PFR Proven

2019 PFR PROVEN - PRE-PLANT

  • Multi-Location

Some say that yield potential is the highest when you open the seed bag. After that, the environment begins to degrade the seed. 

 

HOW CAN I GET MY CROP OFF TO A GOOD START?

Some say that yield potential is the highest when you open the seed bag. After that, the environment begins to degrade the seed. Although achieving the appropriate final stand for your soil type is an important factor in high yields, uniformity of emergence can play an equally important role. Products and practices that eliminate barriers to emergence or assist the seed in achieving a healthy start can play an important role in reaching your maximum yield potential.

 

 

OBSERVATION

Amplify-D and Wex increase yields, even when soil crusting is not an issue.


PRE-PLANT: PRODUCTS

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS

WEX®

Wex is a multi-purpose wetting agent that maximizes the effectiveness of pesticides with improved suspension. An exclusive, nutrient-related action technology stimulates root development, which improves water and nutrient absorption. Wex can be applied at any time on all crops. Do not apply Wex with fertilizers.

Key Benefits: Improves leaf penetration and knocks down foam. 

 

AMPLIFY-D®

Amplify-D is a low analysis fertilizer with a blend of nutrients that aids in early seedling development and growth. Amplify-D can be purchased in a dry formulation (Amplify-D) or a liquid (Amplify-L®).

Key Benefits: Encourages faster and more uniform emergence. 

 

 


 

PRE-PLANT: CORN PRACTICES

 

HOW CAN I MAXIMIZE MY YIELD POTENTIAL FROM THE START?

Utilize practices like planting early with the correct seeding rate at the correct planting depth and into the correct conditions to get your seed off to a good start. Multi-year PFR data shows that planting early pays in most years. Planting early gives the crop more opportunity to capture sunlight and, in the case of corn, allows for more carbohydrates to be produced and potentially stored for use during grain fill.

 

OPTIMUM PLANTING DATE WINDOWS

 

 

OBSERVATION

Planting is the most important pass of the year. Plant early and plant deep enough to ensure consistent moisture to synchronize emergence.

 

OPTIMUM PLANTING DEPTH

For corn, proper planting depth is key to ensure the seed is placed into uniform moisture and temperature. Moisture is the driving force behind germination, so planting the seeds deep enough so that they are in consistent soil moisture helps the crop emerge at one time. Uneven emergence reduces the yield potential of late-emerging plants. Although there is no identified "best" depth, be sure to adjust your planting depth to fit your soil types and conditions.

 

3-YEAR MULTI-LOCATION CORN PLANTING DEPTH YIELD

 

 

PLANTING CONDITIONS

While PFR data indicates that there is an optimum planting window, this window doesn’t matter if soil conditions are not fit. We know that planting within 24 hours of a cold rain can induce chilling injury, but planting into less than ideal conditions can take more time for the entire stand to emerge. This delayed emergence reduces yield potential.

 

CORN EMERGENCE BASED ON PLANTING CONDITIONS 

 

 


PRE-PLANT: SOYBEAN PRACTICES 

 

PFR PROVEN™ PRACTICES ON SOYBEANS

Planting early and investing in a comprehensive seed treatment pays. Soybean yields correlate with the number of nodes/A., not necessarily the number of plants/A. Nodes are the part of the stem where each leaf branches off. Earlier planting gives the plants an opportunity to put more nodes on each plant. Planting fewer plants per acre encourages each plant to increase branching, thus, increasing nodes/A. Beck's comprehensive seed treatment, Escalate®, protects each individual seed, decreasing the chances for damping off or variable crop establishment. Seven years of multi-location data indicates the power of early planting as every population planted early beat all populations planted later. Lighter soils, poorly drained soils, and narrower rows respond best to higher planting populations. The differences in the Economic Optimum Seeding Rate (EOSR) for each planting date are mainly driven by seed cost, not yield.

 

OBSERVATION

Every population planted early beats any population planted late. Early planting pays.  

 

5-YEAR, MULTI-LOCATION SOYBEAN POPULATION AND TIMING ECONOMIC OPTIMUM SEED RATE (EOSR)

 

 

 

This PFR data clearly shows that an early planted population of 100,000 seeds/A. will produce higher yields than a later planted population of 175,000 or 200,000 seeds/A. This data supports the idea that it is better to keep a reduced soybean stand planted earlier in the year (assuming the control of weeds can be adequately managed) than replanting.

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