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Feb

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Kansas FARMERS, Adam and Kim Baldwin

It’s been said, “If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realize what you can become.” In 2003, Adam Baldwin chose to accept the challenges of farming when he returned home to McPherson, Kansas.

  

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

The Colder and Wetter the Better

Author: Jim Schwartz
Early planting in corn can mean significantly higher yields. In fact, multi-year data from Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® across six sites in the Midwest has shown that the optimum planting date window for corn is early to mid-April and planting that occurs after these optimal windows typically results in decreased yields.
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Feb

2017

PFR Report

The Starting Point of Success: Seed Treatment

Author: Jim Schwartz
Low commodity prices are a major hurdle for farmers as we look toward the 2017 planting season, and the only true counter measure to low market prices is high yields. There are hundreds of crop performance inputs available that can make you money in today’s market environment. But when you boil it down, the success of your season truly begins with the seed you put in the ground.
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Feb

2017

PFR

Nitrogen Management for Wheat

February is a very busy month for most farmers. For those of us growing wheat, it is the time to start scouting and planning applications of our first round of nitrogen (N) to this year’s crop. The teams at the many of Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites, including Kentucky, are conducting a number of N studies this year including rates, timing, and forms. 

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Feb

2017

PFR REPORT

3RIVE OR BUST: IS THE 3RIVE 3D™ SYSTEM WORTH THE INVESTMENT?

Author: Jim Schwartz

Protecting your seed from the start is important to achieving high yields. Seed treatments are an excellent way to get a head start on season-long success. However, many farmers facing increased pest pressure, are finding that they also require extra protection around the seed and root zone throughout the season.

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Feb

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Iowa FARMER, Michelle Miller

Personal experience is a powerful teacher. For Michelle Miller, it was what ignited her passion for farming and educating others. Michelle grew up in Wisconsin, where she was involved in 4-H. Her friend had a farm where they would ride horses and do chores after school. They made great memories, but as she got older, Michelle was drawn to the city. 

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

What Does it Take to Raise 400 Bushel Corn?

In this latest PFR report, PFR Agronomist Travis Burnett, introduces an exciting new project going on at the Indiana PFR site for 2017.

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois - Part 3

Author: Joe Bolte

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois
Part 3 of 3
The Effects on Yield

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois - Part 2

Author: Joe Bolte

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois
Part 2 of 3
The Effects of Soil Temperature

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Feb

2017

PFR Report

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois - Part 1

Author: Joe Bolte

An In-Depth Look at the Influence of Soil Temperature and Moisture in Southern Illinois
Part 1 of 3
The Effects of Soil Moisture

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Jan

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Dakota FARMER, Chris Breen

Some may see being 90 miles away from a Wal-Mart in any direction as a disadvantage, but Chris Breen of Seneca, South Dakota enjoys it. “It's peaceful out here. I like that. Other people call it the middle of nowhere, but I call it the middle of everywhere.”
 

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29

Jan

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Dakota FARMER, Laura Rutherford

Perseverance, community, tradition. For North Dakota farmer Laura Rutherford, these aren’t just words. This is her lifestyle. Raising sugarbeets, dry beans, and wheat with her husband and young family near Grafton is part of who she is.

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Jan

2017

PFR Report

The Best Defense Against SDS - The Soybean Yield Thief

Author: Jim Schwartz

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has become a huge threat to farmers as it is one of the top yield-robbing diseases in the Midwest. And in years with weather swings and volatility like in 2016, the yield losses can be devastating. The most unfortunate thing about SDS is that once you have it in your fields, there is no rescue treatment or fungicide to slow its growth or reverse its affects. The best defense against SDS is to protect your crop from the start. And there is no better way to do that than with the use of ILeVO®.

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Jan

2017

PFR Report

A Closer Look at Closing Wheels

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting season is sneaking up on us and we will be in the field before we know it. While farmers across the Midwest are excited to get their planters fired up, low commodity prices leave many searching for ways to cut costs while still increasing yields.

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17

Jan

2017

Ag Education

Why Soybeans?

A few months ago, we took a time out of summer crop scouting to think about why the heck we grow corn. Now is the time to look at that other crop: soybeans. Soybeans are the small, but mighty little brother.  

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9

Jan

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - NORTH DAKOTA FARMERs, Scott Huso & Fred Lukens

For some, their farming career starts immediately after high school. For two men in North Dakota, the journey to full-time farmers was a little longer.

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9

Jan

2017

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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5

Jan

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

New Year's Eve Geese

Author: Mike Roux

The three-day New Year’s weekend was a good one. The weather was near perfect, my whole family was home, and the hunting was outstanding. I didn’t spend the entire holiday weekend in the field, but I did manage to sneak in a goose hunt on Saturday morning with my good friend and waterfowl-hunting expert, Kevin Brunstein.

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Jan

2017

PFR Report

Fall Wheat with Interseeded Soybeans

Author: Alex Knight

One thing we are testing at the Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site is planting soybeans into a wheat crop before harvest. While some farmers throughout Ohio are already practicing interseeding soybeans into wheat, there are still two perspectives to really consider. The first question you need to ask yourself is, “if you are going to plant wheat, should you interseed soybeans, plant double-crop soybeans, or not plant soybeans at all?” The second thing you need to consider is, “if you are going to plant soybeans, is it best to plant your wheat in the fall and interseed soybeans, plant your wheat in the fall and plant double-crop soybeans, or just plant early-season soybeans?” 

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Jan

2017

PFR Report

Water Management Study – Sub-Irrigation

In this video Jonathan Perkins, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Location Lead & Agronomist, reviews the results of Beck’s 2016 Water Management Study. 

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