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Jul

2020

CropTalk: Family Friend, Family Hero

July 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

Friends and family gathered by the pool on a hot July day. Kids played and splashed while the adults laughed and shared stories. It was your average Midwest get together until the unthinkable happened.

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Jul

2020

CropTalk: Fresh Ideas at 2020 Field Shows

July 2020

We’ve never seen anything like 2020. Our team has been working to innovate, adapt, and overcome the unique challenges of 2020 while delivering an exceptional field show season. Here is a preview of what you’ll experience at our field shows next month.

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Jul

2020

CropTalk: Nematodes in Corn Production

July 2020

Author: Dale Viktora

Often, when farmers hear the word nematodes, their minds gravitate towards soybeans; however, there are multiple plant-parasitic nematodes that cause serious damage to the corn plant. The level of injury and yield reduction to the corn crop will depend on the species of nematode present as well as the population of those nematodes; other in-season plant stresses exacerbate nematode pressure. Over the past decade, we have seen a shift to more corn acres, which ultimately makes these nematodes even more important to understand.

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Jul

2020

CropTalk: Assessing Corn Pollination: What Can We Learn?

July 2020

Author: Alex Long

We are quickly approaching the time when corn tassels will be emerging and the fruit of our labor will be apparent. In this case, the fruit will be freshly pollinated ears of corn. The appearance of post-pollination ears can tell us a lot about how successful pollination was. There’s more to it than just an ear full of yellow kernels. We can use some of these visual clues to diagnose a problem that may have occurred during a crucial time in the corn plant’s life cycle.

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Jul

2020

CropTalk: "N" Your Toolbox

July 2020

Every day, we swim through a soup of gases, and nearly 80% is elemental nitrogen, N2. This nitrogen (N) gas is two molecules of N connected by an incredibly strong triple bond. Humans have only had the technology to transform atmospheric N into biologically-available forms for less than 80 years, and it comes at enormous costs. So, despite that 80% of the air the plant encounters, in the stomata of the leaf or the pore spaces in the soil, is pure N, plants have no way to tap into the infinite supply of N2.

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Jul

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

July 2020

“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Revelation 5:11

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Jun

2020

CropTalk: Putting PFR into Practice

June 2020

Beck’s has six Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites spread throughout the Midwest in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Iowa. Although Beck’s PFR sites don’t exist yet in Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri, 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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Jun

2020

CropTalk: Trial Walks are a Solid "Choice"

June 2020

Author: Mark Apelt

What is your biggest yield-limiting factor in an individual field? As I have asked farmers this question, the answers I’ve received are all over the board. Several of the more common responses include emergence, drainage, soil type, sunlight, fertility, diseases, and, of course, the weather. It should be noted that for every yield limiting factor, there is a corresponding corn or soybean characteristic that can help to overcome that factor — even the weather.

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Jun

2020

CropTalk: A New Spin on Pre-Emerge Herbicides

June 2020

Author: Joe Bolte

In the weed science world, we spend a lot of time discussing soybean herbicide programs, but very little time talking about corn programs. Why is so little time spent on corn? One reason is the fact that we can use Group 27 or HPPD herbicides in corn to achieve effective weed control. HPPDs were approved in the late ‘90s, making them the most recently approved herbicide group to come to market. Therefore, there are fewer resistant weeds reported compared to many other herbicide groups. Today, Group 27 herbicides are the foundation to many successful corn herbicide program. However, in 2020, farmers in approved states/counties will have the option to use Alite™ 27 (isoxafl utole) for residual on tough-tocontrol small-seeded broadleaf weeds, such as pigweeds and marestail. Alite 27 has greater activity on smaller-seeded broadleaf weeds versus larger-seeded weeds like giant ragweed.

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Jun

2020

CropTalk: New Players in Fungicides

June 2020

Did you know that around 10% of the total estimated corn and soybean bushels are lost yearly to various diseases? According to the Crop Protection Network, 10% has been the average yearly loss since the group of extension specialists across the country started summarizing their data at the end of each year. With that being said, the fungicide market has exploded over the last 10 to 15 years as the industry and farmers alike try to maximize bushels on the farm and fi ght off disease. One of the best parts of my job is getting to have a hand in our Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, which is a tool to help farmers make decisions on products and practices each year. As new products come onto the market, we have an opportunity with PFR to put them to the test against products that have already proven to be profitable.

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Jun

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

June 2020

Just, “Be still… ... and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

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May

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

May 2020

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” - Matthew 7:24-25

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Apr

2020

CropTalk: Fueling A Bright Farming Future

April 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

When you have a community of people willing to guide you and lend a helping hand, a positive attitude, and a true passion for what you do, you can accomplish anything. That is what I learned from two young farmers who were both top ten finalists for the National Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award.

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Apr

2020

CropTalk: Rev Up Your Soybean Protection

April 2020

Beck’s continues to partner with technology companies to put our customers at an advantage when it comes to choices. Traditionally, that message refers to the diversity of traits offered in the Beck’s lineup. In 2020, we’ve added an opportunity for Beck’s customers to access the latest in plant health fungicide protection and weed control.

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Apr

2020

CropTalk: Can Fungi Actually Be A Good Thing?

April 2020

Author: Luke Schulte

Unfortunately, for many farmers, the story of the 2019 season has yet to be entirely written. The historically wet planting season across much of the Corn Belt not only challenged planting intentions but, for many, planting conditions were also compromised in an attempt to get the crop in the ground. The end result was many acres left fallow, wet areas of fields left unplanted or drowned out, and soil structure impaired due to planting conditions. Fields with compaction issues due to 2019 field conditions and unplanted or fallow acres will require specific management strategies to maximize production in 2020.

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Apr

2020

CropTalk: Target Spot: Hitting too Close to Home?

April 2020

Author: Austin Scott

Target Spot is not a new disease but has become more of an issue in the past few years, especially in the southern regions of our marketing area. Historically, it has not been a yield-robbing disease because it typically remains in the lower canopy of a soybean plant, and those leaves do not contribute to overall yield. In 2014, pathologists began seeing more severe infections, and by 2016 it was considered a disease with significant yield impact in susceptible varieties.

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Apr

2020

CropTalk: NEW! PFR Studies for 2020

April 2020

For farmers across the Midwest, the 2019 growing season proved more challenging and stressful than your “normal” year. While some suffered more than others, 2019 yields as a whole were not as catastrophic as many predicted. This is mainly due to the nearly ideal weather we experienced in September.

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Apr

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

April 2020

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:2 (NASB)

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: Beck's "Superbowl" Spotlight

March 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

For most, the words “super” and “bowl” together bring memories of hot wings, outrageous halftime shows, or funny commercials. But here at Beck’s, these words make us think of one of our favorite small seeds — alfalfa!

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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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