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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: Fungicide Applications On Soybeans

Author: Jim Schwartz

Beck’s PFR team has tested fungicide and insecticide applications on soybeans for a number of years. The one consistent finding in terms of increasing yields and ROI is making applications at the R3 growth stage.

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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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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

2x2x2 Systems Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join our Central Illinois PFR Team in this PFR Report as they talk about a few new studies being conducted this year.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Mandako Land Roller

Author: Jim Schwartz

You asked for it, so now we’re rolling it out for you!

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Update

Author: Jim Schwartz

Breaking ground – literally and figuratively. Hear the most recent updates from the Beck’s PFR Team about our multi-row, multi-hybrid planter that’s the first of its kind.

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2

May

2018

PFR Report

Water Conditioning Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio is joined by Field Agronomist Luke Schulte to discuss water quality when it comes to spraying.

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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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Apr

2018

PFR Report

Corn and Soybean Planting Date

Author: Jim Schwartz

Spring upon us and with that comes a big decision every farmer is faced with each year... when to plant their crop.

 

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3

Apr

2018

PFR Report

It’s Time to Rethink Your High Populations

Author: Jim Schwartz

While agricultural practices have changed over the last few decades, one factor has remained at the top of farmers minds: cost savings. As farmers, we’re great at finding new ways to save money, while still accomplishing our goals. And if we can increase profit while cutting expense costs, all the better! But what if we could continue to do this, but change our execution slightly to increase profits? Let’s talk about soybean seeding rate and row spacing.

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6

Mar

2018

PFR Report

2x2x2 Systems

Author: Jim Schwartz

The 2017 season proved to have enough challenges on its own without having to battle the $3.50 corn prices. Those challenges pushed us as farmers to think about more efficient and profitable ways to raise the highest yields possible, and utilizing different techniques and methods when making applications on our farms is a must. 

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6

Mar

2018

PFR Report

2018 Planting Prep

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting season is almost here which means many of you are probably thinking about all of the decisions that need to be made before the planter ever hits the field. Questions like “when should I start planting?”, “how deep should I plant?” and “should I wait for perfect conditions?” are all valid questions you may have. But answering them may require some planning and preparation to ensure you start your crops off in the best possible situation.

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Nov

2017

PFR Report

Corn Population and Row Width Harvest

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Jason Gahimer, PFR operations manager, in the field as the team harvests one of our multi-population, multi-row width plots with Capello's All Row Gladiator Corn Head.

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Aug

2017

PFR Report

Soybean Seeding Rates

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Agronomist, Miles McGovney, discusses the Soybean Seeding Rate Study. This particular study, which is part of our PFR Partner’s program, is in Algona, IA.
 

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

A Closer Look at Closing Wheels

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Beck's PFR team in London, OH as they discuss one of PFR's most popular and asked about studies...the Corn Closing Wheel Trial.
 

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

Part 2: New Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Project

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Operations Manager, Jason Gahimer, introduces part 2 of Beck’s new PFR project, a multi-row width, multi-hybrid planter!
 

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Operations Manager, Jason Gahimer, introduces part 2 of Beck’s new PFR project, a multi-row width, multi-hybrid planter!

In conjunction with Schlipf Precision Ag, Harvest International, Yetter Co., and Precision Planting, Beck’s is excited to announce this exciting new project.

We have done a lot of research over the years on row spacing and population and have found that we can produce high yields when planting in 30 in. rows compared to 20 in. rows, but there are still some advantages with narrower row spacing. This new planter will allow us to plant in 10 in., 20 in., and 30 in. rows on the fly throughout the field in order to identify the zones, spacing, and seeding rates that will maximize our yields.

Join us for part two of this series, featuring Precision Planting’s General Manger, Brad Arnold, and Research Agronomist, Cory Muhlbauer to learn more about the components that are going onto the Harvest International planter bar.
 

 

Check out part one here.

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Jun

2017

PFR Report

Part 1: New Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Project

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Operations Manager, Jason Gahimer, introduces a new project we are excited to share with you!

In conjunction with Schlipf Precision Ag, Harvest International, Yetter Co., Precision Planting, Beck’s is excited to announce, for the 2018 season, our the new multi-row width, multi-hybrid planter project.

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Jun

2017

PFR Report

Sidedressing Nitrogen

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and Agronomy, and field agronomist, Brent Minett in the field as they discuss nitrogen and how it relates to PFR. What have we learned this year? What should we be thinking about as we look at corn plants at the V4-V5 growth stage?

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May

2017

PFR Report

Capstan Ag Seed-Squirter® Technology

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this PFR Report, PFR location lead, Jared Chester and Mike Schwegman from Capstan Ag are in the field at Beck’s Ohio PFR site testing out the new Seed-Squirter® technology. 
 

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May

2017

PFR Report

NITROGEN APPLICATIONS; HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

Author: Jim Schwartz

Winston Churchill once said, “those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” History is for self-knowledge…after all. The only clues to the future that are offered to us are our past experiences. The value of history is that it teaches us how to improve based on our past. This lesson has never felt more applicable than it does this year.

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19

May

2017

PFR Report

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Author: Jim Schwartz

There is no better time to experience the benefits of water management than after a big rainfall event. And Mother Nature has provided more than enough of those this season.

Fields across the Midwest have been flooded and tractors put on standby as farmers across the Corn Belt waited out torrential rains and wet fields over the last few weeks. Some fields however, fared better than others. Their secret you ask? Well water management of course!

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