Every year, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team tests new products, practices, and equipment to help farmers make better decisions and improve profitability. Two new products that PFR is testing in 2020 are Pivot Bio PROVEN™ and Envita™ from Azotic North America.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Figuring out what soybean herbicide programs will work best for all the different trait platforms on the market can be difficult and confusing at times. Join Camille Lambert, Field Sales Agronomist, and Austin Scott, Area Team Leader (ATL) and Herbicide Specialist as they preview the herbicide trials Beck’s Hybrids’ Practical Farm Research (PFR)® locations are performing to make weed management and herbicide programs easier to understand!
Interested in learning how to transfer data seamlessly from FARMserver into Precision Planting’s 20|20 monitor?
Need help controlling difficult-to-manage weeds this spring? Southern Illinois Practical Farm Research (PFR) Technician and Herbicide Specialist, Joe Bolte, has pre-emergent herbicide management tips to mitigate pesky weeds like marestail, morning glory, cocklebur, waterhemp, giant ragweed, pigweed, lambsquarter, velvetleaf, and foxtails.
Join Camille Lambert, Beck’s Hybrids’ Kentucky Agronomist, and Brandon Somers, Henderson, KY, Practical Farm Research (PFR) Location Lead, to review best management practices for spring anhydrous ammonia applications this 2020 planting season.
Uniformity and consistency are two terms we often heard when farmers describe their ideal field with a “picket-fence” stand crop. These types of stands go hand-in-hand with high yields. However, this is potentially the most difficult objective to achieve.
So, we posed the question, “how can we obtain this desired uniformity?”
This latest PFR Report features Jared Chester, PFR Lead at our London, OH facility discussing our recent downforce study using DeltaForce® from Precision Planting.
This latest PFR Report features Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead at our Central Illinois PFR discussing how to get your corn planter dialed in for #plant2020. Clayton spends time discussing how to index your planter and the importance of doing so.
Learn all about the Prescription Tillage Sabre Tooth Planter (STP) Disc Openers now!
Learn more about the Yetter Farm Equipment 2940 Air Adjust™ Row Cleaner.
Cycles of precipitation, along with freezing and thawing in the Midwest, made fall field a challenge to say the least. For areas that primarily use anhydrous ammonia, this may be especially true with the increase in annual precipitation that we have experienced in the Corn Belt. Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has been conducting research on different nitrogen management products and practices to help farmers make decisions and analyze various options to maximize their ROI.
Tags: corn, Nitrogen, sidedress, #AskPFR, 2x2x2, 2x2, 2x2x2 Systems, nitrogen applications, multi-location
Happy New Year from the PFR team!
As we start selecting new products and practices to test in 2020, we wanted to highlight some of the studies that stood out in 2019 and the lessons that we learned from them.
Tags: PFR Report, PFR Proven, #AskPFR
Can we be more efficient by banding our nutrients and only doing tillage in the strips? Find out now.
Tags: Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, tillage, strip-till
Ever wonder how different tillage practices can affect weed management? Find out in this video.
Tags: Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, tillage, weed resistance, weed management
The wild weather of 2019 created challenging conditions, which caused many to implement unconventional practices on some farms. Heavy downpours on tight Midwestern clay soils delayed planting in much of our marketing area, and the shorter planting windows left farmers wondering, “Should I switch my corn hybrids to shorter-season maturities?” This question prompted our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team at Beck’s to organize a delayed planting hybrid response study.
Tags: Farmserver, PFR, PFR Report, Delayed planting, Precision Farming, hybrid selection
As hard as it was, a challenging year like 2019 can still yield applicable insights. The important thing to do is carefully weigh all the factors that can impact your results and examine the data in light of those factors. This past spring, I asked an intern to work a plot and as he began to work the ground I found myself thinking “that may be the worst decision I have made in my 35-year ag career”.
This season will also impact how we think about future decisions as it relates to soil tests and soil testing. I asked my friend Jamie Bultemeier, an agronomist with A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, to share his thoughts on the impact of 2019.
Tags: Cover Crops, Soil Sampling, PFR, soil testing, PFR Report, fall tillage
What were the top recommendations this year for delayed planting and how will it affect harvest? Check out this video to learn more.
Tags: corn, Delayed planting, corn planting dates, hybrid maturity
Jonathan Perkins, location lead and PFR agronomist at our Effingham, IL site filmed this PFR Report from the field to provide some insight into the late-season SDS observations the SIL PFR team has made over the past few weeks.
Tags: PFR, Sudden Death Syndrome, PFR Report, Water Management, SDS, SIL PFR, late-season observations
In this electrifying video, our team in El Paso tested the Weed Zapper at the CIL Organic Field Day to see if it would be a useful component in an organic weed control program.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, organic, Weed Zapper, organic farming, weed management
Every growing season is different, and quantifying those differences in determining their effect on our crop will enable us to adapt and overcome the constant challenges that we face as farmers. Beck’s PFR team has put an emphasis on scouting and gathering observations. This allows us to learn from the challenges we face throughout the growing season and how they correlate into the results we gather at harvest.
Tags: harvest, Scouting, Nitrogen, tissue samples, soil test, nitrogen deficiency, plant health