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Oct

2018

PFR Report: Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans

Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans

Author: Joe Bolte

In times of lower commodity prices, it’s important for farmers to look for efficient ways that they can cut costs without impacting their crop. One area farmers can consider cutting soybean costs is in their fall burndown programs. Before making such a decision, however, it’s important to evaluate the benefits of a fall burndown.

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Mar

2018

PFR Report

Soil Moisture - Where Does It Go?

Author: Joe Bolte

Over the last two years, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team in SIL has tested various water management systems. These studies included drip-fertigation and sub-irrigation studies as well as a tile spacing and tile depth studies. These different water management systems have resulted in some of the highest yields ever recorded at the SIL PFR site to date. In the February 2018 PFR report, we discussed the yield advantages we have seen from tile drainage and irrigation, and many of you asked why we saw such a yield increase.

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Feb

2018

PFR Report

The Influence of Tile Drainage and Irrigation on Yield

Author: Joe Bolte

Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data has shown that early planting is one of the keys to maximizing yield potential. In 2017, much of the Midwest faced adverse weather conditions which made it a challenge to find optimum windows to plant early. In such situations, many farmers find themselves wondering what options they have.

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Jan

2018

PFR Report

Managing Weeds in a Roundup Ready, LibertyLink® and XtendiMax™ Platform

Author: Joe Bolte

When it comes to weed control, a post-emergence (POST) herbicide is one of the keys to a successful herbicide program. Today, there are different options to choose from such as LibertyLink®, Roundup Ready® and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®. Each platform will have strengths when it comes to weed control.

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Dec

2017

PFR Report

Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans

Author: Joe Bolte

In times of lower commodity prices, we’re always trying to find new ways to cut cost. One area to consider is cutting costs on soybeans is your fall burndown program. But, before making that decision, you should evaluate the benefits of a fall burndown.

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Aug

2017

PFR Report

Managing Marestail

Author: Joe Bolte

When it comes to growing double crop soybeans, one hurdle many growers face is weed control. One of the most challenging weeds to manage in a double crop soybean system is marestail. In fact, some biotypes of marestail have developed resistance to Group 2 (ALS) herbicides, which are the most commonly applied in wheat. If a population is resistant, the weeds will escape the herbicide application and thus, will be well-established at wheat harvest. The larger the weed, the more difficult it is for contact herbicides to have effective control. 

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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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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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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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Feb

2017

PFR Report

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois - Part 2

Author: Joe Bolte

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois
Part 2 of 3
The Effects of Soil Temperature

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois - Part 1

Author: Joe Bolte

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois
Part 1 of 3
The Effects of Soil Moisture

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Jan

2017

PFR Report

The Efficacy of Herbicide Modes of Action in Roundup Ready® and LibertyLink® Systems

Author: Joe Bolte

In agriculture, we are always looking for the next new tool or management practice that will allow us to become even more successful. When it comes to weed control, new opportunities are very limited even though new trait technologies are either on the market or pending approval. In the past few years, there has been a limited release of new herbicide active ingredients. It’s been almost two decades since a new mode of action has been released. With fewer herbicide modes of action and active ingredients available, weed control has become even more challenging than in past years. 

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7

Dec

2016

PFR Report

Glyphosate Tolerant vs. LibertyLink® Systems.

Author: Joe Bolte

One question that farmers are faced with each year is how they should manage their soybean herbicide program.  With multiple herbicide systems on the market and the possibility of new traits becoming available, the decision becomes more difficult. 

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