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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arizona FARMER, John Boelts

They say farmers are optimists. John Boelts of Yuma, Arizona believes that is true, but he also knows that better times don’t come on their own. This way of life takes commitment and vision for the future.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arizona FARMER, Jeff Knobloch

Jeff Knobloch grew up on a farm in Minnesota where his dad raised corn, soybeans and cattle. As a kid, Jeff participated in 4-H and FFA. He’s always enjoyed agriculture, but about two years ago, his dad sold the farm. “That's kinda how I ended up here.” Jeff says looking over the irrigated acres he cares for at Riverview’s Coronado Farm.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Carolina FARMER, Patrick Robinette

 

Everyone who meets Patrick Robinette knows he isn’t afraid to pave his own path. While he didn’t grow up on a farm, that didn’t stop him from diving into the industry. As a young man, he joined the rodeo circuit and worked on ranches in the summer. Agriculture was a great fit for Patrick’s high energy personality.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

The Importance of Planting Depth

Author: Jim Schwartz
Farmers are at the start of another challenging year with low commodity prices and shrinking margins. To succeed in a down market, we have to set ourselves up for success from the start. The best way to do that is to utilize all your tools and resources to their fullest potential. That means making sure your planter is ready for the field before it’s time to plant. But it also means planning for accurate plant spacing, seeding depth, and proper seed-to-soil contact as well.
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Apr

2017

PFR Report

IMPROVING CORN YIELDS WITH WEX

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting has commenced and the corn markets are still down. That being said, many farmers are looking for ways to increase their corn yields without hurting their bottom line. One solution many have turned to is the use of a soil amendment product. Such products have shown to help corn crops develop deeper, strong root systems throughout the growing season and higher yields at harvest.

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Apr

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Shooting Gobblers: Why We Miss

Author: Mike Roux

I have guided turkey hunters in five states. I have hunted gobblers in several more. In these hunts, I have seen just about every mistake that you could imagine. The one error that stands out most in my mind are the times that I have seen or heard about a hunter missing a gobbler with a shotgun.

There are many logical reasons that could cause us to miss these springtime targets. There are also many reasons that defy all the principles of hunting as we know it. Some of them may sound absurd, but they have cost many hunters many trophies.

I have always known that gobblers are tough birds and are very hard to bring down. However, the topic of today's discussion is not about keeping a big tom on the ground. The problem we are covering now is completely missing the shot.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

PLANTER BOX APPLIED ADDITIVES FOR IMPROVING PROFITS

Author: Jim Schwartz

The first step in maximizing yield potential is to establish a uniform, fast growing, and vigorous stand of corn with a strong nodal root system free from disease and/or insect pressure. The second is to jump start the growth of your crop. While stand establishment and early growth are key to high yields, they have become more difficult for farmers to achieve as we continue to plant earlier into cooler soils, especially in no-till fields.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - HAWAII FARMER, Brandon Wong

Kalo is the Hawaiian word for taro, a starchy vegetable root that has been grown on the islands for centuries. Brandon Wong is the fourth generation in his family to grow this traditional crop. 

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - California FARMER, Larry Haworth

Between forage crops, almonds and dairy, Larry Haworth has been farming in California all of his life. But he knows if history had played out just a little differently, he may not have had this opportunity. 

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Hawaii FARMER, Fred Cowell

Hawaii is the only place in all 50 states where coffee is grown. As the general manager of Kauai Coffee Company, Fred Cowell is among a small group of American coffee growers. He's a proud third generation farmer. Although his family has a rich history of leadership in agriculture, much of his career has been spent off the farm. When he got out of college, Fred served in the Air Force for 20 years. Later, he did infrared research for an engineering firm. “Now, I know what I want to be when I grow up.” He smiles.

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7

Apr

2017

PFR Report

STARTER ADDITIVES ON SOYBEANS: IS IT WORTH IT?

Author: Jim Schwartz

Applying a starter on soybeans is not something that most agronomists have typically recommended in the past. That’s because soybeans compensate for stand loss extremely well and make their own nitrogen, so why would a starter product pay?

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Apr

2017

PFR

Efficacy of Residual Herbicides and their Influence on Soybean Yields

Author: Joe Bolte

As planting season begins, this is a great time to evaluate the effectiveness of your pre-emergence (PRE) herbicide program. When evaluating a program, take a look at your weed pressure, type(s) of weeds, crop injury, and/or your reduction in stand. No matter what post-emergent (POST) herbicide platform you select (conventional, LibertyLink®, Roundup Ready® or Xtend®), its success starts with your PRE herbicide.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - California FARMER, Matthew Sligar

Third generation rice farmer, Matthew Sligar grew up in Gridley, California. With a population of just 6,000 people and surrounded by agriculture, Gridley didn’t appeal to his sense of adventure. “When I was 20, I wanted fast-paced things to do – different people, traveling, different cultures, and new things to see.” He recalls.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

THE VALUE OF STARTER FERTILIZERS ON SOYBEANS

Author: Jim Schwartz
Planting season is upon us and one thing that is on every farmers’ mind is how to maximize their return on investment (ROI) and increase yields this season. This is especially true for farmers who may plan to capitalize on soybean crops this year with corn at the market price it’s at.
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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Planter Calibration

Author: Jim Schwartz

Planting season is upon us and one thing that is on every farmers’ mind is how to maximize their return on investment (ROI) for this season. One obvious way to increase ROI is to decrease your input costs. If you are running any kind of starter fertilizer, you can improve your ROI through proper calibration.

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Kentucky Planting Date Study

Join Chris Robinson, Beck's Kentucky PFR Location Lead, as he and the team in Henderson prepare to get their first corn and soybean planting date plots into the ground for 2017.

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4

Apr

2017

PFR Report

Schaffert Manufacturing Updates from the National Farm Machinery Show

Author: Jim Schwartz

Check out this latest PFR report as Jared Chester joins Paul Schaffert of Schaffert Manufacturing at the National Farm Machinery show. 

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Apr

2017

PFR Report

Southern Illinois Planting Date Study

In this latest report from southern Illinois, PFR location lead Jonathan Perkins and PFR operator Joe Bolte discuss the 2017 planting date study for corn and soybeans and why it’s so important.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - NORTH CAROLINA FARMER, Dewey Scott

Along with his brother, Linwood, III, Dewey Scott grew up learning the life lessons of hard work and dedication from his father, Sonny, on their North Carolina farm. After high school, Dewey went on to apply those skills as a standout college athlete. While sports are still important to him, something bigger drew Dewey back to the farm.

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Apr

2017

PFR

Kentucky PFR Updates

Planting is officially underway here at Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Henderson, KY! Our planting date and planting depth studies always kick off a new year of studies at our site, and this year is no exception. We are so excited to have the opportunity to conduct 65 different studies this year in an effort to help make your operation more profitable. The planting date and planting depth studies, among others, are excellent sources to reference in the PFR Book (which you can access here) before you start planting.

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