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Mar

2019

PFR Report

PFR Proven PGR + Fungicide Products on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Chris Robinson, PFR Location Lead, and Field Agronomist and Herbicide Specialist, Austin Scott, in this PFR Report as they discuss different ways to add profitability to your wheat crop.

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Mar

2019

PFR Report

Martin-Till Dual UMO

Author: Jim Schwartz

For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Steve Martin of Martin-Till at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about the Dual-UMO 2x2x2 system.

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6

Mar

2019

PFR Report

Yetter Dual 2968 2x2x2

Author: Jim Schwartz

For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Jeff Wherley with Yetter Manufacturing at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about starter fertilizer coulters , specifically Yetter's Dual 2968 Series 2x2x2 coulters .

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Mar

2019

PFR Report

What’s New in the World of Wheat?

When it comes to winter wheat production in the Midwest, sometimes get “stuck in rut” with our yields. Unlike corn and soybeans, wheat management is often put on the backburner in both time and investment into our crop. However, at Beck’s Southern Illinois PFR site, the winter wheat followed by soybean double crop system has produced some of our largest returns on investment over the last several years. So, the question arises, will this trend continue?

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5

Mar

2019

CropTalk: The 22nd Indiana Farm Family of the Year

March 2019

Author: Ashley Heyen

Tucked away on a country road in Greensburg, Indiana, is a family farm that has been pushing the envelope on soil health since the 1980s. The farm is home to a father and son who not only have worked to improve their own farm with innovative strategies, but have shared their knowledge and discoveries with their community and beyond.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: Soybean Highlights

March 2019

Author: Craig Hurley

Constant change has been the primary theme in the world of soybeans over the past few seasons. This is especially true when we focus on weed management solutions through soybean trait options. Only a few seasons ago, many customers were using LibertyLink® soybean products like 264L4, 366L4, and 494L4 as a ‘new’ solution to glyphosate-resistant weeds that were becoming an issue in the midsouth portions of Beck’s marketing area.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: Corn Highlights

March 2019

Author: Craig Moore

One of the most frequently asked questions about corn products is, “What population is optimal to maximize yield?” The answer can be estimated by considering a combination of management variables, productivity level, and each hybrid’s response to population. Beck's product, PFR, FARMserver®, agronomy and seed advisor teams are all focused on evaluating and recommending the best population by hybrid combination for your farming operation.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: More Than A Seed Company

March 2019

Author: Luke Schulte

Here at Beck's, we believe we are more than just a seed company. We realize our success is not possible without your success first. While we only sell seed, we want to help in any way that helps each of you be more successful. Making crop input decisions can be difficult and, at times, very confusing. Many products claim to provide similar results, but which one addresses your specific needs? That’s where we'd like to help.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: Planter Performance & Preparation Q&A: PFR Team

March 2019

Planter performance is one of the most critical components to the establishment and success of your crop. We’ve asked our PFR teams to give their insight on planter performance and share valuable ideas as you begin to prepare your planters for 2019.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: Base Saturation: An Important Soil Fertility Calculation

March 2019

Author: Chad Kalaher

Many farm operations have a soil fertility testing program every 3 to 4 years. Whether you do your own soil sampling or hire a trusted professional, the soil test report can often appear as a complex dataset. A standard soil test report will usually provide values such as pH, percent organic matter (OM), phosphorus, and potassium; however, other data can be extremely valuable for a better understanding of the soil’s ability to hold and supply nutrients, as well as the soil fertility balance. See Figure 1 for an example of a complete soil test report.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: The Sower

March 2019

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV)

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: The Sower

February 2019

If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:20-21

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Cha-Cha-Cha-CHIA: A Super Food With Super Potential

February 2019

Author: Maggie Holt

For most, managing and growing 3,800 acres of row crops would be enough of a full-time job, but imagine adding a start-up chia business to your plate and you'd be walking in Chris Kummer's shoes.

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Soybean Highlights

February 2019

Author: Craig Hurley

Having 20/20 vision means that you have good clarity of eyesight both up-close and far off. When it comes to soybeans, what does having 20/20 vision for the 2020 growing season look like for the Beck’s soybean product team?

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Corn Highlights

February 2019

Author: Craig Moore

Tar Spot is a newer disease in the U.S. that is increasing in its reach and severity. In response to growing concerns about this disease, Beck's product team has rated several of our commercial and experimental hybrids throughout our marketing area (see table below). While these findings are only preliminary since we have not yet had the opportunity to evaluate this disease over multiple years, we feel that this information will provide guidance in situations where there is significant pressure.

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Seeing Profitability With The ROI Calculator Tool

February 2019

Author: Craig Rogers

Looking ahead to the 2019 growing season, profitably should be on the mind of every farmer. Some questions that might be top of mind include: “Will it be more profitable to plant corn or soybeans? From fertilizer programs, nitrogen decisions, chemical programs, to seed, what is the magic recipe for profitably for 2019?” Knowing that every farm and field is different, there aren’t always easy answers to those questions.

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Fall's Unfinished Business...Now What?

February 2019

Author: Jim Schwartz

Many farmers perform fall operations at the conclusion of harvest to spread out their workload and/or properly prepare their fields for the next growing season. Given the challenges of the 2018 harvest season in some areas, many farmers' main focus was to complete harvest, which meant that traditional fall operations may have been left undone. This could leave many farmers with questions regarding how to react to the unfinished business.

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: 2018 PFR Proven™ And More

February 2019

The PFR Proven™ concept was developed out of necessity in 2016. During the development of the PFR Book that fall, we found ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of products we tested. As we stepped back to analyze this, we realized that we had a problem. If the people doing the research had a hard time sorting through everything that was going on in the PFR Book, then how could we expect someone outside of our team to know where to begin with a nearly 400 page research book?

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: To Tank Mix Or Not To Tank Mix?

February 2019

Author: Alex Long

Herbicide resistance is a term that carries a lot of weight in the agriculture industry. Whether you’re growing corn in Iowa or rice in Arkansas, weed control is a high priority. Resistance management is a key part of any herbicide program and we have come a long way since the release of Roundup Ready® Soybeans in 1996. Educational information like the Take Action Pesticide-Resistance Management Initiative, together with the release of new genetic platforms, help to fight herbicide resistance. What we know for a fact is that it takes a systems approach to manage weeds and herbicide resistance.

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Feb

2019

PFR Report

2x2x2 with Precision Planting's Conceal

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest video, PFR Location Lead Clayton Stufflebeam joins Jeremy Hodel of Precision Planting at their winter conference to talk about their new Conceal product.

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