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Mar

2021

PFR Report: ANHYDROUS AMMONIA

Author: Chris Grimm

Nitrogen is one of the 16 essential elements required for plant growth. The most common nitrogen fertilizer forms include anhydrous ammonia (NH3), urea, and urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN) solutions. Anhydrous contains 82% nitrogen, the highest amount of any nitrogen fertilizer. Once applied in the soil, anhydrous ammonia converts to the ammonium form (NH4+). Ammonium ions are very stable in the soil. Over time, ammonium converts to nitrate (NO3), which is the form of nitrogen most used by plants. 

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Mar

2021

PFR Report: Pre-Emergent Herbicide Application Timing

Author: Joe Bolte

The foundation of a successful herbicide program starts with the Power in the PRE™. A successful pre-emerge herbicide can help reduce the amount of weed pressure in the POST-emergence application. Many POST-emergence applications are sprayed in the earlier vegetative stages. However, data shows by delaying weed removal until the POST trip, a significant yield reduction can occur. This highlights the negative impact of early weed competition and showcases the Power in the PRE.

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Mar

2021

PFR Report: Corn High-Speed Planting Preparation

How can a farmer capitalize on increasing yields through higher planting speeds? Clayton Stufflebeam, Practical Farm Research (PFR®) Agronomist, discusses data from Beck’s Hybrids PFR plots regarding high-speed planting research.

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Mar

2021

CropTalk: A Different Kind of Agriculture

March 2021

Author: Ashley Heyen

Diversification. It looks different on every farm, but today it has become a common practice to stay profitable and maintain an operation. For some, it may look like a seed or chemical dealership. For others, it’s growing a niche crop. For one farmer in Iowa, it is investing in an unexpected sector of agriculture for the cool temperatures and saltless waters of the Midwest – shrimp farming.

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Mar

2021

CropTalk: What's New, FARMserver?

March 2021

If you watched the 2021 PFR Insight meetings, you know by now that FARMserver® is rolling out a whole new feature this spring. The Growth Model in FARMserver takes several pieces of information and uses it to predict the growth stage of each field. We’re nothing short of excited to tell you about it!

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Mar

2021

CropTalk: Fresh, New Corn Products for 2021

March 2021

Author: Craig Moore

Each year we launch new and exciting corn products with added yield and additional agronomic strengths. The process to evaluate each class takes years and hundreds, if not thousands, of trials to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each product. It is rigorous; from field observations to data analysis, thousands of hybrids must be narrowed down to a select few that will be launched in our commercial lineup. These are the “best of the best” hybrids from the most elite breeding programs in the world.

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Mar

2021

CropTalk: Alfalfa Planting Considerations and Assessing Stands

March 2021

Author: Pat Holloway

Seed selection is just one part of achieving a successful alfalfa stand. No matter the quality of the seed, poor planting practices will never return a satisfying stand of alfalfa. Decisions made during establishment will factor into production over the life of the stand.

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Mar

2021

CropTalk: Marestail Burndown

March 2021

Author: Joe Bolte

One of the first steps to a successful herbicide program is starting clean to allow the pre-emerge herbicide to reach the soil surface. The burndown also allows the opportunity to utilize other “effective” sites of action (SOA) that can’t be used in-season such as Gramoxone® SL 2.0. Spraying early in the spring provides the opportunity to control winter annuals like marestail and emerging summer annuals such as giant ragweed. When evaluating spring burndown options, we must consider if the herbicide has burndown only activity or burndown plus residual activity. Products like Liberty® and Gramoxone SL 2.0 will not have any residual activity but will provide very effective burndown activity. Other burndown products such as Sharpen® or metribuzin will provide residual value depending on the herbicide rate.

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Mar

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

March 2021

Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: Planter Maintenance and Upgrades

As farmers are preparing for the upcoming 2021 planting season, winter is a great time to review planter maintenance and install upgrades. Travis Burnett, northern Indiana Beck’s field sales agronomist, and southern IN Beck’s field sales agronomist, Travis Coleman, inspect what to look for on planters to prep for successful planting passes.

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Research

What is the best row width spacing, hybrid, and planting population for achieving the highest-yielding corn yields?

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: Marestail Burndown

Author: Austin Scott

Having a hard time controlling marestail weeds in your corn and soybean fields? Join Beck’s Hybrids Ohio field sales agronomist, Luke Schulte, with Tennessee field sales agronomist (now Area Team Leader), Austin Scott, as they discuss burndown and residual options to reduce marestail weed pressure.

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: 2021 Farming Resolutions with PFR

With spring approaching and farmers making plans for 2021, Practical Farm Research (PFR®) has some resolutions and unique learnings to share. This research has been discovered over the last few years and could help you prepare for 2021. These insights have demonstrated to be profitable and reliable for most farms.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: Seeds of Faith and Farming: 2021 Indiana Fam Family of the Year

February 2021

Author: Maggie Holt

Nine years ago, the Stephensons started their farm with 25 acres and a dream. Now, they farm 600 acres of corn and soybeans in the heart of the eastern Corn Belt.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: Cover Crop Termination Methods

February 2021

Spring is nearly here, and for many, it’s time to think about our cover crop termination. Some cover crop species may have winterkilled, and others may be harvested or used for grazing; however, many stands will require termination.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: 2020 PFR Proven

February 2021

Another season of Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data is in the books. Naturally, the first section I check out is the PFR Proven™ section. This section is very important when it comes to making decisions on your operation. For a product or practice to earn the PFR Proven title, it must be tested at multiple locations for a minimum of three years. In each of the three years, it must provide a positive yield gain each and every year and average a positive ROI over the combined years of research.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: Perfecting the Planter with PFR

February 2021

The New Year is here! This is a great time to evaluate your current cropping program and decide the areas you can seek to improve in 2021. Planters are a key priority for us in Practical Farm Research (PFR)®. The planter pass sets the stage for the rest of the growing season; its success is vital for raising higher yields. PFR has tested several planter attachments and aftermarket options.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

February 2021

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Genesis 1:26

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27

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Jan

2021

PFR Report: TH Fabrication Row Crop Cultivator

January 2021

Need help with weed control in organic systems? TH Fabrication, LLC has developed a row crop cultivator with a swing arm design that helps reduce and eradicate weed pressure in row crop fields.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: Service Without Borders

January 2021

Author: Maggie Holt

Love God. Love people. Live design. That is the motto of Freedom International Ministries, and it’s one that has significant meaning to the Beck family and many of our employees.

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