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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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Apr

2020

CropTalk: Can Fungi Actually Be A Good Thing?

April 2020

Author: Luke Schulte

Unfortunately, for many farmers, the story of the 2019 season has yet to be entirely written. The historically wet planting season across much of the Corn Belt not only challenged planting intentions but, for many, planting conditions were also compromised in an attempt to get the crop in the ground. The end result was many acres left fallow, wet areas of fields left unplanted or drowned out, and soil structure impaired due to planting conditions. Fields with compaction issues due to 2019 field conditions and unplanted or fallow acres will require specific management strategies to maximize production in 2020.

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Apr

2020

CropTalk: Target Spot: Hitting too Close to Home?

April 2020

Author: Austin Scott

Target Spot is not a new disease but has become more of an issue in the past few years, especially in the southern regions of our marketing area. Historically, it has not been a yield-robbing disease because it typically remains in the lower canopy of a soybean plant, and those leaves do not contribute to overall yield. In 2014, pathologists began seeing more severe infections, and by 2016 it was considered a disease with significant yield impact in susceptible varieties.

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Apr

2020

CropTalk: NEW! PFR Studies for 2020

April 2020

For farmers across the Midwest, the 2019 growing season proved more challenging and stressful than your “normal” year. While some suffered more than others, 2019 yields as a whole were not as catastrophic as many predicted. This is mainly due to the nearly ideal weather we experienced in September.

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Apr

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

April 2020

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:2 (NASB)

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: Beck's "Superbowl" Spotlight

March 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

For most, the words “super” and “bowl” together bring memories of hot wings, outrageous halftime shows, or funny commercials. But here at Beck’s, these words make us think of one of our favorite small seeds — alfalfa!

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: Turn Your Data Into Dollars

March 2020

Author: Nate Rottero

We're always looking for ways to make things more efficient, profitable, and sustainable. One of the major challenges we face as farmers is making the decision to purchase a new technology for our planter, sprayer, or combine. Then, after our purchase, the challenge is in determining if it's providing us with the advertised return on investment (ROI).

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: The Rotation: Corn Following Corn

March 2020

Author: Mike Blaine

For some, the prospect of growing corn following corn is challenging and promising. For others, in contrast to a corn following soybean (SB-C) rotation, the corn following corn (C-C) rotation imparts concern and consternation.

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: Beck's Fills The Bunks

March 2020

Author: Ben Puestow

Farmers understand that planting top-quality grain corn hybrids and soybean varieties is key to the overall success of an operation. The same can be said for forage crops. At Beck’s, we understand that if you’re growing corn silage and alfalfa, you are analyzing genetics and management practices just like you would for grain corn and soybeans. That is why we spend a lot of time evaluating both our silage hybrids and alfalfa varieties for their strongest attributes and how they can make your operation more profitable.

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Mar

2020

CropTalk: The Sower

March 2020

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:1-3)

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: When Choices Meet Opportunity

February 2020

Author: Ashley Heyen

When you think of non-GMO, one word that may come to mind is opportunity. For Gregory Brawner and his family’s farm, that is exactly what non-GMO represents for them.

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: Talking Corn Quality Traits

February 2020

Commodities are either fungible, meaning that they are traded as a class on one market price, or non-fungible, meaning they are traded based on specific quality measures for each unit. Corn is the quintessential fungible commodity – a bushel of corn is a bushel of corn, and corn from Missouri isn’t any different from corn in Ohio, apart from the local cash basis price. Most corn grown in the U.S. is used for fuel or feed; only about 19% of the U.S. crop is used for food. Confused about the difference between food and feed? Well, feed is the food you feed food. Food-grade corn is consumable by humans; it is grown under contract from specific buyers. There are two main types of food-grade corn sold by Beck’s: hard endosperm, and waxy.

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Feb

2020

CropTalk: New Corn PFR Proven™ Products and Practices

February 2020

After the excitement of the new year, one way we can continue the “new” theme is to give you our brand new PFR Proven™ products and practices for corn. We already revealed some information last month about soybeans, so what’s new in the PFR Proven world of corn? Ding, ding, ding! Eighteen products and practices is the answer, so let’s take a look!

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