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Mar

2017

PFR Report

PFR Role Changes

Join Ryan McAllister, regional business manager and former PFR Director, as he announces some recent PFR role changes and introduces Beck’s new Director of PFR and Agronomy, Jim Schwartz.

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Nov

2016

PFR REPORT

Cover Crop Application Study

Join members of the Beck's PFR and Agronomy team along with Jason Hinners of the Salford Group in the field in Colfax, IA. In this PFR report, we are looking at Beck's new Cover Crop Application Study involving the Salford Independent Series Vertical Tillage Tool with an attached cover crop seeder. 

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Oct

2016

PFR Report

Capello® Gladiator All Row Corn Head

Find out how the Capello® Gladiator All Row Corn Head performed in the PFR 20 in. vs. 30 in. row width study this season.

 

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Aug

2016

PFR Report

Pre-Emergent Herbicide Study

Daniel Fulton, Central Illinois PFR Operator, introduces the pre-emergent herbicide trial. Fulton shares an update on how weeds are responding to different pre-emergent products 38 days post application. 

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Jul

2016

PFR Report

Harvest International New Laser Pro 1

Ryan McAllister, Beck’s Practical Farm Research Director, introduces a new study we’re conducting on 20 in. vs. 30 in. row widths.

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Jul

2016

PFR Report

Understanding Yield Gaps to Improve Profitability

In an effort to help farmers improve profitability, Beck’s works hard to better understand the yield gap in corn and soybeans. The term yield gap has several definitions in the industry. University scientists define it as the difference between simulated potential yield using a crop model and actual yields. At Beck’s we define yield gap as the difference between record yields observed in yield contests and actual yields in our marketing areas.

 


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Apr

2016

PFR Report

Multi-Hybrid Planter Results

The advancements in multi-hybrid planting have been deeply rooted in Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)®. In 2011, Beck’s PFR team created their own multi-hybrid planter prototype and in 2012 became a leader in the multi-hybrid corn planting system. The positive results of Beck’s research lead Kinze to develop their 4900 multi-hybrid concept planter. This was the first planter to market that allowed farmers to change hybrids or varieties according to management zones within a field. 

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Mar

2016

PFR Report

Maximizing Product Performance Through PFR Management Zone Studies

Can free elevation and slope data create more profitable management zones?

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Feb

2016

PFR Report

Improving Fertility Management and Profitability Through PFR Soil Sampling Studies

How does traditional hand sampling compare to AutoProbe automated soil sampling technology. 

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Jan

2016

PFR Report

Residue Management with the Yetter Stalk Devastator™

How can the Yetter Stalk Devastator™ help with residue management on your farm? 

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Dec

2015

PFR Report

Residue Managment with the Capello® Quasar Chopping Corn Head

In our latest PFR Report, Beck’s PFR highlights the residue management research results of the Capello Quasar® corn head. This stalk chopping corn head doesn’t require another trip through the field as it’s a planned pass during harvest.

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Mar

2015

Field Stories

Find The Humor In Everyday Life

This time of the year, seed is being delivered and field by field product placement is taking place with the last tweaks to where and to what product is being planted. I’ve spent a lot of time in the office creating variable rate prescriptions and putting planting books together. Product placement is crucial so as we approach planting, I like to make sure that we are on the same page as to where each product needs planted.

Of course, since the weather holds the trump card in farming, my daily tasks are always subject to change. One day I may be attending an educational meeting and the next I may be visiting with current customers and prospecting for new ones. That windshield time, which can be a lot, gives me time to think. After thinking about the important and serious matters of life, my thoughts always seem to find a way around to the humorous things that don’t really matter, but make life a little more fun.

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Feb

2015

Field Stories

Not What I Was Expecting

If you’ve read my blog much, you’ve figured out that I’m a seed salesman that travels a wide area and sometimes writes about those travels. I also like to write about my winter escapades/vacations, because I don’t tend to take much time off during the growing season. You’ve probably already figured out that hunting is my hobby. Well, before trekking out on my most recent expedition to Texas, I wasn’t planning on writing about it. But what happened was not what I was expecting.

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Dec

2014

Field Stories

Life of a Traveling Elf on the Shelf

And I thought the amount of miles that I have to drive is bad! Did you know that Frisbee the elf has to fly to the North Pole every night to tell Santa if the kids have been good or bad? Whew!!

If you aren’t aware of how Elf on the Shelf works, your elf (which you name) then flies back and positions himself in a new place to be found by morning…every morning. Did you hear the long pause there? Eeeevvveerrryyyy morning. Oh and if a person ever touches your elf, he or she loses their magic. Don’t touch the elf! Our elf, Frisbee, has become a wonderful tool to help promote good behavior. The only down side… our elf is kinda’ ornry! Here are some of the places we found Frisbee this month.

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Oct

2014

Field Stories

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

We all come at the world with different view points. The other day I passed a house with this large, welded together, colorfully painted, six foot tall metal rooster. Wait, what was that? I had to turn the truck around. Why didn’t I think of this?! Everyone needs a six foot tall metal rooster in their front yard! It’s funny sometimes what people will put in their front yards. Where the idea came from is anyone’s guess.

To me, this seems silly, but that person was proud enough to put it in their yard! This brings me to the saying, “One’s man trash is another man’s treasure.”

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Sep

2014

Field Stories

Things To Do, Places To Go

In the past few weeks, I have been driving a lot visiting customers in IL, IN, and OH. However, my largest driving challenge took me only a half mile up the road.

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Aug

2014

Field Stories

Work Hard, Play Hard

Work hard. Play hard. I’ve heard Scott Beck talk about his dad Sonny raising them this way. Hard work is important! Taking time to relax is equally important! I haven't always been able to do this. In fact, several years ago I was completely unable to get my mind off of work while on vacation. But now, in my 40’s, I’m realizing that my family is not going to remember me for my successes at work. They will remember time with me and the memories we made together.

Others will remember me for the impact that I have on them, be it good or bad. I strive to have more good than bad. This past month or so has, for me, been about hard work, fun and some good stories on the road of not only a traveling salesman, but a father.

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Jul

2014

Field Stories

Sometimes You Just Gotta' Go!

There I was. It’s always kinda’ funny when you start a story like that. But, it’s true, I was there…at Starbuck’s that is. I had an appointment with a great customer and friend at Wakarusa, IN. I needed to get there, but nature called. I had also needed to stop for some coffee after a restless night’s sleep. But, you know when you have to go so bad that the hair is standing up on your arms? It was like that.

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Jun

2014

Field Stories

Curveballs of the 2014 Crop

This past week’s travels have taken me about 2,000 miles from central IN, to northern IL, southern OH, northern OH, and northeastern IN. It’s been a big week! As strange as our weather has been lately, and as variable as crops look, I thought it would be beneficial to share not only pictures, but some agronomic information from this week’s journey.

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May

2014

Field Stories

Every Dog Has A Story

Every dog has a story. The majority of the farms I visit seem to have a farm dog. It seems like these dogs are usually a mixed breed. The more I think about it, I very rarely see a purebred version of man’s best friend. From my own experience, the more mixed the dog, the more brains God put in his head.

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