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17

Jan

2017

Ag Education

Why Soybeans?

A few months ago, we took a time out of summer crop scouting to think about why the heck we grow corn. Now is the time to look at that other crop: soybeans. Soybeans are the small, but mighty little brother.  

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9

Jan

2017

PFR Update

Turing Insight into Value

Author: Alex Long

Happy New Year from Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team! With a new year underway, now is the time to evaluate your crop performance last year and consider new and innovative management strategies to adopt for the next growing season. I encourage you all to attend one of our 2017 PFR Insight Meetings to help you with this important process. 

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9

Jan

2017

Agronomy Update

Weed Control Reminders

Author: David Hughes

Happy New Year from your Beck’s Missouri agronomy team! Alex, Clint, Norm, Matt and I look forward to the opportunity to help you succeed in 2017. With timely information, research, field diagnosis and experience, our goal is to help you make this year the most profitable it can be. Growing row crops in a low market environment can be challenging and requires us to sharpen and apply our management skills.  

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5

Jan

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

New Year's Eve Geese

Author: Mike Roux

The three-day New Year’s weekend was a good one. The weather was near perfect, my whole family was home, and the hunting was outstanding. I didn’t spend the entire holiday weekend in the field, but I did manage to sneak in a goose hunt on Saturday morning with my good friend and waterfowl-hunting expert, Kevin Brunstein.

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4

Jan

2017

PFR Report

Fall Wheat with Interseeded Soybeans

Author: Alex Knight

One thing we are testing at the Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site is planting soybeans into a wheat crop before harvest. While some farmers throughout Ohio are already practicing interseeding soybeans into wheat, there are still two perspectives to really consider. The first question you need to ask yourself is, “if you are going to plant wheat, should you interseed soybeans, plant double-crop soybeans, or not plant soybeans at all?” The second thing you need to consider is, “if you are going to plant soybeans, is it best to plant your wheat in the fall and interseed soybeans, plant your wheat in the fall and plant double-crop soybeans, or just plant early-season soybeans?” 

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4

Jan

2017

PFR Report

Water Management Study – Sub-Irrigation

In this video Jonathan Perkins, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Location Lead & Agronomist, reviews the results of Beck’s 2016 Water Management Study. 

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4

Jan

2017

PFR Report

Nitrogen Sealing Systems

In this PFR Report, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® agronomist, Travis Burnett, introduces Nitrogen Sealers. Beck's PFR has continued to test Nitrogen Sealers over the last 4 years to evaluate their effect on nitrogen (N) retention and yield. 

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4

Jan

2017

PFR Report

The Efficacy of Herbicide Modes of Action in Roundup Ready® and LibertyLink® Systems

Author: Joe Bolte

In agriculture, we are always looking for the next new tool or management practice that will allow us to become even more successful. When it comes to weed control, new opportunities are very limited even though new trait technologies are either on the market or pending approval. In the past few years, there has been a limited release of new herbicide active ingredients. It’s been almost two decades since a new mode of action has been released. With fewer herbicide modes of action and active ingredients available, weed control has become even more challenging than in past years. 

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3

Jan

2017

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - North Dakota Farmer, Dana Dagman

Growing up in the suburbs, Dana Dagman never imagined she’d become a farmer. In fact, when she met her husband, Travis, they had no intention of coming back to the family farm.
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2

Jan

2017

PFR Report

Turning Insight into Value

Happy New Year! What would be a better way to kick off the New Year than to attend a PFR Insight Meeting? New in 2017, PFR Insight Meetings (formally known as Beck’s Winter Meetings) will be nothing like any meeting you have previously attended. Showcasing our new PFR Proven™ concept, these meetings will provide unique insight into the technologies and management practices that you can translate into financial value for your farm. 

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2

Jan

2017

Agronomy Update

Soil Tests 101: How to Read Your Results

Author: Austin Scott

One of the staples for growing healthy, high-yielding crops is to maintain good soil fertility. That’s why most agronomists will suggest soil sampling every two to three years to evaluate how your fields are holding up. These tests however are not always the easiest to read and many farmers often need help interpreting the results. Here are some key tips and areas to focus on when evaluating your soil test report. 

