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Jul

2021

CropTalk: Soybean Podworm: A Very Non-Picky Eater

July 2021

Author: Scott Dickey

The soybean Podworm (SPW) (Helicoverpa zea) feeds on many different grain and vegetable crops in much of the United States. SPW has many different names depending on which crop it is feeding on. These names include cotton bollworm, tomato fruitworm, sorghum headworm, and most commonly corn earworm. Often SPW is a soybean pest of the southern US; however, depending on several factors, this species can become a problem in soybean fields further north and east, making its presence felt in areas where it isn’t usually an economic pest.

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Jul

2021

CropTalk: Fungicide Timing in Soybeans

July 2021

When appropriately timed, fungicide applications in soybeans provide one of the most consistent returns of all the things tested through Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)®, even in the absence of significant foliar disease pressure. Beck’s 4-year, multi-location research suggests that the optimal timing is the R3 reproductive stage, which is identified by having a 3/16 in. pod at one of the uppermost four nodes.

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Jul

2021

CropTalk: Beck's Field Shows: Know Before You Go

July 2021

Author: Hannah McGee

It’s 8:55 a.m., and you just arrived at your local field show. After you park, it’s time to head to registration. Have the kids with you? Be sure to get them a goodie-filled backpack when you register. After registration, it’s time to eat!

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Jun

2021

Weed Management Resources

2022 Recommendations

Author: Jim Schwartz

Problematic, resistant weeds are constantly evolving ­— and staying one step ahead of them can be difficult. As new technologies become available, the options for farmers increase, but many are left wondering how to maximize the technologies. The herbicide specialists at Beck's create numerous resources, like the Soybean Herbicide Programs guide, to help farmers make informed decisions regarding their weed management.

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Jun

2021

Beck's Butt-Dial: Family-Owned

Author: Maggie Holt

We can’t promise you’ll trust your daughter’s prom date, but you can put your trust in a family-owned seed company.

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Jun

2021

Beck’s Hosts Second Annual 5K To Support Non-Profit Organization

The American Institute for Cancer Research was selected as the 2021 beneficiary.

Author: Hannah McGee

ATLANTA, INDIANA – Beck's, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, hosted their second annual 5K on June 5, at their headquarters in Atlanta, Ind. Beck’s 5K promotes health and wellness among Beck’s employees and their families, customers, seed dealers, and the community.

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Jun

2021

PFR Report: Seed Orientation Study - AeroTube

For many years, there has been discussion in the agriculture industry on the effects of placing a kernel of corn in the seed trench in a specific orientation on yield. 

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Jun

2021

PFR Report: Soybean Replant Threshold and Spotting-In Studies

Should I replant or keep my current soybean stand? Should I spot-in more soybeans?

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Jun

2021

Press Release: Beck's Advances Breeding Program Through Continued Partnership with Computomics

Author: Maggie Holt

Beck's, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, is proud to expand their collaboration with Computomics, a biotechnology company in Tübingen, Germany. The partnership, centered around predictive analytics, aligns Beck's with top competitors when it comes to a modern breeding program.

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Jun

2021

CropTalk: The Power in Pollination

June 2021

A key factor in yield is pollination success. Across the Cornbelt, field corn enters the critical period of pollination from late June through the end of July. A corn plant is monoecious, which means it contains both male and female flowers on the same plant. The female flower is called the ear and contains the ovules and silks. The male flower is called the tassel and sheds pollen. Many understand the female flower and its importance in yield, but let’s dive deeper into the male flower.

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Jun

2021

CropTalk: Don't Let Your Organic Seed Go Naked

June 2021

Faster, more uniform emergence. Early-season disease and insect protection. Higher yields.

The benefits of seed treatment on corn and soybeans are well known and widely accepted in conventional farming situations.

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Jun

2021

CropTalk: Late-Season PFR Proven

June 2021

It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about late-season applications. It seems like no matter how much we prepare, it’s mid-season before we even get the planters empty. As we transition from the planting and early-season mindset, I’d like to challenge you to try one new thing on your farming operation this year.

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Jun

2021

CropTalk: In- and Late-Season CRW Management

June 2021

Author: Mike Blaine

Many articles and publications have brought forth that corn rootworm (CRW), primarily Northern and Western, is the number one annual pest in corn production. Most estimates put income losses and control costs at close to $1 billion per year.

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Jun

2021

CropTalk: The Sower

June 2021

Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. (Philippians 2:1-2, NASB)

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May

2021

Inari and Beck’s Announce Strategic Collaboration to Accelerate Farmer Access to Gene Editing Innovation

Press Release

Author: Maggie Holt

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., and ATLANTA, Ind. – May 18, 2021 – Inari, the SEEDesign™ company, and Beck’s, the largest family-owned, retail seed company and the third largest seed brand in the United States, have announced a business and R&D collaboration – reinforcing their respective missions to provide more diverse, sustainable and competitive choices for farmers.

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May

2021

CropTalk: If You Teach a Man to Fish

Author: Maggie Holt

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

I used the same proverb to introduce my December 2020 CropTalk feature article If You Give a Man a Fish. In it, I detailed the selfless work of Kenton and Autumn Hofer from Bridgewater, South Dakota, and their tireless efforts with Growing Hope Globally. Growing Hope is an agricultural-based organization dedicated to providing training on sustainable agriculture, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, access to water, seeds, and land to people in need around the world.

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May

2021

CropTalk: Disability? More like Dis(ability)

May 2021

Author: Hannah McGee

Christy Bridges may have lost her ability to drive a car, but her ability to rope cattle has not faltered, even after an 8-year career hiatus. As the wife of a Beck’s dealer, mother to Amelia, and a professional breakaway roper, Christy redefines the limits of having a disability.

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May

2021

CropTalk: Mid-Season PFR Proven™

May 2021

Planting is underway for the 2021 growing season! Moving on from the early-season PFR Proven™ products and practices discussed last month, what are the next steps to implement on your farms? The following PFR Proven™ strategies will help to protect your corn and soybean yields in the field as the growing season progresses.

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May

2021

CropTalk: A PFR Sneak Peek: Corn Silage

May 2021

Author: Ben Puestow

In many areas of the Midwest, silage is not an afterthought, it is the focus of the entire farm operation. With that in mind, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team will begin conducting corn silage-specific PFR studies in 2021. We know that there is a craving for agronomic research that focuses on producing hightonnage corn silage, and we are going to help find those answers.

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May

2021

CropTalk: Finding your FARMserver® Fit

May 2021

Author: Nate Firle

At Beck’s, I’m surrounded by people who strive each day to serve you as your trusted advisor, no matter your operation practices.

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