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13

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: Checking Corn Pollination

Author: Steve Gauck

It's pollination time in Southern Indiana and this agronomy update is all about checking how well your corn is pollinating.

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13

Jul

2018

Intern Avenue

We Rise by Lifting Others

My favorite quote is, “we rise by lifting others” by Robert Ingersoll. Lifting others can mean a variety of things, like being a positive, encouraging presence in another person’s life. Or perhaps it’s sharing knowledge with someone or enriching their life in some way. Maybe it’s helping someone become a better version of themselves. 

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: Nitrogen x Hybrid Response

Author: Chad Kalaher

Join Beck's Field agronomist, Chad Kalaher, and PFR Location Lead, Clayton Stufflebeam, at Beck's Central Illinois site for this PFR Report.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: Conceal Systems Study

In this PFR report, the team at our Southern Illinois facility in Effingham talk about the new starter fertilizer systems study they are conducting this year utilizing Precision Plantings Conceal System.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: Fungicide Applications On Soybeans

Author: Jim Schwartz

Beck’s PFR team has tested fungicide and insecticide applications on soybeans for a number of years. The one consistent finding in terms of increasing yields and ROI is making applications at the R3 growth stage.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: 2017-2018 Nitrogen Rate Results on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

As farmers, we do our best to create an environment that encourages positive plant responses like higher yields. For example, we may alter the environment by planting a different population, utilizing a new method of working soil or, perhaps the most obvious, adding a fertilizer. All of this is done in the hopes that the plant’s response, or its phenotypic alteration in response to its environment, creates additional yield and profit.

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9

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: Growth Staging, Fungicides and Insecticides on Soybeans

Author: Steve Gauck

Now is the time that many of you will be making some decisions regarding fungicide and insecticide applications on your soybeans.

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5

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: 15 In. Soybean Population Study

Author: Austin Scott

Check out this agronomy update to see how our 15 in. row population study is progressing at our PFR research plot in Murray, Kentucky!

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2

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: Corn Fungicide Timing and Scouting

Author: Luke Schulte

When scouting corn, it's important to focus starting now through brown silk, or the R2 growth stage. This is the most important time to protect the plant as it's going through grain fill.

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2

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: Fungicide Application Timing on Soybeans

Data has shown that the best time to apply fungicides on soybeans is at the R3 growth stage. 
 

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29

Jun

2018

Intern Avenue

Adjusting to Life in Atlanta

I grew up in a super small town. It’s actually not even considered a town because of its size, it’s really a village. It has one school, with K-12 all in one building, no stoplight and if you blinked while driving down Interstate 75, you would probably miss it. And while I’m used to finding something to do in my small hometown, I’m not so used to change. So when I found out I would be moving to Atlanta, IN, a town of 738 people that’s just over half the size of my hometown, I was little nervous.

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29

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Fungicide Application Scouting

Author: Steve Gauck

High heat and humidity, especially like we have experienced this summer, creates a perfect breeding ground for diseases such as gray leaf spot. Because of this, you may find that your corn fields are in need of a fungicide application.

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28

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Wheat Planting Date Study

Author: Luke Schulte

In this latest agronomy update, I am evaluating the overall differences we have seen in our Wheat Planting Date Study. 
 

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26

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Fungicide Use in Corn

Author: Chad Kalaher

The corn in my area is at, or approaching, the VT growth stage with plants starting to tassel. It's typically this time of year that I often get a lot of questions regarding fungicides

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26

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: The Time of Day Effect with the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend System

Author: Austin Scott

Most farmers are aware of the "Time of Day Effect" when it comes to applying Liberty® herbicide on LibertyLink® soybeans.

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25

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Tissue Testing in Corn and Soybeans

Author: Eric Wilson

Do you know how, when, and where should you tissue test? Do you know how to handle your samples once you pull them? What should you be thinking about when evaluating the results? 
 

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22

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Residual Herbicides for Use in Double Crop or High Biomass Situations

Author: Austin Scott

I recently attended Dr. Larry Steckel's University of Tennessee Weed Tour and I wanted to give you an update on a few of the new herbicide programs that are coming out that can be used in double crop or high biomass situations.

Check out the video below to see the difference in residual formulations from this cover crop termination study.

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21

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Phytophthora Root Rot vs. Fusarium Wilt

Author: Steve Gauck

Do you know the difference between Phytophthora Root Rot and Fusarium Wilt in soybeans?

Check out this quick Agronomy Update video from Beck's agronomist, Steve Gauck to learn more about the signs and symptoms of both diseases, and how to tell the difference in the field.

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15

Jun

2018

Intern Avenue: Learning is a Lifelong Lesson

Recently, I was able to journey back to Ohio and spend a few days with my teammates on The Ohio State University’s livestock judging team hosting campers at our annual livestock judging camp. To say it was a fun-filled few days would certainly be true, but it was so much more than that.

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8

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Soybean Herbicide Damage

Author: Chad Kalaher

Do you know what herbicide damage in soybeans looks like? Over the past week, I have responded to a number of calls from farmers whose soybeans were showing symptoms of damage from metribuzin herbicide.
 

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