Latest Current Events


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.

Revolutionary Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Concept Planter to Unlock Yield Potential

Beck’s Joins Forces with Harvest International, Precision Planting, and Schlipf Precision Ag

August 24, 2017

Atlanta, Indiana – Beck’s is excited to partner with Harvest International, Precision Planting, and Schlipf Precision Ag to develop a multi-row width, multi-hybrid concept planter. Developed for Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program, the revolutionary concept planter will help the agriculture industry gain a better understanding of the optimum row spacing, seeding rate, and hybrid combination per acre.


“Over the years, our PFR team has conducted several studies about row spacing and seeding rates, but we have yet to determine the right row spacing, seeding rate, and hybrid combination,” said Jason Gahimer, PFR operations manager. “The multi-row width, multi-hybrid concept planter will allow us to plant in 10 in., 20 in., and 30 in. rows, as well as multi-hybrid, variable rate populations, and apply variable rate fertility throughout the field to identify the zones, spacing, and seeding rates that will maximize yields.”


The multi-row width, multi-hybrid concept planter features a custom planter bar and row units by Harvest International; Precision Planting vSet® Select multi-hybrid meters; vApply HD liquid control system, a FurrowJet® in-furrow liquid attachment, CleanSweep® for the pneumatic row cleaner control, and DeltaForce® hydraulic down force control system; Yetter Manufacturing closing wheels and row cleaners; and a Surefire Ag fertilizer pump system. Schlipf Precision Ag in Milford, Ind., assembled the Precision Planting components onto the Harvest International planter bar.


“We’re very excited to partner with Beck’s to develop the multi-row width, multi-hybrid concept planter,” said Byron Friesen, president of Harvest International. “The planter bar and row units were manufactured in northwest Iowa and are built out of a high tinsel strength steel. Because we laser cut everything, it ensures a high-level of accuracy, which lends itself to more precise planting.”


In the fall of 2017, Beck’s PFR team will utilize the planter to conduct a 10 in. row width study in wheat. Then in the spring of 2018, the PFR team will conduct initial corn and soybean field trials with the multi-row width, multi-hybrid planter in central Indiana. Before heading to the fields, the team will work with Beck’s precision farming tool, FARMserver® to create management zones in the fields and identify test blocks.


“In everything we do at Beck’s, our goal is to help farmers succeed,” said Gahimer. “Our PFR program not only delivers unbiased, agronomic data to farmers, but it also adds profitability to their operation. We’re excited to partner with companies who believe in innovation, learning and farmer-focused research. With their support, we’re going to help farmers unlock yield potential on every acre.”


Watch the PFR video to learn more about the multi-row width, multi-hybrid concept planter For more information about Beck’s PFR program, visit



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)® and FARMserver® are trademarks of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc. CleanSweep®, DeltaForce®, FurrowJet® and vSet® Select are registered trademarks of Precision Planting LLC.