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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: Measuring Early-Season Nitrogen

June 2020

Digital technology is changing the face of agriculture, giving us more information at a faster pace and with greater precision than ever before. With advanced analytics and modeling, farmers use information to help them make more informed decisions. Increasing nitrogen use effi ciency (NUE) has been, and continues to be, a high priority for many stakeholders. For farmers, any gain we can make in NUE provides environmental benefi ts as well as increased return on investment (ROI).

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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: Farming From a Hospital Room

May 2020

Carpet farming has been a staple farm kid tradition for generations. Little future farmers are running successful operations with miniature equipment in their living rooms, at Grandma’s house, or even in the sandbox. But for Kale Schmidt, a farm kid in Iowa, his carpet farming operation had to be transported to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

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May

2020

CropTalk: PFR: Come See For Yourself

May 2020

Don’t just tell me. Show me. Spending time at home with young children, as many of us have done recently, proves this axiom to be true, and it carries forward with adults making critical decisions throughout the world.

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May

2020

CropTalk: Weather Analysis Tools for Fungicide Decisions

May 2020

While the focus among farmers right now is getting the crop planted and established, soon there will be decisions to make about keeping the crop healthy for the duration of the growing season. One of the primary tools available in maintaining plant health is fungicide, and while fungicide use is common and widespread across the corn belt, the decision on whether to spray and when to spray can be one of the more difficult management decisions a farmer must make.

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May

2020

CropTalk: Corn and Early Sidedress Nitrogen

May 2020

Author: Mike Blaine

What the 2020 growing season will offer is yet to be seen, but there is a strong trend toward higher precipitation levels and more significant rainfall events. What can we do to adjust our nitrogen management to better cope with the uncertainty these trends present?

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May

2020

CropTalk: Stand Counts and Spray Applications

May 2020

Author: Jim Love

As we move into the planting season, it is important to remember some of the key factors that limit yield. It is widely accepted that population is at the top of the list. It would stand to reason that without plants, there is not much you can do to preserve or create yield. Assessing population has been a challenging task considering the time constraints of spring. We can now use drones, models like the Phantom 4 or newer, to quickly and accurately assess the population of a field.

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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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