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7

Nov

2018

PFR Report

Wheat Planting Date and Row Width

Unlike corn and soybeans, there hasn't been a lot of work done to determine the optimum planting date, row width or populations for wheat. Until now. Beck’s PFR started their Wheat Planting Date Study in 2017 and will be continuing that study, along with a row width and population study this year.

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7

Nov

2018

PFR Report

Corn Planting Depth by Date

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting depth for row crops is a main topic of discussion in the agricultural community. Beck’s PFR team has heard your questions and in response, has put planting depth to yet another test. You may have seen our planting depth data over the last few years, but this year we added a second planting date into the mix. For this study, we planted corn in April and in May. In April, we tend to see cooler, wetter soils whereas in May we sometimes experience drier periods with less rainfall and warmer soil temperatures. Soil temperature and moisture have a great effect on how plants emerge. In this study, we looked to evaluate how much soil conditions can affect plant emergence, and how much yield potential we lose with late-emerging plants.

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7

Nov

2018

PFR Report

Landroller Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Eric Wilson, Field Agronomist, and Miles Mcgovney, PFR Agronomist, for some post-harvest updates on our Landroller Study.

Based on the numerous requests received from farmers, Beck’s PFR team is testing the Mandako Landroller for the first time this year. We launched this study in an effort to determine if Land Rollers would provide any yield benefit to a soybean crop.

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2

Oct

2018

PFR Report: Foliar Fungicide Study on Corn

Foliar Fungicide Study on Corn

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio, to learn more about our foliar fungicide study on corn.

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2

Oct

2018

PFR Report: 360 YIELD SAVER®

360 YIELD SAVER

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR report, Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead are in the field evaluating Yield 360’s new 360 YIELD SAVER®.

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2

Oct

2018

PFR Report: Bushel Plus System

Bushel Plus System

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Erik Carpenter, PFR Operator, in the field at Atlanta, Indiana as the team tests the new Bushel Plus system.

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Oct

2018

PFR Report: Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans

Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans

Author: Joe Bolte

In times of lower commodity prices, it’s important for farmers to look for efficient ways that they can cut costs without impacting their crop. One area farmers can consider cutting soybean costs is in their fall burndown programs. Before making such a decision, however, it’s important to evaluate the benefits of a fall burndown.

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1

Aug

2018

PFR Report

400-Bushel Attempt

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.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: Nitrogen x Hybrid Response

Author: Chad Kalaher

Join Beck's Field agronomist, Chad Kalaher, and PFR Location Lead, Clayton Stufflebeam, at Beck's Central Illinois site for this PFR Report.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report

Conceal Systems Study

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.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: Fungicide Applications On Soybeans

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: 2017-2018 Nitrogen Rate Results on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

2x2x2 Systems Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join our Central Illinois PFR Team in this PFR Report as they talk about a few new studies being conducted this year.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Mandako Land Roller

Author: Jim Schwartz

You asked for it, so now we’re rolling it out for you!

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Update

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Beck's PFR Tours

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!

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14

May

2018

PFR Report: How Sweet It Is

In-Furrow Sugar Applications

Author: Alex Knight

Can in-furrow applications of sugar increase nutrient availability and yields in corn?

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14

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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2

May

2018

PFR Report

Water Conditioning Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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30

Apr

2018

PFR Report

Wheat Planting Depth Study Follow-Up

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.

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