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2019

CropTalk: More Than A Seed Company

March 2019

Author: Luke Schulte

Here at Beck's, we believe we are more than just a seed company. We realize our success is not possible without your success first. While we only sell seed, we want to help in any way that helps each of you be more successful. Making crop input decisions can be difficult and, at times, very confusing. Many products claim to provide similar results, but which one addresses your specific needs? That’s where we'd like to help.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: Planter Performance & Preparation Q&A: PFR Team

March 2019

Planter performance is one of the most critical components to the establishment and success of your crop. We’ve asked our PFR teams to give their insight on planter performance and share valuable ideas as you begin to prepare your planters for 2019.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: Base Saturation: An Important Soil Fertility Calculation

March 2019

Author: Chad Kalaher

Many farm operations have a soil fertility testing program every 3 to 4 years. Whether you do your own soil sampling or hire a trusted professional, the soil test report can often appear as a complex dataset. A standard soil test report will usually provide values such as pH, percent organic matter (OM), phosphorus, and potassium; however, other data can be extremely valuable for a better understanding of the soil’s ability to hold and supply nutrients, as well as the soil fertility balance. See Figure 1 for an example of a complete soil test report.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: The Sower

March 2019

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV)

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: The Sower

February 2019

If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:20-21

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Cha-Cha-Cha-CHIA: A Super Food With Super Potential

February 2019

Author: Maggie Holt

For most, managing and growing 3,800 acres of row crops would be enough of a full-time job, but imagine adding a start-up chia business to your plate and you'd be walking in Chris Kummer's shoes.

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2019

CropTalk: Soybean Highlights

February 2019

Author: Craig Hurley

Having 20/20 vision means that you have good clarity of eyesight both up-close and far off. When it comes to soybeans, what does having 20/20 vision for the 2020 growing season look like for the Beck’s soybean product team?

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2019

CropTalk: Corn Highlights

February 2019

Author: Craig Moore

Tar Spot is a newer disease in the U.S. that is increasing in its reach and severity. In response to growing concerns about this disease, Beck's product team has rated several of our commercial and experimental hybrids throughout our marketing area (see table below). While these findings are only preliminary since we have not yet had the opportunity to evaluate this disease over multiple years, we feel that this information will provide guidance in situations where there is significant pressure.

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Seeing Profitability With The ROI Calculator Tool

February 2019

Author: Craig Rogers

Looking ahead to the 2019 growing season, profitably should be on the mind of every farmer. Some questions that might be top of mind include: “Will it be more profitable to plant corn or soybeans? From fertilizer programs, nitrogen decisions, chemical programs, to seed, what is the magic recipe for profitably for 2019?” Knowing that every farm and field is different, there aren’t always easy answers to those questions.

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: Fall's Unfinished Business...Now What?

February 2019

Author: Jim Schwartz

Many farmers perform fall operations at the conclusion of harvest to spread out their workload and/or properly prepare their fields for the next growing season. Given the challenges of the 2018 harvest season in some areas, many farmers' main focus was to complete harvest, which meant that traditional fall operations may have been left undone. This could leave many farmers with questions regarding how to react to the unfinished business.

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2019

CropTalk: 2018 PFR Proven™ And More

February 2019

The PFR Proven™ concept was developed out of necessity in 2016. During the development of the PFR Book that fall, we found ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of products we tested. As we stepped back to analyze this, we realized that we had a problem. If the people doing the research had a hard time sorting through everything that was going on in the PFR Book, then how could we expect someone outside of our team to know where to begin with a nearly 400 page research book?

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Feb

2019

CropTalk: To Tank Mix Or Not To Tank Mix?

February 2019

Author: Alex Long

Herbicide resistance is a term that carries a lot of weight in the agriculture industry. Whether you’re growing corn in Iowa or rice in Arkansas, weed control is a high priority. Resistance management is a key part of any herbicide program and we have come a long way since the release of Roundup Ready® Soybeans in 1996. Educational information like the Take Action Pesticide-Resistance Management Initiative, together with the release of new genetic platforms, help to fight herbicide resistance. What we know for a fact is that it takes a systems approach to manage weeds and herbicide resistance.

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Jan

2019

CropTalk: Big Happenings In Minnesota

January 2019

Before entering into a new marketing area, Beck’s always ensures that we have in place a lineup of products that perform and a team of people to support our customers. As we build relationships with farmers and develop a dealer network, a distribution center is the next step.

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2019

CropTalk: Soybean Highlights

January 2019

Author: Craig Hurley

Happy New Year! In the December 2018 issue, we shared the results from Beck’s replicated soybean research trials highlighting Beck’s soybean performance within a given relative maturity group.

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CropTalk: Corn Highlights

January 2019

Author: Craig Moore

Genetic diversity, trait platform selection, and regionally-selected products are three key advantages with Beck’s high performing corn products. Genetic diversity means we provide access to elite germplasm from many different breeding programs, including our own, to help spread your risk each growing season.

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2019

CropTalk: Much Ado About Grain Marketing

January 2019

Author: Peter Schram

My name is Peter Schram — born and raised on a farm in Nebraska. I attended the University of Nebraska, earning an Agribusiness degree and an MBA with an emphasis in Agribusiness. I currently am involved with farming the land my family and I own, as well as personally owning and operating a consulting/brokerage business in which I focus on helping build marketing plans. I am passionate about helping farmers make profitable decisions.

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Jan

2019

CropTalk: Managing Spring Wheat

January 2019

Author: Steve Gauck

This is the time of year to start making your spring plans for wheat. Spring gets very hectic and wheat can be easily forgotten if you don't have a plan. The first place to start is by taking a stand count.

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2019

CropTalk: Sudden Death Syndrome On The Move

January 2019

Author: Pat Holloway

Sudden death syndrome (SDS) was first documented in the United States in Arkansas in 1971, and has continued to spread. In the last 20 years, the disease has become increasingly prevalent in the northern soybean growing regions.

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Jan

2019

CropTalk: Seed Treatments & Biologically Available Phosphorus

January 2019

Author: Corey Beck

Phosphorus readily binds to soil particles, making most phosphorus in the soil unavailable for plant utilization. There are two mechanisms to convert phosphorus into plant-available forms: mineralization (by microbes) and weathering. Cool temperatures, like what we often deal with at early planting dates, cause the release of phosphorus from both mineralization and weathering to slow down.

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CropTalk: The Sower

January 2019

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. Psalm 104:8-13

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