the environment by planting a different population, utilizing a new method of working soil or, perhaps the most obvious, adding a fertilizer. All of this is done in the hopes that the plant’s response, or its phenotypic alteration in response to its environment, creates additional yield and profit.
Tags: Wheat Harvest, Wheat, Nitrogen, PFR, PFR Report, Wheat Results, Nitrogen on Wheat
Join our Central Illinois PFR Team in this PFR Report as they talk about a few new studies being conducted this year.
Tags: Nitrogen, PFR, PFR Report, Starter Fertilizer, biologicals, 2x2x2 Systems
You asked for it, so now we’re rolling it out for you!
Tags: soybeans, PFR, PFR Report, Mandako Land Roller
Breaking ground – literally and figuratively. Hear the most recent updates from the Beck’s PFR Team about our multi-row, multi-hybrid planter that’s the first of its kind.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, multi-hybrid multi-row width planter, concept planter
Have you ever wondered what Beck’s PFR team does all day? Do you want to see the studies they’re conducting first hand? Now you can!
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, PFR Tours
Can in-furrow applications of sugar increase nutrient availability and yields in corn?
Tags: corn, Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, Sugar, Sugar In-Furrow, eXceed Nano Brown Sugar, Carbose, feed grade dextrose, solvita test
Review your fertility options for getting your corn crop going.
Tags: corn, planting, Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, PFR Proven, Starter Fertilizer, macronutrient, micronutrient, fertilizer, P-Max LFS, NACHURS imPulse 10-18-4, PureGrade Diamond 6-24-6.
In this latest PFR Report, Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio is joined by Field Agronomist Luke Schulte to discuss water quality when it comes to spraying.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Ohio Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, Water Conditioning, Water pH, Water Quality
In this May 2018 PFR Report, PFR Agronomist and Location Lead Jonathan Perkins joins us from the Wheat Planting Depth Study at our Southern Illinois PFR site to provide some updates on heaving, or in this case, lack thereof, once we reached April and were through the freeze/thaw cycles.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Jonathan Perkins, Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, Wheat Planting Depth
As commodity prices leave us looking for new ways to be leaner and leaner with our on-farm practices, one consideration that rises to the top as a cost effect practice is applications of sugar in-furrow. Why sugar in-furrow? You may have noticed that many in-furrow starters already have a small percentage of sugar within their fertilizers. The idea behind applying sugar in-furrow is to stimulate the microbial activity. If we can stimulate microbial activity in the soil, then more nutrients will be readily available to the plant, thus promoting yields.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, Planting Date, Alex Knight, Sugar, Sugar Study, Sugar In-Furrow
The topic of applying fungicide on wheat usually sparks many questions and concerns. Many farmers apply fungicides and often wonder if it was worth the investment. When Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team tests fungicides, it’s done based on product timing recommendations.
Tags: Wheat, wheat growth stages, Fungicide, PFR, PFR Report, Fungicides on Wheat, Tillers, Feeks
Each year the Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program aims to test 1) products and practices on their way to becoming PFR Proven, 2) new technologies just introduced to the marketplace 3) cost effective management practices and 4) timely topics that farmers are considering on their operations.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, PFR Studies
Spring upon us and with that comes a big decision every farmer is faced with each year... when to plant their crop.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Planting Date, Corn and Soybean Planting Date
While agricultural practices have changed over the last few decades, one factor has remained at the top of farmers minds: cost savings. As farmers, we’re great at finding new ways to save money, while still accomplishing our goals. And if we can increase profit while cutting expense costs, all the better! But what if we could continue to do this, but change our execution slightly to increase profits? Let’s talk about soybean seeding rate and row spacing.
Tags: Soybean Seeding Rate, PFR, PFR Report, Row Spacing, soybean planting
Over the last two years, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team in SIL has tested various water management systems. These studies included drip-fertigation and sub-irrigation studies as well as a tile spacing and tile depth studies. These different water management systems have resulted in some of the highest yields ever recorded at the SIL PFR site to date. In the February 2018 PFR report, we discussed the yield advantages we have seen from tile drainage and irrigation, and many of you asked why we saw such a yield increase.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Water Management, Sub-Irrigation, Tile, Drip Irrigation, Drip Fertigation, Soil Moisture, Tile Depth
The 2017 season proved to have enough challenges on its own without having to battle the $3.50 corn prices. Those challenges pushed us as farmers to think about more efficient and profitable ways to raise the highest yields possible, and utilizing different techniques and methods when making applications on our farms is a must.
Tags: Nitrogen, PFR, PFR Report, Starter Fertlizers, Starter applications, 2x2x2, 2x2
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