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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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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Mandako Land Roller

Author: Jim Schwartz

You asked for it, so now we’re rolling it out for you!

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1

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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28

Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - LOUISIANA FARMER, Jim Harper

All his life, Jim Harper of Louisiana has wanted to be a farmer. “My father was a farmer. From the time I was small, following him around and working on the farm growing up, I wanted to be a farmer.” Jim recalls.

“When I was a child, we raised seed corn. We used to detassel the seed corn by hand. That was a great memory for me. I would do that every summer. It was hard work, but I liked it. I just, I love being outdoors. I love being in the country. Sometimes it's hard to describe, but it's just a love of being on the farm, being on the land.”

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18

Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - ALABAMA FARMER, Jesse Hobbs

Jesse Hobbs jokes he should call his place in Alabama "Total Chaos" instead of Hobbs Farms. He’s the fifth generation to care for the land where he now raises seven different commodities and his four children. Between ball games, community meetings, and farm work, life is never boring. It isn’t always easy to juggle it all, but Jesse has never dreamed of doing anything but farm.

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24

May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arkansas FARMER, Wildy Family Farms

The Wildy family has a strong reputation as outstanding Arkansas farmers. In 2015, they were honored as the Arkansas Farm Family of the year. But their legacy goes back even further than that. “My granddad was the Arkansas Master Farmer back in 1920, I think it was.” David Wildy beams, pointing to a newspaper clipping proudly displayed in the farm office. “And then my dad was the Arkansas Master Farmer in 1956 or so.”

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7

Apr

2017

PFR Report

STARTER ADDITIVES ON SOYBEANS: IS IT WORTH IT?

Author: Jim Schwartz

Applying a starter on soybeans is not something that most agronomists have typically recommended in the past. That’s because soybeans compensate for stand loss extremely well and make their own nitrogen, so why would a starter product pay?

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5

Apr

2017

PFR Report

THE VALUE OF STARTER FERTILIZERS ON SOYBEANS

Author: Jim Schwartz
Planting season is upon us and one thing that is on every farmers’ mind is how to maximize their return on investment (ROI) and increase yields this season. This is especially true for farmers who may plan to capitalize on soybean crops this year with corn at the market price it’s at.
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28

Feb

2017

PFR Report

It's Time to Rethink Your High Populations

Author: Jim Schwartz
Row widths and planting population are two management practices that farmers have complete control over that are often considered to be crucial to increasing yield and return on investment (ROI.) That’s why Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team continues to compare 15 in. and 30 in. rows at various planting populations in an attempt to determine the Economic Optimum Seeding Rate (EOSR) for each row width.
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Feb

2017

PFR Report

CHECK YOUR ROI POTENTIAL BEFORE MAKING THESE APPLICATIONS

Author: Jim Schwartz
Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has been evaluating two fungicide applications, Serenade® ASO and Headline®, on soybeans to determine their effects on yield and profitability when applied in-furrow.

While some sites have had more success with these in-furrow applications than others, the overarching consensus, based on Beck’s multi-year, multi-location research, is that the use of an in-furrow fungicide is not a recommended application.
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15

Feb

2017

PFR Report

EARLY TO PLANT WITH YIELDS ON THE RISE MAKE FARMERS HAPPY, WEALTHY, AND WISE

Author: Jim Schwartz

Have you ever considered planting your soybeans at the same time as your corn? What about before your corn? Most farmers don’t consider these options because it costs more to put out an acre of corn than it does soybeans and the risk with corn is always higher, so we always like to get it in the ground sooner.

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17

Jan

2017

Ag Education

Why Soybeans?

A few months ago, we took a time out of summer crop scouting to think about why the heck we grow corn. Now is the time to look at that other crop: soybeans. Soybeans are the small, but mighty little brother.  

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9

Jan

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - NORTH DAKOTA FARMERs, Scott Huso & Fred Lukens

For some, their farming career starts immediately after high school. For two men in North Dakota, the journey to full-time farmers was a little longer.

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4

Jan

2017

PFR Report

Fall Wheat with Interseeded Soybeans

Author: Alex Knight

One thing we are testing at the Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site is planting soybeans into a wheat crop before harvest. While some farmers throughout Ohio are already practicing interseeding soybeans into wheat, there are still two perspectives to really consider. The first question you need to ask yourself is, “if you are going to plant wheat, should you interseed soybeans, plant double-crop soybeans, or not plant soybeans at all?” The second thing you need to consider is, “if you are going to plant soybeans, is it best to plant your wheat in the fall and interseed soybeans, plant your wheat in the fall and plant double-crop soybeans, or just plant early-season soybeans?” 

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3

Jan

2017

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - North Dakota Farmer, Dana Dagman

Growing up in the suburbs, Dana Dagman never imagined she’d become a farmer. In fact, when she met her husband, Travis, they had no intention of coming back to the family farm.
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20

Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Dakota Farmer, Rohrich Farms

Technology has changed our world in remarkable ways over the last century. New knowledge, touch screens, and more data are part of our everyday lives. Life on the farm is no exception. In North Dakota, the Rohrich family is proof.

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17

Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Minnesota FARMER, Wanda Patsche

They say God has a sense of humor. Looking back over the last 40 years, Wanda Patche believes it’s true.

 

Raised in town, Wanda was adamant she was not going to marry a farmer. “When I was in high school, my best friend lived on a farm and they had pigs. So, like best friends do, we’d stay overnight at each other’s house. We were inseparable. One night Friday night we stayed at her house. Saturday morning, she had to get up and do chores. I said, ‘Well, okay, I’m not going to help you, but I’ll come watch.’ So I did. Back in those days it meant cleaning the barn with a shovel, scooping out manure. I watched her do that and when she got done I said, ‘I will never marry a hog farmer.’”

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15

Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - MINNESOTA FARMERS, Jonathan & Carolyn Olson

Like many young farm kids, Jonathan Olson grew up wanting to farm, following in the footsteps of three generations before him. “As a small child I loved and enjoyed farming. I was excited to have the opportunity. I grew up helping where I could.” He smiles, looking over his family’s Minnesota farm.

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13

Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - INDIANA FARMER, Brian Scott

 

Like many involved in agriculture, Brain Scott considers working on his family’s Indiana farm his passion. When he’s not working in the field with his dad, grandpa, or sons, he’s sharing his love for the lifestyle through The Farmer’s Life videos and blogs.

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7

Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - INDIANA FARMERS, Scott & Jenn Sands

It’s been said that farming isn’t a job, it’s a way of life. That’s certainly true for the Sands family in Indiana. For Scott, Jennifer and their growing family, the farming lifestyle goes back to 1846, when their family farm began. “There’s a history there for sure.” Scott reflects. “I am the seventh generation, so William and Quinn will be the eighth generation on the farm.”

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