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Sponsored: Multi-Hybrid Planting Results

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The advancements in multi-hybrid planting have been deeply rooted in Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)®. In 2011, Beck’s PFR team created its own multi-hybrid planter prototype, and in 2012 became a leader in the multi-hybrid corn-planting system. The positive results of Beck’s research lead Kinze to develop its 4900 multi-hybrid concept planter. This was the first planter to market that allowed farmers to change hybrids or varieties according to management zones within a field. Then, in 2015, Precision Planting released its vSet Select Meter, enabling multi-hybrid planting on Case, Kinze, and John Deere planters. 

Going into a fifth year of research, Beck's multi-hybrid planting data is some of the most comprehensive in the industry. In this PFR report, the company shares the four-year summary and results of its research to date. 

The multi-hybrid research that Beck’s has conducted has involved the following treatments:

  • Defensive hybrid planted on low productivity zones

  • Offensive hybrid planted on high productivity zones

  • Defensive hybrid planted on high productivity zones

  • Offensive hybrid planted on low productivity zones

The characterization of “defensive” and “offensive” hybrids is derived from Beck’s classification of products based upon significant testing. Each product Beck’s sells is given a suitability rating to place that hybrid in the right yield environment. For example, products with high yield potential on high-producing soils are classified as “HP” and would be termed “offensive” in this research. Products that perform better in low-yielding environments such as drought-prone soils are characterized as “LP” or best suited for less-productive soils. These products are termed as “defensive” in this research.

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Beck's Hybrids PFR program conducts more than 90 different studies across multiple locations (9 states) to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments. Simply put, it is research focused with the farmer in mind. Click here to learn more.

Practical Farm Research (PFR)® is a registered trademark of Beck's Superior Hybrids, Inc.

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