Farmers deal with so much out of their control – weather extremes, commodity prices, land values. With these factors in play, stress is not hard to fi nd on a farm. But that does not mean that farmers should have to bottle up their stress and anxiety until it starts wearing on their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Categories: CropTalk, 2020
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Location leads from three of Beck’s six Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites are eager to share their answers on common questions stemming from the 2020 growing season. Location Lead Caleb Shoemaker provides insight on what’s happening at the Colfax, Iowa, site along with Clayton Stuffl ebeam from the Central Illinois (El Paso) site and Brady Rogers from our Indiana PFR site.
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Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This quote can be applied to weed management today. Preventing weeds from emerging protects yield. University data indicates that growers will sacrifice 2.5% of their final yield for every leaf stage that a postemerge application is delayed. When it comes to post-emerge applications, the best weed to control is a weed that never emerged.
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The soil's ability to cycle essential crop nutrients is undervalued in agriculture today. Considering that a large percentage of our crop budgets revolve around fertility, we need fi rst to understand how to utilize the nutrients already contained in the soil, and the previous year's crop residues. Microbes can help with this. One of the critical components to achieving a proper cycling soil is its microbial population. Fortunately, many factors contributing to a healthy soil's microbial population are controllable.
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Agronomists get many calls during a typical growing season when things aren't going right in corn and soybean fi elds in the geographies that we cover. Most of the time, problems are caused by common diseases or insects. Sometimes, though, we receive calls about damage to plants that is caused by uncommon pests.
Tags: CropTalk, pest alert, corn blotch leafminer, corn leafminer
“Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.” Deuteronomy 4:39
Tags: CropTalk, The Sower
It's too good to be true. It sounds like a gimmick.
Many farmers have these sentiments when they first hear about Beck’s Commitment Rewards program, but how do those feelings change as they begin to take advantage of the program?
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Location Leads from three of the six Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites are eager to share their answers on common questions from the 2020 growing season. Jonathan Perkins, Southern Illinois (SIL) Location Lead, will provide insights on what’s happening at the Effingham, Illinois, site, Jared Chester from the London, Ohio, PFR facility, and Brandon Somers from the Henderson, Kentucky, location.
Corn rootworm tends to be a measurable issue every year, but 2020 corn rootworm incident reports have been higher than normal. Although farmers across Beck’s marketing area experienced higher rootworm populations, northern Iowa has the most documented reports. Iowa Field Agronomists NATE MAYER AND JON CASPERS have been in the trenches, evaluating corn rootworm damage, trait integrity, and measuring beetle populations to provide proactive recommendations for 2021 success.
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Each year, Beck’s plants a plethora of plots to evaluate individual seed treatment components and combinations available in the industry to ensure our offering is the best available. For 2021, both corn and soybean seed treatments are changing to improve our Escalate® yield enhancement system further. In corn, the seed treatment will receive an additional broad-spectrum fungicide. In soybeans, there will be a more robust seed treatment included at no additional charge. There will also be a premium seed treatment that can be added where the disease and pest pressure warrant additional protection.
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“Come, let us go down and there confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11:7-9
Beck’s has six Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites spread throughout the Midwest in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Iowa. PFR does testing in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin though cooperators, and customers and dealers alike are implementing PFR Proven™ strategies on their farms. Follow along throughout the 2020 growing season to see how they put Beck’s PFR into practice.
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What would you do as a farmer if you were told you had sudden death syndrome (SDS), soybean cyst nematode (SCN), and corn rootworm pressure ahead of the growing season? What would you change on your farm?
Tags: CropTalk, soybean cyst nematode, Sudden Death Syndrome, SDS, patternag, soil science, SCN
Soybean yields ultimately depend on the number and weight of the seeds harvested per acre. Soybean yield is determined by nodes per acre (plants per acre x nodes per plant), pods per node, seeds per pod, and seed weight.
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The management of manure has always been an integral part of a livestock farm in order to provide a clean-living environment for the livestock. Manure field applications are arguably the most important part of manure management and, depending on who you ask, are a big reason for that fresh country air smell that everyone knows and loves!
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Farmers throughout the U.S. have shown renewed interest in implementing practices that improve soil and resource conservation on their farms in recent years. With the many benefits that cover crops provide, farmers are looking for ways to include them in their crop rotation. Successfully managing a cover crop, however, requires careful planning and execution of that plan.
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“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” - Luke 22:42
People leave the comfort of their homes to participate in mission trips with hopes to impact other’s lives. They travel to third-world countries, build houses, teach school, and share God’s word. Although the effect they have on those they are serving is great, many times, it is the one serving that experiences the biggest life change.
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Farming is a moving target. Whether it is extreme weather conditions, tough-to-control weeds, or changes in technology, there is something to learn every year. To help you navigate these topics and fi nd ways to increase ROI year-after-year, you’re invited to discover the number one agronomic resource — Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® — at Becknology™ Days 2020.
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While we all know about our yield monitor’s ability to generate yield maps, yield monitors and other precision ag tools can offer other benefits as well. And while yield maps are certainly powerful pieces of information, just as important is the information that helps understand why a field or area of a field performed the way that it did. Beck’s offers a precision ag tool called FARMserver® that can not only process your yield maps but also help to answer the “why” question. Here are three steps you can take now to help make the most of what your yield monitor and FARMserver have to offer during harvest.
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