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12

Jun

2017

Field News

Sulfur Nutrition and Deficiency

Author: David Hughes

We experienced quite the planting season this year with heavy rainfall events occurring in much of our marketing area, resulting in significant replant of corn and soybean acres. Though the decision-making process and additional work seemed difficult at times, your efforts were not lost. Most replant stands that I have evaluated are looking very good and progressing nicely toward the genetic and yield potential of each hybrid and variety. With that said, I wanted to share with you some observations I have made in respect to the sulfur (S) nutrition in many of the fields I have observed.

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12

Jun

2017

Field News

Missouri Updates: Pests and Weed Control

Author: Alex Long

Here in Missouri we have welcomed the month of June with open arms! With daily highs in the triple digits, it’s finally feeling more and more like summer. As planting season winds down, we finally have an opportunity to protect the crop we have worked so hard to get in the ground. I wanted to take this opportunity to relay some information on the pests I’ve been seeing out in the field so that you’ll be prepared if you come across them.

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5

Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Where Did Your Soybean Stand Go?

Author: Austin Scott

I feel like this year has been a big set up. We had excellent planting conditions in late March and early April, and we were able to get a lot of crops planted. Then Mother Nature took a turn for the worst, and the following three weeks were cold, wet, and cloudy. Much of our corn struggled to emerge and lacked the early season vigor I would typically like to see. However, we were only accumulating five to ten growing degree units (GDUs) per day, so it was somewhat expected. Seed treated with Beck’s Escalate yield enhancement system really had an advantage this year! Now that the weather has warmed up and we’ve started seeing the sun again, the corn that wasn’t underwater for too long is starting to look much better. Most of my service calls recently have been in regards to soybeans, or really the lack thereof. Even though each field has the potential to be completely different, I have started to notice a pattern. There have been two major culprits of soybean loss this year: PPO or Group 14 herbicides (especially in soybeans that were treated with ILeVo®) and slugs.

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May

2017

Field News

PFR Updates and Increased Presence of True Armyworm Moths

Planting is in full swing at Becks Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Kentucky! As I write this article on April 28, 2017, we are 80 percent complete with corn planting and 45 percent complete with soybean planting. Although we had gotten off to a great start this year, Mother Nature started throwing mixed weather our way as of late and the fluctuation in temperatures and precipitation we experienced could possibly cause some issues.

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10

Apr

2017

Field News

Reduced and No-Till Burndown and Pre-Emergent Weed Control

Author: David Hughes

As I write this, it’s raining outside. We are fortunate to receive rainfall because our soil moisture content was very low across much of the state, as we experienced very little water recharge this winter. However, with the blessing of soil moisture comes the frustration of having time to adequately prepare our ground for planting. In reduced and no-till systems, we rely on burndown chemical applications to clean our fields of weeds. The forecast indicates that we may experience rainfall at relatively consistent intervals in the near future. Frequent rainfall events, cooler temperatures, and poor drying conditions all make it difficult to get things done.

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Apr

2017

Field News

Cover Crop Management in Missouri

Author: Alex Long

With spring officially upon us, we’re all ready to fire up our corn planters except Mother Nature doesn’t seem to want to cooperate. With rainfall totals nearing double digits and more in the forecast, many of us are wondering when we will be able to get the 2017 season underway. The one thing I keep asking myself, however, is are our fields ready for our planters?

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6

Mar

2017

Field News

Bringing Practical Farm Research to your Farm

Author: Nate Rottero

Beck’s has set itself apart from other seed companies in the industry by providing farmers with the ultimate, unbiased agronomic resource – the Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Book. Beck’s has six locations across five states in the Midwest with a combined total of over 700 acres devoted to testing products and practices to determine what works the best and will consistently provide farmers with the highest return on investment. All of this is done with the sole purpose of helping farmers succeed.

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6

Mar

2017

Field News

Wheat Concerns in an Unusually Warm Winter

Author: Susan Powell

As I have been talking with wheat farmers over these past few weeks, many have expressed a number of concerns. First and foremost, they have been concerned about their wheat growth stages advancing too rapidly. Other concerns include insects coming out of dormancy earlier than usual and the risk of some crop diseases, that generally die with a good freeze, resurfacing and leaving a longer window for infection. 

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6

Mar

2017

Field News

The Starting Point of Success

As we continue to test new products that are new to the market or improved upon, Escalate’s unique blend is always evolving. Escalate has been tested over multiple years at a number of Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites and has delivered extraordinary results. 

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