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CropTalk: The Sower

September 2021

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.

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2021

CropTalk: The Carbon Market: To C or Not to C?

September 2021

Author: Kent Gremel

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.

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2021

CropTalk: Fall Fertility and Best Practices Amidst Rising Inputs

September 2021

Author: Dale Viktora

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.

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2021

CropTalk: Pattern Ag: Field Experiences

September 2021

Author: Chad Kalaher

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.

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2021

CropTalk: Herbicides: Turning Learnings Into Decisions

September 2021

Author: Luke Schulte

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.

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2021

CropTalk: The Stories that Shape Us

September 2021

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.

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Aug

2021

CropTalk: On the Lookout: Developing Diseases in Soybeans

August 2021

Author: Jon Skinner

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.

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2021

CropTalk: Bringing Local Farmers Together

August 2021

Author: Hannah McGee

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.

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Aug

2021

CropTalk: Level Up With Becknology Days

August 2021

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!

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Aug

2021

CropTalk: Soil Health: The Structure Your Farm is Built On

August 2021

When you think about soil health, what comes to mind? You probably think of key indicators such as percent organic matter (OM) or microbial activity. There is a reason these are at the top of the list. Who wouldn’t want to have soil with 6% OM and a robust microbial community?

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2021

CropTalk: The Sower

August 2021

(Jesus speaking) “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)

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Aug

2021

CropTalk: A Production Update with Jason Morehouse

August 2021

The Beck’s Mission Statement is: to provide our customers with the best in seed quality, field performance, and service. I find this mission statement to be evident within the production team, from the passion and dedication Jason spoke with about Beck’s production department during this interview.

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Jul

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

July 2021

For a time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

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2021

CropTalk: A Little XTRA for Forage and Silage

July 2021

Author: Matt Lawson

How many of us pay for insurance on the homes in which we live? Ever wonder if it’s worth it? While this article is about silage inoculants and not about homeowner’s insurance, I often get a very similar question when discussing the use of silage and forage inoculants: ‘How do I know if I am getting a return on investment when I apply that inoculant?’

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Jul

2021

CropTalk: Soybean Podworm: A Very Non-Picky Eater

July 2021

Author: Scott Dickey

The soybean Podworm (SPW) (Helicoverpa zea) feeds on many different grain and vegetable crops in much of the United States. SPW has many different names depending on which crop it is feeding on. These names include cotton bollworm, tomato fruitworm, sorghum headworm, and most commonly corn earworm. Often SPW is a soybean pest of the southern US; however, depending on several factors, this species can become a problem in soybean fields further north and east, making its presence felt in areas where it isn’t usually an economic pest.

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2021

CropTalk: Fungicide Timing in Soybeans

July 2021

When appropriately timed, fungicide applications in soybeans provide one of the most consistent returns of all the things tested through Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, even in the absence of significant foliar disease pressure. Beck’s 4-year, multi-location research suggests that the optimal timing is the R3 reproductive stage, which is identified by having a 3/16 in. pod at one of the uppermost four nodes.

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Jul

2021

CropTalk: Beck's Field Shows: Know Before You Go

July 2021

Author: Hannah McGee

It’s 8:55 a.m., and you just arrived at your local field show. After you park, it’s time to head to registration. Have the kids with you? Be sure to get them a goodie-filled backpack when you register. After registration, it’s time to eat!

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Jun

2021

CropTalk: The Power in Pollination

June 2021

A key factor in yield is pollination success. Across the Cornbelt, field corn enters the critical period of pollination from late June through the end of July. A corn plant is monoecious, which means it contains both male and female flowers on the same plant. The female flower is called the ear and contains the ovules and silks. The male flower is called the tassel and sheds pollen. Many understand the female flower and its importance in yield, but let’s dive deeper into the male flower.

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Jun

2021

CropTalk: Don't Let Your Organic Seed Go Naked

June 2021

Faster, more uniform emergence. Early-season disease and insect protection. Higher yields.

The benefits of seed treatment on corn and soybeans are well known and widely accepted in conventional farming situations.

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2021

CropTalk: Late-Season PFR Proven

June 2021

It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about late-season applications. It seems like no matter how much we prepare, it’s mid-season before we even get the planters empty. As we transition from the planting and early-season mindset, I’d like to challenge you to try one new thing on your farming operation this year.

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