In the cold winter months, we tend to hibernate. Unless, of course, you have livestock. Or a heated shop. But even then, it’s harder to get motivated when the temperatures are low, the winds are blowing, and the ground is frozen. Spring can seem a long way off when you’re sipping coffee on a still-dark February morning.
Categories: CropTalk, 2022
The research department at Beck’s continues to grow and mature, and our breeders’ appetite for more phenotyping data points to be collected in the yield trial fields each growing season grows with it. Hybrid phenotypes are the visual observations of the plant resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment. Given the many different locations each testing hybrid is planted in during each testing season, the importance of understanding this interaction helps breeders make better product advancement decisions.
In the February issue, we dove into the 18 new PFR Proven™ corn products and practices for 2021. Additionally, we added 17 new soybean PFR Proven products and practices to the lineup after three years of multi-location research. Testing across diverse soil conditions and factors allows our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team to provide unbiased analysis of the profitability of products and practices for each individual operation and farm. What products or practices might you be able to implement or improve on your farm?
Can you believe we are three months into 2022? Time flies when you’re having fun, right? March brings our NINTH episode of 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.
The easiest weed to control is one that never emerges. Cliché? Maybe. But as weeds continue to evolve, mounting resistance to herbicides builds every year.
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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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Scott Berget grew up in Wiota, WI, where he farmed on Berget family farms and silver creek family farms, where he was a co-owner. To Scott, family was everything, and he had amazing relationships with his Mom, Judy, his dad Mike, and his siblings, but his favorite people on this earth were his nieces and nephews. Scott cherished the time he spent with them and made sure they each knew how much he loved them.
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Our team of experts highlight PFR Proven™ data, years of industry experience, and current supply trends to help you develop a plan to achieve superior weed control, higher yields, and increased ROI this season.
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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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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?
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)
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.
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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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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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.
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.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021