Since the inception of FARMserver®, one feature has been requested more than any other… the ability to import soil test information into FARMserver.
Categories: Precision Farming
Tags: Soil Sampling, Farmserver, Precision Farming, Soil Test Pro
What has three years of implementing water management practices at our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® facility in southern Illinois (SIL) taught us? That in environments that struggle with drainage, tile has payed dividends. Despite the common belief that tile does not work on clay pan soils, our data has proved otherwise.
So, the question is, why did tile work? To gain a better understanding, we must first dig deeper into the soil moisture and temperature data we have gathered over the past three years with CropX LLC moisture sensors.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Water Management, Tile, Soil Moisture, Tile Depth, SIL PFR, CLay Pan, Tile Spacing
My name is Peter Schram. I was born and raised on a corn, soybean, and cattle farm in eastern Nebraska. I later attended the University of Nebraska, earning an Agribusiness Degree and an MBA with an emphasis in Agribusiness. I’m currently help out on the farm that my family and I own in Nebraska and I personally own and operate a consulting/brokerage business in which I focus on helping build marketing plans. I have now purchased grain for over 25 years, first at Cargill and now at Beck’s and I am passionate about helping farmers make profitable decisions.
Categories: Ag Education
Tags: Ag Education, marketing your grain, grain marketing
For years, soybeans have not received the same love that corn has, and is often referred to as “that crop between corn crops.” It’s not uncommon for many farmers to plant all their corn before even thinking about starting on soybeans, and in most cases, the care or precision dedicated to soybean fields is nowhere near what it is when planting corn. Recently, however, some of the more progressive farmers throughout the Midwest have been giving soybeans a little more love.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Soybean Population, PFR, PFR Report, Beck’s, Soybean Row Width
Unlike corn and soybeans, there hasn't been a lot of work done to determine the optimum planting date, row width or populations for wheat. Until now. Beck’s PFR started their Wheat Planting Date Study in 2017 and will be continuing that study, along with a row width and population study this year.
Tags: Agronomy, Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, Wheat planting date, wheat row width, wheat study
Planting depth for row crops is a main topic of discussion in the agricultural community. Beck’s PFR team has heard your questions and in response, has put planting depth to yet another test. You may have seen our planting depth data over the last few years, but this year we added a second planting date into the mix. For this study, we planted corn in April and in May. In April, we tend to see cooler, wetter soils whereas in May we sometimes experience drier periods with less rainfall and warmer soil temperatures. Soil temperature and moisture have a great effect on how plants emerge. In this study, we looked to evaluate how much soil conditions can affect plant emergence, and how much yield potential we lose with late-emerging plants.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Corn Planting Date, PFR, PFR Report, research, corn planting depth
Join Eric Wilson, Field Agronomist, and Miles Mcgovney, PFR Agronomist, for some post-harvest updates on our Landroller Study.
Based on the numerous requests received from farmers, Beck’s PFR team is testing the Mandako Landroller for the first time this year. We launched this study in an effort to determine if Land Rollers would provide any yield benefit to a soybean crop.
Tags: soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, landroller, rolling soybeans, soybean studies
Join Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio, to learn more about our foliar fungicide study on corn.
In this latest PFR report, Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead are in the field evaluating Yield 360’s new 360 YIELD SAVER®.
Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Erik Carpenter, PFR Operator, in the field at Atlanta, Indiana as the team tests the new Bushel Plus system.
In times of lower commodity prices, it’s important for farmers to look for efficient ways that they can cut costs without impacting their crop. One area farmers can consider cutting soybean costs is in their fall burndown programs. Before making such a decision, however, it’s important to evaluate the benefits of a fall burndown.
We are excited to announce the release of another valuable update to FARMserver®, our precision farming software. The Return on Investment “ROI” Calculator, users can now view average profit or loss per acre on their operation based on Purdue University’s Crop Cost and Return Guide. Market Prices for both corn and soybeans are automatically updated every 15 minutes to match the Chicago Board of Trade prices.
Two years ago, Sonny Beck challenged our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team to raise 400-bushel corn. Unlike all the other studies done in PFR, economics and profitability have little influence on this particular study. Instead, the focus here is solely on maximizing yield by utilizing non-traditional management practices in combinations that may be unpractical in today’s economy.
While being an intern for Beck’s can mean many things, they all have one thing in common – you are fully integrated into the company and tackling real-world work assignments. This year, there are 23 interns, working in five departments, and spread out amongst six states and five locations. In celebration of #NationalInternDay yesterday, I only saw it fit that I took time to highlight what some of my fellow interns are up to this summer and share their thoughts surrounding their experiences.
Categories: Intern Avenue
Drones have evolved to become more capable of complex jobs but now at a lower price than ever before. Beck’s has developed partnerships with multiple companies that can both supply hardware like DJI, but also supply programing with Drone deploy. Offering drones and drone training is just another way Beck's helps farmers succeed.
Pulling out of my driveway two years ago, there were a lot of things I didn’t know. I didn’t know about the logistical challenges ahead of me. Other than when they were on my dinner plate, I’d never given second thought to many of the crops I was setting out to see. Most of all, I had no idea how the people I met on the Why I Farm Roadtrip would touch my life forever.
Categories: Why I Farm
I made the cast well beyond where I knew the submerged brush pile laid. As the summer air was warm, I assumed the bass would be suspended around the structure. The water was 12 feet deep and I was finding the bass roughly eight to nine feet down.
Categories: Outdoors with Mike Roux
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids, Mike Roux, Outdoors with Mike Roux, Summer Bass, CRANKBAITS
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.
Join Beck's Field agronomist, Chad Kalaher, and PFR Location Lead, Clayton Stufflebeam, at Beck's Central Illinois site for this PFR Report.
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.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Starter Fertilizer, 2x2x2, Conceal, Precision Planting
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