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CropTalk: The Sower

September 2019

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fi ghting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” John 18:36

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Sep

2019

CropTalk: Soil pH and Liming Soils

September 2019

Author: Mike Blaine

Soil is the miraculous biological, chemical, and physical medium that enables farmers, growers, and gardeners alike to plant, tend, and harvest a bounty of fruits and vegetables. For our purposes, soil is defi ned as the upper layer of earth that may be tilled and in which seeds germinate; emerge; take root; and ultimately grow to be plants (note: weeds are plants too). When the soil is fertile it is balanced with both water and air pore space; and the essential nutrients needed to support plant growth.

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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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Sep

2019

CropTalk: When it Comes to Soybean Threats, the Best Defense is a Good Offense

September 2019

Author: Maggie Holt

Primary methods of controlling soybean threats in fi elds used to be fairly straight forward. Start with the most resistant variety available, and then apply your fungicides and insecticides in a timely manner. Rotating with corn or other non-host crops was always an added management practice many farmers considered. However, there is a trifecta of threats to soybean crops that are increasing in severity and causing drastic economic losses in fi elds throughout the Midwest.

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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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Sep

2019

CropTalk: Grain Marketing

September 2019

Author: Peter Schram

I think this is a spring that most of us will never forget. From a marketing perspective, we experienced several curve balls since I wrote my last Crop Talk article. We had bullish sentiment going into the March 29th Quarterly Stocks and Planting Intentions, only to find more grain and higher planting intentions for corn. That caused prices to tumble. With that we put spring lows in Dec corn and Nov beans on May 13th at $3.63 and $8.15 ½.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: Resilient Farmers: It Takes Heart

August 2019

Author: Ashley Heyen

Every day farmers rise to the challenge. They put on their boots and get to work — when the sun is beating down, when the wind rages with an icy chill, when the sky unleashes the rain. They face every trial life throws at them with resilience and determination all because they love to farm. If you ever wonder why a farmer does all he or she does, just talk to one, or four.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: Get Ready for Becknology Days!

August 2019

Author: Maggie Holt

Are you ready for one of the most unique events in the agricultural industry? You’re invited to join over 11,000 farmers from across the Midwest at Becknology™ Days to learn about leading agricultural practices, the latest crop production and management tools, as well as advancements in corn and soybean genetics.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: Exploring Water Management Through PFR

August 2019

In light of the remarkedly wet season that most of the Midwest has experienced, irrigation is likely in the back of most farmers' minds right now. That said, we continue putting irrigation/fertigation systems to the test with our Practical Farm Research (PFR)®. In the case of sub-irrigation, three of our PFR sites have been able to utilize tile drainage systems in certain areas on the sites and backfl ow water through them for a multi-functional drainage plus irrigation system.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: The New Kids (Corn Technologies) on the Block

August 2019

Author: Craig Moore

Beck’s is excited to add two new corn technologies to our robust offering for the 2020 planting season. PowerCore® and Qrome® will give farmers additional options for controlling above- and below- ground insects plus added genetic options for higher yield potential. PowerCore has received full import approval into key export markets, including China and the European Union. Qrome has also received approval into most export markets and is expecting European Union approval. The chart to the right details the two technologies and their approval status.

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2019

CropTalk: Don't Turn a Delayed Planting into a Late Harvest

August 2019

Author: Luke Schulte

The never-ending rains and flooding of this season have provided each of you with a host of challenges along the way. The excessive moisture has led to many issues that are obvious and easily detected – compaction, nitrogen (N) defi ciency, foliar diseases, weed issues, etc. However, a potential lurking issue may be just at your feet or, more importantly, just below the soil surface.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: The Sower

August 2019

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps fi rm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3

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Jul

2019

CropTalk: Unearthing Alfred

July 2019

Author: Ashley Heyen

A really long time ago on land 100 miles south of Beck’s headquarters in Atlanta, Indiana, a six-ton mastodon found his final resting place.

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Jul

2019

CropTalk: Succession Planning Q&A

July 2019

Farmers work hard each day to provide for their family and to improve the land for the next generation. Simple enough. But working out the mechanics of actually passing that land on to the next generation — that doesn’t come so easy. Let’s go ahead and get some scary words out in the open: distasteful, tacky, greedy, morbid, hard. All told, succession planning can be a real bummer. But avoiding the issue can result in something worse than all of those: family discord.

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CropTalk: Managing Irrigation with VRI and Moisture Probes

July 2019

There's often talk about variable rate (VR) fertilizer applications or VR planting, but have you ever heard about variable rate irrigation (VRI)? In the same manner that a prescription can be created to apply different rates of fertilizer or seed to defined areas of a field, farmers with pivot irrigation can also vary the rate of water within a field. Much like creating a VR planting prescription, a VRI prescription requires a strong data set that would include elevation, soil texture, and water holding capacity.

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Jul

2019

Croptalk: Common Herbicide Symptomology on Soybeans

July 2019

Author: Austin Scott

With the new herbicide-tolerant traits on the market today and the many to come in the near future, this is a good opportunity to discuss some common herbicide injury symptomology that is documented every year.

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CropTalk: Unplanted Acres: Utilizing the Silent Partners in Your Soil

July 2019

Spring of 2019 will be one that sets the standard for challenges. Farmers are resilient and went to great lengths to get the crop planted, but in low-lying, wet areas of many fields, there was no opportunity to plant row crops. So now, in addition to managing crops, many farmers must also manage their unplanted acres.

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Jul

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CropTalk: The Sower

July 2019

For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find  Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord. - Jeremiah 29:11-14a

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2019

CropTalk: Winning For A Good Cause

June 2019

Author: Ashley Heyen

Your phone rings. It’s a number you don’t recognize, but you answer anyway. On the other end, you hear a voice say, “Congratulations! You are the winner of the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund Sweepstakes!”

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2019

CropTalk: One Phone Call And Aloha Hawaii!

June 2019

What comes to mind when you think of Hawaii? Sun, sand, and a tropical breeze? Yes, of course, we have all of that, but for those of us in the seed industry, we think CORN! Since the 1960s, Hawaii has served as a winter breeding location for many of the biggest players in the seed industry. With year-round favorable weather, abundant agricultural land, and familiar US shipping regulations, Hawaii offers unique advantages over alternative winter breeding locations.

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