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2021

CropTalk: The Sower

December 2021

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)

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Dec

2021

CropTalk: Everything Planters

December 2021

If you are like me, you probably believe that the planting pass is the most important pass you will make all season. Jason Gahimer and I presented Everything Planters at Beck’s 2021 Field Shows and Becknology™ Days. The goal of this talk was to express previous research data and showcase new topics to help make that all-important pass the best possible. Below I highlight the topics we discussed at our field shows.

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Dec

2021

CropTalk: Breeding With the Big Boys

December 2021

Quietly, behind the scenes of agriculture, there has been both a revolution and an evolution in the world of breeding. Beck’s has built a program to be a competitor in the race for a successful future for farmers.

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Dec

2021

CropTalk: Getting Better Before Getting Bigger

December 2021

For the introductory decades of Beck’s, the company consisted of Francis, his wife Pauline, their youngest child, Sonny, and a few farm employees. Its simple business plan called for reinvesting most of the profit back into the enterprise. It resembled the same steps followed by many farmers: Grow a little crop. Sell a little crop. Buy another little farm. Repeat.

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Dec

2021

CropTalk: When The Stars Align

December 2021

Author: Hannah McGee

Ronnie Clifton has five zebras, flies a single-engine plane, and has been to South Africa 27 times. He is a farmer, a veteran, a dad to two, a grandpa to four, and his blood type is O+.

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Dec

2021

CropTalk: PFR Insight Meetings: Invest Money to Make Money

December 2021

In a high-cost, limited input supply market, where should farmers invest their money? This year’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Insight Meetings are based on the theme of ‘How to Invest Money to Make Money.’ Sessions that will be included under this new theme are focused on helping farmers make the most profitable and impactful decisions on their operations, for each dollar spent. Under each unique management topic, new study harvest data and PFR Proven™ content will be featured. The spotlight on PFR Proven™ products and practices will tell stories of the knowledge PFR has captured from multiple years and locations of testing. Innovation is key to staying relevant with changes and opportunities in the industry – watch out for what new studies entered the PFR program this past growing season and what has earned the PFR Proven label. Here’s a preview of what content will be shared at the in-person and virtual meetings!

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Nov

2021

CropTalk: The Ever-Evolving Rootworm Scenario

November 2021

Author: Jon Skinner

Innovate, adapt, and overcome is a term you frequently hear at Beck’s. It has become a motto used in all aspects of our business; a call out to look at things differently, change the way we approach life, and follow through adversity in unique and innovative ways.

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Nov

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

November 2021

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; (I Thessalonians 5:16-18a)

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Nov

2021

CropTalk: What Really Drives Soybean Yield?

November 2021

Author: Scott Dickey

When we think about maximizing soybean performance, there are many agronomic factors to consider. Agronomists usually discuss variety selection, varietal maturity, seed treatment, seeding rate, planting depth, fertility, pest and weed control, and planting date, to name some of the key factors. In this article, I am going to focus on the importance of planting date and how it impacts soybean performance.

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Nov

2021

CropTalk: One PFR Book to Rule Them All

November 2021

Wow! What an early and long harvest window we have been blessed with this year! September began the start of harvest for the Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team after Field Show season wrapped up. For those who attended Beck’s Field Shows in-person or virtually, sneak peeks of our 2021 studies were highlighted throughout the buggy tours and tent talks. Once harvest data rolls in from the PFR sites, the studies’ information is analyzed and assembled in the annual PFR Book. What’s new for the 2021 PFR Book?

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2021

CropTalk: Across the Acres: Youthful Leadership

November 2021

Author: Maggie Holt

Earlier this year, the Education team pitched an idea for a podcast, and after months of brainstorming, research, content development, and interviews, Across the Acres was born.

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Oct

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

October 2021

O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8) 

The verse above took on new meaning for Teri and I recently when we became ill with Covid-19 and both lost our sense of taste and smell. All things considered, those were some of the minor side effects. As I write this, I still do not have my taste or smell back, and maybe I will not get them back, but in the grand scheme of life…I WILL live.

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Oct

2021

CropTalk: Soil Test Trends and How to Use Them

October 2021

Author: Steve Gauck

Many of us soil test and make decisions based on the results, which are important for improving your operation. There are trends happening nationwide with soil test results and they could play into the decision-making for your farm. A&L Great Lakes Laboratories analyzes soil tests from 1996 to the present, showing the trends of the soil tests they obtain. These trends depict many interesting things happening in our soils and help us prepare how to have high-yielding crops in the future.

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Oct

2021

CropTalk: The Growing Interest in Strip-Till

October 2021

Author: Chad Kalaher

Over the past several decades, there has been growing interest by many farmers to adopt different tillage methods for reducing soil erosion, protecting valuable crop residue, conserving soil moisture, and reducing fuel consumption. While there has been successful adoption of no-till cropping systems in many areas to help accomplish several of these goals, some farmers have experienced lower yields and reduced ROI when attempting no-till practices.

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Oct

2021

CropTalk: Cover Crop Application and Timing

October 2021

Author: Ryan Moore

Now that the calendar has turned to October, it’s a great time to be thinking about cover crop decisions on your operation. If you are new to cover crops and are trying to figure out the best way to implement them on your farm, here are few suggestions to keep in mind.

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Oct

2021

CropTalk: Seed Corn Production: From Field to Bag

October 2021

Author: Jim Herr

Harvest season has quickly approached fields across the Midwest. Accumulating adequate heat units over the summer has allowed for corn and soybean crops to be taken out of the fields now. For corn production fields, the destination after the crop has passed through the combine is back to the processing plants to be processed. Exactly how does the production process work? Jim Herr, Beck’s Processing/ Inventory/Wholesale Manager, along with Jason Morehouse, Production Manager, give us an update on what’s happening in seed corn production this harvest season!

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Oct

2021

CropTalk: Across the Acres: Choosing Your Hard

October 2021

Author: Maggie Holt

Earlier this year, the Education team approached the Marketing team with an idea for a podcast and asked for our input on turning it into a reality. Their team was dedicated, did their research, and spent hours discussing names, content ideas, and guest interviewers, and finally, after months of hard work, Across the Acres was born.

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Sep

2021

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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Sep

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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Sep

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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