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Jun

2019

PFR Report: In-Season Nitrogen Management

Author: Jim Schwartz

With prominent wet conditions this past fall and spring, switching to more in-season nitrogen management programs is a task many farmers are faced with this year. So what options are available for in-season nitrogen application? Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has past data on yield-gaining nitrogen management programs. One new product we are testing this year is PinnitMax™, a nitrogen stabilizer product.

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Jun

2019

PFR Report: NutriMax® Dual Delivery System

Author: Jim Schwartz

This latest PFR Report features Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead at our Central Illinois PFR site as he talks about an exciting new-ish study we will be conducting this year! 

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May

2019

PFR Report: Yetter 2984 Strip Fresheners

Author: Jim Schwartz

This spring, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team is testing new equipment technology. Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in London, OH, gives an overview of our study on Yetter’s 2984 Strip Freshener. Just a week after using this equipment, we already see a difference. The question is will this visual difference translate to increased yield this fall. Stay tuned for updates on this study in the coming months.

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May

2019

PFR Report: Prepping for Planting

Author: Jim Schwartz

We get a lot of questions about new planter technologies. What works and what is all hype? In this edition of Beck’s PFR Report, Brady Rogers, PFR Operator, and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead in Atlanta, IN, share insights on the latest planter technologies we are putting to the test this spring.

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Apr

2019

PFR Report: Land Rolling Soybeans

Author: Jim Schwartz

Rolling ground is always an interesting topic of discussion. If you talk to farmers in the Northern U.S., they’ll say it’s a great way to push down rocks and create better field conditions for planting any crop, as well as for harvesting soybeans. Farmers further south will say it can promote branching and increase soybean yields when rolling once the soybeans are up.

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Apr

2019

PFR Report: Pour Some Sugar On Me...

Ooh, in the name of photosynthesis

Author: Jim Schwartz

Pouring sugar…on plants? What kind of madness is this?

Not madness at all! Plants need sugar for carbohydrate transport, energy, and stored fuel. Carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, like glucose, are converted to complex sugars by means of starches. When this conversion process occurs in plants, better growth + development, improved regulation of various biological systems, as well as respiration & transpiration steps can occur. Graphic 1 (below) shows the process of photosynthesis.

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Apr

2019

PFR REPORT: PRECISION PLANTING SMARTDEPTH

Author: Jim Schwartz

Clayton Stufflebeam, CIL PFR Location Lead is joined by Paul Harms of Precision Planting in this PFR Report to discuss the new SmartDepth product.

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Apr

2019

CropTalk: No Fall Nitrogen? No Problem.

April 2019

Author: Jim Schwartz

In the February issue of CropTalk, we discussed different methods to apply anhydrous in front of planting to minimize seedling injury. Having said that, there is no guarantee that this spring will be a smooth planting season. So, what should you do if you have a tight planting window this spring?

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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

Martin-Till Dual UMO

Author: Jim Schwartz

For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Steve Martin of Martin-Till at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about the Dual-UMO 2x2x2 system.

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6

Mar

2019

PFR Report

Yetter Dual 2968 2x2x2

Author: Jim Schwartz

For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Jeff Wherley with Yetter Manufacturing at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about starter fertilizer coulters , specifically Yetter's Dual 2968 Series 2x2x2 coulters .

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Fall's Unfinished Business...Now What?

February 2019

Author: Jim Schwartz

Many farmers perform fall operations at the conclusion of harvest to spread out their workload and/or properly prepare their fields for the next growing season. Given the challenges of the 2018 harvest season in some areas, many farmers' main focus was to complete harvest, which meant that traditional fall operations may have been left undone. This could leave many farmers with questions regarding how to react to the unfinished business.

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5

Feb

2019

PFR Report

2x2x2 with Precision Planting's Conceal

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest video, PFR Location Lead Clayton Stufflebeam joins Jeremy Hodel of Precision Planting at their winter conference to talk about their new Conceal product.

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5

Feb

2019

PFR Report

Closing Wheels

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this PFR Report Jared Chester, Beck's Ohio PFR Location Lead, summarizes and highlights various studies and findings from PFR around closing wheels to help you increase your success in 2019.

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5

Feb

2019

PFR Report

Counting Macros

Author: Jim Schwartz

No, this isn’t an article about healthy food choices to lower your cholesterol, control high blood pressure, or to set a calorie goal.

However, feeding a crop and managing its diet is just as important as feeding our own families and making sure they are healthy. Just because my corn looks fine, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it has everything it needs to grow strong and healthy. So, how does soil fertility play into the health and well-being of the crops we grow?

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Nov

2018

PFR Report

Corn Planting Depth by Date

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting depth for row crops is a main topic of discussion in the agricultural community. Beck’s PFR team has heard your questions and in response, has put planting depth to yet another test. You may have seen our planting depth data over the last few years, but this year we added a second planting date into the mix. For this study, we planted corn in April and in May. In April, we tend to see cooler, wetter soils whereas in May we sometimes experience drier periods with less rainfall and warmer soil temperatures. Soil temperature and moisture have a great effect on how plants emerge. In this study, we looked to evaluate how much soil conditions can affect plant emergence, and how much yield potential we lose with late-emerging plants.

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7

Nov

2018

PFR Report

Landroller Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Eric Wilson, Field Agronomist, and Miles Mcgovney, PFR Agronomist, for some post-harvest updates on our Landroller Study.

Based on the numerous requests received from farmers, Beck’s PFR team is testing the Mandako Landroller for the first time this year. We launched this study in an effort to determine if Land Rollers would provide any yield benefit to a soybean crop.

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Oct

2018

PFR Report: Foliar Fungicide Study on Corn

Foliar Fungicide Study on Corn

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio, to learn more about our foliar fungicide study on corn.

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Oct

2018

PFR Report: 360 YIELD SAVER®

360 YIELD SAVER

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR report, Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead are in the field evaluating Yield 360’s new 360 YIELD SAVER®.

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Oct

2018

PFR Report: Bushel Plus System

Bushel Plus System

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Erik Carpenter, PFR Operator, in the field at Atlanta, Indiana as the team tests the new Bushel Plus system.

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