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)
Categories: CropTalk, 2022
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.