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7

Dec

2016

PFR Report

Glyphosate Tolerant vs. LibertyLink® Systems.

Author: Joe Bolte

One question that farmers are faced with each year is how they should manage their soybean herbicide program.  With multiple herbicide systems on the market and the possibility of new traits becoming available, the decision becomes more difficult. 

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7

Dec

2016

PFR Report

Water Management Study – Netafim™ Drip-Irrigation

Jonathan Perkins, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Location Lead & Agronomist, reviews the results of Beck’s Water Management Study on drip-irrigation.

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7

Dec

2016

PFR Report

360 Bullet™ vs. Traditional Ripper Points

Travis Burnett, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Agronomist, introduces a new project in which Beck’s production team conducted side-by-side comparisons of ripper points. 

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6

Dec

2016

Outdoors with Mike Roux

DIY Deer Processing

Author: Mike Roux

Archery and gun hunters alike will have many chances at deer this season. There will be literally tons of venison ready for preparation in the Midwest over the next few months.

The processing of all of this deer meat can start to get expensive. Let’s just assume that your family gets two deer. That is pretty realistic. The processing cost will likely be in excess of $100. Now let’s say you spend that $100 almost every year. In five or six years you have spent enough on deer processing to buy a new gun or a better bow.  Let me show you how to put that money to better use.

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23

Nov

2016

Family and Farming

Giving Thanks and Gathering 'Round

At this point every year, I find myself looking back and wondering where the time went. It always seems like the days go by faster and faster with each passing year, and the days from August to November just become a blur. It’s like summer ended and then all of a sudden, it’s Thanksgiving.

When life gets like this, I also find that it’s easy to focus on the next event or the next thing on the to-do list instead of taking enough time to reflect on the moments and blessings experienced throughout the year.

This is often most true during the days leading up to Thanksgiving, whether that be from trying to prepare the perfect meal or get the best Black Friday shopping deals.

I enjoy those things as much as the next person, but the real focus during this time should be two simple things - giving thanks and gathering ‘round.

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18

Nov

2016

Agronomy Update

XtendiMax™ is Now Labeled for Use...

Author: Luke Schulte

By now many of you are probably aware that the EPA has approved the use of the herbicide XtendiMax™ with VaporGrip™ technology for in-crop use in dicamba tolerant soybeans. The Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans will have tolerance to both glyphosate as well as dicamba. Currently, the XtendiMax label only has a two-year registration. The EPA has reserved the right to rescind the label if they feel the product is being misused, is having a negative impact on the environment and general public impact, or is having a high number of off-target incidents.

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14

Nov

2016

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Big Bucks are in Demand

Author: Mike Roux

In recent years, more and more hunters are looking for a big buck rather than meat for the table. However, there are still many deer hunters who get as much satisfaction in harvesting a doe as they do in a nice buck. In fact, from a herd management standpoint, taking the doe is more important than taking a young buck. I can remember my Dad saying, many years ago, "If I kill a big buck it's because he's the first deer I get a shot at."

In today's hunt for big, wide, heavy-beamed antlers, deer hunting has taken on a new look. This is not a bad thing. Deer herds continue to grow from coast to coast. Herd management has taken a huge leap forward in many states. This all combines to give more hunters a crack at the buck of a lifetime each season.

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11

Nov

2016

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - Illinois Farmer & Veteran, Matt Swanson

Raised on a family farm in Illinois, veteran Matt Swanson always knew he wanted to return someday, but wasn’t sure when it would happen. After being medically retired from the military in 2008, he’s thankful for the experiences that shaped his outlook as a farmer.

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7

Nov

2016

PFR REPORT

The Results Are In: Seed Treatments Pay

Harvest is wrapped up at Beck’s Kentucky Practical Research (PFR)® site and this season had its fair share of challenges. Many of you experienced these same challenges, from cool, wet conditions early on to a very hot and dry June and an abundance of rain throughout July. What makes Beck’s PFR program so unique is that we test multiple products and management practices not just at one site, but across five other sites throughout our marketing area as well.  

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