Breaking ground – literally and figuratively. Hear the most recent updates from the Beck’s PFR Team about our multi-row, multi-hybrid planter that’s the first of its kind.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, multi-hybrid multi-row width planter, concept planter
Have you ever wondered what Beck’s PFR team does all day? Do you want to see the studies they’re conducting first hand? Now you can!
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Can in-furrow applications of sugar increase nutrient availability and yields in corn?
Tags: corn, Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, Sugar, Sugar In-Furrow, eXceed Nano Brown Sugar, Carbose, feed grade dextrose, solvita test
Review your fertility options for getting your corn crop going.
Tags: corn, planting, Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, PFR Proven, Starter Fertilizer, macronutrient, micronutrient, fertilizer, P-Max LFS, NACHURS imPulse 10-18-4, PureGrade Diamond 6-24-6.
In this latest PFR Report, Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio is joined by Field Agronomist Luke Schulte to discuss water quality when it comes to spraying.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Ohio Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, Water Conditioning, Water pH, Water Quality
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
As commodity prices leave us looking for new ways to be leaner and leaner with our on-farm practices, one consideration that rises to the top as a cost effect practice is applications of sugar in-furrow. Why sugar in-furrow? You may have noticed that many in-furrow starters already have a small percentage of sugar within their fertilizers. The idea behind applying sugar in-furrow is to stimulate the microbial activity. If we can stimulate microbial activity in the soil, then more nutrients will be readily available to the plant, thus promoting yields.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, Planting Date, Alex Knight, Sugar, Sugar Study, Sugar In-Furrow
The topic of applying fungicide on wheat usually sparks many questions and concerns. Many farmers apply fungicides and often wonder if it was worth the investment. When Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team tests fungicides, it’s done based on product timing recommendations.
Tags: Wheat, wheat growth stages, Fungicide, PFR, PFR Report, Fungicides on Wheat, Tillers, Feeks
Each year the Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program aims to test 1) products and practices on their way to becoming PFR Proven, 2) new technologies just introduced to the marketplace 3) cost effective management practices and 4) timely topics that farmers are considering on their operations.
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Spring upon us and with that comes a big decision every farmer is faced with each year... when to plant their crop.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Planting Date, Corn and Soybean Planting Date
While agricultural practices have changed over the last few decades, one factor has remained at the top of farmers minds: cost savings. As farmers, we’re great at finding new ways to save money, while still accomplishing our goals. And if we can increase profit while cutting expense costs, all the better! But what if we could continue to do this, but change our execution slightly to increase profits? Let’s talk about soybean seeding rate and row spacing.
Tags: Soybean Seeding Rate, PFR, PFR Report, Row Spacing, soybean planting
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.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Water Management, Sub-Irrigation, Tile, Drip Irrigation, Drip Fertigation, Soil Moisture, Tile Depth
The 2017 season proved to have enough challenges on its own without having to battle the $3.50 corn prices. Those challenges pushed us as farmers to think about more efficient and profitable ways to raise the highest yields possible, and utilizing different techniques and methods when making applications on our farms is a must.
Tags: Nitrogen, PFR, PFR Report, Starter Fertlizers, Starter applications, 2x2x2, 2x2
Planting season is almost here which means many of you are probably thinking about all of the decisions that need to be made before the planter ever hits the field. Questions like “when should I start planting?”, “how deep should I plant?” and “should I wait for perfect conditions?” are all valid questions you may have. But answering them may require some planning and preparation to ensure you start your crops off in the best possible situation.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Planting Depth, PFR, PFR Report, Planting Date
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.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Water Management, Sub Irrigation, Irrigation, Tile
Every year, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team evaluates, and then discusses, planting dates for corn. What is the ideal planting date for your region? Based on management practices including water management and tillage, can you get into the field during that timeframe?Better Late Than Never?
Every year, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team evaluates, and then discusses, planting dates for corn. What is the ideal planting date for your region? Based on management practices including water management and tillage, can you get into the field during that timeframe?
When we listen to winners from the NCGA yield contest, (https://thoughtsfromtheturnrow.com/2016/08/18/2014-ncga-yield-contest-winner/) one of the first things they tell us is we need consistency in emergence. One goal in PFR this year was to evaluate differences in emergence and determine how they impacted yield.
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Typically, we see the best planting window at our Ohio PFR site in mid- to late April, as our yield potential starts to decrease when we plant in early June.
Tags: corn, Emergence, PFR, PFR Report, Planting Date
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
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.
One question we get asked a lot is how we apply nitrogen (N) on our wheat acres. What we have observed in Practical Farm Research (PFR)® is that, regardless of the source of N applied, split applications pay. Some of the benefits of split applications include increased yield, increased N efficiency, and the potential for lower environmental losses.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Wheat, Nitrogen, Fungicide, PFR, PFR Proven, Nitrogen Timing
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.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, herbicides, Spring Burndown, Fall Burndown