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Nov

2017

Family and Farming

Caroline House: Michigan Farmer Helps Homeless Veterans

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there are around 40,000 homeless veterans in our country. In Lapeer, Michigan, Beck’s customer and Vietnam veteran, Pat Bell, is working to reduce that number by operating a homeless shelter on one of his farms.

The shelter is a relatively new effort for Pat, but multiple life experiences over the years lead him on this journey. It all started when Pat served in the Marines during the Vietnam War.

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Nov

2017

PFR Report

Soybean Planting Depth

Join Jonathan Perkins and Joe Bolte at the Southern IL PFR Site for this latest PFR Report as they evaluate the planting depth study they are about to harvest.

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Nov

2017

PFR Report

Early N Results in Corn

Author: Alex Knight

After a season of what felt like never ending rain, one question on everyone’s mind is, how much nitrogen (N) was lost? Will the economic optimum nitrogen rates (EONR) be higher this year? Will late season N pay more in 2017? How much did genetics play a role in our N response? We hope to address all of these questions with the data gleaned from our PFR studies.

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Nov

2017

PFR Report

NEW Wheat Studies!

Author: Alex Knight

In spring of 2017, multiple PFR Proven™ products and practices were identified for wheat. One of these practices included the application of fungicide at flowering (Feekes 10.5.1) with proven products including Caramba® and Prosaro® 421 SC. As a result of the success with these fungicide products and the practice of applying them at flowering, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team wanted to determine if applying them even earlier could be a PFR Proven practice.

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Nov

2017

PFR Report

Corn Population and Row Width Harvest

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Jason Gahimer, PFR operations manager, in the field as the team harvests one of our multi-population, multi-row width plots with Capello's All Row Gladiator Corn Head.

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28

Sep

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

White-Tailed Deer Biology

Author: Mike Roux

When it comes to knowing and hunting deer, most of us probably consider ourselves pretty well versed. I have found, however, that there are some whose knowledge and experience go far beyond my own on this subject. C.J. Winand is one of America's top white-tailed deer biologists. This man knows as much about deer as Jimmy Dean knows about sausage. Seriously though, he does know his stuff about deer. Much of this biological and behavioral knowledge can come in handy to those of us who hunt deer. I will do my best to accurately pass along what I have learned about deer biology from C. J. Winand.

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19

Sep

2017

Family and Farming

Therein Lies the Danger

When it comes to farming, there is always the potential for dangerous situations to arise. It surrounds daily tasks, but one of the most dangerous things a farmer can do is get into a grain bin. Arick Baker, of New Providence, IA, was buried alive in 2013 with 18 inches of corn above his head in an 80,000-bushel grain bin. He was certain he was going to die.

“My whole life I’ve been told that once you go down in a grain bin, you die,” Baker said. The ABC Show, In An Instant, detailed the miracle rescue that occurred on June 26, 2013, that ultimately saved Baker’s life.

September 17 to 23 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and Beck's customer, Daryl Bridenbaugh believes that the ABC episode featuring Arick's story is a good reminder that farming incidents can happen to anyone. That’s why it’s important to take precautions while on the farm.

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Aug

2017

Agronomy Update

Southern Rust vs Common Rust: What You Need to Know

Author: Steve Gauck

In 2016, many parts of southern Indiana experienced a bad outbreak of Southern Rust that caused yield loss in a lot of areas. Many farmers have seen an influx of this disease present in their fields again this year. However, there has also been a large presence of Common Rust in corn fields this year as well.
 
Check out this latest video to learn more about the visual differences between the two diseases and what you can expect in terms of long term effects and yield loss. 

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16

Aug

2017

Agronomy Update

The Truth About Stink Bugs...

Author: Luke Schulte

This is a vulnerable time during soybean development as we enter pod development so it's important to scout your fields for insect feeding. A recently shot this video while scouting soybean fields at Beck's Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in London, OH for insect damage, specifically from stink bugs.

