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24

May

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Great May Crappie Action

Author: Mike Roux

May is the month when school gets out and a lot of vacations start. For our Missouri, southern Iowa, and western Illinois customers and staff, one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest is Lake Ozark, Missouri. If you are heading there, plan to fish. Here’s why...

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24

May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arkansas FARMER, Wildy Family Farms

The Wildy family has a strong reputation as outstanding Arkansas farmers. In 2015, they were honored as the Arkansas Farm Family of the year. But their legacy goes back even further than that. “My granddad was the Arkansas Master Farmer back in 1920, I think it was.” David Wildy beams, pointing to a newspaper clipping proudly displayed in the farm office. “And then my dad was the Arkansas Master Farmer in 1956 or so.”

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May

2017

PFR Report

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Author: Jim Schwartz

There is no better time to experience the benefits of water management than after a big rainfall event. And Mother Nature has provided more than enough of those this season.

Fields across the Midwest have been flooded and tractors put on standby as farmers across the Corn Belt waited out torrential rains and wet fields over the last few weeks. Some fields however, fared better than others. Their secret you ask? Well water management of course!

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

The Benefits of Water Management

There is no better time to experience the benefits of water management than after a big rainfall event. And Beck’s PFR site in Effingham, IL experienced 7.25 in. of rain over the course of a week.

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16

May

2017

#AskPFR

How Long Can My Corn Seed Survive in the Ground?

#AskPFR:

How long can corn seed survive in the ground? 

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

High-Yield Wheat Attempt

Join Travis Burnett, PFR Field Agronomist, in the field at Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Indiana as he evaluates the 2017 high-yield wheat plot. 

Check out the video to learn more about the different management practices that have contributed to the visual differences between the traditional and high-yield plots!

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May

2017

PFR Report

NO BUSHEL LEFT BEHIND: CAN NITROGEN SEALERS MAXIMIZE YOUR YIELD?

Author: Jim Schwartz

With all the rain we have been experiencing throughout the Midwest, the number one thing on most farmer’s minds is replant or delayed planting decisions. Looking ahead to the rest of the season however, one important consideration is how much nitrogen (N) is available to our corn crop.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arkansas FARMER, Derek Helms

The family farm has been part of Derek Helms’ life for about as long as he can remember. As a kid, his grandmother would be waiting in her big Caprice Classic to shuttle him to the farm after school. “School was out by 3:00 and she'd have me here by 3:30 to start milking cows. I was going to come home and learn the responsibility of taking care of the animals and milking the cows and getting the job done.” Derek recalls.

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4

May

2017

Ag Education

Why Interns?

It’s common knowledge that when one interviews for a full-time position, an internship with a reputable company is seen as an asset. An internship experience is valuable because it means that someone else has taken the time to show them the ropes. Someone else in the business community has coached this person to show up on time, take direction, work as a member of a team, follow through, and stay on task. With a foundation like that, we can dive right into how Beck’s does business and their role on their first day as a full time employee.

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4

May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Missouri FARMERs, Matt and Kate Lambert

On any given day, three generations of Lamberts can be found caring for their land and livestock near Brookfield, Missouri. Often, there’s even a fourth generation soaking it all in. “I grew up here. Dad actually started this farm.” Matt explains, sitting in the office of the home farm where he spends countless hours working alongside his dad and grandpa.

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3

May

2017

PFR Report

Row Width and Population

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this PFR Report about the population and row width study, join Jim Schwartz, Director of PFR and Agronomy, in Central IN where the Indiana PFR team is getting ready to plant their second year of the population by row width study.

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May

2017

PFR Report

ADI Tile Install

In this PFR Report about Ag Drainage Inc. Tile Install, Jonathan Perkins, PFR Location Lead at Beck's PFR site in Effingham, IL talks about the 2017 Water Management Study. He is joined by Mark Lipcaman from ADI as they discuss the tile drainage that was just recently installed at the site.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Texas FARMER, Texas Hill Country Olive Company

John Gambini grew up in East Texas, but spent his career traveling the country with his construction business. “I’ve built all over the United States, 29 of 50 states so far, but I'm pretty well at the end of my career.” John explains.

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May

2017

PFR Report

Importance of Emergence

Author: Alex Knight

One important characteristic we consider during product selection is emergence. We spend a lot of energy researching not just the best products, but also the equipment and attachments that will help deliver a uniform stand. When looking at corn products, the goal is to evaluate and identify the products that will deliver the best in uniformity and speed of emergence.  

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Texas FARMER, Terren Moore

For almost 90 years, The National FFA Organization has been cultivating young agriculturalists across the country. For many young members, joining FFA is just the first step that launches them into a lifetime of involvement in agriculture. That is how Terren Moore’s story started as well.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - New Mexico FARMER, Sichler Family

Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Paula Sichler imagined she would live in the city for the rest of her life. That all changed when she met her husband, Chris. 

“I didn’t have any interest in agriculture at all, but I started dating my husband and the rest is history.” Paula laughs.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - New Mexico FARMER, Jay Hill

For as long as he can remember, Jay Hill has been excited about growing things. Today, he raises pecans, onions, chile, lettuce, carrots, cattle and more near Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

TO REPLANT OR NOT TO REPLANT, THAT IS THE QUESTION

Author: Jim Schwartz

It’s a tale as old as time. April rolls around, the sun comes out, and farmers across the Midwest hit the field. Spirits are high, corn is planted, and then…it happens. Hail. Near-freezing temperatures. Dropping soil temperatures.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Two Truths and a Lie: Nitrogen Edition

Author: Jim Schwartz

Let’s play a game. It’s called two truths and a lie. We’ll tell you three facts, two are true and one of them is not. Your goal is to determine which is false. Ready? Go.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Georgia FARMER, Rodney Miller

Rodney Miller has had success as a basketball coach, business man, and host of the popular TV show, Small Town Big Deal. Today, he lives hundreds of miles away from the row crop farm where he grew up. Through it all, agriculture has been his passion. Now a Georgia resident, he’s still an Illinois farm boy at heart.

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