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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Mississippi FARMER, Katherine Wise

Katherine Wise grew up on a farm in Mississippi that’s been in the family for more than 90 years. As a young teenager, she didn’t appreciate the history surrounding her. In fact, she tried every excuse she could think of to get out of helping her brother with produce in the summer. But to her, and her family’s surprise, she’s now back on the farm, managing more and more of the operation each year.

Today the Wise family raises produce, including tomatoes and sweet corn. They also host thousands of visitors who enjoy their corn maze and pumpkin patch each fall. But just like Katherine, the farm has changed a lot over the years.

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Jun

2017

Intern Avenue

Home Sweet Home

They say time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe how fast this summer has been going. Today I complete my sixth week interning at Beck’s, and I only have seven weeks left. Almost half way done…yikes! Before I know it I will be hitting the library and books for one last semester in Bloomington.

As I reflect back on the past few weeks, I realize how comfortable I’ve become here at Beck’s. Atlanta is starting to feel more and more like home, and I can honestly say it’s because of the people I work with.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - NEVADA FARMER, Mike Compston

Mike Compston is a Nevada rancher and lifelong learner. A lot has changed in Smith Valley over his lifetime, but he enjoys the opportunity each day brings to experience something new.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Nevada FARMER, Colby Frey

 

On the family ranch in Fallon, Nevada, Colby Frey is continuing his family’s legacy in a unique way. The family has been in the region since 1854, ten years before Nevada was even a state.

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Jun

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Catching The Midwest's Biggest Bass

Author: Mike Roux

When the topic of catching really big bass comes up, Florida and other deep-south states invariably dominate the conversation. California has monster largemouth as well. But the Midwest is often overlooked when it comes to world-class bass. The next time you plan a trip and are looking to raise your bass bar, do not forget to consider spots like Table Rock Lake, Bullshoals and Truman Lake.

In the Midwest, finding and catching big bass on a regular basis has very little to do with luck. If it did, then I would be considered very lucky. Instead, it is a matter of knowing your quarry, and adjusting your methods to meet the existing conditions. The bass are there every day. They are already home. They have not migrated south to the Gulf. Your job is to find them and figure out what they want to eat. Below is a list of tips that I think will help you catch bigger bass in America’s heartland, and catch them more often. I hope some or all of these tips make you more successful.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Alabama FARMER, Allman Farms

 

Through windy roads, on top of a mountain in northern Alabama sits Allman Farms and Orchards. There, fifth generation farmer, Daniel Allman works with his family to grow tomatoes, peaches and other produce.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - ALABAMA FARMER, Jesse Hobbs

Jesse Hobbs jokes he should call his place in Alabama "Total Chaos" instead of Hobbs Farms. He’s the fifth generation to care for the land where he now raises seven different commodities and his four children. Between ball games, community meetings, and farm work, life is never boring. It isn’t always easy to juggle it all, but Jesse has never dreamed of doing anything but farm.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Florida FARMERs, Scott & Andy Robinson

Brothers Scott and Andy Robinson have been farming together in Williston, Florida for more than 25 years. Simply put, it’s what they’ve always wanted to do. They’ve see a lot of change, and faced their share of challenges, but they always find a way to make it work

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Florida FARMER, Bob Hinton

Bob Hinton and his three brothers were raised in Dover, Florida, the sons of first generation farmers. In fact, they were each born in the small house that sits on the edge of a strawberry field. 

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Tennessee FARMERs, Ben & Lauren Neale

Lauren Neale grew up in Iowa, but didn’t have a background in agriculture or livestock. In fact, she didn’t fall in love with agriculture until a summer internship took her west to Montana.

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Jun

2017

Intern Avenue

The Power of Asking Questions

At the end of the semester, my professor sent out a summer reading list of books that he believes that every young professional needs to read. Now I know what you are thinking…it sounds horrible right? Who wants to read a bunch of nonfiction business books over summer vacation? Trust me, I would much rather be catching up by Nicholas Sparks, or curdled up at the lake with People magazine. But, as I have finished a few of the books, I have found them all to be insightful and relatable, especially during my internship at Beck’s.

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Jun

2017

PFR Report

Part 1: New Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Project

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Operations Manager, Jason Gahimer, introduces a new project we are excited to share with you!

In conjunction with Schlipf Precision Ag, Harvest International, Yetter Co., Precision Planting, Beck’s is excited to announce, for the 2018 season, our the new multi-row width, multi-hybrid planter project.

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Jun

2017

PFR Report

Sidedressing Nitrogen

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and Agronomy, and field agronomist, Brent Minett in the field as they discuss nitrogen and how it relates to PFR. What have we learned this year? What should we be thinking about as we look at corn plants at the V4-V5 growth stage?

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May

2017

PFR Report

Capstan Ag Seed-Squirter® Technology

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this PFR Report, PFR location lead, Jared Chester and Mike Schwegman from Capstan Ag are in the field at Beck’s Ohio PFR site testing out the new Seed-Squirter® technology. 
 

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May

2017

PFR Report

Yetter Dual 2968 2x2x2

Join Jonathan Perkins, PFR Agronomist and Location Lead, in this latest PFR Report. The team at Beck’s southern Illinois PFR site just finished planting their Starter Fertilizer System 2x2x2 study. Check out this video to learn more about the Yetter Dual 2968 system and the benefits the team expects to see with it this year.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - South Carolina FARMER, Adair McKoy

For most farmers and ranchers across the country, the ground they tend to is special. It holds more than the plants and animals these men and women care for. The land holds memories, traditions, and their own sweat and tears.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Missouri FARMER, Kelly Boyers

Kelly Boyers has seen a lot of changes since his childhood growing up on the farm in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He’s been documenting them, and the weather, for decades in his daily dairy entries. And even though he has always wanted to farm, it hasn’t always been an easy way of life. It has taken a lot of scrimping, saving, and sacrificing just to survive. But when you’re in good company, none of that matters.

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May

2017

Intern Avenue

How I Got to Beck's

Hi, I’m Marissa, the summer marketing intern at Beck’s. I guess you could call me the “black sheep” of this year’s intern class. Growing up in Fort Wayne, IN, I lived in a suburban neighborhood the majority of life. My mom worked in the healthcare field and my dad owned his own business. I never participated in any 4-H activities and honestly, I didn’t even know what FFA was until my senior year of high school. Cream and crimson runs through my blood (there’s a lot of black and gold alumni) and I can vividly remember growing up wearing my IU cheerleading uniform and rooting for Indiana basketball. I received my acceptance letter to IU in the fall of my senior year to pursue a degree in business and I never looked back.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - South Carolina FARMER, Chris Sumpter

When his grandfather was forced to retire after a stroke, Chris Sumpter was suddenly given the chance to farm. He was only 18 years old. As the fourth generation on the farm with a lot of success in both 4-H and FFA, Chris felt he was up to the challenge.

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May

2017

PFR Report

NITROGEN APPLICATIONS; HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

Author: Jim Schwartz

Winston Churchill once said, “those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” History is for self-knowledge…after all. The only clues to the future that are offered to us are our past experiences. The value of history is that it teaches us how to improve based on our past. This lesson has never felt more applicable than it does this year.

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