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May

2017

Intern Avenue

How I Got to Beck's

Hi, I’m Marissa, the summer marketing intern at Beck’s. I guess you could call me the “black sheep” of this year’s intern class. Growing up in Fort Wayne, IN, I lived in a suburban neighborhood the majority of life. My mom worked in the healthcare field and my dad owned his own business. I never participated in any 4-H activities and honestly, I didn’t even know what FFA was until my senior year of high school. Cream and crimson runs through my blood (there’s a lot of black and gold alumni) and I can vividly remember growing up wearing my IU cheerleading uniform and rooting for Indiana basketball. I received my acceptance letter to IU in the fall of my senior year to pursue a degree in business and I never looked back.

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24

May

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Great May Crappie Action

Author: Mike Roux

May is the month when school gets out and a lot of vacations start. For our Missouri, southern Iowa, and western Illinois customers and staff, one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest is Lake Ozark, Missouri. If you are heading there, plan to fish. Here’s why...

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Soybean Herbicide Stunting

Author: Steve Gauck

Late last week I evaluated a soybean field that was suffering from slight stunting that was caused by a herbicide application.

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Assessing Flood Damaged Corn

Earlier this week I spent some time assessing what's left of our flooded corn fields in Southern Illinois.

This particular field saw a foot of rain and had standing water up to 3 ft. that stood in some spots for up to five days. 

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Soybean Pythium Seedling Blight

Author: Chad Kalaher

While scouting fields these past few weeks I have spotted some presence of soybean Pythium seedling blight across east central Illinois as a result of the cold, wet conditions we have experienced.  

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

The Benefits of Water Management

There is no better time to experience the benefits of water management than after a big rainfall event. And Beck’s PFR site in Effingham, IL experienced 7.25 in. of rain over the course of a week.

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16

May

2017

#AskPFR

How Long Can My Corn Seed Survive in the Ground?

#AskPFR:

How long can corn seed survive in the ground? 

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Wheat Update from Southwest Kentucky

Author: Austin Scott

Back in March, a majority of my territory experienced a freeze event. And while our wheat grew out of it and was looking very healthy, we are now seeing some damage.   

 

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

PPO Injury on Soybeans

Author: Craig Kilby

Join field agronomist and herbicide specialist, Craig Kilby, at Beck’s Downs IL PFR site as he evaluates recent issues that have occurred as a result of a pre-emergent herbicide application over the top of soybeans.

The soybeans in this field were planted on April 19 and April 20 followed by a herbicide application that was applied over the top the next day. While PPO herbicides are effective and a great option for many herbicide platforms, they can cause injury on soybeans. Check out the video to learn more.

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

High-Yield Wheat Attempt

Join Travis Burnett, PFR Field Agronomist, in the field at Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Indiana as he evaluates the 2017 high-yield wheat plot. 

Check out the video to learn more about the different management practices that have contributed to the visual differences between the traditional and high-yield plots!

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Corn Frost Injury in Ohio

Author: Luke Schulte

How will our corn yield be impacted by the frost event we had on Monday morning? We are seeing some symptomology of frost injury at Beck's PFR site in Ohio but most of it is cosmetic and our crops should grow out of it.

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Hurry Up and Wait

Author: Mark Apelt

Many areas of Ohio turned dry towards the end of April and farmers were able to get their corn and soybeans into the ground at a good pace. In fact, the USDA projected that 42 percent of all corn and 14 percent of soybeans had been planted by April 30, 2017. Then…everything came to a screeching halt as frequent rainstorms have resulted in several inches of rain covering most of the state. 

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May

2017

Ag Education

Why Interns?

It’s common knowledge that when one interviews for a full-time position, an internship with a reputable company is seen as an asset. An internship experience is valuable because it means that someone else has taken the time to show them the ropes. Someone else in the business community has coached this person to show up on time, take direction, work as a member of a team, follow through, and stay on task. With a foundation like that, we can dive right into how Beck’s does business and their role on their first day as a full time employee.

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May

2017

PFR Report

Row Width and Population

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this PFR Report about the population and row width study, join Jim Schwartz, Director of PFR and Agronomy, in Central IN where the Indiana PFR team is getting ready to plant their second year of the population by row width study.

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May

2017

PFR Report

ADI Tile Install

In this PFR Report about Ag Drainage Inc. Tile Install, Jonathan Perkins, PFR Location Lead at Beck's PFR site in Effingham, IL talks about the 2017 Water Management Study. He is joined by Mark Lipcaman from ADI as they discuss the tile drainage that was just recently installed at the site.

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May

2017

PFR Report

Importance of Emergence

Author: Alex Knight

One important characteristic we consider during product selection is emergence. We spend a lot of energy researching not just the best products, but also the equipment and attachments that will help deliver a uniform stand. When looking at corn products, the goal is to evaluate and identify the products that will deliver the best in uniformity and speed of emergence.  

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Too Much Rain? What Now?

Author: Austin Scott

Many parts of Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky have received over 4 in. of rain in a very short amount of time which has caused severe flooding in some areas. Because of this, I have received a number of questions from farmers wondering how long corn can survive under water and how much of their nitrogen (N) will still be there when the water finally recedes.

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Apr

2017

Agronomy Update

Preventing Fusarium Head Scab in Your Wheat

Author: Steve Gauck

Scouting your wheat now is critical to preventing Fusarium head scab in your fields. Get to know and understand the wheat growth stages and timing and be prepared to apply fungicide when necessary.

 

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Apr

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Shooting Gobblers: Why We Miss

Author: Mike Roux

I have guided turkey hunters in five states. I have hunted gobblers in several more. In these hunts, I have seen just about every mistake that you could imagine. The one error that stands out most in my mind are the times that I have seen or heard about a hunter missing a gobbler with a shotgun.

There are many logical reasons that could cause us to miss these springtime targets. There are also many reasons that defy all the principles of hunting as we know it. Some of them may sound absurd, but they have cost many hunters many trophies.

I have always known that gobblers are tough birds and are very hard to bring down. However, the topic of today's discussion is not about keeping a big tom on the ground. The problem we are covering now is completely missing the shot.

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Apr

2017

Agronomy Update

To Plant or Not to Plant

Author: Luke Schulte

With the nice weather we are currently experiencing, many farmers find themselves asking the question, “should I be planting?” Here are a few factors to consider when answering that question.

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