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28

Feb

2017

PFR Report

It's Time to Rethink Your High Populations

Author: Jim Schwartz
Row widths and planting population are two management practices that farmers have complete control over that are often considered to be crucial to increasing yield and return on investment (ROI.) That’s why Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team continues to compare 15 in. and 30 in. rows at various planting populations in an attempt to determine the Economic Optimum Seeding Rate (EOSR) for each row width.
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23

Feb

2017

PFR Report

CHECK YOUR ROI POTENTIAL BEFORE MAKING THESE APPLICATIONS

Author: Jim Schwartz
Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has been evaluating two fungicide applications, Serenade® ASO and Headline®, on soybeans to determine their effects on yield and profitability when applied in-furrow.

While some sites have had more success with these in-furrow applications than others, the overarching consensus, based on Beck’s multi-year, multi-location research, is that the use of an in-furrow fungicide is not a recommended application.
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15

Feb

2017

PFR Report

EARLY TO PLANT WITH YIELDS ON THE RISE MAKE FARMERS HAPPY, WEALTHY, AND WISE

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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10

Feb

2017

PFR Report

The Colder and Wetter the Better

Author: Jim Schwartz
Early planting in corn can mean significantly higher yields. In fact, multi-year data from Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® across six sites in the Midwest has shown that the optimum planting date window for corn is early to mid-April and planting that occurs after these optimal windows typically results in decreased yields.
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8

Feb

2017

PFR Report

The Starting Point of Success: Seed Treatment

Author: Jim Schwartz
Low commodity prices are a major hurdle for farmers as we look toward the 2017 planting season, and the only true counter measure to low market prices is high yields. There are hundreds of crop performance inputs available that can make you money in today’s market environment. But when you boil it down, the success of your season truly begins with the seed you put in the ground.
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6

Feb

2017

PFR

Nitrogen Management for Wheat

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. 

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3

Feb

2017

PFR REPORT

3RIVE OR BUST: IS THE 3RIVE 3D™ SYSTEM WORTH THE INVESTMENT?

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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27

Jan

2017

PFR Report

The Best Defense Against SDS - The Soybean Yield Thief

Author: Jim Schwartz

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®.

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26

Jan

2017

PFR Report

A Closer Look at Closing Wheels

Author: Jim Schwartz

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.

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9

Jan

2017

PFR Update

Turing Insight into Value

Author: Alex Long

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. 

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4

Jan

2017

PFR Report

Fall Wheat with Interseeded Soybeans

Author: Alex Knight

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?” 

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4

Jan

2017

PFR Report

Water Management Study – Sub-Irrigation

In this video Jonathan Perkins, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Location Lead & Agronomist, reviews the results of Beck’s 2016 Water Management Study. 

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2

Jan

2017

PFR

Turning Insight into Value

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. 

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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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7

Nov

2016

PFR

The Results Are In: Seed Treatments Pay

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.  

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5

Oct

2016

PFR Report

Capello® Gladiator All Row Corn Head

Find out how the Capello® Gladiator All Row Corn Head performed in the PFR 20 in. vs. 30 in. row width study this season.

 

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5

Oct

2016

PFR Report

Rowbot Cover Crop Seeder

What’s the best way to seed cover crops? High-clearance rig? Aerial application? Beck’s Indiana Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Agronomist, Travis Burnett, introduces a new study developed to answer those questions. 
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29

Jul

2016

PFR Report

Understanding Yield Gaps to Improve Profitability

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.

 


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23

Jun

2016

Agronomy Update

Wheat Harvest Reminders

Author: Alex Knight

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.   

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17

Jun

2016

Agronomy Update

Flagging Technology

Author: Alex Knight

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.”  

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