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.
Categories: Outdoors with Mike Roux
Tags: Beck's Blog, Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, Mike Roux, Outdoors with Mike Roux, Jitterbug, Summer Bass, Buzzbaits, Coastburg
Rodney Miller has had success as a basketball coach, business man, and host of the popular TV show, Small Town Big Deal. Today, he lives hundreds of miles away from the row crop farm where he grew up. Through it all, agriculture has been his passion. Now a Georgia resident, he’s still an Illinois farm boy at heart.
Categories: Why I Farm, Why I Farm Roadtrip
Tags: Beck's Blog, Why I Farm, Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, corn, cattle, Wheat, Natalina Sents, Why I Farm Roadtrip, agritourism, Rodney Miller, Small Town Big Deal, RFD-TV, Georgia, antique tractors
This past week’s travels have taken me about 2,000 miles from central IN, to northern IL, southern OH, northern OH, and northeastern IN. It’s been a big week! As strange as our weather has been lately, and as variable as crops look, I thought it would be beneficial to share not only pictures, but some agronomic information from this week’s journey.
Categories: Field Stories
Tags: Illinois, Ryan McAllister, Field Stories, Indiana, Ohio, 2014 Crop, Weather, Scouting
No guts, No glory. A saying I learned early in life and one I’ve strived to live by. For as long as I can remember, this is something my parents have truly embodied. And if they ever doubted themselves, it never showed.
They taught me to have grit, take a few risks, and have confidence. I’ve learned that life will knock you down, probably more than once, but it’s not the number of times you fall, it’s how you get back up.
Categories: Why I Farm
Tags: Beck's Blog, agriculture, beck’s hybrids, family farms, farmer, Illinois farming, #whyifarm, Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, IL, farmers, farm families, farm, farm family, Beck's seed corn, Martin Marr, Marty Marr
We are all known for something. Even if we go out of our way to not stand out in a crowd. Some of us desire to be known for something. Maybe it’s our athletic ability, intelligence, job title, role in the family, being the best mom or dad we can be, or a superior businessman or woman. While others seem to be content to sit on the sidelines and to be obscure, even somewhat mysterious. But even if you try not to be known for anything, then you may be known as humble.
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Faith. Christianity. God. Normally you wouldn’t see these words on a company blog, but I can type them proudly. And it’s not just because I am a Christian. It’s because I work for a family-owned company, Beck’s Hybrids. Maybe you don’t remember from my first blog, but I absolutely love my job. Not only do I love what I do, I love who I work for, what the Beck family stands for, and how they’re not afraid to share their beliefs.
Tags: agriculture, farming, family farms, farmer, Indiana farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, faith, Beck family, Christians, God, Sonny Beck, Scott Beck, Tony Beck, Allerton, family-owned company, Christianity, Beck's seed corn, Beck's soybeans, family farming, Hamilton County, Indiana
Let’s just say, at nearly 80 years old, I’ve experienced a few things in life. I’ve watched men leave for war, the stock market collapse, Mother Nature destroy farms, and housing additions pop up like corn rows. I’ve heard grown men cry, laughter in the hay loft, and the sounds of newborn calves on the farm. I’ve moved three times, retired early, and even had a face lift. And even though so much has changed, one thing has remained the same – my family.
Tags: Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, John Deere, Mother Nature, Woodward Family Farms, farmers, John Deere Model A, tractor, Moline, barn lot
I don’t run machinery. I’m not an agronomist. And fixing equipment, that’s what dad’s are for, right? But I do know one thing. I’m deeply passionate about our family farm. When I moved home nearly three years ago, it was to start a new job at Beck’s Hybrids. But moving home wasn’t just to start a new job; it was to be with family and to be near the farm.
Tags: agriculture, beck’s hybrids, farming, family farms, farmer, Illinois farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Illinois, farms, Why I Farm Steve Sowers, Colchester
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