Nine years ago, the Stephensons started their farm with 25 acres and a dream. Now, they farm 600 acres of corn and soybeans in the heart of the eastern Corn Belt.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021
Tags: CropTalk, community talk, farm family of the year
Spring is nearly here, and for many, it’s time to think about our cover crop termination. Some cover crop species may have winterkilled, and others may be harvested or used for grazing; however, many stands will require termination.
Tags: CropTalk, cover crop, Cover Crop Termination
Another season of Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data is in the books. Naturally, the first section I check out is the PFR Proven™ section. This section is very important when it comes to making decisions on your operation. For a product or practice to earn the PFR Proven title, it must be tested at multiple locations for a minimum of three years. In each of the three years, it must provide a positive yield gain each and every year and average a positive ROI over the combined years of research.
Tags: CropTalk, PFR, PFR Proven, 2020 pfr
The New Year is here! This is a great time to evaluate your current cropping program and decide the areas you can seek to improve in 2021. Planters are a key priority for us in Practical Farm Research (PFR)®. The planter pass sets the stage for the rest of the growing season; its success is vital for raising higher yields. PFR has tested several planter attachments and aftermarket options.
Tags: CropTalk, PFR, PFR Proven, PFR Studies, 2020 pfr
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Genesis 1:26
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
Tags: CropTalk, The Sower
Need help with weed control in organic systems? TH Fabrication, LLC has developed a row crop cultivator with a swing arm design that helps reduce and eradicate weed pressure in row crop fields.
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports
Love God. Love people. Live design. That is the motto of Freedom International Ministries, and it’s one that has significant meaning to the Beck family and many of our employees.
Tags: CropTalk, freedom international, sweepstakes, beck foundation
The ever-popular PFR Book that many of you know and utilize on your operation is not the only publication the Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team at Beck’s develops. We also publish a PFR Wheat Book each year!
Tags: CropTalk, Wheat, PFR, PFR Proven
Farmers and others in the agricultural community have waited patiently since June for a decision regarding the labeled use of approved dicamba containing herbicide formulations for use within the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® (X2) and XtendFlex® (XF) soybean systems. The wait is finally over, and farmers now have another valuable tool to combat herbicide resistance.
Tags: CropTalk, weed control, epa approval
Charcoal rot is a fairly common disease in dry portions of the U.S. where soybeans are grown. Most years, it's easy to find charcoal rot in areas of Missouri and Kansas; however, the disease is typically challenging to find in geographies further to the east and north.
Tags: CropTalk, charcoal rot, soybean rot, charcoal soybeans
Consumers continue to drive demand for organic crops, and the need to better understand organic systems and products has created an opportunity for PFR testing to help farmers who may be interested in the system. In 2020, Beck's dedicated a section of our Indiana PFR site exclusively to organic testing. In 2021, we plan to do the same at our IA PFR site in hopes to have multi-location testing that focuses solely on organic systems and products.
Tags: CropTalk, PFR, organic, organic transition
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1)
"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me." (John 17:22-23)
Nitrogen management is always a moving target. Rate, timing, source, and placement dictate yield when it comes to nitrogen management. Mother Nature has just as much influence on nitrogen management, if not more, compared to the previously mentioned factors.
What do you do with a poor stand? How good of a stand is good enough? Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR®) implemented new studies in 2020 to help farmers manage a reduced stand of soybeans and have confidence in making decisions- including when to replant.
What is the ideal V3 sidedress rate of nitrogen, applied in the form of UAN on corn? New for 2020, Practical Farm Research (PFR™) implemented a nitrogen rate study to determine the impact of 150, 200, and 250 pounds of nitrogen sidedressed at V3.
Innovative. Comprehensive. Practical. Proven. All concepts that describe the content in the 2020 PFR Book — coming soon online and to a mailbox near you — plus the upcoming 2021 virtual PFR Insight meetings. Jam-packed with more data-driven decision-making information than ever, the 2020 PFR Book will include harvest results and observations from six PFR sites and three cooperator locations. Our 2021 PFR Insight Meeting content will be focused on what in-season management products and practices can bring the greatest profitability to the farm.
Categories: CropTalk, 2020
Tags: CropTalk, PFR Proven, PFR Studies, 2020 pfr, pfr insight
German chemist Justus von Liebig is often credited with ushering in the modern era of soil chemistry and plant nutrition. In the mid-1800s, von Liebigs’ research and discovery led to the development of the first nitrogenbased commercial fertilizer. Since then, soil scientists and agriculturalists around the world have endeavored to understand and manage the use of these fertilizers in corn production. Managing nitrogen (N) for corn production is a difficult task due to the complexities of the nutrient and the hundreds, if not thousands, of factors that influence N in the soil and plants.
Tags: CropTalk, corn hybrids, Nitrogen, nitrogen utilization
The first question I will ask is, do the hybrids you plant today look like the hybrids your dad planted 30 years ago? The answer is no.
Tags: CropTalk, Nutrients, hybrid nutrients
For many of the most frequently applied nutrients, broadcast applications on the soil surface are often the most common method of application. However, in some areas, deep banding of fertilizer is gaining popularity. The placement of deep banded fertilizer is 5 to 8 in. below the soil surface in a highly concentrated band. Often, producers will utilize GPS guidance to plant directly over these highly concentrated bands of nutrients.
Tags: CropTalk, fertilizer, fertilizer placement, deep fertilizer placement
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy." (Matthew 2:10)
"But the angel said to them “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10)