Innovate, adapt, and overcome is a term you frequently hear at Beck’s. It has become a motto used in all aspects of our business; a call out to look at things differently, change the way we approach life, and follow through adversity in unique and innovative ways.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021
Tags: CropTalk, rootworm
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; (I Thessalonians 5:16-18a)
When we think about maximizing soybean performance, there are many agronomic factors to consider. Agronomists usually discuss variety selection, varietal maturity, seed treatment, seeding rate, planting depth, fertility, pest and weed control, and planting date, to name some of the key factors. In this article, I am going to focus on the importance of planting date and how it impacts soybean performance.
Tags: CropTalk, soybean yield
Wow! What an early and long harvest window we have been blessed with this year! September began the start of harvest for the Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team after Field Show season wrapped up. For those who attended Beck’s Field Shows in-person or virtually, sneak peeks of our 2021 studies were highlighted throughout the buggy tours and tent talks. Once harvest data rolls in from the PFR sites, the studies’ information is analyzed and assembled in the annual PFR Book. What’s new for the 2021 PFR Book?
Earlier this year, the Education team pitched an idea for a podcast, and after months of brainstorming, research, content development, and interviews, Across the Acres was born.
O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8)
The verse above took on new meaning for Teri and I recently when we became ill with Covid-19 and both lost our sense of taste and smell. All things considered, those were some of the minor side effects. As I write this, I still do not have my taste or smell back, and maybe I will not get them back, but in the grand scheme of life…I WILL live.
Many of us soil test and make decisions based on the results, which are important for improving your operation. There are trends happening nationwide with soil test results and they could play into the decision-making for your farm. A&L Great Lakes Laboratories analyzes soil tests from 1996 to the present, showing the trends of the soil tests they obtain. These trends depict many interesting things happening in our soils and help us prepare how to have high-yielding crops in the future.
Over the past several decades, there has been growing interest by many farmers to adopt different tillage methods for reducing soil erosion, protecting valuable crop residue, conserving soil moisture, and reducing fuel consumption. While there has been successful adoption of no-till cropping systems in many areas to help accomplish several of these goals, some farmers have experienced lower yields and reduced ROI when attempting no-till practices.
Now that the calendar has turned to October, it’s a great time to be thinking about cover crop decisions on your operation. If you are new to cover crops and are trying to figure out the best way to implement them on your farm, here are few suggestions to keep in mind.
Harvest season has quickly approached fields across the Midwest. Accumulating adequate heat units over the summer has allowed for corn and soybean crops to be taken out of the fields now. For corn production fields, the destination after the crop has passed through the combine is back to the processing plants to be processed. Exactly how does the production process work? Jim Herr, Beck’s Processing/ Inventory/Wholesale Manager, along with Jason Morehouse, Production Manager, give us an update on what’s happening in seed corn production this harvest season!
Earlier this year, the Education team approached the Marketing team with an idea for a podcast and asked for our input on turning it into a reality. Their team was dedicated, did their research, and spent hours discussing names, content ideas, and guest interviewers, and finally, after months of hard work, Across the Acres was born.
Com.mit.ment: a) an agreement or pledge to do something in the future, b) something pledged, c) the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled.
What hybrid will you plant this year? How will you manage weeds? What’s for lunch? Should I sequester carbon? Until recently, you may not have thought about sequestering carbon, but this topic has entered a more routine line of questioning as programs continue to gain publicity.
What a season we have experienced so far! The weather has certainly been variable across our marketing area. While some have had an abundance of precipitation, others watched their crop deteriorate from drought. As we look forward to harvest, we must also begin planning for the 2022 crop, and fertility management becomes top of mind.
Have you ever wondered how much profit you could add to your farm if you were able to identify yieldlimiting factors before you planted the seed? As farmers, we often deal with some of the more obvious challenges, such as poor drainage, compaction, excess moisture or lack of timely rainfall, weed control, and soil fertility or plant nutrition-related challenges.
Harvest provides a great opportunity to give a final grade to our weed control program and take note of what we might need to adjust next season. Weeds continue to evolve and adapt to current herbicides and practices, and we also must learn how to evolve as to what tweaks we can employ to achieve our goal of weed-free fields at harvest. As you assess your current technology and strategy, below are some key learnings from our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites this past season to keep in mind as you make decisions for 2022.
When you think about the home you grew up in, tiny little details may come to mind. It may be the constant dirt on the rug when you walked in the door. The wallpaper in the bathroom. The view overlooking the west field from your bedroom window. Or maybe it’s the stack of papers that always cluttered the edge of your dad’s office desk.
As we know all too well, each year of crop production gives us different challenges and opportunities. And as we continue to increase our knowledge and efficiencies of crop production, we continue to be humbled by new pests that rob our fields of yield. Two diseases in particular that have been discovered recently include Red Crown Rot of soybeans and Taproot Decline of soybeans. Both diseases were observed in the early 2000s in the Delta region of the United States. They have since migrated north and have been identified in most soybean growing states of the Midwest.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, Soybean Diseases
Hailing from Adams, Tennessee, Elvis and Rhonda Bellar have always considered themselves people who take pride in their community. For years, this small-town couple had a dream… a dream to bring local farmers together for one common purpose: to provide quality products for their local community. And the couple did just that.
On August 26-28, Beck’s will welcome more than 11,000 farmers in Atlanta, IN, for our annual Becknology™ Days. Although preparation and planning began almost a year ago, we are all hands-on deck at Beck’s to ensure that this is the biggest and best Becknology Days yet!