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Sep

2020

PFR Report: Practical Farm Research Update on Corn Fungicide Carrier Rate Study

How does applying a fungicide to corn at the R1 growth stage impact late-season plant health? 

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16

Sep

2020

PFR Report: Horsch Joker RT40 Live Demonstration

Clayton Stufflebeam, Central Illinois Practical Farm Research Location Lead, joins Dan Fulton, Horsch Agvision Farm Manager, to discuss the Horsch Joker RT Series.

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16

Sep

2020

PFR Report: Practical Farm Research Plot Update on Soybean Replant Threshold Study

What should a grower do when faced with emerged soybean planting populations that look like means for a replant situation?

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: Putting PFR into Practice, Part 2

September 2020

Beck’s has six Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites spread throughout the Midwest in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Iowa. PFR does testing in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin though cooperators, and customers and dealers alike are implementing PFR Proven™ strategies on their farms. Follow along throughout the 2020 growing season to see how they put Beck’s PFR into practice.

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: Stop Guessing, Start Predicting

September 2020

What would you do as a farmer if you were told you had sudden death syndrome (SDS), soybean cyst nematode (SCN), and corn rootworm pressure ahead of the growing season? What would you change on your farm?

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: Soybean Yield Components

September 2020

Author: Jon Caspers

Soybean yields ultimately depend on the number and weight of the seeds harvested per acre. Soybean yield is determined by nodes per acre (plants per acre x nodes per plant), pods per node, seeds per pod, and seed weight.

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: The Scoop on Poop: Manure Management

September 2020

Author: Ben Wiegmann

The management of manure has always been an integral part of a livestock farm in order to provide a clean-living environment for the livestock. Manure field applications are arguably the most important part of manure management and, depending on who you ask, are a big reason for that fresh country air smell that everyone knows and loves!

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: Cover Crop Management for Success

September 2020

Farmers throughout the U.S. have shown renewed interest in implementing practices that improve soil and resource conservation on their farms in recent years. With the many benefits that cover crops provide, farmers are looking for ways to include them in their crop rotation. Successfully managing a cover crop, however, requires careful planning and execution of that plan.

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

September 2020

“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” - Luke 22:42

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: From Beck's to the Mission Field

August 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

People leave the comfort of their homes to participate in mission trips with hopes to impact other’s lives. They travel to third-world countries, build houses, teach school, and share God’s word. Although the effect they have on those they are serving is great, many times, it is the one serving that experiences the biggest life change.

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: The Complete Field Show Experience

August 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

Farming is a moving target. Whether it is extreme weather conditions, tough-to-control weeds, or changes in technology, there is something to learn every year. To help you navigate these topics and fi nd ways to increase ROI year-after-year, you’re invited to discover the number one agronomic resource — Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® — at Becknology™ Days 2020.

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: Yield Data: More Than Just a Pretty Map

August 2020

While we all know about our yield monitor’s ability to generate yield maps, yield monitors and other precision ag tools can offer other benefits as well. And while yield maps are certainly powerful pieces of information, just as important is the information that helps understand why a field or area of a field performed the way that it did. Beck’s offers a precision ag tool called FARMserver® that can not only process your yield maps but also help to answer the “why” question. Here are three steps you can take now to help make the most of what your yield monitor and FARMserver have to offer during harvest.

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: Yield Components of Corn

August 2020

Corn grain yield, typically measured in bushels per acre, can be broken down into distinct components that each contribute to the weight of harvested grain. While genetics govern some yield components, much of the harvested yield is directly affected by environmental conditions and management practices. Yield components include number of plants per acre, number of ears per plant, the number of kernels per ear, and the weight of each kernel.

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: Around the Horn: RAM Updates

August 2020

Author: Jim Schwartz

Below, we are highlighting some comments from our Regional Agronomy Managers (RAM), a recently created position at Beck's.

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

August 2020

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affl iction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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6

Jul

2020

PFR Report: Need for Speed: Closing Wheel & SpeedTube High Speed Planting Studies Highlights

Join Jared Chester, OH PFR Location Lead, as he reviews early-season visual observations in these high-speed planting corn and soybean studies.

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6

Jul

2020

PFR Report: Wheat Fungicide Study

When is the best time to apply fungicides on wheat? Check out this video to find out! 

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Jul

2020

PFR Report: Nutrient Management Study: Broadcast vs. Banded

Should a grower band or broadcast fertilizer applications? In this new Practical Farm Research (PFR) study, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertilizers are being put to the test in various rates and tillage practices, in both broadcast and banded applications. Phosphorus is being applied in the form of monoammonium phosphate and potassium is applied in the form of potash. The three tillage practices this study is performed on include: no-till, strip-till, and conventional-till field conditions.

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Jul

2020

CropTalk: Family Friend, Family Hero

July 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

Friends and family gathered by the pool on a hot July day. Kids played and splashed while the adults laughed and shared stories. It was your average Midwest get together until the unthinkable happened.

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Jul

2020

CropTalk: Fresh Ideas at 2020 Field Shows

July 2020

We’ve never seen anything like 2020. Our team has been working to innovate, adapt, and overcome the unique challenges of 2020 while delivering an exceptional field show season. Here is a preview of what you’ll experience at our field shows next month.

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