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CropTalk: Controlling Weeds in A Volatile Market

May 2022

Author: Alex Long

This should come as a surprise to no one, but the herbicides glyphosate and glufosinate are in limited supply and have received price increases for 2022. The purpose of this article is to help you navigate this volatile market while still controlling troublesome weeds in your soybean fields. The focus will be on controlling pigweed species (waterhemp and Palmer amaranth), but the information is applicable to most of our weed spectrum.

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CropTalk: Assessing Corn Pollination: What Can We Learn?

July 2020

Author: Alex Long

We are quickly approaching the time when corn tassels will be emerging and the fruit of our labor will be apparent. In this case, the fruit will be freshly pollinated ears of corn. The appearance of post-pollination ears can tell us a lot about how successful pollination was. There’s more to it than just an ear full of yellow kernels. We can use some of these visual clues to diagnose a problem that may have occurred during a crucial time in the corn plant’s life cycle.

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CropTalk: To Tank Mix Or Not To Tank Mix?

February 2019

Author: Alex Long

Herbicide resistance is a term that carries a lot of weight in the agriculture industry. Whether you’re growing corn in Iowa or rice in Arkansas, weed control is a high priority. Resistance management is a key part of any herbicide program and we have come a long way since the release of Roundup Ready® Soybeans in 1996. Educational information like the Take Action Pesticide-Resistance Management Initiative, together with the release of new genetic platforms, help to fight herbicide resistance. What we know for a fact is that it takes a systems approach to manage weeds and herbicide resistance.

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Categories: CropTalk, 2019





PFR Report

Missouri Wheat Updates

Author: Alex Long

Although Punxsutawney Phil is forecasting six more weeks of winter, the wheat across Missouri is coming out of dormancy and will be heading out before we know it. With the favorable fall growing conditions and mild winter we experienced, it looks like we are prepared for another great wheat harvest. Throughout the state, we have had very good tiller growth and winter survivability overall. 

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Categories: PFR, PFR Reports





PFR Update

Turing Insight into Value

Author: Alex Long

Happy New Year from Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team! With a new year underway, now is the time to evaluate your crop performance last year and consider new and innovative management strategies to adopt for the next growing season. I encourage you all to attend one of our 2017 PFR Insight Meetings to help you with this important process. 

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