BANDING... WHAT IS IT? Check out Episode 15 of The DIG with Collin Scherer, Aaron Carmer, and guest host and PFR Agronomist, Clayton Stufflebeam, as they explain what it is and why banding could be a good option for your farm as fertilizer prices continue to rise.
Tags: harvest, Practical Farm Research, PFR, fertilizer, Nutrient Management, banding
HAPPY HARVEST SEASON! Iron sharpens iron, right? At Beck’s, we’re always pushing ourselves to be better than yesterday. Years ago, Sonny Beck challenged himself and his team to hit 300 BU corn. Once they achieved that, it was time to take it to the next level.
Tags: harvest, Practical Farm Research, PFR, residue management
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS. What can you do now to help next year’s crops?
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.
Categories: Precision Farming
Tags: harvest, Farmserver, Precision Farming, data, Yield Reports, Data Management
Every growing season is different, and quantifying those differences in determining their effect on our crop will enable us to adapt and overcome the constant challenges that we face as farmers. Beck’s PFR team has put an emphasis on scouting and gathering observations. This allows us to learn from the challenges we face throughout the growing season and how they correlate into the results we gather at harvest.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: harvest, Scouting, Nitrogen, tissue samples, soil test, nitrogen deficiency, plant health
Last year's soybean harvest was among the latest on record, resulting in fields harvested at higher than average moisture levels. Farmers may likely have experienced peace of mind as combines rolled, only to face the concern of storing and drying their wet soybeans. As a result, many farmers discovered for the first time that soybeans can be dried relatively easily using air alone or in combination with low temperature heat.
Categories: CropTalk, 2019
Tags: harvest, soybeans, soybean harvest, soybean dry down, split soybeans
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.
Tags: harvest, corn, Scouting, Farmserver, Precision Farming, harvest19, harvest plan
Join Jonathan Perkins and Joe Bolte at the Southern IL PFR Site for this latest PFR Report as they evaluate the planting depth study they are about to harvest.
Tags: harvest, soybeans, Planting Depth, nodulation
How can the Yetter Stalk Devastator™ help with residue management on your farm?
Tags: harvest, Practical Farm Research, PFR, residue management, Corn Stalk Residue, Yetter Stalk Devastator™, managing corn residue
In our latest PFR Report, Beck’s PFR highlights the residue management research results of the Capello Quasar® corn head. This stalk chopping corn head doesn’t require another trip through the field as it’s a planned pass during harvest.
Tags: harvest, Practical Farm Research, PFR, residue management, Corn Stalk Residue, managing corn residue, Capello, Capello Quasar Chopping Corn Head
I struggled all day. Struggled to capture my thoughts. Struggled to find the right words. And the more I struggled, the more I started to doubt myself.
With my frustration increasing, I slumped back in my chair, closed my eyes, and prayed for a little encouragement. If you’ve been following my journey on the Why I Farm Movement, then you’ll know it’s because of the Movement that I found my faith. While it helped me connect with Him, I’m still learning, searching and trying to figure things out. One thing I do know, you can talk to Him about anything – even writer’s block.
Categories: Why I Farm
Tags: farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, harvest, corn, farmers, soybeans, Beck's, Iowa farming, Iowa corn, Iowa farmers
We all come at the world with different view points. The other day I passed a house with this large, welded together, colorfully painted, six foot tall metal rooster. Wait, what was that? I had to turn the truck around. Why didn’t I think of this?! Everyone needs a six foot tall metal rooster in their front yard! It’s funny sometimes what people will put in their front yards. Where the idea came from is anyone’s guess.
To me, this seems silly, but that person was proud enough to put it in their yard! This brings me to the saying, “One’s man trash is another man’s treasure.”
Categories: Field Stories
Tags: Beck's Blog, harvest, Ryan McAllister, God's Blessings, Harvest Blessings, Another Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure
After three days of rain across the Midwest, patience might be wearing thin, especially since we're in the peak of harvest. And, if you're having yields like my dad in central Indiana, it's one of the best harvests he's ever had, and might ever see in his lifetime. But big yields means a slower harvest. Longer lines at the grain terminal. More days in the field. And more time relying on patience. Something that isn't easy for my family.
