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.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021
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.
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.
Have you ever wondered how much profit you could add to your farm if you were able to identify yieldlimiting factors before you planted the seed? As farmers, we often deal with some of the more obvious challenges, such as poor drainage, compaction, excess moisture or lack of timely rainfall, weed control, and soil fertility or plant nutrition-related challenges.
Harvest provides a great opportunity to give a final grade to our weed control program and take note of what we might need to adjust next season. Weeds continue to evolve and adapt to current herbicides and practices, and we also must learn how to evolve as to what tweaks we can employ to achieve our goal of weed-free fields at harvest. As you assess your current technology and strategy, below are some key learnings from our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites this past season to keep in mind as you make decisions for 2022.
When you think about the home you grew up in, tiny little details may come to mind. It may be the constant dirt on the rug when you walked in the door. The wallpaper in the bathroom. The view overlooking the west field from your bedroom window. Or maybe it’s the stack of papers that always cluttered the edge of your dad’s office desk.
At Beck’s, we are always looking for new ways to help our farmers succeed. Each year, through our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program, our PFR team evaluates new technologies and management practices that provide unbiased agronomic data, helping farmers make decisions and increase their profitability.
Our PFR team implemented wheat studies at our Effingham, IL and Henderson, KY sites this year. The 2021 PFR Wheat Book data was then collected, analyzed, and published on our website.
Categories: 2021, PFR
As we know all too well, each year of crop production gives us different challenges and opportunities. And as we continue to increase our knowledge and efficiencies of crop production, we continue to be humbled by new pests that rob our fields of yield. Two diseases in particular that have been discovered recently include Red Crown Rot of soybeans and Taproot Decline of soybeans. Both diseases were observed in the early 2000s in the Delta region of the United States. They have since migrated north and have been identified in most soybean growing states of the Midwest.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, Soybean Diseases
Hailing from Adams, Tennessee, Elvis and Rhonda Bellar have always considered themselves people who take pride in their community. For years, this small-town couple had a dream… a dream to bring local farmers together for one common purpose: to provide quality products for their local community. And the couple did just that.
On August 26-28, Beck’s will welcome more than 11,000 farmers in Atlanta, IN, for our annual Becknology™ Days. Although preparation and planning began almost a year ago, we are all hands-on deck at Beck’s to ensure that this is the biggest and best Becknology Days yet!
When you think about soil health, what comes to mind? You probably think of key indicators such as percent organic matter (OM) or microbial activity. There is a reason these are at the top of the list. Who wouldn’t want to have soil with 6% OM and a robust microbial community?
(Jesus speaking) “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)
Tags: CropTalk, The Sower
The Beck’s Mission Statement is: to provide our customers with the best in seed quality, field performance, and service. I find this mission statement to be evident within the production team, from the passion and dedication Jason spoke with about Beck’s production department during this interview.
Tags: CropTalk, corn, seed corn, production update
For a time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
How many of us pay for insurance on the homes in which we live? Ever wonder if it’s worth it? While this article is about silage inoculants and not about homeowner’s insurance, I often get a very similar question when discussing the use of silage and forage inoculants: ‘How do I know if I am getting a return on investment when I apply that inoculant?’
Tags: CropTalk, Silage, forages, bioxtra
The soybean Podworm (SPW) (Helicoverpa zea) feeds on many different grain and vegetable crops in much of the United States. SPW has many different names depending on which crop it is feeding on. These names include cotton bollworm, tomato fruitworm, sorghum headworm, and most commonly corn earworm. Often SPW is a soybean pest of the southern US; however, depending on several factors, this species can become a problem in soybean fields further north and east, making its presence felt in areas where it isn’t usually an economic pest.
Tags: CropTalk, Agronomy, soybean podworm, podworm
When appropriately timed, fungicide applications in soybeans provide one of the most consistent returns of all the things tested through Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, even in the absence of significant foliar disease pressure. Beck’s 4-year, multi-location research suggests that the optimal timing is the R3 reproductive stage, which is identified by having a 3/16 in. pod at one of the uppermost four nodes.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, Agronomy, PFR, PFR Proven, fungicide timing, funicide soybeans
It’s 8:55 a.m., and you just arrived at your local field show. After you park, it’s time to head to registration. Have the kids with you? Be sure to get them a goodie-filled backpack when you register. After registration, it’s time to eat!
Tags: CropTalk, Becknology Days, field shows
A key factor in yield is pollination success. Across the Cornbelt, field corn enters the critical period of pollination from late June through the end of July. A corn plant is monoecious, which means it contains both male and female flowers on the same plant. The female flower is called the ear and contains the ovules and silks. The male flower is called the tassel and sheds pollen. Many understand the female flower and its importance in yield, but let’s dive deeper into the male flower.
Tags: CropTalk, Pollination, corn pollination
Faster, more uniform emergence. Early-season disease and insect protection. Higher yields.
The benefits of seed treatment on corn and soybeans are well known and widely accepted in conventional farming situations.
Tags: CropTalk, SEED TREATMENT, organic, organic seed treatment