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Beck’s Flo-Rite™ Seed Firmer Study

Beck’s Hybrids PFR program conducts more
than 75 different studies across multiple locations (500+ acres) to learn how
different management practices and new technologies perform in field
environments. Simply put, it is research focused with the farmer in mind.

The Flo-Rite Seed Firmer Study is designed as a
dual-purpose study. First, this study evaluates the effectiveness of the
Flo-Rite seed firmer as a new product. We are comparing the Flo-Rite Seed
Firmer to a no-firmer control. This allows us to see if the replaceable wear
plates and high tech memory polymer construction of the Flo-Rite really
provides optimum down pressure, higher yields and  precise seed placement.
Secondly, two different seed types (medium flats and medium rounds) are used in
the study to see if see shape affects placement and seed firmer effectiveness.

SUMMARY: The Flo-Rite Seed Firmers performed well in our first year of testing. The use of Flo-Rite Seed Firmers resulted in a 4.1 Bu./A. advantage when used with medium flats and an 8.7 Bu./A. advantage when used with medium rounds. Overall, a 6.4 Bu./A. advantage was realized. Key to this yield increase was the exceptional depth control and seed to soil contact provided by the Flo-Rite Seed Firmers. Seed was easy to find behind the planter, always at a consistent depth and placed firmly in the seed trench. We hope to see strong results from this exciting new product in the future.

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