A key factor in yield is pollination success. Across the Cornbelt, field corn enters the critical period of pollination from late June through the end of July. A corn plant is monoecious, which means it contains both male and female flowers on the same plant. The female flower is called the ear and contains the ovules and silks. The male flower is called the tassel and sheds pollen. Many understand the female flower and its importance in yield, but let’s dive deeper into the male flower.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021
Tags: CropTalk, Pollination, corn pollination
Faster, more uniform emergence. Early-season disease and insect protection. Higher yields.
The benefits of seed treatment on corn and soybeans are well known and widely accepted in conventional farming situations.
Tags: CropTalk, SEED TREATMENT, organic, organic seed treatment
It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about late-season applications. It seems like no matter how much we prepare, it’s mid-season before we even get the planters empty. As we transition from the planting and early-season mindset, I’d like to challenge you to try one new thing on your farming operation this year.
Tags: CropTalk, PFR, PFR Proven, fungicide response
Many articles and publications have brought forth that corn rootworm (CRW), primarily Northern and Western, is the number one annual pest in corn production. Most estimates put income losses and control costs at close to $1 billion per year.
Tags: CropTalk, corn rootworm, rootworm
Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. (Philippians 2:1-2, NASB)
Tags: CropTalk, The Sower
Christy Bridges may have lost her ability to drive a car, but her ability to rope cattle has not faltered, even after an 8-year career hiatus. As the wife of a Beck’s dealer, mother to Amelia, and a professional breakaway roper, Christy redefines the limits of having a disability.
Planting is underway for the 2021 growing season! Moving on from the early-season PFR Proven™ products and practices discussed last month, what are the next steps to implement on your farms? The following PFR Proven™ strategies will help to protect your corn and soybean yields in the field as the growing season progresses.
Tags: CropTalk, PFR, PFR Proven
In many areas of the Midwest, silage is not an afterthought, it is the focus of the entire farm operation. With that in mind, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team will begin conducting corn silage-specific PFR studies in 2021. We know that there is a craving for agronomic research that focuses on producing hightonnage corn silage, and we are going to help find those answers.
Tags: CropTalk, corn, PFR, corn silage, pfr silage, silage studies
At Beck’s, I’m surrounded by people who strive each day to serve you as your trusted advisor, no matter your operation practices.
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Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)
6. That’s the number of years I had worked here at Beck’s before taking a true, in-depth tour of the biotech building here in Atlanta, IN. But earlier this year, a few members of our research team opened their doors and allowed me to follow them around for two hours as they explained the amazing work their teams do, day in and day out. We are lucky to have 101 beyond talented full-time employees (with 47 job titles among them) across 7 locations who dedicate their time and energy to bringing farmers highperforming, regional products quickly and efficiently.
Tags: CropTalk, research
Spring is here! Hopefully you’ve had a chance to look through the 2020 PFR Book and pick out a PFR Proven™ product or practice to try for 2021. With planting season here, we wanted to share a few early-season PFR Proven products and practices to consider implementing on your farm this spring.
Tags: CropTalk, corn, soybeans, PFR, Planting Date, PFR Proven, Closing Wheels
Heading into the 2021 planting season, this is the first year that we have not been in the middle of launching a new soybean technology to our sales team and customers. As exciting and interesting as it is to launch new technologies in three consecutive seasons, it can lead to confusion about what technology fits best on the farm.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, 2021
Every year we prepare a plan for the growing season, and every year Mother Nature throws us a curveball! Many of Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® studies focus on helping you develop your plan for the year utilizing different studies and practices. The PFR Proven™ designation has helped us narrow down the activities that increase profit and set direction.
Tags: CropTalk, PFR, Replant, PFR Studies, thin stand, stand management
And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. (Luke 22:41-44)
Diversification. It looks different on every farm, but today it has become a common practice to stay profitable and maintain an operation. For some, it may look like a seed or chemical dealership. For others, it’s growing a niche crop. For one farmer in Iowa, it is investing in an unexpected sector of agriculture for the cool temperatures and saltless waters of the Midwest – shrimp farming.
Tags: CropTalk, shrimp farming
If you watched the 2021 PFR Insight meetings, you know by now that FARMserver® is rolling out a whole new feature this spring. The Growth Model in FARMserver takes several pieces of information and uses it to predict the growth stage of each field. We’re nothing short of excited to tell you about it!
Each year we launch new and exciting corn products with added yield and additional agronomic strengths. The process to evaluate each class takes years and hundreds, if not thousands, of trials to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each product. It is rigorous; from field observations to data analysis, thousands of hybrids must be narrowed down to a select few that will be launched in our commercial lineup. These are the “best of the best” hybrids from the most elite breeding programs in the world.
Tags: CropTalk, corn, 2021, new corn
Seed selection is just one part of achieving a successful alfalfa stand. No matter the quality of the seed, poor planting practices will never return a satisfying stand of alfalfa. Decisions made during establishment will factor into production over the life of the stand.
Tags: CropTalk, alfalfa, forages, alfalfa stand
One of the first steps to a successful herbicide program is starting clean to allow the pre-emerge herbicide to reach the soil surface. The burndown also allows the opportunity to utilize other “effective” sites of action (SOA) that can’t be used in-season such as Gramoxone® SL 2.0. Spraying early in the spring provides the opportunity to control winter annuals like marestail and emerging summer annuals such as giant ragweed. When evaluating spring burndown options, we must consider if the herbicide has burndown only activity or burndown plus residual activity. Products like Liberty® and Gramoxone SL 2.0 will not have any residual activity but will provide very effective burndown activity. Other burndown products such as Sharpen® or metribuzin will provide residual value depending on the herbicide rate.
Tags: CropTalk, Marestail, PFR, burndown, Dicamba