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May

2017

Agronomy Update

The Benefits of Water Management

There is no better time to experience the benefits of water management than after a big rainfall event. And Beck’s PFR site in Effingham, IL experienced 7.25 in. of rain over the course of a week.

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16

May

2017

#AskPFR

How Long Can My Corn Seed Survive in the Ground?

#AskPFR:

How long can corn seed survive in the ground? 

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

High-Yield Wheat Attempt

Join Travis Burnett, PFR Field Agronomist, in the field at Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Indiana as he evaluates the 2017 high-yield wheat plot. 

Check out the video to learn more about the different management practices that have contributed to the visual differences between the traditional and high-yield plots!

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May

2017

PFR Report

Row Width and Population

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this PFR Report about the population and row width study, join Jim Schwartz, Director of PFR and Agronomy, in Central IN where the Indiana PFR team is getting ready to plant their second year of the population by row width study.

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May

2017

PFR Report

ADI Tile Install

In this PFR Report about Ag Drainage Inc. Tile Install, Jonathan Perkins, PFR Location Lead at Beck's PFR site in Effingham, IL talks about the 2017 Water Management Study. He is joined by Mark Lipcaman from ADI as they discuss the tile drainage that was just recently installed at the site.

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May

2017

PFR Report

Importance of Emergence

Author: Alex Knight

One important characteristic we consider during product selection is emergence. We spend a lot of energy researching not just the best products, but also the equipment and attachments that will help deliver a uniform stand. When looking at corn products, the goal is to evaluate and identify the products that will deliver the best in uniformity and speed of emergence.  

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Apr

2017

PFR

Efficacy of Residual Herbicides and their Influence on Soybean Yields

Author: Joe Bolte

As planting season begins, this is a great time to evaluate the effectiveness of your pre-emergence (PRE) herbicide program. When evaluating a program, take a look at your weed pressure, type(s) of weeds, crop injury, and/or your reduction in stand. No matter what post-emergent (POST) herbicide platform you select (conventional, LibertyLink®, Roundup Ready® or Xtend®), its success starts with your PRE herbicide.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Planter Calibration

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting season is upon us and one thing that is on every farmers’ mind is how to maximize their return on investment (ROI) for this season. One obvious way to increase ROI is to decrease your input costs. If you are running any kind of starter fertilizer, you can improve your ROI through proper calibration.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Kentucky Planting Date Study

Join Chris Robinson, Beck's Kentucky PFR Location Lead, as he and the team in Henderson prepare to get their first corn and soybean planting date plots into the ground for 2017.

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4

Apr

2017

PFR Report

Schaffert Manufacturing Updates from the National Farm Machinery Show

Author: Jim Schwartz

Check out this latest PFR report as Jared Chester joins Paul Schaffert of Schaffert Manufacturing at the National Farm Machinery show. 

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Southern Illinois Planting Date Study

In this latest report from southern Illinois, PFR location lead Jonathan Perkins and PFR operator Joe Bolte discuss the 2017 planting date study for corn and soybeans and why it’s so important.

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Apr

2017

PFR

Kentucky PFR Updates

Planting is officially underway here at Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Henderson, KY! Our planting date and planting depth studies always kick off a new year of studies at our site, and this year is no exception. We are so excited to have the opportunity to conduct 65 different studies this year in an effort to help make your operation more profitable. The planting date and planting depth studies, among others, are excellent sources to reference in the PFR Book (which you can access here) before you start planting.

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

Hold On Tight

Author: Jim Schwartz

Last year was such an exciting year for Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team. In 2016 we saw a tremendous amount of positive change in the PFR program as we:

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

Winter Wheat Management: From the Seed to the Bin

Author: Joe Bolte

When it comes to wheat management, there are many decisions that can be made in the fall, such as herbicides, tillage, and row spacing, that ultimately influence the success of your crop. Once we reach the spring and summer months, nitrogen (N) management decisions such as forms and inhibitors, as well as fungicides and herbicides become top of mind. With lower commodity prices it’s even more critical to evaluate wheat management options to increase our bottom line. Over the past few years, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has tested many of these management options across multiple locations in hopes of helping farmers make more informed decisions.

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

CapstanAg Seed-Squirter Technology

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join PFR location lead, Tyler Kilfoil, and Mike Schwegman, Field Tech Specialist with CapstanAg, as they introduce the new product Seed-Squirter.

 

 

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

PFR Role Changes

Join Ryan McAllister, regional business manager and former PFR Director, as he announces some recent PFR role changes and introduces Beck’s new Director of PFR and Agronomy, Jim Schwartz.

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

Missouri Wheat Updates

Author: Alex Long

Although Punxsutawney Phil is forecasting six more weeks of winter, the wheat across Missouri is coming out of dormancy and will be heading out before we know it. With the favorable fall growing conditions and mild winter we experienced, it looks like we are prepared for another great wheat harvest. Throughout the state, we have had very good tiller growth and winter survivability overall. 

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Feb

2017

PFR

Nitrogen Management for Wheat

February is a very busy month for most farmers. For those of us growing wheat, it is the time to start scouting and planning applications of our first round of nitrogen (N) to this year’s crop. The teams at the many of Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites, including Kentucky, are conducting a number of N studies this year including rates, timing, and forms. 

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

What Does it Take to Raise 400 Bushel Corn?

In this latest PFR report, PFR Agronomist Travis Burnett, introduces an exciting new project going on at the Indiana PFR site for 2017.

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois - Part 3

Author: Joe Bolte

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois
Part 3 of 3
The Effects on Yield

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