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May

2017

PFR Report

Row Width and Population

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this PFR Report about the population and row width study, join Jim Schwartz, Director of PFR and Agronomy, in Central IN where the Indiana PFR team is getting ready to plant their second year of the population by row width study.

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May

2017

PFR Report

ADI Tile Install

In this PFR Report about Ag Drainage Inc. Tile Install, Jonathan Perkins, PFR Location Lead at Beck's PFR site in Effingham, IL talks about the 2017 Water Management Study. He is joined by Mark Lipcaman from ADI as they discuss the tile drainage that was just recently installed at the site.

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May

2017

PFR Report

Importance of Emergence

Author: Alex Knight

One important characteristic we consider during product selection is emergence. We spend a lot of energy researching not just the best products, but also the equipment and attachments that will help deliver a uniform stand. When looking at corn products, the goal is to evaluate and identify the products that will deliver the best in uniformity and speed of emergence.  

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

TO REPLANT OR NOT TO REPLANT, THAT IS THE QUESTION

Author: Jim Schwartz

It’s a tale as old as time. April rolls around, the sun comes out, and farmers across the Midwest hit the field. Spirits are high, corn is planted, and then…it happens. Hail. Near-freezing temperatures. Dropping soil temperatures.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Two Truths and a Lie: Nitrogen Edition

Author: Jim Schwartz

Let’s play a game. It’s called two truths and a lie. We’ll tell you three facts, two are true and one of them is not. Your goal is to determine which is false. Ready? Go.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

The Importance of Planting Depth

Author: Jim Schwartz
Farmers are at the start of another challenging year with low commodity prices and shrinking margins. To succeed in a down market, we have to set ourselves up for success from the start. The best way to do that is to utilize all your tools and resources to their fullest potential. That means making sure your planter is ready for the field before it’s time to plant. But it also means planning for accurate plant spacing, seeding depth, and proper seed-to-soil contact as well.
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Apr

2017

PFR Report

IMPROVING CORN YIELDS WITH WEX

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting has commenced and the corn markets are still down. That being said, many farmers are looking for ways to increase their corn yields without hurting their bottom line. One solution many have turned to is the use of a soil amendment product. Such products have shown to help corn crops develop deeper, strong root systems throughout the growing season and higher yields at harvest.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

PLANTER BOX APPLIED ADDITIVES FOR IMPROVING PROFITS

Author: Jim Schwartz

The first step in maximizing yield potential is to establish a uniform, fast growing, and vigorous stand of corn with a strong nodal root system free from disease and/or insect pressure. The second is to jump start the growth of your crop. While stand establishment and early growth are key to high yields, they have become more difficult for farmers to achieve as we continue to plant earlier into cooler soils, especially in no-till fields.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

STARTER ADDITIVES ON SOYBEANS: IS IT WORTH IT?

Author: Jim Schwartz

Applying a starter on soybeans is not something that most agronomists have typically recommended in the past. That’s because soybeans compensate for stand loss extremely well and make their own nitrogen, so why would a starter product pay?

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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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Apr

2017

PFR Report

THE VALUE OF STARTER FERTILIZERS ON SOYBEANS

Author: Jim Schwartz
Planting season is upon us and one thing that is on every farmers’ mind is how to maximize their return on investment (ROI) and increase yields this season. This is especially true for farmers who may plan to capitalize on soybean crops this year with corn at the market price it’s at.
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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Planter Calibration

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting season is upon us and one thing that is on every farmers’ mind is how to maximize their return on investment (ROI) for this season. One obvious way to increase ROI is to decrease your input costs. If you are running any kind of starter fertilizer, you can improve your ROI through proper calibration.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Kentucky Planting Date Study

Join Chris Robinson, Beck's Kentucky PFR Location Lead, as he and the team in Henderson prepare to get their first corn and soybean planting date plots into the ground for 2017.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Schaffert Manufacturing Updates from the National Farm Machinery Show

Author: Jim Schwartz

Check out this latest PFR report as Jared Chester joins Paul Schaffert of Schaffert Manufacturing at the National Farm Machinery show. 

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Southern Illinois Planting Date Study

In this latest report from southern Illinois, PFR location lead Jonathan Perkins and PFR operator Joe Bolte discuss the 2017 planting date study for corn and soybeans and why it’s so important.

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Apr

2017

PFR

Kentucky PFR Updates

Planting is officially underway here at Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Henderson, KY! Our planting date and planting depth studies always kick off a new year of studies at our site, and this year is no exception. We are so excited to have the opportunity to conduct 65 different studies this year in an effort to help make your operation more profitable. The planting date and planting depth studies, among others, are excellent sources to reference in the PFR Book (which you can access here) before you start planting.

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

Too Hot, Too Cold...Just Right

Author: Jim Schwartz

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the forest and pretty soon, she came upon a house.  She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in. Why on earth a little girl was wandering alone in a forest, and breaking into a stranger’s home is anyone’s guess…but everyone knows what happens next. She tried some porridge, sat in some chairs, and then proceeded to lay down in these stranger’s beds until she found one that was “just right.”

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

Fight Your Feelings: Don't Let Emotions Control Your Crop Input Decisions

Author: Jim Schwartz

Emotions play a huge role in our lives and drive everything we do. They can impact our moods and drive our decision making. Our emotions can cause us to buy certain brands and leave others. That’s just the way it works.

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

Farmer's, Start Your Engines

Author: Jim Schwartz

Last week the Daytona 500 officially marked the beginning of NASCAR season. This iconic race is not only the biggest race of the season, but it is also super important for multiple reasons. The first, obvious bragging rights and a confetti shower for the crowned champion. Second is that the Daytona 500 sets the stage for the rest of the season. It’s important for the drivers to get off to a good start, not only when that green flag waves in Daytona, but also for the remainder of the season as they sprint towards that coveted cup.

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

Hold On Tight

Author: Jim Schwartz

Last year was such an exciting year for Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team. In 2016 we saw a tremendous amount of positive change in the PFR program as we:

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