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Mar

2020

PFR Report: DeltaForce Downforce Study Results

This latest PFR Report features Jared Chester, PFR Lead at our London, OH facility discussing our recent downforce study using DeltaForce® from Precision Planting.

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Mar

2020

PFR Report: Indexing Your Planter

This latest PFR Report features Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead at our Central Illinois PFR discussing how to get your corn planter dialed in for #plant2020. Clayton spends time discussing how to index your planter and the importance of doing so.

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Mar

2020

PFR Report: Prescription Tillage Sabre Tooth Planter (STP) Disc Openers Q&A

Learn all about the Prescription Tillage Sabre Tooth Planter (STP) Disc Openers now!

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: Beck's "Superbowl" Spotlight

March 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

For most, the words “super” and “bowl” together bring memories of hot wings, outrageous halftime shows, or funny commercials. But here at Beck’s, these words make us think of one of our favorite small seeds — alfalfa!

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: Turn Your Data Into Dollars

March 2020

Author: Nate Rottero

We're always looking for ways to make things more efficient, profitable, and sustainable. One of the major challenges we face as farmers is making the decision to purchase a new technology for our planter, sprayer, or combine. Then, after our purchase, the challenge is in determining if it's providing us with the advertised return on investment (ROI).

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: The Rotation: Corn Following Corn

March 2020

Author: Mike Blaine

For some, the prospect of growing corn following corn is challenging and promising. For others, in contrast to a corn following soybean (SB-C) rotation, the corn following corn (C-C) rotation imparts concern and consternation.

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: Beck's Fills The Bunks

March 2020

Author: Ben Puestow

Farmers understand that planting top-quality grain corn hybrids and soybean varieties is key to the overall success of an operation. The same can be said for forage crops. At Beck’s, we understand that if you’re growing corn silage and alfalfa, you are analyzing genetics and management practices just like you would for grain corn and soybeans. That is why we spend a lot of time evaluating both our silage hybrids and alfalfa varieties for their strongest attributes and how they can make your operation more profitable.

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

March 2020

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:1-3)

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Feb

2020

PFR Report: PFR Shop Talk

Learn more about the Yetter Farm Equipment 2940 Air Adjust™ Row Cleaner.

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Feb

2020

PFR Report: FLEXIBILITY IN YOUR NITROGEN PROGRAM

Cycles of precipitation, along with freezing and thawing in the Midwest, made fall field a challenge to say the least. For areas that primarily use anhydrous ammonia, this may be especially true with the increase in annual precipitation that we have experienced in the Corn Belt. Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has been conducting research on different nitrogen management products and practices to help farmers make decisions and analyze various options to maximize their ROI.

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: When Choices Meet Opportunity

February 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

When you think of non-GMO, one word that may come to mind is opportunity. For Gregory Brawner and his family’s farm, that is exactly what non-GMO represents for them.

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: Talking Corn Quality Traits

February 2020

Commodities are either fungible, meaning that they are traded as a class on one market price, or non-fungible, meaning they are traded based on specific quality measures for each unit. Corn is the quintessential fungible commodity – a bushel of corn is a bushel of corn, and corn from Missouri isn’t any different from corn in Ohio, apart from the local cash basis price. Most corn grown in the U.S. is used for fuel or feed; only about 19% of the U.S. crop is used for food. Confused about the difference between food and feed? Well, feed is the food you feed food. Food-grade corn is consumable by humans; it is grown under contract from specific buyers. There are two main types of food-grade corn sold by Beck’s: hard endosperm, and waxy.

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: New Corn PFR Proven™ Products and Practices

February 2020

After the excitement of the new year, one way we can continue the “new” theme is to give you our brand new PFR Proven™ products and practices for corn. We already revealed some information last month about soybeans, so what’s new in the PFR Proven world of corn? Ding, ding, ding! Eighteen products and practices is the answer, so let’s take a look!

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: 2019: Learning Through the Struggle

February 2020

Is the only good thing about 2019 that it is over? The road we walked the past year was a hard one. It is tempting to throw our hands up in disgust and call it all a loss. However, we recommend pausing and taking a look back at the 2019 growing season. You often learn the most profound lessons in the midst of struggle.

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: Corn — PFR Proven™ Success Strategies

February 2020

If there is one thing that the 2019 growing season showed us, it’s that you can’t outguess the weather. For many, 2019 ended up being a year we wanted to put behind us. With Practical Farm Research (PFR)® looking at many products and practices across several locations, we have developed several key strategies that will help optimize yield potential and success. As discussed at many of our 2020 PFR Insight Meetings, we have determined five strategies that we believe will give farmers the highest likelihood to succeed and named them PFR Proven™ Success Strategies.

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

February 2020

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (I Peter 1:6-7)

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Jan

2020

PFR Report: Winter Herbicide Clinic

We're serious about herbicide systems - no matter what soybean technology you plant. 

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Jan

2020

PFR Report: 2019 PFR Takeaways to Help Prepare for 2020

Happy New Year from the PFR team!

As we start selecting new products and practices to test in 2020, we wanted to highlight some of the studies that stood out in 2019 and the lessons that we learned from them.

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Jan

2020

CropTalk: The Family that Farms Together...

January 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

I stepped into the home of Aaron and Carolyn Everett a stranger, but I left, as they said, a part of the family.

We hear stories of the all-American farm family sitting around a table, laughing and fellowshipping with each other before enjoying a home-made meal. But in a time when busy schedules and a pressure to be constantly “plugged in” reigns, you have to wonder if those circumstances still exist.

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Jan

2020

CropTalk: Soybean Technology for the Roaring '20s

January 2020

As we dive into a new decade, I sat down with Craig Hurley, soybean lead for the Beck’s product team. His unique vantage point allows him to evaluate new technologies from across the industry well before they are commercially available.

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