In light of the remarkedly wet season that most of the Midwest has experienced, irrigation is likely in the back of most farmers' minds right now. That said, we continue putting irrigation/fertigation systems to the test with our Practical Farm Research (PFR)®. In the case of sub-irrigation, three of our PFR sites have been able to utilize tile drainage systems in certain areas on the sites and backfl ow water through them for a multi-functional drainage plus irrigation system.
Categories: CropTalk, 2019
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?
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, fungicide on wheat, Wheat Studies, PFR Proven on Wheat
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.
Tags: Agronomy, Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, Wheat planting date, wheat row width, wheat study
In this PFR report, the team at our Southern Illinois facility in Effingham talk about the new starter fertilizer systems study they are conducting this year utilizing Precision Plantings Conceal System.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Starter Fertilizer, 2x2x2, Conceal, Precision Planting
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.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Jonathan Perkins, Wheat, PFR, 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.
Tags: Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, Wheat Planting Depth
Join Jonathan Perkins and Joe Bolte at the Southern IL PFR Site for this latest PFR Report as they evaluate the planting depth study they are about to harvest.
Tags: harvest, soybeans, Planting Depth, nodulation
Dicamba drift has been a hot topic throughout the Midwest over the last few weeks as many farmers have been experiencing herbicide damage to their soybean fields. When evaluating your fields, it’s important to keep in mind that there are other herbicides on the market that may cause similar symptomology, leading to confusion.
Join Jonathan Perkins, PFR Agronomist and Location Lead, in this latest PFR Report. The team at Beck’s southern Illinois PFR site just finished planting their Starter Fertilizer System 2x2x2 study. Check out this video to learn more about the Yetter Dual 2968 system and the benefits the team expects to see with it this year.
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.
Categories: Agronomy, PFR, PFR Reports
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.
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.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Jonathan Perkins, Corn Planting Date, Soybean Planting Date, Southern Illinois, PFR, PFR Report, Planting Date, PFR Proven, Joe Bolte, SIL, soil temperature
In this video Jonathan Perkins, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Location Lead & Agronomist, reviews the results of Beck’s 2016 Water Management Study.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Water Management, TIle Drainage, PFR. PFR Report, Sub Irrigation, sensor-based sub-irrigation, controlled water table, and manual sub-irrigation.
Jonathan Perkins, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Location Lead & Agronomist, reviews the results of Beck’s Water Management Study on drip-irrigation.
With ample amounts of rainfall or even high humidity and temps in the mid 70’s-mid 80’s, wheat diseases, like fusarium head scab can thrive. So what is the best way to avoid the damage from head scab? When is the optimal time to apply fungicide?
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Jonathan Perkins, PFR, wheat managment, Effingham, PFR Report, WHEAT FUNGICIDE
Jonathan Perkins is in the field at our Effingham, IL PFR site for a feekes 3 topdress application of wheat. In order to determine nitrogen needs, we’re asking questions like, “What are the tillering counts per square foot?” and “How many units of nitrogen should we apply based on tiller counts?”
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Jonathan Perkins, PFR, Wheat tillering, feekes 3, topdress application, wheat managment, Effingham, PFR Report