With the challenging and stressful growing season that most of the Midwest’s corn crop has faced this year, many farmers have asked if a fungicide application is worth the investment for 2019.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: corn, fungicide applications, PFR, PFR Report, late-planted corn, Fungicide on Corn, fungicide time of day
With prominent wet conditions this past fall and spring, switching to more in-season nitrogen management programs is a task many farmers are faced with this year. So what options are available for in-season nitrogen application? Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has past data on yield-gaining nitrogen management programs. One new product we are testing this year is PinnitMax™, a nitrogen stabilizer product.
Tags: Nitrogen, PFR, nitrogen stabilizers, nitrogen management, PFR Report, nitrogen sealers, UAN, nitrogen applications
Planting under film? We're up for the challenge!
Check out this PFR report as Samantha Miller, Agronomy Information Specialist, interviews Will Albrecht from F.O.R & SAMCO to learn more about their "Film on Roll" biodegradable mulch film product for row crops.
Tags: corn, PFR, PFR Report, Innovations. Planting under film, heat units, PFR studides
This latest PFR Report features Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead at our Central Illinois PFR site as he talks about an exciting new-ish study we will be conducting this year!
Tags: Nitrogen, PFR, PFR Report, Nitrogen Application, nitrogen on corn
Pouring sugar…on plants? What kind of madness is this?
Not madness at all! Plants need sugar for carbohydrate transport, energy, and stored fuel. Carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, like glucose, are converted to complex sugars by means of starches. When this conversion process occurs in plants, better growth + development, improved regulation of various biological systems, as well as respiration & transpiration steps can occur. Graphic 1 (below) shows the process of photosynthesis.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Sugar, Sugar Studies, Sugar on corn, sugar on soybeans
Clayton Stufflebeam, CIL PFR Location Lead is joined by Paul Harms of Precision Planting in this PFR Report to discuss the new SmartDepth product.
Tags: Emergence, Planting Depth, PFR, PFR Report, Precision Planting, Germination, Planting Temperature, Smartdepth
Is there an "easy button" when it comes to weed control?
Check out this PFR report featuring PFR Operator and Herbicide Specialist, Joe Bolte, and University of Missouri Extension Weed Scientist, Dr. Kevin Bradley as they discuss the importance of in-season residual herbicides.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, herbicides, In-Season Residual Herbicides
PFR Operator and Herbicide Specialist, Joe Bolte, discusses the over-reliance of Group 14 and 15 herbicides with Dr. Kevin Bradley in this latest PFR Report.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, herbicides, Herbicide Rotation
Join Chris Robinson, PFR Location Lead, and Field Agronomist and Herbicide Specialist, Austin Scott, in this PFR Report as they discuss different ways to add profitability to your wheat crop.
Tags: Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, PFR Proven, Fungicides on Wheat, pgr products
For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Steve Martin of Martin-Till at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about the Dual-UMO 2x2x2 system.
Tags: Farmserver, PFR, PFR Report, 2x2x2, Precision Farming, Martin-Till, Martin Duo
For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Jeff Wherley with Yetter Manufacturing at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about starter fertilizer coulters , specifically Yetter's Dual 2968 Series 2x2x2 coulters .
Tags: Farmserver, PFR, PFR Report, Yetter, Starter Fertilizer, 2x2x2, Precision Farming
When it comes to winter wheat production in the Midwest, sometimes get “stuck in rut” with our yields. Unlike corn and soybeans, wheat management is often put on the backburner in both time and investment into our crop. However, at Beck’s Southern Illinois PFR site, the winter wheat followed by soybean double crop system has produced some of our largest returns on investment over the last several years. So, the question arises, will this trend continue?
Tags: Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, fungicide on wheat, Wheat Studies, PFR Proven on Wheat
In this PFR Report Jared Chester, Beck's Ohio PFR Location Lead, summarizes and highlights various studies and findings from PFR around closing wheels to help you increase your success in 2019.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Closing Wheels
What has three years of implementing water management practices at our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® facility in southern Illinois (SIL) taught us? That in environments that struggle with drainage, tile has payed dividends. Despite the common belief that tile does not work on clay pan soils, our data has proved otherwise.
So, the question is, why did tile work? To gain a better understanding, we must first dig deeper into the soil moisture and temperature data we have gathered over the past three years with CropX LLC moisture sensors.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Water Management, Tile, Soil Moisture, Tile Depth, SIL PFR, CLay Pan, Tile Spacing
For years, soybeans have not received the same love that corn has, and is often referred to as “that crop between corn crops.” It’s not uncommon for many farmers to plant all their corn before even thinking about starting on soybeans, and in most cases, the care or precision dedicated to soybean fields is nowhere near what it is when planting corn. Recently, however, some of the more progressive farmers throughout the Midwest have been giving soybeans a little more love.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Soybean Population, PFR, PFR Report, Beck’s, Soybean 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.
Tags: Agronomy, Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, Wheat planting date, wheat row width, wheat study
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.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Corn Planting Date, PFR, PFR Report, research, corn planting depth
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.
Tags: soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, landroller, rolling soybeans, soybean studies
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