Watch it now to learn more about what to look for and what kind of injury you can expect.

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2

Aug

2017

PFR Report

Foliar Fungicide Applications

Author: Alex Knight

In this latest PFR report, I discuss the Fungicide Placement Study in OH where we are comparing the 360 UNDERCOVER vs Over the Top application of Headline AMP® at the VT growth stage. Are there coverage differences between the two applications? Will there be a difference in yield?

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Aug

2017

PFR Report

Row Width and Populations in Double Crop Soybeans

In this latest PFR Report, I am joined by Tyler Kilfoil as we report from the Row Width and Populations in Double Crop Soybeans study at Beck’s PFR site in Indiana.

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Aug

2017

PFR Report

Soybean Seeding Rates

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Agronomist, Miles McGovney, discusses the Soybean Seeding Rate Study. This particular study, which is part of our PFR Partner’s program, is in Algona, IA.
 

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Aug

2017

PFR Report

Managing Marestail

Author: Joe Bolte

When it comes to growing double crop soybeans, one hurdle many growers face is weed control. One of the most challenging weeds to manage in a double crop soybean system is marestail. In fact, some biotypes of marestail have developed resistance to Group 2 (ALS) herbicides, which are the most commonly applied in wheat. If a population is resistant, the weeds will escape the herbicide application and thus, will be well-established at wheat harvest. The larger the weed, the more difficult it is for contact herbicides to have effective control. 

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28

Jul

2017

Intern Avenue

Here's to the Farmer

Last week, I had the opportunity to help with Beck’s PFR University. For those of you that don’t know, PFR University is a unique opportunity for farmers to visit Beck’s headquarters and spend two days learning and gaining additional PFR insights on new products and practices that they can then implement on their own farms.

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20

Jul

2017

OUTDOORS WITH MIKE ROUX

Summer Bass

Author: Mike Roux

When July and August get here, I turn my bass fishing into high gear. I am a born-and-bred topwater bass angler. Not many things give me the rush like seeing a huge bass attack a surface lure. So on August 1, I was lucky enough to be in a boat bass fishing with great friend Bryan Dralle from Coatsburg, IL.

Bryan and I are both just a little bit competitive, and I was certain there would be some sort of contest that day. We were both counting on a good topwater bite, but we disagreed on which surface to use. He chose a buzzbait and I went with the old reliable Jitterbug. The rules were easy; biggest bass wins.

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17

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Mississippi FARMERS, Dennis & Nelda Mitchell

Nelda Mitchell grew up on a dairy farm. As a girl, she milked cows twice a day, 365 days a year. “On leap year it's 366 days, and it’s rain, shine, sleet or snow. Ball game, party, whatever, you still had to milk cows.” She recalls.

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16

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Oregon FARMERS, The Crocker Family

Growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles, Debbie Crocker never imagined she’d end up a farmer in Oregon. On the other hand, her husband, Collin, never left the family farm he grew up on. 

“Literally, from day one, I never thought about doing anything else.” He says, standing in the farm office surrounded by his family.

 

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14

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Utah FARMER, Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson is proud to honor his family’s traditions and help write the next chapter of their history in agriculture on his southern Utah farm. Along with his wife, Shelley, and their three children, Kyle raises vegetable crops, including heirloom tomatoes, and small livestock

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14

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: UTAH FARMERs, Kelby & Kathie Iverson

With their faith and family leading the way, Kelby and Kathie Iverson are building a legacy on their ranch in southern Utah. Both grew up with farming and ranching backgrounds, and are eager to raise their own six children with traditions of hard work and love of the land.

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14

Jul

2017

Intern Avenue

Investing in Others: Beck's Professional Development Workshop

“Keeping and maintaining relationships is one of the most important things you can do in your career.”

Those are the words of Beck’s CEO, Sonny Beck. After last week, I would say that everyone in the 2017 intern class had the opportunity to connect and create relationships at the Intern Professional Development Workshop.

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