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2019

CropTalk: A Servant's Heart: Beck's in the Dominican Republic

October 2019

Author: Ashley Heyen

Limited paid time off, family commitments, and tight finances can sometimes get in the way of what God has called us to do – to serve and love others. And the Beck family understands that struggle.

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Oct

2019

CropTalk: Qrome Questions with Dr. Cavanaugh

October 2019

As you set forth your 2020 vision, there are new technologies at play in the seed industry. Trait names, trade names, and marketing campaigns can all obscure the message — making it difficult to discern the right traits for your farm. In an effort to help you understand one new technology in the corn market, Beck’s Director of Research, Dr. Kevin Cavanaugh, answered a few common questions.

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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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Oct

2019

CropTalk: Choices in Soybean Seed Treatments

October 2019

Author: Pat Holloway

Over the past couple of decades, the ag industry has increased its focus on seed treatment research and development. This, coupled with the more challenging environment soybean seed is planted into as farmers plant earlier and more rapidly, has led to seed treatment being included on most soybean seed planted today.

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Oct

2019

CropTalk: Picking Up the Planting Pace

October 2019

Some years, we look back and wish we could have planted all our crops within a specific window of time. Typically, that window is from mid- to late- April. According to Beck’s 17-year Indiana Practical Farm Research (PFR)® planting date data, you can gain anywhere from 4% to 28% more yield by planting in late April compared to May or June. On average, for a 175 Bu./A. corn crop, that could mean a 20 to 30 Bu./A. gain just by planting within that early window. What if you could plant 60% more acres per hour? What would that mean for your operation?

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Oct

2019

CropTalk: The Sower

October 2019

“Jesus leaving 99 to find 1 seems crazy…until you are that 1.”

Jesus speaking…”What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

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Sep

2019

CropTalk: The Sower

September 2019

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fi ghting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” John 18:36

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Sep

2019

CropTalk: Soil pH and Liming Soils

September 2019

Author: Mike Blaine

Soil is the miraculous biological, chemical, and physical medium that enables farmers, growers, and gardeners alike to plant, tend, and harvest a bounty of fruits and vegetables. For our purposes, soil is defi ned as the upper layer of earth that may be tilled and in which seeds germinate; emerge; take root; and ultimately grow to be plants (note: weeds are plants too). When the soil is fertile it is balanced with both water and air pore space; and the essential nutrients needed to support plant growth.

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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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Sep

2019

CropTalk: When it Comes to Soybean Threats, the Best Defense is a Good Offense

September 2019

Author: Maggie Holt

Primary methods of controlling soybean threats in fi elds used to be fairly straight forward. Start with the most resistant variety available, and then apply your fungicides and insecticides in a timely manner. Rotating with corn or other non-host crops was always an added management practice many farmers considered. However, there is a trifecta of threats to soybean crops that are increasing in severity and causing drastic economic losses in fields throughout the Midwest.

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Sep

2019

CropTalk: Space Age Spatial Soil Sampling

September 2019

Soils are anything but monolithic; chemistry, soil type, management history, and, ultimately, yield potential vary acre by acre and inch by inch. Farmers must balance the precision of intensive sampling with the expense of sampling and the practicality of actionable management units.

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Sep

2019

CropTalk: Grain Marketing

September 2019

Author: Peter Schram

I think this is a spring that most of us will never forget. From a marketing perspective, we experienced several curve balls since I wrote my last Crop Talk article. We had bullish sentiment going into the March 29th Quarterly Stocks and Planting Intentions, only to find more grain and higher planting intentions for corn. That caused prices to tumble. With that we put spring lows in Dec corn and Nov beans on May 13th at $3.63 and $8.15 ½.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: Resilient Farmers: It Takes Heart

August 2019

Author: Ashley Heyen

Every day farmers rise to the challenge. They put on their boots and get to work — when the sun is beating down, when the wind rages with an icy chill, when the sky unleashes the rain. They face every trial life throws at them with resilience and determination all because they love to farm. If you ever wonder why a farmer does all he or she does, just talk to one, or four.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: Get Ready for Becknology Days!

August 2019

Author: Maggie Holt

Are you ready for one of the most unique events in the agricultural industry? You’re invited to join over 11,000 farmers from across the Midwest at Becknology™ Days to learn about leading agricultural practices, the latest crop production and management tools, as well as advancements in corn and soybean genetics.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: Exploring Water Management Through PFR

August 2019

In light of the remarkedly wet season that most of the Midwest has experienced, irrigation is likely in the back of most farmers' minds right now. That said, we continue putting irrigation/fertigation systems to the test with our Practical Farm Research (PFR)®. In the case of sub-irrigation, three of our PFR sites have been able to utilize tile drainage systems in certain areas on the sites and backfl ow water through them for a multi-functional drainage plus irrigation system.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: The New Kids (Corn Technologies) on the Block

August 2019

Author: Craig Moore

Beck’s is excited to add two new corn technologies to our robust offering for the 2020 planting season. PowerCore® and Qrome® will give farmers additional options for controlling above- and below- ground insects plus added genetic options for higher yield potential. PowerCore has received full import approval into key export markets, including China and the European Union. Qrome has also received approval into most export markets and is expecting European Union approval. The chart to the right details the two technologies and their approval status.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: Don't Turn a Delayed Planting into a Late Harvest

August 2019

Author: Luke Schulte

The never-ending rains and flooding of this season have provided each of you with a host of challenges along the way. The excessive moisture has led to many issues that are obvious and easily detected – compaction, nitrogen (N) defi ciency, foliar diseases, weed issues, etc. However, a potential lurking issue may be just at your feet or, more importantly, just below the soil surface.

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Aug

2019

CropTalk: The Sower

August 2019

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps fi rm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3

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Jul

2019

CropTalk: Unearthing Alfred

July 2019

Author: Ashley Heyen

A really long time ago on land 100 miles south of Beck’s headquarters in Atlanta, Indiana, a six-ton mastodon found his final resting place.

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Jul

2019

CropTalk: Succession Planning Q&A

July 2019

Farmers work hard each day to provide for their family and to improve the land for the next generation. Simple enough. But working out the mechanics of actually passing that land on to the next generation — that doesn’t come so easy. Let’s go ahead and get some scary words out in the open: distasteful, tacky, greedy, morbid, hard. All told, succession planning can be a real bummer. But avoiding the issue can result in something worse than all of those: family discord.

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