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Mar

2017

PFR Report

Winter Wheat Management: From the Seed to the Bin

Author: Joe Bolte

When it comes to wheat management, there are many decisions that can be made in the fall, such as herbicides, tillage, and row spacing, that ultimately influence the success of your crop. Once we reach the spring and summer months, nitrogen (N) management decisions such as forms and inhibitors, as well as fungicides and herbicides become top of mind. With lower commodity prices it’s even more critical to evaluate wheat management options to increase our bottom line. Over the past few years, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has tested many of these management options across multiple locations in hopes of helping farmers make more informed decisions.

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

CapstanAg Seed-Squirter Technology

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join PFR location lead, Tyler Kilfoil, and Mike Schwegman, Field Tech Specialist with CapstanAg, as they introduce the new product Seed-Squirter.

 

 

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

PFR Role Changes

Join Ryan McAllister, regional business manager and former PFR Director, as he announces some recent PFR role changes and introduces Beck’s new Director of PFR and Agronomy, Jim Schwartz.

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Mar

2017

PFR Report

PUTTING PRESSURE ON THOSE PESKY PESTS – CAPTURE VGR FIGHTS BACK

Author: Jim Schwartz

Much of the Midwest has experienced an extremely mild winter this year. While that is great for early planting preparations, mild winters also mean that there is an increased opportunity for soil-borne insects to thrive. One proactive solution to combat these pesky pests is the use of an in-furrow insecticide.

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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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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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Feb

2017

PFR Report

Do Starter Additives Pay?

Author: Jim Schwartz

As farmers prepare for a new planting season, they seek new ways to improve seedling growth to maximize their yield potential. In-furrow technologies such as starter fertilizers, micronutrients, seed treatments, and fungicide and insecticide applications are one way to nourish seedlings at their most vulnerable state. And because these in-furrow technologies provide crops with nutrients and protection during those early growth stages, farmers can plant earlier knowing their crop is set up for season-long success.

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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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Feb

2017

PFR Report

Missouri Wheat Updates

Author: Alex Long

Although Punxsutawney Phil is forecasting six more weeks of winter, the wheat across Missouri is coming out of dormancy and will be heading out before we know it. With the favorable fall growing conditions and mild winter we experienced, it looks like we are prepared for another great wheat harvest. Throughout the state, we have had very good tiller growth and winter survivability overall. 

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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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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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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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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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Feb

2017

PFR Report

What Does it Take to Raise 400 Bushel Corn?

In this latest PFR report, PFR Agronomist Travis Burnett, introduces an exciting new project going on at the Indiana PFR site for 2017.

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois - Part 3

Author: Joe Bolte

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois
Part 3 of 3
The Effects on Yield

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois - Part 2

Author: Joe Bolte

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois
Part 2 of 3
The Effects of Soil Temperature

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois - Part 1

Author: Joe Bolte

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois
Part 1 of 3
The Effects of Soil Moisture

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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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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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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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