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May

2018

Agronomy Update: Effects of Suboptimal Planting Conditions

Author: Chad Kalaher

Recent scouting has show that the suboptimal planting conditions experienced in McLean County, Illinois are having some impact on the corn crops in the area. As corn approaches the V3 growth stage, I have found that populations are lower than what was planted due to issues with sidewall compaction.
 

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May

2018

Agronomy Update: Soybean Emergence & ILeVO Effects

Author: Steve Gauck

Planters have continued to roll across fields in the Midwest over the last few weeks and soybeans have finally started to emerge. Now is a great time to evaluate your stands and see if there are any issues that need to be addressed.
 

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May

2018

Agronomy Update: Herbicide Injury Diagnosis in Corn

Author: Chad Kalaher

I wanted to share with you some observations I have seen in corn after fielding some chemical complaints over the last few days. 

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14

May

2018

PFR Report: How Sweet It Is

In-Furrow Sugar Applications

Author: Alex Knight

Can in-furrow applications of sugar increase nutrient availability and yields in corn?

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May

2018

PFR Report: Starting Strong with Starter Fertilizers

Author: Alex Knight

Review your fertility options for getting your corn crop going.

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May

2018

Agronomy Update: Delayed Planting Hybrid Considerations

Author: Eric Wilson

With all the rain we have had in our area and more in the forecast, I know there have been some concerns about switching to earlier maturity hybrids. I have put together a quick summary of everything you need to know if your considering making the switch.

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9

May

2018

Why I Farm: Spring Around the Country

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, farmers and ranchers around the country have been preparing for a new season.Here’s what spring looks like for some of our Why I Farm Roadtrip featured farmers around the country.

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May

2018

PFR Report: Water Conditioning Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio is joined by Field Agronomist Luke Schulte to discuss water quality when it comes to spraying.

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30

Apr

2018

Agronomy Update

2018 Planting Reminders

Many farmers in our area have finally started planting while many others are getting ready to start. I wanted to share a few reminders with you as you fine-tune your planting operations to ensure the best chance of success om 2018.

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30

Apr

2018

PFR Report: Wheat Planting Depth Study Follow-Up

In this May 2018 PFR Report, PFR Agronomist and Location Lead Jonathan Perkins joins us from the Wheat Planting Depth Study at our Southern Illinois PFR site to provide some updates on heaving, or in this case, lack thereof, once we reached April and were through the freeze/thaw cycles.

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30

Apr

2018

PFR Report: Sugar-What We’ve Learned

Author: Alex Knight

As commodity prices leave us looking for new ways to be leaner and leaner with our on-farm practices, one consideration that rises to the top as a cost effect practice is applications of sugar in-furrow. Why sugar in-furrow? You may have noticed that many in-furrow starters already have a small percentage of sugar within their fertilizers. The idea behind applying sugar in-furrow is to stimulate the microbial activity. If we can stimulate microbial activity in the soil, then more nutrients will be readily available to the plant, thus promoting yields.

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Apr

2018

PFR Report: Fungicides on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

The topic of applying fungicide on wheat usually sparks many questions and concerns. Many farmers apply fungicides and often wonder if it was worth the investment. When Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team tests fungicides, it’s done based on product timing recommendations. 

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Apr

2018

PFR Report: New PFR Studies for 2018

Author: Alex Knight

Each year the Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program aims to test 1) products and practices on their way to becoming PFR Proven, 2) new technologies just introduced to the marketplace 3) cost effective management practices and 4) timely topics that farmers are considering on their operations.

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Apr

2018

PFR Report: Corn and Soybean Planting Date

Author: Jim Schwartz

Spring upon us and with that comes a big decision every farmer is faced with each year... when to plant their crop.

 

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3

Apr

2018

PFR Report: It’s Time to Rethink Your High Populations

Author: Jim Schwartz

While agricultural practices have changed over the last few decades, one factor has remained at the top of farmers minds: cost savings. As farmers, we’re great at finding new ways to save money, while still accomplishing our goals. And if we can increase profit while cutting expense costs, all the better! But what if we could continue to do this, but change our execution slightly to increase profits? Let’s talk about soybean seeding rate and row spacing.

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23

Mar

2018

We are Beck's: Easter Reflections by Jim Herr

Our Beck’s team is blessed beyond measure and we are great as a group at recognizing these blessings and witnessing to others. We witness to teammates about accomplishments, we witness to prospective employees about how great it is to be on this team, we witness to farmers about how we are and can be a part of their success, and we witness in our communities through personal interactions with family and friends as well as across social media platforms. We easily recognize the ‘gift’ God has provided in a workplace such as Beck’s Hybrids and we are quick to share our recognition of this blessing via many interactions and testimonials.

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23

Mar

2018

We Are Beck's: Easter Reflections by Mark Apelt

Author: Mark Apelt

The pinnacle of Christianity is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!  It is the hope of eternal life that makes us want to believe, but how do we know it really happened?  Let’s take a look back at how all the people reacted at that time:

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23

Mar

2018

We Are Becks: Easter Reflections by Mark Knapp

“He is not here, but HE HAS RISEN. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”

(Luke 24:6-7 NASB)

 

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16

Mar

2018

Outdoors with Mike Roux: Gobblers in the Rain

Author: Mike Roux

Rain is inevitable during spring turkey hunting. This can be especially frustrating if it rains on the few days you are able to hunt. If all you have is one weekend and it rains both days, you might think your season is over.

But that's not necessarily true, and I know from experience as I've had more than my share of rainy day turkey hunts over the past 50+ seasons. Here are a few ideas that might help you be more successful if you're faced with less than ideal weather this season.

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7

Mar

2018

PFR Report: Soil Moisture - Where Does It Go?

Author: Joe Bolte

Over the last two years, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team in SIL has tested various water management systems. These studies included drip-fertigation and sub-irrigation studies as well as a tile spacing and tile depth studies. These different water management systems have resulted in some of the highest yields ever recorded at the SIL PFR site to date. In the February 2018 PFR report, we discussed the yield advantages we have seen from tile drainage and irrigation, and many of you asked why we saw such a yield increase.

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