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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

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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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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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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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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3

Apr

2018

PFR Report

Fungicides on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

The topic of applying fungicide on wheat usually sparks many questions and concerns. Many farmers apply fungicides and often wonder if it was worth the investment. When Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team tests fungicides, it’s done based on product timing recommendations. 

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6

Feb

2018

PFR Report

Wheat Planting Depth

Join Jonathan Perkins, Southern Illinois PFR Location Lead, in this latest PFR Report as he discusses our wheat planting depth study.

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6

Dec

2017

PFR Report

2017 PFR Proven™ Wheat Products and Practices

Author: Alex Knight

One question we get asked a lot is how we apply nitrogen (N) on our wheat acres. What we have observed in Practical Farm Research (PFR)® is that, regardless of the source of N applied, split applications pay. Some of the benefits of split applications include increased yield, increased N efficiency, and the potential for lower environmental losses.

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1

Nov

2017

PFR Report

NEW Wheat Studies!

Author: Alex Knight

In spring of 2017, multiple PFR Proven™ products and practices were identified for wheat. One of these practices included the application of fungicide at flowering (Feekes 10.5.1) with proven products including Caramba® and Prosaro® 421 SC. As a result of the success with these fungicide products and the practice of applying them at flowering, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team wanted to determine if applying them even earlier could be a PFR Proven practice.

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24

Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - IDAHO FARMER, NATHAN ASHCRAFT

Author: Nate Rottero

Nathan Ashcraft has a lot of memories on his family’s farm near Sugar City, Idaho. It’s where he grew up. And now, he’s raising his family, and diverse range of crops.

After getting a Ag Systems degree at Utah State, Nathan wasn’t sure he was ready to come home. But, looking back, he’s thankful he did. 

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22

Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Nevada FARMER, Colby Frey

 

On the family ranch in Fallon, Nevada, Colby Frey is continuing his family’s legacy in a unique way. The family has been in the region since 1854, ten years before Nevada was even a state.

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18

Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - ALABAMA FARMER, Jesse Hobbs

Jesse Hobbs jokes he should call his place in Alabama "Total Chaos" instead of Hobbs Farms. He’s the fifth generation to care for the land where he now raises seven different commodities and his four children. Between ball games, community meetings, and farm work, life is never boring. It isn’t always easy to juggle it all, but Jesse has never dreamed of doing anything but farm.

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26

Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Georgia FARMER, Rodney Miller

Rodney Miller has had success as a basketball coach, business man, and host of the popular TV show, Small Town Big Deal. Today, he lives hundreds of miles away from the row crop farm where he grew up. Through it all, agriculture has been his passion. Now a Georgia resident, he’s still an Illinois farm boy at heart.

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25

Mar

2017

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - North Carolina Farmer, Brooks & Heather Barnes

All his life, Brooks Barnes has known he wanted to be a farmer. “I used to go to the field and ride between my daddy's legs in the combine. I'd take naps there. They couldn't get me away from it.” Brooks recalls.

In high school, Brooks was a very talented athlete but by his junior year, something else was calling him. "I decided I didn't want to play sports anymore. I wanted to come home and burn diesel fuel or go hunting or fishing. I'm an outdoors person.”

Now Brooks and his family grow tobacco, sweet potatoes, corn, soybeans and wheat.

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11

Feb

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Kansas FARMERS, Adam and Kim Baldwin

It’s been said, “If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realize what you can become.” In 2003, Adam Baldwin chose to accept the challenges of farming when he returned home to McPherson, Kansas.

  

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6

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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4

Jan

2017

PFR Report

Fall Wheat with Interseeded Soybeans

Author: Alex Knight

One thing we are testing at the Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site is planting soybeans into a wheat crop before harvest. While some farmers throughout Ohio are already practicing interseeding soybeans into wheat, there are still two perspectives to really consider. The first question you need to ask yourself is, “if you are going to plant wheat, should you interseed soybeans, plant double-crop soybeans, or not plant soybeans at all?” The second thing you need to consider is, “if you are going to plant soybeans, is it best to plant your wheat in the fall and interseed soybeans, plant your wheat in the fall and plant double-crop soybeans, or just plant early-season soybeans?” 

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3

Jan

2017

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - North Dakota Farmer, Dana Dagman

Growing up in the suburbs, Dana Dagman never imagined she’d become a farmer. In fact, when she met her husband, Travis, they had no intention of coming back to the family farm.
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20

Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Dakota Farmer, Rohrich Farms

Technology has changed our world in remarkable ways over the last century. New knowledge, touch screens, and more data are part of our everyday lives. Life on the farm is no exception. In North Dakota, the Rohrich family is proof.

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8

Jul

2016

Intern Avenue

The Life of a Beck’s Research Intern

Author: Celina Young

This summer, ten college students from the across the Beck’s marketing area have joined the team as research interns. Divided between four Beck’s locations from Indiana to Iowa, they are gaining experience while learning in a hands-on environment. From planting test plots to collecting real data in the field, each intern has a unique experience to share. Today, we’ll catch up with four of these individuals as they progress through their internships.

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