Tags: farming, farmer, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, harvest, corn, corn harvest, soybean, Beck's, soybean harvest
The mornings are crisp, the leaves are turning, pumpkins are being picked, soups are being added back into menus, football games are played on Friday nights, and harvest has begun. Its official, fall is here.
I started to write that fall is one of my favorite seasons, but when I really get down to it, I enjoy all the seasons, just for various reasons. With fall, it’s the vibrant and warm colors that adorn the trees as the leaves turn, the cool but sunny days which are perfect for being outside, the fabulous apple and pumpkin dishes that start to fill my kitchen, and finally, using the elements of nature to create my fall decorations!
Categories: Family and Farming
Tags: Beck's Blog, harvest, family and farming, Chelsea O'Brien, Fall Decorations, Making Things by Hand, Fall Wreath, Pinterest Projects, Not Always Pinterest Perfect, Pumpkins
Harvest is upon us, however could be those days when we just cannot get a combine into the field. On those days why not consider an early season bow hunt?
There are many good reasons to hunt in October, before the rut begins. One reason is because bucks are easier to pattern before the breeding instinct disrupts their routine. During the first three weeks of October, white-tailed bucks are feeding machines. They instinctively react to the coming breeding season by laying on fat in late summer.
Categories: Outdoors with Mike Roux
Tags: Beck's Hybrids Blog, Beck's Hybrids, harvest, Mike Roux, Outdoors with Mike Roux, Harvest 14, Early Season Bucks, Early-season bow hunting, deer hunting, patterns of deer, rubbing antlers
With August soon to give-way to September, it is almost harvest time. God has blessed us this year with amazing yields and an abundant harvest is eminent. Before we set up camp in the combines we will have the opportunity to begin hunting season. In most states dove season starts on or around September 1st.
On Labor Day evening 2013, I accompanied Beck’s President’s Club Member Luke Terstreip, Sr. to a freshly cut silage field. Luke had done some scouting and we put out a rotating-wing dove decoy and let the birds come to us. Now it is time to explain the title of this story. For the first time in my dove hunting career I saw and killed Eurasian Collared Dove.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids, harvest, hunting, Beck's, foreign dove, dove hunting, Eurasian Collared Dove, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
We’ve always had a dog. From English Setters, Pointers, a Chesapeake Bay, Beagles, a Blue Healer, a Tibetan Spaniel, and Labrador Retrievers, a dog has been essential to our farm. And for many of us, they’re not just companions, their family. We even talk to them as if they’re human. Don’t shake your head no; I know you all do this.
Tags: Beck's Blog, farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, harvest, farmers, hunting, farm dogs, Labrador retriever, Why I Farm facebook page, Why I Farm Behind the Movement
As I walked across the tile floor in my bare feet, it sent shivers through my spine. I quickly threw my slippers on and ran downstairs with the dog in tow. It was 6:00 a.m. and she had been trying to wake me for 30 minutes. I opened the back door to a crisp, cool breeze that nearly knocked me out of my sparkly red slippers (no, not the Dorothy kind).
Tags: Beck's Blog, farming, Why I Farm, harvest, corn, every cloud has a sliver lining, silver lining, AgTalk, harvest13, soybeans
Instead of getting worked up that I was now traveling at a mere two miles per hour, every few minutes on the interstate, I took in the city atmosphere. I listened as the cars in the opposite lane whizzed by at a methodical pace. With semis closing in around me, the smell of exhaust, brakes and dirty equipment took over my car. I was as far away from the country as I could get, and all I could think about was the farm.
Tags: farming, tractors, harvest, farmers, farm families, corn harvest, fields, farm, Chicago
It’s time for another rest stop. And this time, I’m taking you to one of my favorite places – harvest. On Sunday, September 22, I looked up into the bright blue sky, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath. A sweet smell wrapped up in a cool breeze swept across my face. And just for a minute the world stopped turning.
Tags: Beck's Blog, whyifarm.com, beck’s hybrids, farming, family farms, farmer, Indiana farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, sunsets, farms, Aaron Johnson, Why I Farm Aaron Johnson, Why I Farm Allen Ett, Why I Farm Steve Sowers, Why I Farm Steve Vogel, combine, harvest, corn, corn stalks