What comes to mind when you think of Hawaii? Sun, sand, and a tropical breeze? Yes, of course, we have all of that, but for those of us in the seed industry, we think CORN! Since the 1960s, Hawaii has served as a winter breeding location for many of the biggest players in the seed industry. With year-round favorable weather, abundant agricultural land, and familiar US shipping regulations, Hawaii offers unique advantages over alternative winter breeding locations.
Categories: CropTalk, 2019
The idea that population is one of the key factors in yield has been widely accepted. With many advancements in planting equipment and monitoring, we can place seed with unprecedented accuracy and generate an exact record in real time. There is one factor in agriculture that no current technology can control, though. The weather can foil even the best-laid plan or best planting equipment. Historically, farmers who already find themselves with a very busy schedule calculate stand counts manually.
We finally learn how to manage or control the latest pest or plant disease, and then another threat rears its ugly head. Farmers are left scratching their heads while searching for solutions and putting into practice new precautions to protect their crops. From insect invasions to disease migration, below are three threats on the cusp of wide-spread notoriety.
Applying foliar nutrition products to ensure your crop has the nutrition it needs to finish strong is nothing new! In fact, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® has identified five PFR Proven™ foliar nutrition products for use in soybeans and four products in corn. If you are unfamiliar with the PFR Proven concept, it is any product or practice that has been tested in PFR and found to provide yield gains each year and a positive Return on Investment (ROI) over a minimum of three years. While it may seem like an obvious choice to incorporate these products on your farm, it may be more beneficial to take a targeted approach to foliar nutrition.
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
The brim of my hat shaded my face from the harsh sun as I stood on a gravel road. In the distance, I could see the continuation of the gravel path, rising out of the still, murky water that was hiding a large portion of it. A small motorboat was anchored on the muddy shore, barely swaying back and forth in the light breeze. It looked as though it was in its natural habitat. Instead, it was floating atop a cornfield, harvested only a few months earlier.
Beck's breeding program began in 1976 with Kyle Smith and a 500- row nursery. Today, there are about 90 people involved in the program, and breeding and testing Beck's genetics occurs around the globe. There is a Beck’s breeding nursery being pollinated every day of the year thanks to the addition of our greenhouse facilities, our Hawaii nursery, and global cooperations, which extend to Central and South America, Europe, and the Southern Hemisphere. For today’s breeders, it’s always summer somewhere.
Let's begin by addressing the term “pigweed.” Typically, when referring to pigweed, the first thing you need to consider is your location. If you are in Central Illinois, then most likely you are referring to waterhemp. If you are in West Tennessee, then pigweed most likely means Palmer amaranth (Palmer). Pigweed is a general term that can be used to describe most amaranthus species. Palmer amaranth is Amaranthus palmeri and tall waterhemp is Amaranthus tuberculatus (=A. rudis). You can see the confusion. In 2016, The Weed Science Society of America ranked waterhemp and Palmer in the top three most troublesome weeds for corn and soybean production; however, for the purpose of this article, “pigweed” will be considered Palmer.
In the world of horse racing, there is a term for an underdog that emerges as a winner: dark horse. As we survey the landscape of soybeans, the LibertyLink® GT27™ trait is clearly the dark horse of soybean technologies. It may not be a household name when it comes to soybean platforms, but it is certainly at the top of the list when it comes to bringing great value to our customers.
While Sudden Death Syndrome and Brown Stem Rot steal the spotlight in most soybean disease discussions, there is another disease that plagues soybean production in the northern geographies, White Mold. White Mold can take a high yielding field from 80 to 20 Bu./A., so farmers are constantly looking for solutions to combat this devastating disease. Thankfully, we are gaining more and more insight as to how we can use multiple management techniques to avoid significant yield loss from White Mold.
…but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (I John 1:7)
Beck’s greenhouses in Atlanta, Indiana, are a bit of a local landmark. On cloudy mornings, especially during a fog, the gleam can be seen for miles. The ten greenhouses are integral to Beck’s trait integration program, ensuring that we release the latest trait technology concurrently with the best genetics.
Several months ago, I wrote about the importance of developing your grain marketing plan. That plan should help you understand your cost of production and determine a breakeven price at average or crop insurance (APH) yields. You should be thinking about the price where you are willing to begin selling your new crop. I have targets in mind for my plan and will be watching for opportunities to price during the “too season” — too wet, too dry, too hot. The "too season" is the best opportunity in the spring/summer market.
Tags: CropTalk, grain marketing, Customer Talk
In the February issue of CropTalk, we discussed different methods to apply anhydrous in front of planting to minimize seedling injury. Having said that, there is no guarantee that this spring will be a smooth planting season. So, what should you do if you have a tight planting window this spring?
Tags: CropTalk, Nitrogen Uptake
The fall of 2018 brought many challenges to the region, making it difficult for fall anhydrous applications or a fall burndown. The February issue of CropTalk had the first part of this series. We hope to give you insight on options for spring management if you did not finish your traditional fall fieldwork. The first article, available on the Beck's website, focused on considerations for applying spring anhydrous. This article will focus on how to maximize the efficacy of a spring burndown.
Tags: CropTalk, Herbicide, burndown
Today, let’s talk soybean replant and discuss best practices for making replant decisions. No matter how much time and effort is put into planning, Mother Nature seems to have plans of her own, and she trumps all.
Tags: CropTalk, soybean, Replant
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” - Ephesians 2:4-5
Tucked away on a country road in Greensburg, Indiana, is a family farm that has been pushing the envelope on soil health since the 1980s. The farm is home to a father and son who not only have worked to improve their own farm with innovative strategies, but have shared their knowledge and discoveries with their community and beyond.
Constant change has been the primary theme in the world of soybeans over the past few seasons. This is especially true when we focus on weed management solutions through soybean trait options. Only a few seasons ago, many customers were using LibertyLink® soybean products like 264L4, 366L4, and 494L4 as a ‘new’ solution to glyphosate-resistant weeds that were becoming an issue in the midsouth portions of Beck’s marketing area.
One of the most frequently asked questions about corn products is, “What population is optimal to maximize yield?” The answer can be estimated by considering a combination of management variables, productivity level, and each hybrid’s response to population. Beck's product, PFR, FARMserver®, agronomy and seed advisor teams are all focused on evaluating and recommending the best population by hybrid combination for your farming operation.