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2022

CropTalk: A Fresh Look At Planting Depth

February 2022

Author: Nate Firle

Planting depth is a big decision made each year that has no input cost, but will have a significant impact on final yields. Planting depth decisions need to be fluid. Practical Farm Research (PFR)® multi-year, multi-location data gives us confident starting points; 2.0 inches in corn and 1.5 in. in soybeans. What factors lead to the proper seeding depth?

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2022

CropTalk: The Sower

February 2022

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1 John 2:1-6)

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2022

CropTalk: Maximizing the Minimum

February 2022

Author: Jon Skinner

In the fall of 2006, I visited a farmer in SE Missouri. He made mention of his West Farm yielding almost 250 Bu./A. I quickly commented about that outstanding yield and how that must be great for him. The conversation paused, before he said something that has stuck with me ever since. “I don’t care if this farm ever makes 250 again if we can’t get the rest of the farms to make 150.”

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Feb

2022

CropTalk: Wheat Management: Early-Season

February 2022

Author: Ben Wiegmann

In recent years, acres planted to wheat have increased substantially. In fact, the USDA estimated a 12% increase in soft red winter wheat acres in 2021 versus 20201. This equates to roughly 670,000 more acres. So, why is there an increase in acres planted to wheat? Those reasons likely include good price, excellent fall weather, adding diversity to the farm, preventing soil erosion, or efforts to increase soil health.

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Feb

2022

CropTalk: New Corn PFR Proven™ Products and Practices

February 2022

Since Sonny Beck’s launch of Practical Farm Research (PFR)® in 1964, the unbiased research program has grown to over 800+ acres of agronomic trials managed at seven Beck’s facilities and three cooperator sites. Three to five replications of each treatment are conducted in the studies — ranging from cultural practices to chemical and biological products to innovative technologies and the farming fan favorite topic — equipment. Not all farms are the same, and not all fields are the same, therefore not all studies tested in PFR are implemented at every location. Some studies are unique to locations, like the Corn 400 Bushel and Soybean 125 Bushel Challenges to Atlanta, IN, and the Water Management Study-Tile Spacing to London, OH.

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2022

CropTalk: Walk, But Don’t Run

February 2022

Author: Hannah McGee

A lot can be learned from the Schenk family of Posey County, Indiana. A family who has made extraordinary contributions to their community and their farming operation. Indiana AgriNews and Beck’s is honored to announce the Schenk Family as the 25th Indiana Farm Family of the Year, a distinguished award given each year to a deserving farm family.

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Jan

2022

Press Release: Beck’s and Inflexion Point Technologies Partner to Bring Farmers First Prescriptive, On Planter Seed Treatment Solution

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Author: Hannah McGee

Urbandale, Iowa and Atlanta, Indiana – Inflexion Point Technologies, LLC (IPT) and Beck’s today announce a collaboration focused on food productivity and farmer profitability. The partnership will equip farmers with the tools to tailor their use of biological seed treatments to agronomic zones and growing conditions.

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Jan

2022

ACROSS THE ACRES EPISODE SEVEN: Bjorn Peterson

A podcast by Beck's

Author: Kate Roth

From the heart of South Dakota to the eastern border of Ohio, from central Minnesota to the fields of Mississippi, David Ringger and Carlye Frye travel throughout our marketing area to highlight the stories of Beck’s family of employees, dealers, and farmers.

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Jan

2022

Weed Management Briefs

2022 Recommendations

Author: Jim Schwartz

In addition to the herbicide guide, Beck’s has created quick-read, topical weed management briefs that combine insights from Practical Farm Research (PFR)® herbicide studies and sound agronomic practices. 

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Jan

2022

Weed Control Workshop Videos

2022 Recommendations

Author: Jim Schwartz

Beck’s has created short, informational videos that combine insights from Practical Farm Research (PFR)® herbicide studies and sound agronomic practices. Featured from our Herbicide Insight Days, watch these videos for our 2022 weed management recommendations. 

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Jan

2022

CropTalk: Soybean Herbicide Challenges for 2022

January 2022

Author: Pat Holloway

Over the last 25 years, soybean herbicide trait technologies have continued to increase and improve weed control options. However, the resulting chemical programs have relied heavily on the use of two products, glyphosate and glufosinate, as a base for weed control. As a result of the high demand and the challenges experienced over the last year and a half in both production and shipping, these two commonly applied herbicides are in short supply. Not only will getting these products likely be a challenge, but the price of these products has increased several times what they were in previous growing seasons.

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2022

CropTalk: The Sower

January 2022

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)

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Jan

2022

CropTalk: The Nutrient Cycling Puzzle

January 2022

Author: Ben Puestow

Like many farmers, you may be wondering if you can “rob” the soil nutrient bank in 2022 to avoid paying record, or near-record, fertilizer prices. While this is usually a poor strategy, there may be some fields that can forgo a year of applied fertility if the soil nutrient bank is full and cycling properly.

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Jan

2022

CropTalk: Go West, Young Man!

January 2022

Author: Mark Pieper

Finally! Nebraska farmers now have the opportunity to experience the quality products and service that Beck’s has been known for since 1937. Our expansion into Nebraska adds more than 15 million acres of corn and soybeans to Beck’s marketing area, allows us to provide Nebraska farmers access to the world’s most diverse genetics and traits, and provides a culture founded in faith and dedication to helping farmers succeed.

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Jan

2022

CropTalk: Answering your Questions about Xyway™ LFR®

January 2022

One of the most common questions asked during Practical Farm Research (PFR)® tours this summer was about Xyway™ LFR®. It’s a new atplanting fungicide product from FMC that was tested across our PFR locations in 2021, and it was a study that definitely had my attention throughout the season.

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Jan

2022

CropTalk: Across the Acres: Farmer of the Future

January 2022

Author: Maggie Holt

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe it’s 2022, and we’re featuring our SEVENTH episode of the Across the Acres podcast. Launched in August of 2021, Across the Acres is hosted by Carlye Frye (Delta Region Training Innovation Manager) and David Ringger (Central Region Training Innovation Manager). Each month, they introduce a member of the Beck family of employees, dealers, and farmers across our marketing territory and provide a platform to share stories about their careers, families, and their faith.

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Dec

2021

Press Release: Beck's Continues To Invest In The West

NEW ACQUISITION IN GOEHNER, NEBRASKA WILL ADD SUPPORT FOR WESTERN FARMERS IN SEVERAL STATES

Author: Hannah McGee

Atlanta, Indiana – Beck’s, the largest family-owned retail seed company and the third-largest seed brand in the United States, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new facility in Goehner, Nebraska. Located on 150 acres, the site will provide western farmers with sales support, distribution, and Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, as well as educational and agronomic opportunities.

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Dec

2021

Practical Farm Research (PFR): Corn and Soybean Results

2021 PFR Book

Since 1937, the Beck family has owned and operated Beck’s, the largest family-owned retail seed company and the third-largest seed brand in the United States. As farmers themselves, the Beck family recognizes the value of conducting unbiased agronomic research to help farmers succeed.

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Dec

2021

Organic On-Farm Research with PFR

2021 PFR Book

Author: Dave Ross

Innovation is at the heart of farming, and that’s why we developed our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program.

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Dec

2021

ACROSS THE ACRES EPISODE SIX: Ryan Markley

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From the heart of South Dakota to the eastern border of Ohio, from central Minnesota to the fields of Mississippi, David Ringger and Carlye Frye travel throughout our marketing area to highlight the stories of Beck’s family of employees, dealers, and farmers.

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