Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: Beck's Blog, soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Beck's Agronomy, PFR, Jim Schwartz, Populations
Tags: Beck's Blog, soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Beck's Agronomy, Fungicide, PFR, Jim Schwartz, in-furrow
Have you ever considered planting your soybeans at the same time as your corn? What about before your corn? Most farmers don’t consider these options because it costs more to put out an acre of corn than it does soybeans and the risk with corn is always higher, so we always like to get it in the ground sooner.
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, PFR, Jim Schwartz, Early Plant
Tags: Beck's Blog, Practical Farm Research, Fungicide, PFR, Jim Schwartz, insecticides
Tags: Beck's Blog, Practical Farm Research, Fungicide, Jim Schwartz, insecticides
February is a very busy month for most farmers. For those of us growing wheat, it is the time to start scouting and planning applications of our first round of nitrogen (N) to this year’s crop. The teams at the many of Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites, including Kentucky, are conducting a number of N studies this year including rates, timing, and forms.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Wheat, PFR, Kentucky Agronomy, Nitrogen Management on Wheat, Urea, UAN, Split Applications of Nitrogen
Protecting your seed from the start is important to achieving high yields. Seed treatments are an excellent way to get a head start on season-long success. However, many farmers facing increased pest pressure, are finding that they also require extra protection around the seed and root zone throughout the season.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Jim Schwartz, insecticides, 3RIVE 3D, Capture
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has become a huge threat to farmers as it is one of the top yield-robbing diseases in the Midwest. And in years with weather swings and volatility like in 2016, the yield losses can be devastating. The most unfortunate thing about SDS is that once you have it in your fields, there is no rescue treatment or fungicide to slow its growth or reverse its affects. The best defense against SDS is to protect your crop from the start. And there is no better way to do that than with the use of ILeVO®.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, PFR, soybean planting, yield potential, Jim Schwartz, SDS
Planting season is sneaking up on us and we will be in the field before we know it. While farmers across the Midwest are excited to get their planters fired up, low commodity prices leave many searching for ways to cut costs while still increasing yields.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Beck's Agronomy, indiana agronomy, Iowa Agronomy, Ohio Agronomy, Kentucky Agronomy, PFR. PFR Report, Products, Jim Schwart
Happy New Year from Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team! With a new year underway, now is the time to evaluate your crop performance last year and consider new and innovative management strategies to adopt for the next growing season. I encourage you all to attend one of our 2017 PFR Insight Meetings to help you with this important process.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Insight Meetings, PFR Proven, Alex Long, Profitability, Yield Gains, Products, Practices
One thing we are testing at the Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site is planting soybeans into a wheat crop before harvest. While some farmers throughout Ohio are already practicing interseeding soybeans into wheat, there are still two perspectives to really consider. The first question you need to ask yourself is, “if you are going to plant wheat, should you interseed soybeans, plant double-crop soybeans, or not plant soybeans at all?” The second thing you need to consider is, “if you are going to plant soybeans, is it best to plant your wheat in the fall and interseed soybeans, plant your wheat in the fall and plant double-crop soybeans, or just plant early-season soybeans?”
Tags: soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Wheat, Row Spacing, PFR. PFR Report, Interseeding, double crop, Alex Knight
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.
Happy New Year! What would be a better way to kick off the New Year than to attend a PFR Insight Meeting? New in 2017, PFR Insight Meetings (formally known as Beck’s Winter Meetings) will be nothing like any meeting you have previously attended. Showcasing our new PFR Proven™ concept, these meetings will provide unique insight into the technologies and management practices that you can translate into financial value for your farm.
Categories: PFR Reports
Tags: Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Insight Meetings, PFR Proven, ROI, Financial Value, Profit, Chris Robinsin
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.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, LibertyLink, PFR, Waterhemp, herbicides, Liberty, weed resistance, glyphosate, Roundup Ready 2 Yield, Roundup, Anthem, Warrant, Anthem Maxx, Roundup PowerMAX, panicum
Harvest is wrapped up at Beck’s Kentucky Practical Research (PFR)® site and this season had its fair share of challenges. Many of you experienced these same challenges, from cool, wet conditions early on to a very hot and dry June and an abundance of rain throughout July. What makes Beck’s PFR program so unique is that we test multiple products and management practices not just at one site, but across five other sites throughout our marketing area as well.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Kentucky PFR, PFR, SEED TREATMENT, ESCALATE, high yields, soybean seed treatment, Chris Robinson
Find out how the Capello® Gladiator All Row Corn Head performed in the PFR 20 in. vs. 30 in. row width study this season.
Tags: corn harvest, Ryan McAllister, Practical Farm Research, PFR, harvest 2016, Capello, Capello Multi-Directional Corn Head, Row Spacing, Corn Head
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Cover Crops, PFR, Cover Crop Seeding, Rowbot, How to seed cover crops, cover crop seeding applications
In an effort to help farmers improve profitability, Beck’s works hard to better understand the yield gap in corn and soybeans. The term yield gap has several definitions in the industry. University scientists define it as the difference between simulated potential yield using a crop model and actual yields. At Beck’s we define yield gap as the difference between record yields observed in yield contests and actual yields in our marketing areas.
Tags: corn, soybeans, Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, High Management Practices, Yield Gaps
As wheat harvest approaches, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First, we want to harvest wheat after the dough stage has passed. You can determine if your wheat is past this stage by threshing a wheat head in your hand and placing the seed either in your mouth or between your fingernail and forefinger. If the wheat is past the dough stage, it will be firm and not easily torn in two.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Wheat Harvest, Ohio Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, Alexandra Knight, double crop soybeans
With an increase in technologies available and the fact that farmers are often using more than one, it has become difficult to keep track of where our technologies and varieties are planted. Spray misapplications have become more common. This has led individuals from the University of Arkansas to develop and promote the program “Flag the Technology.”
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Ohio Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, Alexandra Knight, yellowing corn, Flagging Technology, Spray Misapplications