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Beck’s and Indiana AgriNews have started their search for the 2018 Indiana Farm Family of the Year. The award, now in its 21st year, honors an outstanding Hoosier family for work on and off the farm. Nominations are being accepted until November 1. Learn more and download the application here.



Do you know an Indiana farm family who works hard and is involved in their community? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Farm Family of the Year award. For the past 20 years, Beck’s and Indiana AgriNews have been honoring one Indiana farm family for their work on the farm, service to their community and agriculture industry. The award is aimed at increasing awareness of the important contributions all farm families make to our daily lives.

Nominations can be for a neighbor, friend, or your own family and may be submitted by completing the nomination form and returning it to Indiana AgriNews at 2563 E. 55th Place, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information, call or email Jim Henry at 317-726-5391 or Nominations for this year’s award are due November 21.  

 Click here to download the nomination form.

Beck’s Unveils Unique Research with New Water Management Study

February 25, 2016

Atlanta, Indiana – Beck’s is excited to announce a new water management study at the Southern IL Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Effingham, Illinois. This unique, multi-purpose study is designed to deliver farmers agronomic research on various tile installations, and their ability to effectively drain water as well as irrigate crops through the same system. 

“Beck’s PFR is dedicated to providing farmers with innovative research on new products and management practices to help increase yield and profitability on their farms,” said Ryan McAllister, Practical Farm Research Director at Beck’s. “We hope that the various water management components of this research will help farmers understand the potential yield gains that could be achieved with proper drainage and effective irrigation solutions.”

This new research effort is one of most comprehensive water management studies in the country and is designed to evaluate not only proper tile drainage width and depth, but also sub-irrigation, water table management, over-head irrigation, and drip tape irrigation. Proper water management is vital in agriculture and Beck’s hopes that this new research on both drainage and irrigation will allow farmers to better predict the value of tile and to make more informed decisions regarding irrigation on their own farms. 

“Water tends to be a limiting factor across the Midwest, especially here in southern Illinois where there is a preconceived notion that tile drainage in silt loam soils is not a profitable decision,” said Jason Webster, PFR Innovation Lead at Beck’s. “The reality however, is that late season rainfall typically makes or breaks the yield potential for that growing season. We are excited to conduct this study on behalf of farmers to help them understand the benefits of various types of drainage and irrigation and the substantial impact on yield and profit it could have.”

The tile system at Beck’s Southern IL PFR site was installed by 360Water Solutions on 15 acres of ground in January 2016. The goal is to test tile widths of 60 ft., 30 ft., and 15 ft. at both 24 in. and 36 in. depths. The unique design of this versatile system was engineered by Robert and Jeremy Meiners from AGREM, LLC. It is comprised of three-inch black plastic tile and six-inch main drain lines installed for water drainage as well as three-inch tile laterals for irrigation. Drip tape and an overhead irrigation system will also be installed to compare various irrigation techniques. 

“As with many of our PFR studies, we plan for this new research to be a multi-year study at our Southern IL site, providing a long-term database of information from a variety of growing seasons,” McAllister added. “Yield will be collected on an annual basis, starting with the 2016 crop season, and documented in our PFR book that is distributed both in print and online.” 

In measuring the value of drainage and irrigation, this new study is the third of its kind for Beck’s PFR. In 2010, Beck’s installed a sub-irrigation test at the Indiana site, followed by a tile spacing and nutrient loss study that was added to the London, OH PFR site in 2015. The on-going Ohio study is in cooperation with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Field to Faucet initiative. For more information about Beck’s Practical Farm Research or for results of these studies, visit or call  800-937-2325.

About Beck’s 
Beck’s is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. According to a recent media survey, Beck’s ranks as the sixth largest seed company in the United States and the only one in the top six that is family-owned, making Beck’s the largest retail, family-owned seed company in the United States. To learn more about Beck’s, please visit Follow Beck’s Hybrids on Twitter at, like Beck’s Hybrids on Facebook at, or visit the Beck’s Blog at

Practical Farm Research (PFR)® is a registered trademark of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc.