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2

Mar

2020

CropTalk: Turn Your Data Into Dollars

March 2020

Author: Nate Rottero

We're always looking for ways to make things more efficient, profitable, and sustainable. One of the major challenges we face as farmers is making the decision to purchase a new technology for our planter, sprayer, or combine. Then, after our purchase, the challenge is in determining if it's providing us with the advertised return on investment (ROI).

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Categories: CropTalk, 2020

Tags: CropTalk, Farmserver, ROI

11

Dec

2019

PFR Report: The Grit & Grain of 2019: Delayed Planting

The wild weather of 2019 created challenging conditions, which caused many to implement unconventional practices on some farms. Heavy downpours on tight Midwestern clay soils delayed planting in much of our marketing area, and the shorter planting windows left farmers wondering, “Should I switch my corn hybrids to shorter-season maturities?” This question prompted our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team at Beck’s to organize a delayed planting hybrid response study. 

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4

Oct

2019

Precision Farming: Harvest Yield Reports in FARMserver

Harvest time is a busy time, but FARMserver® is here to help keep you stay on top of your data game! Beck’s just recently announced a new feature to FARMserver that will be available for the 2019 harvest season; automated yield reports.

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1

Sep

2019

CropTalk: A Harvest Plan WILL Make the Difference

September 2019

Author: Eric Wilson

This season has been one for the record books for nearly every state in the Corn Belt. Extreme rainfall and delayed planting forced many farmers to plant well into June and in some cases, July. As every seasoned farmer knows, conditions like what we saw in 2019 will have consequences. A carefully laid fall harvest plan will help to limit further losses come harvest time. If we look back one year to 2018, many of these same environmental conditions occurred across Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. There are lessons to learn and adapt to help us be more successful in 2019 across the Midwest.

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1

Sep

2019

CropTalk: Space Age Spatial Soil Sampling

September 2019

Soils are anything but monolithic; chemistry, soil type, management history, and, ultimately, yield potential vary acre by acre and inch by inch. Farmers must balance the precision of intensive sampling with the expense of sampling and the practicality of actionable management units.

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Aug

2019

Precision Farming: New Seed Selection Tool Now Available in FARMserver

The new and improved Seed Selection Tool in FARMserver® is one more way that Beck’s continues to help farmers succeed. Relaunched just in time for the 2020 seed purchasing season, this upgraded tool now comes with several new features for all operations, whether they have data uploaded or not.

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May

2019

PFR Report: Yetter 2984 Strip Fresheners

Author: Jim Schwartz

This spring, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team is testing new equipment technology. Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in London, OH, gives an overview of our study on Yetter’s 2984 Strip Freshener. Just a week after using this equipment, we already see a difference. The question is will this visual difference translate to increased yield this fall. Stay tuned for updates on this study in the coming months.

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May

2019

PFR Report: Prepping for Planting

Author: Jim Schwartz

We get a lot of questions about new planter technologies. What works and what is all hype? In this edition of Beck’s PFR Report, Brady Rogers, PFR Operator, and Brady Rogers, PFR Location Lead in Atlanta, IN, share insights on the latest planter technologies we are putting to the test this spring.

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30

Apr

2019

PFR Report: Land Rolling Soybeans

Author: Jim Schwartz

Rolling ground is always an interesting topic of discussion. If you talk to farmers in the Northern U.S., they’ll say it’s a great way to push down rocks and create better field conditions for planting any crop, as well as for harvesting soybeans. Farmers further south will say it can promote branching and increase soybean yields when rolling once the soybeans are up.

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30

Apr

2019

PFR Report: Managing Delayed Planting

Author: Joe Bolte

Across the Midwest, finding a window to do field activity has been very challenging this spring. Many farmers find themselves wondering if they should change any of their management strategies as planting continues to be delayed. But, before you make any changes to your 2019 plans, let’s discuss some factors that could influence your growing season.

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6

Mar

2019

PFR Report

Martin-Till Dual UMO

Author: Jim Schwartz

For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Steve Martin of Martin-Till at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about the Dual-UMO 2x2x2 system.

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6

Mar

2019

PFR Report

Yetter Dual 2968 2x2x2

Author: Jim Schwartz

For this PFR Report, Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, caught up with Jeff Wherley with Yetter Manufacturing at the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about starter fertilizer coulters , specifically Yetter's Dual 2968 Series 2x2x2 coulters .

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Seeing Profitability With The ROI Calculator Tool

February 2019

Author: Craig Rogers

Looking ahead to the 2019 growing season, profitably should be on the mind of every farmer. Some questions that might be top of mind include: “Will it be more profitable to plant corn or soybeans? From fertilizer programs, nitrogen decisions, chemical programs, to seed, what is the magic recipe for profitably for 2019?” Knowing that every farm and field is different, there aren’t always easy answers to those questions.

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16

Jan

2019

Precision Farming: Soil Test Pro Now Integrated with FARMserver

Author: Craig Rogers

Since the inception of FARMserver®, one feature has been requested more than any other… the ability to import soil test information into FARMserver.

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27

Jun

2017

Precision Farming

Crop Health Imaging™ | Valuable Tool For Assessing Field Conditions

Author: Craig Rogers

For a large part of the Midwest, the 2017 planting season has been one for the record books. Unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. When we drive from area to area, we are seeing corn plants in a wide array of stages. Uneven stands and multiple planting dates can wreak havoc on deciding when to apply a fungicide. If you have been following Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, we are seeing a positive ROI when we have applied fungicide at the VT growth stage. Over the last four years, we have seen a 9.4 Bu./A. advantage applying Headline AMP® at the right time, making this one of our PFR Proven™ products. Now the question to ask yourself is, how can I apply fungicide at the correct time with all the replant and unevenness in my fields?

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