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Jun

2019

PFR Report: In-Season Nitrogen Management

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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5

Jun

2019

PFR Report: Planting - Under Film

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. 

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Jun

2019

PFR Report: NutriMax® Dual Delivery System

Author: Jim Schwartz

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! 

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5

Jun

2019

PFR Report: Making Your Soybean POST Trip Count

Author: Joe Bolte

As you start to plan your post-herbicide application trip for your soybean crops, you may be looking for ways to maximize weed control. With the ever-growing list of resistant weeds, proper weed management techniques are more important than ever. Heavy spring rains may cause the pre-emergent herbicides to break down earlier in some fields this year. Therefore, another layer of in-season residual herbicide will be critical this year.

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May

2019

PFR Report: Yetter 2984 Strip Fresheners

Author: Jim Schwartz

This spring, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team is testing new equipment technology. Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in London, OH, gives an overview of our study on Yetter’s 2984 Strip Freshener. Just a week after using this equipment, we already see a difference. The question is will this visual difference translate to increased yield this fall. Stay tuned for updates on this study in the coming months.

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May

2019

PFR Report: Prepping for Planting

Author: Jim Schwartz

We get a lot of questions about new planter technologies. What works and what is all hype? In this edition of Beck’s PFR Report, Brady Rogers, PFR Operator, and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead in Atlanta, IN, share insights on the latest planter technologies we are putting to the test this spring.

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Apr

2019

PFR Report: Land Rolling Soybeans

Author: Jim Schwartz

Rolling ground is always an interesting topic of discussion. If you talk to farmers in the Northern U.S., they’ll say it’s a great way to push down rocks and create better field conditions for planting any crop, as well as for harvesting soybeans. Farmers further south will say it can promote branching and increase soybean yields when rolling once the soybeans are up.

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Apr

2019

PFR Report: Managing Delayed Planting

Author: Joe Bolte

Across the Midwest, finding a window to do field activity has been very challenging this spring. Many farmers find themselves wondering if they should change any of their management strategies as planting continues to be delayed. But, before you make any changes to your 2019 plans, let’s discuss some factors that could influence your growing season.

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Apr

2019

PFR Report: Pour Some Sugar On Me...

Ooh, in the name of photosynthesis

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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Apr

2019

PFR REPORT: PRECISION PLANTING SMARTDEPTH

Author: Jim Schwartz

Clayton Stufflebeam, CIL PFR Location Lead is joined by Paul Harms of Precision Planting in this PFR Report to discuss the new SmartDepth product.

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Apr

2019

PFR Report: "Easy Button" Weed Control

Author: Joe Bolte

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.

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Apr

2019

PFR Report: Over-Reliance of Group 14 and 15 Herbicides

Author: Joe Bolte

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.

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6

Mar

2019

PFR Report

PFR Proven PGR + Fungicide Products on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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6

Mar

2019

PFR Report

Martin-Till Dual UMO

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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6

Mar

2019

PFR Report

Yetter Dual 2968 2x2x2

Author: Jim Schwartz

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 .

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6

Mar

2019

PFR Report

What’s New in the World of Wheat?

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?

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Feb

2019

PFR Report

2x2x2 with Precision Planting's Conceal

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest video, PFR Location Lead Clayton Stufflebeam joins Jeremy Hodel of Precision Planting at their winter conference to talk about their new Conceal product.

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5

Feb

2019

PFR Report

Herbicide Management: Part 1

Author: Joe Bolte

Spring will be here before you know it. So what should you be planning for this spring if you haven’t had a fall burndown put down? Joe Bolte, PFR Operator/Herbicide Specialist at our Effingham, IL., office, asks this question in our latest PFR Report, featuring insights from Dr. Kevin Bradley, State Extension Weed Scientist at Missouri University.

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5

Feb

2019

PFR Report

Closing Wheels

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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5

Feb

2019

PFR Report

Counting Macros

Author: Jim Schwartz

No, this isn’t an article about healthy food choices to lower your cholesterol, control high blood pressure, or to set a calorie goal.

However, feeding a crop and managing its diet is just as important as feeding our own families and making sure they are healthy. Just because my corn looks fine, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it has everything it needs to grow strong and healthy. So, how does soil fertility play into the health and well-being of the crops we grow?

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