Innovation has always been at the heart of farming, and that’s why we developed Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program. Since 1964, Beck’s has provided farmers with the most comprehensive, innovative, and practical agronomic research on hundreds of practices, inputs, and equipment.
Categories: CropTalk, 2022
Tags: Practical Farm Research, PFR, nitrogen management, PFR Book, new studies, tire pressure, short corn
Many things over the course of history in PFR have come and gone with interest, but if there’s one thing that keeps coming up in the fall, it’s residue management. It’s never an easy one-size-fits-all answer, no pun intended! When we think about the ways we can manage it, there are several different strategies that we can incorporate beginning right at harvest.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, PFR, residue management
You’ve worked hard all year long to track what you planted, where you planted it, what you applied, where you applied it, and finally, what you harvested. That is a lot of work to let go to waste. Not having a place to store and analyze your data or giving your data to someone else and have to wait for the results to come back can be quite frustrating after the countless hours and effort you have put into your operation all season long.Y
Tags: Farmserver, fall, yield maps
What is carbon? Carbon is the chemical element identified with the symbol C. It is found almost everywhere, seen and unseen. All organic compounds, such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats contain carbon. Plant, animal, and tissue cells consist of carbon compounds designed to hold the structure together.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, nitrogen management, carbon
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-17
In June of 2022, we had the privilege of honoring the Wilson family from South Central Michigan with their Beck’s Day Ever. Keith and Cindy Wilson live in Onondaga, MI, where they farm nearly 2,000 acres. They’ve been married for 41 years, with three kids and three grandchildren.
Tags: beck's day ever, Human Interest
When it comes to managing a winter wheat crop, especially given the current commodity prices, there are many considerations for getting the most bang for our buck. Here at Beck’s, we have identified five key strategies for success to ensure the most profit potential.
Tags: Wheat, Nitrogen, Fungicide, Closing Wheels, Success Strategies
At this time of year, we get a lot of questions from farmers regarding the prevention of diseases in our crops for the next growing season. Specifically, “Is there anything I can do now?”
Tags: corn, soybeans, disease prevention
Yield of corn, measured in bushels per acre, is something that farmers strive to maximize each year. And while some components are set based on the genetics of the hybrids planted and environmental conditions (weather, soil type, water holding capacity, etc.), there are numerous management practices that can positively influence the yield of corn.
Tags: corn, Yield
“Now when Pharoah had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, ‘The people might change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17
On August 1, Beck’s officially launched our “Just Believe” campaign with messaging driven from Bible verse Mark 5:36, “Don’t be afraid. Just believe.” We had one single objective with this campaign; to encourage all farmers to “remember, He created you for this.” And while some of our dealers and employees had been privy to a sneak peek, our marketing team eagerly anticipated the video release and the feedback such a bold campaign would garner. But while monitoring our social media accounts in the days following the launch, I felt something I never expected…
Tags: faith, Beck's, just believe
While most growers don’t have seed treatment top of mind in September, here at Beck’s, we certainly do. Our teams will soon begin the processing efforts that will continue for the next six months, working diligently to clean, treat, and package corn and soybean seed for the next planting season. We wanted to inform you of some exciting changes we’ve made to our Escalate® with Nemasect® corn seed treatment and offer a few important reminders regarding our soybean, wheat, and Great Harvest Organics seed treatment packages.
Tags: corn, soybeans, Wheat, SEED TREATMENT, ESCALATE
Several thoughts come to mind when I start thinking about harvest. The long hours, the constant hustle, seeing the results of the season’s toils firsthand, and most importantly, turning the chapter on another season are just a few that come to mind. It’s important to prepare for the harvest season. It takes many pieces of equipment for harvest to flow quickly, efficiently, and safely. Trucks, tractors, grain carts, and augers must work in unison for a seamless harvest. Of course, the kingpin of the whole operation is the combine. Proper maintenance when it comes to combine prep cannot be understated. Here are seven tips to ensure tip-top combine performance.
Following Beck’s westward expansion last fall, the Nebraska team has hit the ground running. Mark Pieper and crew have done an exceptional job finding the right people who get the privilege of introducing Beck’s to the state. The reaction from the farming community has been remarkable, and growers are excited about our diverse genetic lineup and the idea of working with a company culture founded on faith. The expansion added over 15 million corn and soybean acres to Beck’s marketing territory and, with it, many unique agricultural challenges and opportunities.
Like most farmers, Beck’s PFR Team eagerly looks forward to harvest! Teamwork, some long days and nights, and data collection throughout the growing season and harvest all go into our annual PFR Book and exhibit everyone’s hard work! I recently spoke with teammates from each of our PFR sites to learn what they are most excited about and how they prepare for harvest!
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (I Peter 5:6-7)
Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble and dry grass collapses into the flame, so their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 5:24)
Tags: CropTalk, The Sower
Most of the management of a corn crop is completed during the first half of the growing season. Establishing a consistent stand, managing weeds, and applying nitrogen and other nutrients are all tasks completed before tassel. We might apply a fungicide, insecticide, or foliar nutrition as needed after tassel, but unless irrigation is an option, August and September are usually spent preparing for harvest and praying for optimal weather – warm days, cool nights, and ideal rainfall.
Tags: CropTalk, corn, grain fill
November 2011: Beck’s announces a new corn trialing system now known as Genetic Choice Trials. But what are Genetic Choice Trials? They are our world-class, pre-commercial corn mini strip yield trials set up in four 40 ft. long rows and replicated multiple times.
Tags: CropTalk, choice trial
Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® studies have consistently proven the value of making foliar fungicide applications to soybeans at the R3 growth stage. I am often asked if there is value in adding an insecticide to this treatment. Many of the the late-season soybean pests we deal with are very good at hiding in the dense canopies of soybean fields, which makes it difficult for us to be aware of their presence until after they have caused yield loss.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, soybean pests