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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Idaho FARMERs, Jay & Chyenne Smith

Growing up, Jay Smith was always told he could never ranch. Before they met, his wife, Chyenne got an art degree and started a construction company doing decorative concrete floors because it wasn’t possible to make a living riding horses. For years, people said ranching simply wasn’t in their cards.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Oklahoma FARMER, Aaron Base

At Oklahoma State University, Aaron Base had professors that told him he’d never be able to farm. His diversified farm outside Geary, Oklahoma is proving them wrong. Today, Aaron and his wife raise a variety of niche products, like grassfed beef and wine grapes, along with their two daughters just down the road from the family’s main farm.

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11

Jul

2017

PFR Report

Herbicide Damage

Dicamba drift has been a hot topic throughout the Midwest over the last few weeks as many farmers have been experiencing herbicide damage to their soybean fields. When evaluating your fields, it’s important to keep in mind that there are other herbicides on the market that may cause similar symptomology, leading to confusion.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Montana FARMERS, Harry & Ellen Allen

When she was just 19 years old, Ellen Allen’s father passed away. He left her Pocket Creek Ranch in southern Montana, and she was determined to carry on his legacy.

“Dad had such dreams for this place.” She says with a sentimental smile. “It wasn't really mom's cup of tea too much because she had been an Illinois farm girl and she loved fertile land. This place was a little dry and a little rough for her.”

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: MONTANA FARMER, Justin Hamilton

When he was a senior in high school, Justin Hamilton’s family moved to a new irrigated ranch near Columbus, Montana. His parents also owned the ACE Hardware store in town. Early in his career, Justin worked all day at the store and did ranch work at night.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: WASHINGTON FARMERS, Brandon & Krista Stauffer

Growing up, Krista Stauffer didn’t know much about agriculture. In fact, the only farm experience she had was driving past an old dairy farm in her small hometown. Ironically, today she lives on that exact farm with her husband and their growing young family.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Washington FARMER, Front Porch Farm

Tucked in the mountains of northeast Washington, a little antique shop welcomes visitors to Front Porch Farm. Further down the lane lies the small diversified farm that Dee Acheson and his wife, Liz started nearly 20 years ago.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - WYOMING FARMER, Carol Greet

The Greet family is proud to have four generations on their centennial ranch near Ten Sleep, Wyoming. While old farms and ranches can be found across the country, the Greet’s place is especially unique.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Wyoming farmers, Tony and Linda Schiffer

Tony and Linda Schiffer live, work and play in agriculture as a team. In addition to their own ranch, they represent Superior Livestock, are active in industry organizations, and enjoy team roping. They both grew up in ranching families, and have continued in that way of life as adults.

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

Nitrogen Application Study

Join Tyler Kilfoil, PFR location lead, and Travis Burnett, PFR agronomist at Beck’s Indiana Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site as they provide an update on the Nitrogen Application Study at Beck’s Indiana PFR site. 

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

A Closer Look at Closing Wheels

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Beck's PFR team in London, OH as they discuss one of PFR's most popular and asked about studies...the Corn Closing Wheel Trial.
 

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

Part 2: New Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Project

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Operations Manager, Jason Gahimer, introduces part 2 of Beck’s new PFR project, a multi-row width, multi-hybrid planter!
 

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Operations Manager, Jason Gahimer, introduces part 2 of Beck’s new PFR project, a multi-row width, multi-hybrid planter!

In conjunction with Schlipf Precision Ag, Harvest International, Yetter Co., and Precision Planting, Beck’s is excited to announce this exciting new project.

We have done a lot of research over the years on row spacing and population and have found that we can produce high yields when planting in 30 in. rows compared to 20 in. rows, but there are still some advantages with narrower row spacing. This new planter will allow us to plant in 10 in., 20 in., and 30 in. rows on the fly throughout the field in order to identify the zones, spacing, and seeding rates that will maximize our yields.

Join us for part two of this series, featuring Precision Planting’s General Manger, Brad Arnold, and Research Agronomist, Cory Muhlbauer to learn more about the components that are going onto the Harvest International planter bar.
 

 

Check out part one here.

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

2017 PFR Wheat Book

Author: Alex Knight

This year, a total of 15 studies were conducted across four of our six Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites, as shown below. As a result of these studies, we have identified two new PFR Proven™ products, based on their yield results and return on investment (ROI). With all four sites having completed wheat harvest, our team is moving quickly on the 2017 PFR Wheat Book, and we can’t wait to share the results with you. In the meantime, we have highlighted some of the information below.

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5

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - COLORADO FARMERs, Johh & Janell Reid

More than 40 years ago, John and Janell Reid started their life together outside of Ordway, Colorado. They met at Colorado State University, and were ready to join the ranch John’s parents purchased about 20 years prior.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Colorado FARMER, Ryan Kanode

Ryan Kanode still remembers the first time he got to drive the combine as a kid. It was during wheat harvest on his uncles’ farm where he worked in the summer. Now he’s in his sixth season farming and running a chemical business with his uncles in northeast Colorado. “I'd say since I was little, it's kind of what I always wanted to do.” He smiles.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Oklahoma FARMER, Jean Lam

After spending five years away from the family farm, Jean Lam returned to Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to continue her family’s tradition of caring for cattle and row crops.

“I went to college for four years and then lived in Washington D.C. for a year. After that, I moved home and realized that I didn't want to go to law school. I wanted to farm. That's my passion.” Jean smiles.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - LOUISIANA FARMER, Jim Harper

All his life, Jim Harper of Louisiana has wanted to be a farmer. “My father was a farmer. From the time I was small, following him around and working on the farm growing up, I wanted to be a farmer.” Jim recalls.

“When I was a child, we raised seed corn. We used to detassel the seed corn by hand. That was a great memory for me. I would do that every summer. It was hard work, but I liked it. I just, I love being outdoors. I love being in the country. Sometimes it's hard to describe, but it's just a love of being on the farm, being on the land.”

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27

Jun

2017

Precision Farming

Crop Health Imaging™ | Valuable Tool For Assessing Field Conditions

Author: Craig Rogers

For a large part of the Midwest, the 2017 planting season has been one for the record books. Unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. When we drive from area to area, we are seeing corn plants in a wide array of stages. Uneven stands and multiple planting dates can wreak havoc on deciding when to apply a fungicide. If you have been following Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, we are seeing a positive ROI when we have applied fungicide at the VT growth stage. Over the last four years, we have seen a 9.4 Bu./A. advantage applying Headline AMP® at the right time, making this one of our PFR Proven™ products. Now the question to ask yourself is, how can I apply fungicide at the correct time with all the replant and unevenness in my fields?

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - Louisiana Farmer, Jason Anderson

To say that Jason Anderson is passionate about his Louisiana farm is a total understatement. Driving up to his place, it is clear that he takes pride in the crops he produces.

“I grow vegetables.” Jason beams, walking quickly through a large shelter full of tables and coolers. “It’s fun to grow stuff. I love it. There's just something about it. I sell right here in the back yard.” He says without slowing down.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - IDAHO FARMER, NATHAN ASHCRAFT

Author: Nate Rottero

Nathan Ashcraft has a lot of memories on his family’s farm near Sugar City, Idaho. It’s where he grew up. And now, he’s raising his family, and diverse range of crops.

After getting a Ag Systems degree at Utah State, Nathan wasn’t sure he was ready to come home. But, looking back, he’s thankful he did. 

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