We’ve never seen anything like 2020. Our team has been working to innovate, adapt, and overcome the unique challenges of 2020 while delivering an exceptional field show season. Here is a preview of what you’ll experience at our field shows next month.
Categories: CropTalk, 2020
Tags: CropTalk, Becknology Days, field shows, 2020 field shows
Every day, we swim through a soup of gases, and nearly 80% is elemental nitrogen, N2. This nitrogen (N) gas is two molecules of N connected by an incredibly strong triple bond. Humans have only had the technology to transform atmospheric N into biologically-available forms for less than 80 years, and it comes at enormous costs. So, despite that 80% of the air the plant encounters, in the stomata of the leaf or the pore spaces in the soil, is pure N, plants have no way to tap into the infinite supply of N2.
Tags: CropTalk, Nitrogen, pivot bio, envita, source
Don’t just tell me. Show me. Spending time at home with young children, as many of us have done recently, proves this axiom to be true, and it carries forward with adults making critical decisions throughout the world.
Beck’s continues to partner with technology companies to put our customers at an advantage when it comes to choices. Traditionally, that message refers to the diversity of traits offered in the Beck’s lineup. In 2020, we’ve added an opportunity for Beck’s customers to access the latest in plant health fungicide protection and weed control.
Tags: CropTalk, BASF, S.T.O.P.
Commodities are either fungible, meaning that they are traded as a class on one market price, or non-fungible, meaning they are traded based on specific quality measures for each unit. Corn is the quintessential fungible commodity – a bushel of corn is a bushel of corn, and corn from Missouri isn’t any different from corn in Ohio, apart from the local cash basis price. Most corn grown in the U.S. is used for fuel or feed; only about 19% of the U.S. crop is used for food. Confused about the difference between food and feed? Well, feed is the food you feed food. Food-grade corn is consumable by humans; it is grown under contract from specific buyers. There are two main types of food-grade corn sold by Beck’s: hard endosperm, and waxy.
Tags: CropTalk, waxy corn, Customer Talk, corn traits
As we dive into a new decade, I sat down with Craig Hurley, soybean lead for the Beck’s product team. His unique vantage point allows him to evaluate new technologies from across the industry well before they are commercially available.
Tags: CropTalk, soybeans, Customer Talk, soybean technologies
Dear friends and family,
Merry Christmas from the Beck’s PFR team! Boy, has 2019 been one to remember. Our team has had an incredible season, even if it did get off to a rainy start. We pulled together, shuffled some plans and got the job done while also learning a lot about ourselves and how we can help farmers succeed. We are including a few of the highlights here, but we look forward to hosting you at a PFR Insight Meeting next month to tell you the whole story.
Categories: CropTalk, 2019
As you set forth your 2020 vision, there are new technologies at play in the seed industry. Trait names, trade names, and marketing campaigns can all obscure the message — making it difficult to discern the right traits for your farm. In an effort to help you understand one new technology in the corn market, Beck’s Director of Research, Dr. Kevin Cavanaugh, answered a few common questions.
Tags: CropTalk, corn, Beck's Hybrids Research Department, seed corn, research, qrome
Soils are anything but monolithic; chemistry, soil type, management history, and, ultimately, yield potential vary acre by acre and inch by inch. Farmers must balance the precision of intensive sampling with the expense of sampling and the practicality of actionable management units.
Tags: Soil Sampling, Innovation, Farmserver, PFR, Precision Farming, data, grid sampling, soil data
Farmers work hard each day to provide for their family and to improve the land for the next generation. Simple enough. But working out the mechanics of actually passing that land on to the next generation — that doesn’t come so easy. Let’s go ahead and get some scary words out in the open: distasteful, tacky, greedy, morbid, hard. All told, succession planning can be a real bummer. But avoiding the issue can result in something worse than all of those: family discord.
Tags: CropTalk, 2019, succession planning
Spring of 2019 will be one that sets the standard for challenges. Farmers are resilient and went to great lengths to get the crop planted, but in low-lying, wet areas of many fields, there was no opportunity to plant row crops. So now, in addition to managing crops, many farmers must also manage their unplanted acres.
Tags: CropTalk, corn, late planting, fallow syndrome, 2019, fungi
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.
Planting under film? We're up for the challenge!
Check out this PFR report as Samantha Miller, Agronomy Information Specialist, interviews Will Albrecht from F.O.R & SAMCO to learn more about their "Film on Roll" biodegradable mulch film product for row crops.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Tags: corn, PFR, PFR Report, Innovations. Planting under film, heat units, PFR studides
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.
Before entering into a new marketing area, Beck’s always ensures that we have in place a lineup of products that perform and a team of people to support our customers. As we build relationships with farmers and develop a dealer network, a distribution center is the next step.
Our Beck’s team is blessed beyond measure and we are great as a group at recognizing these blessings and witnessing to others. We witness to teammates about accomplishments, we witness to prospective employees about how great it is to be on this team, we witness to farmers about how we are and can be a part of their success, and we witness in our communities through personal interactions with family and friends as well as across social media platforms. We easily recognize the ‘gift’ God has provided in a workplace such as Beck’s Hybrids and we are quick to share our recognition of this blessing via many interactions and testimonials.
Categories: We Are Beck's
Tags: We Are Beck's, Easter Reflections
“He is not here, but HE HAS RISEN. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
(Luke 24:6-7 NASB)
When Clayton Stufflebeam isn’t working as PFR Location Lead at our new PFR site in El Paso, Illinois, you might find him playing with his toy tractors. In 2013, Clayton picked up the hobby of weathering toy tractors. Weathering is a specialization of customizing these tractors, where the finished product looks like it was just put up after harvest after years of work. The end result is a life-like, and often sentimental, representation of a tractor the way it once was.
Tags: Beck's Blog, John Deere, We Are Beck's, Employee Spotlight, Clayton Stufflebeam, Custom Toy Tractor Weathering, CSWeathering and Customs, Minneapolis Moline
Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Lyndsay Martin, Personal Health Coach at Beck’s shares five tips to help you achieve your goals.
Tags: New Year, We Are Beck's, New Years Resolutions, Lyndsay Martin, Health, Wellness
This new year will begin a new chapter for two Beck’s employees as they embark on their retirements. These two men have helped Beck’s grow from 25 employees to 606 at last count. Tom Wallace, Fleet Associate, and Terry Shirk, Warehouse Manager, each just celebrated 24 years of service with Beck’s and will retire on December 31.
Tags: Beck's, Attitudes and Actions, Samantha Miller, We Are Beck's, Tom Wallace, Terry Shirk, Retirement