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Jan

2021

PFR Report: TH Fabrication Row Crop Cultivator

January 2021

Need help with weed control in organic systems? TH Fabrication, LLC has developed a row crop cultivator with a swing arm design that helps reduce and eradicate weed pressure in row crop fields.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: Service Without Borders

January 2021

Author: Maggie Holt

Love God. Love people. Live design. That is the motto of Freedom International Ministries, and it’s one that has significant meaning to the Beck family and many of our employees.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: PFR Proven Products and Practices: Wheat

January 2021

The ever-popular PFR Book that many of you know and utilize on your operation is not the only publication the Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team at Beck’s develops. We also publish a PFR Wheat Book each year!

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: A Win For Weed Control

January 2021

Author: Luke Schulte

Farmers and others in the agricultural community have waited patiently since June for a decision regarding the labeled use of approved dicamba containing herbicide formulations for use within the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® (X2) and XtendFlex® (XF) soybean systems. The wait is finally over, and farmers now have another valuable tool to combat herbicide resistance.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: Charcoal Rot of Soybeans

January 2021

Author: Scott Dickey

Charcoal rot is a fairly common disease in dry portions of the U.S. where soybeans are grown. Most years, it's easy to find charcoal rot in areas of Missouri and Kansas; however, the disease is typically challenging to find in geographies further to the east and north.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: Organic Growth and PFR

January 2021

Author: Dave Ross

Consumers continue to drive demand for organic crops, and the need to better understand organic systems and products has created an opportunity for PFR testing to help farmers who may be interested in the system. In 2020, Beck's dedicated a section of our Indiana PFR site exclusively to organic testing. In 2021, we plan to do the same at our IA PFR site in hopes to have multi-location testing that focuses solely on organic systems and products.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

January 2021

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1)

"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me." (John 17:22-23)

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8

Dec

2020

PFR Report: Nitrogen Systems Harvest Update

Nitrogen management is always a moving target. Rate, timing, source, and placement dictate yield when it comes to nitrogen management. Mother Nature has just as much influence on nitrogen management, if not more, compared to the previously mentioned factors.

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Dec

2020

PFR Report: REPLANT THRESHOLD

What do you do with a poor stand? How good of a stand is good enough? Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR®) implemented new studies in 2020 to help farmers manage a reduced stand of soybeans and have confidence in making decisions- including when to replant.

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Dec

2020

PFR Report: Harvest Update on Corn Nitrogen Rate Study - Fungicide Response

What is the ideal V3 sidedress rate of nitrogen, applied in the form of UAN on corn? New for 2020, Practical Farm Research (PFR™) implemented a nitrogen rate study to determine the impact of 150, 200, and 250 pounds of nitrogen sidedressed at V3.

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Dec

2020

CropTalk: Agronomic Analysis: Insight Meetings & the 2020 PFR Book

December 2020

Innovative. Comprehensive. Practical. Proven. All concepts that describe the content in the 2020 PFR Book — coming soon online and to a mailbox near you — plus the upcoming 2021 virtual PFR Insight meetings. Jam-packed with more data-driven decision-making information than ever, the 2020 PFR Book will include harvest results and observations from six PFR sites and three cooperator locations. Our 2021 PFR Insight Meeting content will be focused on what in-season management products and practices can bring the greatest profitability to the farm.

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Dec

2020

CropTalk: Nitrogen Utilization + New Technology

December 2020

Author: Jon Skinner

German chemist Justus von Liebig is often credited with ushering in the modern era of soil chemistry and plant nutrition. In the mid-1800s, von Liebigs’ research and discovery led to the development of the first nitrogenbased commercial fertilizer. Since then, soil scientists and agriculturalists around the world have endeavored to understand and manage the use of these fertilizers in corn production. Managing nitrogen (N) for corn production is a difficult task due to the complexities of the nutrient and the hundreds, if not thousands, of factors that influence N in the soil and plants.

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Dec

2020

CropTalk: Are Your Hybrids Hungry?

December 2020

Author: Austin Scott

The first question I will ask is, do the hybrids you plant today look like the hybrids your dad planted 30 years ago? The answer is no.

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Dec

2020

CropTalk: Deep Placement of Fertilizer

December 2020

Author: Pat Holloway

For many of the most frequently applied nutrients, broadcast applications on the soil surface are often the most common method of application. However, in some areas, deep banding of fertilizer is gaining popularity. The placement of deep banded fertilizer is 5 to 8 in. below the soil surface in a highly concentrated band. Often, producers will utilize GPS guidance to plant directly over these highly concentrated bands of nutrients.

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Dec

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

December 2020

"When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy." (Matthew 2:10)

"But the angel said to them “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10)

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20

Nov

2020

The Magic of the Season | Why I Farm

Author: Maggie Holt

The imagination of a child has a way of bringing out the magic of the holiday season. Here’s to all the creative little farmers out there. May all your farming dreams come true this Christmas!

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13

Nov

2020

CropTalk: If You Give a Man a Fish

Author: Maggie Holt

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. That’s how the proverb goes. And while the age-old adage has been claimed by many cultures over the years, it’s not really who said it that matters but rather, what was said.

For Kenton and Autumn Hofer from Bridgewater, South Dakota, it’s a belief they stand behind and commit themselves to fulfilling.

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Nov

2020

PFR Report: Update on Corn – Closing Wheel Study – FurrowForce

Is using the fully automated FurrowForce setting better than using a manual downforce setting on a planter?

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Nov

2020

PFR REPORT: RESIDUE MANAGEMENT

Harvest is wrapping up in most of our marketing area, which means it's time to start planning for next season. As we evaluate our 2020 crop, we should be thinking about nutrient management options to replace or build soil fertility. One factor that farmers often overlook when calculating fertility needs is the value in crop residue.

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Nov

2020

PFR Report: Corn Frost Study Pre-Harvest Update

When is it warranted to replant corn after a frost event? 

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