O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8)
The verse above took on new meaning for Teri and I recently when we became ill with Covid-19 and both lost our sense of taste and smell. All things considered, those were some of the minor side effects. As I write this, I still do not have my taste or smell back, and maybe I will not get them back, but in the grand scheme of life…I WILL live.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021
Many of us soil test and make decisions based on the results, which are important for improving your operation. There are trends happening nationwide with soil test results and they could play into the decision-making for your farm. A&L Great Lakes Laboratories analyzes soil tests from 1996 to the present, showing the trends of the soil tests they obtain. These trends depict many interesting things happening in our soils and help us prepare how to have high-yielding crops in the future.
Over the past several decades, there has been growing interest by many farmers to adopt different tillage methods for reducing soil erosion, protecting valuable crop residue, conserving soil moisture, and reducing fuel consumption. While there has been successful adoption of no-till cropping systems in many areas to help accomplish several of these goals, some farmers have experienced lower yields and reduced ROI when attempting no-till practices.
Now that the calendar has turned to October, it’s a great time to be thinking about cover crop decisions on your operation. If you are new to cover crops and are trying to figure out the best way to implement them on your farm, here are few suggestions to keep in mind.
Harvest season has quickly approached fields across the Midwest. Accumulating adequate heat units over the summer has allowed for corn and soybean crops to be taken out of the fields now. For corn production fields, the destination after the crop has passed through the combine is back to the processing plants to be processed. Exactly how does the production process work? Jim Herr, Beck’s Processing/ Inventory/Wholesale Manager, along with Jason Morehouse, Production Manager, give us an update on what’s happening in seed corn production this harvest season!
Earlier this year, the Education team approached the Marketing team with an idea for a podcast and asked for our input on turning it into a reality. Their team was dedicated, did their research, and spent hours discussing names, content ideas, and guest interviewers, and finally, after months of hard work, Across the Acres was born.
Com.mit.ment: a) an agreement or pledge to do something in the future, b) something pledged, c) the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled.
What hybrid will you plant this year? How will you manage weeds? What’s for lunch? Should I sequester carbon? Until recently, you may not have thought about sequestering carbon, but this topic has entered a more routine line of questioning as programs continue to gain publicity.
What a season we have experienced so far! The weather has certainly been variable across our marketing area. While some have had an abundance of precipitation, others watched their crop deteriorate from drought. As we look forward to harvest, we must also begin planning for the 2022 crop, and fertility management becomes top of mind.
Have you ever wondered how much profit you could add to your farm if you were able to identify yieldlimiting factors before you planted the seed? As farmers, we often deal with some of the more obvious challenges, such as poor drainage, compaction, excess moisture or lack of timely rainfall, weed control, and soil fertility or plant nutrition-related challenges.
Harvest provides a great opportunity to give a final grade to our weed control program and take note of what we might need to adjust next season. Weeds continue to evolve and adapt to current herbicides and practices, and we also must learn how to evolve as to what tweaks we can employ to achieve our goal of weed-free fields at harvest. As you assess your current technology and strategy, below are some key learnings from our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites this past season to keep in mind as you make decisions for 2022.
When you think about the home you grew up in, tiny little details may come to mind. It may be the constant dirt on the rug when you walked in the door. The wallpaper in the bathroom. The view overlooking the west field from your bedroom window. Or maybe it’s the stack of papers that always cluttered the edge of your dad’s office desk.
At Beck’s, we are always looking for new ways to help our farmers succeed. Each year, through our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program, our PFR team evaluates new technologies and management practices that provide unbiased agronomic data, helping farmers make decisions and increase their profitability.
Our PFR team implemented wheat studies at our Effingham, IL and Henderson, KY sites this year. The 2021 PFR Wheat Book data was then collected, analyzed, and published on our website.
Categories: 2021, PFR
As we know all too well, each year of crop production gives us different challenges and opportunities. And as we continue to increase our knowledge and efficiencies of crop production, we continue to be humbled by new pests that rob our fields of yield. Two diseases in particular that have been discovered recently include Red Crown Rot of soybeans and Taproot Decline of soybeans. Both diseases were observed in the early 2000s in the Delta region of the United States. They have since migrated north and have been identified in most soybean growing states of the Midwest.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, Soybean Diseases
Hailing from Adams, Tennessee, Elvis and Rhonda Bellar have always considered themselves people who take pride in their community. For years, this small-town couple had a dream… a dream to bring local farmers together for one common purpose: to provide quality products for their local community. And the couple did just that.
On August 26-28, Beck’s will welcome more than 11,000 farmers in Atlanta, IN, for our annual Becknology™ Days. Although preparation and planning began almost a year ago, we are all hands-on deck at Beck’s to ensure that this is the biggest and best Becknology Days yet!
When you think about soil health, what comes to mind? You probably think of key indicators such as percent organic matter (OM) or microbial activity. There is a reason these are at the top of the list. Who wouldn’t want to have soil with 6% OM and a robust microbial community?
(Jesus speaking) “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)
Tags: CropTalk, The Sower
The Beck’s Mission Statement is: to provide our customers with the best in seed quality, field performance, and service. I find this mission statement to be evident within the production team, from the passion and dedication Jason spoke with about Beck’s production department during this interview.
Tags: CropTalk, corn, seed corn, production update
For a time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)