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Nov

2020

CropTalk: Farming Takes Hope

November 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

Farmers deal with so much out of their control – weather extremes, commodity prices, land values. With these factors in play, stress is not hard to fi nd on a farm. But that does not mean that farmers should have to bottle up their stress and anxiety until it starts wearing on their physical, mental, and emotional health.

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Nov

2020

CropTalk: Talking PFR, Part 2

November 2020

Location leads from three of Beck’s six Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites are eager to share their answers on common questions stemming from the 2020 growing season. Location Lead Caleb Shoemaker provides insight on what’s happening at the Colfax, Iowa, site along with Clayton Stuffl ebeam from the Central Illinois (El Paso) site and Brady Rogers from our Indiana PFR site.

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Nov

2020

CropTalk: There is Power in the PRE™

November 2020

Author: Joe Bolte

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This quote can be applied to weed management today. Preventing weeds from emerging protects yield. University data indicates that growers will sacrifice 2.5% of their final yield for every leaf stage that a postemerge application is delayed. When it comes to post-emerge applications, the best weed to control is a weed that never emerged.

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Nov

2020

CropTalk: Cycling Nutrients with the Help of Microbes

November 2020

Author: Ben Puestow

The soil's ability to cycle essential crop nutrients is undervalued in agriculture today. Considering that a large percentage of our crop budgets revolve around fertility, we need fi rst to understand how to utilize the nutrients already contained in the soil, and the previous year's crop residues. Microbes can help with this. One of the critical components to achieving a proper cycling soil is its microbial population. Fortunately, many factors contributing to a healthy soil's microbial population are controllable.

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Nov

2020

CropTalk: Pest Alert: Corn Blotch Leafminer

November 2020

Author: Scott Dickey

Agronomists get many calls during a typical growing season when things aren't going right in corn and soybean fi elds in the geographies that we cover. Most of the time, problems are caused by common diseases or insects. Sometimes, though, we receive calls about damage to plants that is caused by uncommon pests.

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Nov

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

November 2020

“Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.” Deuteronomy 4:39

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Oct

2020

CropTalk: It's About Farmers, NOT Shareholders

October 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

It's too good to be true. It sounds like a gimmick.

Many farmers have these sentiments when they first hear about Beck’s Commitment Rewards program, but how do those feelings change as they begin to take advantage of the program?

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Oct

2020

CropTalk: Corn Rootworm: 2020 Reflections for 2021 Solutions

October 2020

Author: Nate Firle

Corn rootworm tends to be a measurable issue every year, but 2020 corn rootworm incident reports have been higher than normal. Although farmers across Beck’s marketing area experienced higher rootworm populations, northern Iowa has the most documented reports. Iowa Field Agronomists NATE MAYER AND JON CASPERS have been in the trenches, evaluating corn rootworm damage, trait integrity, and measuring beetle populations to provide proactive recommendations for 2021 success.

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Oct

2020

CropTalk: 2021 Escalate® Seed Treatment Update

October 2020

Author: Pat Holloway

Each year, Beck’s plants a plethora of plots to evaluate individual seed treatment components and combinations available in the industry to ensure our offering is the best available. For 2021, both corn and soybean seed treatments are changing to improve our Escalate® yield enhancement system further. In corn, the seed treatment will receive an additional broad-spectrum fungicide. In soybeans, there will be a more robust seed treatment included at no additional charge. There will also be a premium seed treatment that can be added where the disease and pest pressure warrant additional protection.

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Oct

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

October 2020

“Come, let us go down and there confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11:7-9

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: Putting PFR into Practice, Part 2

September 2020

Beck’s has six Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites spread throughout the Midwest in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Iowa. PFR does testing in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin though cooperators, and customers and dealers alike are implementing PFR Proven™ strategies on their farms. Follow along throughout the 2020 growing season to see how they put Beck’s PFR into practice.

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: Stop Guessing, Start Predicting

September 2020

What would you do as a farmer if you were told you had sudden death syndrome (SDS), soybean cyst nematode (SCN), and corn rootworm pressure ahead of the growing season? What would you change on your farm?

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: Soybean Yield Components

September 2020

Author: Jon Caspers

Soybean yields ultimately depend on the number and weight of the seeds harvested per acre. Soybean yield is determined by nodes per acre (plants per acre x nodes per plant), pods per node, seeds per pod, and seed weight.

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Sep

2020

CropTalk: The Scoop on Poop: Manure Management

September 2020

Author: Ben Wiegmann

The management of manure has always been an integral part of a livestock farm in order to provide a clean-living environment for the livestock. Manure field applications are arguably the most important part of manure management and, depending on who you ask, are a big reason for that fresh country air smell that everyone knows and loves!

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: From Beck's to the Mission Field

August 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

People leave the comfort of their homes to participate in mission trips with hopes to impact other’s lives. They travel to third-world countries, build houses, teach school, and share God’s word. Although the effect they have on those they are serving is great, many times, it is the one serving that experiences the biggest life change.

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: The Complete Field Show Experience

August 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

Farming is a moving target. Whether it is extreme weather conditions, tough-to-control weeds, or changes in technology, there is something to learn every year. To help you navigate these topics and fi nd ways to increase ROI year-after-year, you’re invited to discover the number one agronomic resource — Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® — at Becknology™ Days 2020.

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: Yield Data: More Than Just a Pretty Map

August 2020

While we all know about our yield monitor’s ability to generate yield maps, yield monitors and other precision ag tools can offer other benefits as well. And while yield maps are certainly powerful pieces of information, just as important is the information that helps understand why a field or area of a field performed the way that it did. Beck’s offers a precision ag tool called FARMserver® that can not only process your yield maps but also help to answer the “why” question. Here are three steps you can take now to help make the most of what your yield monitor and FARMserver have to offer during harvest.

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: Yield Components of Corn

August 2020

Corn grain yield, typically measured in bushels per acre, can be broken down into distinct components that each contribute to the weight of harvested grain. While genetics govern some yield components, much of the harvested yield is directly affected by environmental conditions and management practices. Yield components include number of plants per acre, number of ears per plant, the number of kernels per ear, and the weight of each kernel.

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Aug

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

August 2020

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affl iction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Jul

2020

CropTalk: Family Friend, Family Hero

July 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

Friends and family gathered by the pool on a hot July day. Kids played and splashed while the adults laughed and shared stories. It was your average Midwest get together until the unthinkable happened.

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