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16

Jan

2019

Precision Farming: Soil Test Pro Now Integrated with FARMserver

Author: Craig Rogers

Since the inception of FARMserver®, one feature has been requested more than any other… the ability to import soil test information into FARMserver.

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8

Jan

2019

PFR Report: Why Water Management?

What Three Years on a Clay Pan Soil Has Taught Us

Author: Joe Bolte

What has three years of implementing water management practices at our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® facility in southern Illinois (SIL) taught us? That in environments that struggle with drainage, tile has payed dividends. Despite the common belief that tile does not work on clay pan soils, our data has proved otherwise.

So, the question is, why did tile work? To gain a better understanding, we must first dig deeper into the soil moisture and temperature data we have gathered over the past three years with CropX LLC moisture sensors.

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1

Jan

2019

Ag Education: Marketing Your Grain

Marketing Your Grain

Author: Peter Schram

My name is Peter Schram. I was born and raised on a corn, soybean, and cattle farm in eastern Nebraska. I later attended the University of Nebraska, earning an Agribusiness Degree and an MBA with an emphasis in Agribusiness. I’m currently help out on the farm that my family and I own in Nebraska and I personally own and operate a consulting/brokerage business in which I focus on helping build marketing plans. I have now purchased grain for over 25 years, first at Cargill and now at Beck’s and I am passionate about helping farmers make profitable decisions. 

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5

Dec

2018

PFR Report

Soybean Row Width and Population Study

For years, soybeans have not received the same love that corn has, and is often referred to as “that crop between corn crops.” It’s not uncommon for many farmers to plant all their corn before even thinking about starting on soybeans, and in most cases, the care or precision dedicated to soybean fields is nowhere near what it is when planting corn. Recently, however, some of the more progressive farmers throughout the Midwest have been giving soybeans a little more love.

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7

Nov

2018

PFR Report

Wheat Planting Date and Row Width

Unlike corn and soybeans, there hasn't been a lot of work done to determine the optimum planting date, row width or populations for wheat. Until now. Beck’s PFR started their Wheat Planting Date Study in 2017 and will be continuing that study, along with a row width and population study this year.

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7

Nov

2018

PFR Report

Corn Planting Depth by Date

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting depth for row crops is a main topic of discussion in the agricultural community. Beck’s PFR team has heard your questions and in response, has put planting depth to yet another test. You may have seen our planting depth data over the last few years, but this year we added a second planting date into the mix. For this study, we planted corn in April and in May. In April, we tend to see cooler, wetter soils whereas in May we sometimes experience drier periods with less rainfall and warmer soil temperatures. Soil temperature and moisture have a great effect on how plants emerge. In this study, we looked to evaluate how much soil conditions can affect plant emergence, and how much yield potential we lose with late-emerging plants.

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7

Nov

2018

PFR Report

Landroller Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Eric Wilson, Field Agronomist, and Miles Mcgovney, PFR Agronomist, for some post-harvest updates on our Landroller Study.

Based on the numerous requests received from farmers, Beck’s PFR team is testing the Mandako Landroller for the first time this year. We launched this study in an effort to determine if Land Rollers would provide any yield benefit to a soybean crop.

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2

Oct

2018

PFR Report: Foliar Fungicide Study on Corn

Foliar Fungicide Study on Corn

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio, to learn more about our foliar fungicide study on corn.

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Oct

2018

PFR Report: 360 YIELD SAVER®

360 YIELD SAVER

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR report, Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead are in the field evaluating Yield 360’s new 360 YIELD SAVER®.

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Oct

2018

PFR Report: Bushel Plus System

Bushel Plus System

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Erik Carpenter, PFR Operator, in the field at Atlanta, Indiana as the team tests the new Bushel Plus system.

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Oct

2018

PFR Report: Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans

Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans

Author: Joe Bolte

In times of lower commodity prices, it’s important for farmers to look for efficient ways that they can cut costs without impacting their crop. One area farmers can consider cutting soybean costs is in their fall burndown programs. Before making such a decision, however, it’s important to evaluate the benefits of a fall burndown.

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21

Sep

2018

Precision Farming: ROI Calculator Now Available in FARMserver

Author: Craig Rogers

We are excited to announce the release of another valuable update to FARMserver®, our precision farming software. The Return on Investment “ROI” Calculator, users can now view average profit or loss per acre on their operation based on Purdue University’s Crop Cost and Return Guide. Market Prices for both corn and soybeans are automatically updated every 15 minutes to match the Chicago Board of Trade prices.

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Aug

2018

PFR Report

400-Bushel Attempt

Two years ago, Sonny Beck challenged our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team to raise 400-bushel corn. Unlike all the other studies done in PFR, economics and profitability have little influence on this particular study. Instead, the focus here is solely on maximizing yield by utilizing non-traditional management practices in combinations that may be unpractical in today’s economy.

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27

Jul

2018

Intern Avenue: A Typical Beck's Internship

While being an intern for Beck’s can mean many things, they all have one thing in common – you are fully integrated into the company and tackling real-world work assignments. This year, there are 23 interns, working in five departments, and spread out amongst six states and five locations. In celebration of #NationalInternDay yesterday, I only saw it fit that I took time to highlight what some of my fellow interns are up to this summer and share their thoughts surrounding their experiences.

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26

Jul

2018

PRECISION FARMING

Beck’s UAV Program Continues to Bring Value to Customers

Author: Craig Rogers

Drones have evolved to become more capable of complex jobs but now at a lower price than ever before. Beck’s has developed partnerships with multiple companies that can both supply hardware like DJI, but also supply programing with Drone deploy. Offering drones and drone training is just another way Beck's helps farmers succeed.

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26

Jul

2018

Why I Farm: Reconnecting

Pulling out of my driveway two years ago, there were a lot of things I didn’t know. I didn’t know about the logistical challenges ahead of me. Other than when they were on my dinner plate, I’d never given second thought to many of the crops I was setting out to see. Most of all, I had no idea how the people I met on the Why I Farm Roadtrip would touch my life forever.

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25

Jul

2018

Outdoors with Mike Roux: Facts About Crankbaits

Author: Mike Roux

I made the cast well beyond where I knew the submerged brush pile laid. As the summer air was warm, I assumed the bass would be suspended around the structure. The water was 12 feet deep and I was finding the bass roughly eight to nine feet down.   

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13

Jul

2018

Intern Avenue

We Rise by Lifting Others

My favorite quote is, “we rise by lifting others” by Robert Ingersoll. Lifting others can mean a variety of things, like being a positive, encouraging presence in another person’s life. Or perhaps it’s sharing knowledge with someone or enriching their life in some way. Maybe it’s helping someone become a better version of themselves. 

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: Nitrogen x Hybrid Response

Author: Chad Kalaher

Join Beck's Field agronomist, Chad Kalaher, and PFR Location Lead, Clayton Stufflebeam, at Beck's Central Illinois site for this PFR Report.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report

Conceal Systems Study

In this PFR report, the team at our Southern Illinois facility in Effingham talk about the new starter fertilizer systems study they are conducting this year utilizing Precision Plantings Conceal System.

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