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.
Categories: E Central Illinois
Tags: corn, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, sidewall compaction, low populations
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.
Categories: S Indiana
Tags: soybeans, Agronomy, Steve Gauck, indiana agronomy, ILeVO, Halo Effect
I wanted to share with you some observations I have seen in corn after fielding some chemical complaints over the last few days.
Categories: Agronomy, E Central Illinois
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, herbicide injury, . Chad Kalaher
Can in-furrow applications of sugar increase nutrient availability and yields in corn?
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: corn, Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, Sugar, Sugar In-Furrow, eXceed Nano Brown Sugar, Carbose, feed grade dextrose, solvita test
Review your fertility options for getting your corn crop going.
Tags: corn, planting, Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, PFR Proven, Starter Fertilizer, macronutrient, micronutrient, fertilizer, P-Max LFS, NACHURS imPulse 10-18-4, PureGrade Diamond 6-24-6.
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.
Categories: Agronomy, N Iowa, Minnesota
Tags: Agronomy, Iowa Agronomy, GDUS, Minnesota Agronomy, Eric Wilson, Late-Maturity Hybrids, late planting
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.
Categories: Why I Farm
Tags: Beck's Blog, farming, Why I Farm, Beck's Hybrids, Natalina Sents, Why I Farm Roadtrip, spring season, farmers of America
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.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Ohio Agronomy, PFR, PFR Report, Water Conditioning, Water pH, Water Quality
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.
Categories: Agronomy, NE Illinois, NW Indiana, Michigan
Tags: planting, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Planting Depth, Product Placement, Mike Hannewald, Planting Populations
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.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Jonathan Perkins, Wheat, PFR, PFR Report, Wheat Planting Depth
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.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, PFR, PFR Report, Planting Date, Alex Knight, Sugar, Sugar Study, Sugar In-Furrow
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.
Tags: Wheat, wheat growth stages, Fungicide, PFR, PFR Report, Fungicides on Wheat, Tillers, Feeks
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.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, PFR Studies
Spring upon us and with that comes a big decision every farmer is faced with each year... when to plant their crop.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Planting Date, Corn and Soybean Planting Date
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.
Tags: Soybean Seeding Rate, PFR, PFR Report, Row Spacing, soybean planting
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.
Categories: We Are Beck's
Tags: We Are Beck's, Easter Reflections
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:
“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)
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.
Categories: Outdoors with Mike Roux
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.
Tags: PFR, PFR Report, Water Management, Sub-Irrigation, Tile, Drip Irrigation, Drip Fertigation, Soil Moisture, Tile Depth
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