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4

Oct

2019

Precision Farming: Harvest Yield Reports in FARMserver

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.

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2

Oct

2019

PFR Report: Observations - Make them before it’s too late!

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.

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1

Oct

2019

CropTalk: The Dry Down on Soybeans

October 2019

Author: Craig Kilby

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.

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1

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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1

Nov

2017

PFR Report

Soybean Planting Depth

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.

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18

Jan

2016

PFR Report

Residue Management with the Yetter Stalk Devastator™

How can the Yetter Stalk Devastator™ help with residue management on your farm? 

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28

Dec

2015

PFR Report

Residue Managment with the Capello® Quasar Chopping Corn Head

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.

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17

Dec

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Farming for a Purpose

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.

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20

Oct

2014

Field Stories

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

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.”

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15

Oct

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Therapeutic Thursday

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.

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6

Oct

2014

Family and Farming - Fall Decorations

Life Isn't Always "Pinterest Perfect"

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!

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16

Sep

2014

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Early Season Bucks

Author: Mike Roux

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.

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11

Aug

2014

Outdoors with Mike Roux

FOREIGN DOVE IN THE MIDWEST

Author: Mike Roux

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.

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13

Nov

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Calling All Farm Dogs

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.

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23

Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

The Silver Lining

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).

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16

Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

An Invisible Passenger

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.

 

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2

Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Time for a Rest Stop

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. 

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