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Sponsored: Closing in on High Corn Yields

By early June, farmers often find themselves wondering what their stand of corn looks like and if it will be a high-yielding crop. Did it emerge uniformly? Are all the plants up and out of the ground?

When studying emergence, Beck’s agronomists often look at seed-to-soil contact, as it can impact crop development. The use of closing wheels can be a key factor in determining when a crop will appear. For many years, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has been testing a variety of closing wheels in marginal soil conditions to evaluate how they affect emergence, yield and profitability.

Through this testing, Beck’s PFR has found several closing wheels that could offer increases in both yield and return on investment in certain settings. When testing in a no-till setting, the Copperhead Ag Furrow Cruiser® has shown nearly a 15 Bu./A. yield advantage over the standard two solid rubbers. Other standouts were Schaffert Manufacturing’s Zipper and SI Distributing Finger-Till, which both achieved over a 12 Bu./A. yield gain in a no-till setting.

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All of these closing wheels were also tested in a conventional-till setting and still showed a yield advantaged over the control however the results were not as strong as what was observed in a no-till setting.


In addition to the traditional closing wheel study where different closing wheels and different pressure settings are tested, Beck’s PFR will also be testing closing wheels in different soil conditions in 2018. In this study, the Yetter Poly Spike will be evaluated against the standard two solid rubbers in what farmers would consider “ideal planting conditions”. This entry will then be compared to “marginal” soil conditions in which a field is two to three days away from being ready for planting.

While there has been a pretty consistent message of closing wheels increasing yield when utilizing in marginal soil conditions, the goal in 2018 is to show the importance of using the appropriate closing wheel even in ideal soil conditions.

Look for the data from this closing wheel study and others this fall in the 2018 PFR book!

For more information or to see regional results of Beck’s PFR Closing Wheel studies, click the links below.

Beck’s PFR is the largest source of unbiased, cutting-edge agronomic information in the industry. More than 500 studies were conducted in 2017, comparing over 150 products across multiple locations to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments. In evaluating agronomic practices and input products, not comparing seed products, Beck’s PFR aims to help farmers maximize their input dollars and increase their bottom line. To view more PFR studies click here.

Practical Farm Research (PFR)® and PFR Proven™ are trademarks of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc. PFR Proven™ was developed in 2016 to identify the products and practices that are likely to be most profitable. If a product has been tested in PFR and found to provide yield gains and averages a positive ROI over a minimum of three years, then that product will earn the status of PFR Proven and should be something to consider trying on your farm. If a practices has been tested in PFR and found to be the most profitable, then it will also receive the status of PFR Proven. Please consult with your local Beck’s representative or trusted advisor for best management practices in your area.

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