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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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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: "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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Apr

2019

CropTalk: Fall's Unfinished Business Part Two: Herbicide Burndown

April 2019

Author: Joe Bolte

The fall of 2018 brought many challenges to the region, making it difficult for fall anhydrous applications or a fall burndown. The February issue of CropTalk had the first part of this series. We hope to give you insight on options for spring management if you did not finish your traditional fall fieldwork. The first article, available on the Beck's website, focused on considerations for applying spring anhydrous. This article will focus on how to maximize the efficacy of a spring burndown.

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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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Jan

2019

PFR Report: Why Water Management?

What Three Years on a Clay Pan Soil Has Taught Us

Author: Joe Bolte

What has three years of implementing water management practices at our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® facility in southern Illinois (SIL) taught us? That in environments that struggle with drainage, tile has payed dividends. Despite the common belief that tile does not work on clay pan soils, our data has proved otherwise.

So, the question is, why did tile work? To gain a better understanding, we must first dig deeper into the soil moisture and temperature data we have gathered over the past three years with CropX LLC moisture sensors.

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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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6

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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4

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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