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Mar

2021

CropTalk: Marestail Burndown

March 2021

Author: Joe Bolte

One of the first steps to a successful herbicide program is starting clean to allow the pre-emerge herbicide to reach the soil surface. The burndown also allows the opportunity to utilize other “effective” sites of action (SOA) that can’t be used in-season such as Gramoxone® SL 2.0. Spraying early in the spring provides the opportunity to control winter annuals like marestail and emerging summer annuals such as giant ragweed. When evaluating spring burndown options, we must consider if the herbicide has burndown only activity or burndown plus residual activity. Products like Liberty® and Gramoxone SL 2.0 will not have any residual activity but will provide very effective burndown activity. Other burndown products such as Sharpen® or metribuzin will provide residual value depending on the herbicide rate.

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Mar

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

March 2021

Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: Planter Maintenance and Upgrades

As farmers are preparing for the upcoming 2021 planting season, winter is a great time to review planter maintenance and install upgrades. Travis Burnett, northern Indiana Beck’s field sales agronomist, and southern IN Beck’s field sales agronomist, Travis Coleman, inspect what to look for on planters to prep for successful planting passes.

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Research

What is the best row width spacing, hybrid, and planting population for achieving the highest-yielding corn yields?

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: Marestail Burndown

Author: Austin Scott

Having a hard time controlling marestail weeds in your corn and soybean fields? Join Beck’s Hybrids Ohio field sales agronomist, Luke Schulte, with Tennessee field sales agronomist (now Area Team Leader), Austin Scott, as they discuss burndown and residual options to reduce marestail weed pressure.

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Feb

2021

PFR Report: 2021 Farming Resolutions with PFR

With spring approaching and farmers making plans for 2021, Practical Farm Research (PFR®) has some resolutions and unique learnings to share. This research has been discovered over the last few years and could help you prepare for 2021. These insights have demonstrated to be profitable and reliable for most farms.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: Seeds of Faith and Farming: 2021 Indiana Fam Family of the Year

February 2021

Author: Maggie Holt

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.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: Cover Crop Termination Methods

February 2021

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.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: 2020 PFR Proven

February 2021

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.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: Perfecting the Planter with PFR

February 2021

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.

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Feb

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

February 2021

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

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Jan

2021

PFR Report: TH Fabrication Row Crop Cultivator

January 2021

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.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: Service Without Borders

January 2021

Author: Maggie Holt

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.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: PFR Proven Products and Practices: Wheat

January 2021

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!

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: A Win For Weed Control

January 2021

Author: Luke Schulte

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.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: Charcoal Rot of Soybeans

January 2021

Author: Scott Dickey

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.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: Organic Growth and PFR

January 2021

Author: Dave Ross

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.

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Jan

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

January 2021

"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)

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Dec

2020

PFR Report: Nitrogen Systems Harvest Update

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.

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Dec

2020

PFR Report: REPLANT THRESHOLD

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.

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