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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: Fungicide Applications On Soybeans

Author: Jim Schwartz

Beck’s PFR team has tested fungicide and insecticide applications on soybeans for a number of years. The one consistent finding in terms of increasing yields and ROI is making applications at the R3 growth stage.

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11

Jul

2018

PFR Report: 2017-2018 Nitrogen Rate Results on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

As farmers, we do our best to create an environment that encourages positive plant responses like higher yields. For example, we may alter the environment by planting a different population, utilizing a new method of working soil or, perhaps the most obvious, adding a fertilizer. All of this is done in the hopes that the plant’s response, or its phenotypic alteration in response to its environment, creates additional yield and profit.

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29

Jun

2018

Intern Avenue

Adjusting to Life in Atlanta

I grew up in a super small town. It’s actually not even considered a town because of its size, it’s really a village. It has one school, with K-12 all in one building, no stoplight and if you blinked while driving down Interstate 75, you would probably miss it. And while I’m used to finding something to do in my small hometown, I’m not so used to change. So when I found out I would be moving to Atlanta, IN, a town of 738 people that’s just over half the size of my hometown, I was little nervous.

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15

Jun

2018

Intern Avenue: Learning is a Lifelong Lesson

Recently, I was able to journey back to Ohio and spend a few days with my teammates on The Ohio State University’s livestock judging team hosting campers at our annual livestock judging camp. To say it was a fun-filled few days would certainly be true, but it was so much more than that.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

2x2x2 Systems Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join our Central Illinois PFR Team in this PFR Report as they talk about a few new studies being conducted this year.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Mandako Land Roller

Author: Jim Schwartz

You asked for it, so now we’re rolling it out for you!

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Update

Author: Jim Schwartz

Breaking ground – literally and figuratively. Hear the most recent updates from the Beck’s PFR Team about our multi-row, multi-hybrid planter that’s the first of its kind.

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6

Jun

2018

PFR Report

Beck's PFR Tours

Have you ever wondered what Beck’s PFR team does all day? Do you want to see the studies they’re conducting first hand? Now you can!

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1

Jun

2018

Intern Avenue

My Journey to Beck's

A few years ago, I can remember aimlessly scrolling through Facebook one day when I happened to notice a post that seemed a little different than others. Here was a post that was sharing a farmer’s story, something I hadn’t really seen before. After diving in a little deeper, I realized the core purpose of this page was to share the story of agriculture.

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14

May

2018

PFR Report: How Sweet It Is

In-Furrow Sugar Applications

Author: Alex Knight

Can in-furrow applications of sugar increase nutrient availability and yields in corn?

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14

May

2018

PFR Report

Starting Strong with Starter Fertilizers

Author: Alex Knight

Review your fertility options for getting your corn crop going.

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9

May

2018

Why I Farm: Spring Around the Country

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, farmers and ranchers around the country have been preparing for a new season.Here’s what spring looks like for some of our Why I Farm Roadtrip featured farmers around the country.

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May

2018

PFR Report

Water Conditioning Study

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, Jared Chester, PFR Location Lead in Ohio is joined by Field Agronomist Luke Schulte to discuss water quality when it comes to spraying.

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30

Apr

2018

PFR Report

Wheat Planting Depth Study Follow-Up

In this May 2018 PFR Report, PFR Agronomist and Location Lead Jonathan Perkins joins us from the Wheat Planting Depth Study at our Southern Illinois PFR site to provide some updates on heaving, or in this case, lack thereof, once we reached April and were through the freeze/thaw cycles.

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30

Apr

2018

PFR Report

Sugar - What We’ve Learned

Author: Alex Knight

As commodity prices leave us looking for new ways to be leaner and leaner with our on-farm practices, one consideration that rises to the top as a cost effect practice is applications of sugar in-furrow. Why sugar in-furrow? You may have noticed that many in-furrow starters already have a small percentage of sugar within their fertilizers. The idea behind applying sugar in-furrow is to stimulate the microbial activity. If we can stimulate microbial activity in the soil, then more nutrients will be readily available to the plant, thus promoting yields.

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3

Apr

2018

PFR Report

Fungicides on Wheat

Author: Jim Schwartz

The topic of applying fungicide on wheat usually sparks many questions and concerns. Many farmers apply fungicides and often wonder if it was worth the investment. When Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team tests fungicides, it’s done based on product timing recommendations. 

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3

Apr

2018

PFR Report

New PFR Studies for 2018

Author: Alex Knight

Each year the Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program aims to test 1) products and practices on their way to becoming PFR Proven, 2) new technologies just introduced to the marketplace 3) cost effective management practices and 4) timely topics that farmers are considering on their operations.

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3

Apr

2018

PFR Report

Corn and Soybean Planting Date

Author: Jim Schwartz

Spring upon us and with that comes a big decision every farmer is faced with each year... when to plant their crop.

 

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3

Apr

2018

PFR Report

It’s Time to Rethink Your High Populations

Author: Jim Schwartz

While agricultural practices have changed over the last few decades, one factor has remained at the top of farmers minds: cost savings. As farmers, we’re great at finding new ways to save money, while still accomplishing our goals. And if we can increase profit while cutting expense costs, all the better! But what if we could continue to do this, but change our execution slightly to increase profits? Let’s talk about soybean seeding rate and row spacing.

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23

Mar

2018

We are Beck's: Easter Reflections by Jim Herr

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.

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