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20

Jul

2017

OUTDOORS WITH MIKE ROUX

Summer Bass

Author: Mike Roux

When July and August get here, I turn my bass fishing into high gear. I am a born-and-bred topwater bass angler. Not many things give me the rush like seeing a huge bass attack a surface lure. So on August 1, I was lucky enough to be in a boat bass fishing with great friend Bryan Dralle from Coatsburg, IL.

Bryan and I are both just a little bit competitive, and I was certain there would be some sort of contest that day. We were both counting on a good topwater bite, but we disagreed on which surface to use. He chose a buzzbait and I went with the old reliable Jitterbug. The rules were easy; biggest bass wins.

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17

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Mississippi FARMERS, Dennis & Nelda Mitchell

Nelda Mitchell grew up on a dairy farm. As a girl, she milked cows twice a day, 365 days a year. “On leap year it's 366 days, and it’s rain, shine, sleet or snow. Ball game, party, whatever, you still had to milk cows.” She recalls.

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16

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Oregon FARMERS, The Crocker Family

Growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles, Debbie Crocker never imagined she’d end up a farmer in Oregon. On the other hand, her husband, Collin, never left the family farm he grew up on. 

“Literally, from day one, I never thought about doing anything else.” He says, standing in the farm office surrounded by his family.

 

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14

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Utah FARMER, Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson is proud to honor his family’s traditions and help write the next chapter of their history in agriculture on his southern Utah farm. Along with his wife, Shelley, and their three children, Kyle raises vegetable crops, including heirloom tomatoes, and small livestock

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14

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: UTAH FARMERs, Kelby & Kathie Iverson

With their faith and family leading the way, Kelby and Kathie Iverson are building a legacy on their ranch in southern Utah. Both grew up with farming and ranching backgrounds, and are eager to raise their own six children with traditions of hard work and love of the land.

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14

Jul

2017

Intern Avenue

Investing in Others: Beck's Professional Development Workshop

“Keeping and maintaining relationships is one of the most important things you can do in your career.”

Those are the words of Beck’s CEO, Sonny Beck. After last week, I would say that everyone in the 2017 intern class had the opportunity to connect and create relationships at the Intern Professional Development Workshop.

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12

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Oregon FARMER, Gordon Culbertson

Gordon Culbertson of Springfield, Oregon has been involved in forestry since he was 12 years old. Although he’s retired from his full-time career, he still has a couple of tree farms and generously shares his expertise with friends and family.

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12

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Idaho FARMERs, Jay & Chyenne Smith

Growing up, Jay Smith was always told he could never ranch. Before they met, his wife, Chyenne got an art degree and started a construction company doing decorative concrete floors because it wasn’t possible to make a living riding horses. For years, people said ranching simply wasn’t in their cards.

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12

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Oklahoma FARMER, Aaron Base

At Oklahoma State University, Aaron Base had professors that told him he’d never be able to farm. His diversified farm outside Geary, Oklahoma is proving them wrong. Today, Aaron and his wife raise a variety of niche products, like grassfed beef and wine grapes, along with their two daughters just down the road from the family’s main farm.

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11

Jul

2017

PFR Report

Herbicide Damage

Dicamba drift has been a hot topic throughout the Midwest over the last few weeks as many farmers have been experiencing herbicide damage to their soybean fields. When evaluating your fields, it’s important to keep in mind that there are other herbicides on the market that may cause similar symptomology, leading to confusion.

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11

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Montana FARMERS, Harry & Ellen Allen

When she was just 19 years old, Ellen Allen’s father passed away. He left her Pocket Creek Ranch in southern Montana, and she was determined to carry on his legacy.

“Dad had such dreams for this place.” She says with a sentimental smile. “It wasn't really mom's cup of tea too much because she had been an Illinois farm girl and she loved fertile land. This place was a little dry and a little rough for her.”

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11

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: MONTANA FARMER, Justin Hamilton

When he was a senior in high school, Justin Hamilton’s family moved to a new irrigated ranch near Columbus, Montana. His parents also owned the ACE Hardware store in town. Early in his career, Justin worked all day at the store and did ranch work at night.

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10

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: WASHINGTON FARMERS, Brandon & Krista Stauffer

Growing up, Krista Stauffer didn’t know much about agriculture. In fact, the only farm experience she had was driving past an old dairy farm in her small hometown. Ironically, today she lives on that exact farm with her husband and their growing young family.

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8

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Washington FARMER, Front Porch Farm

Tucked in the mountains of northeast Washington, a little antique shop welcomes visitors to Front Porch Farm. Further down the lane lies the small diversified farm that Dee Acheson and his wife, Liz started nearly 20 years ago.

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7

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - WYOMING FARMER, Carol Greet

The Greet family is proud to have four generations on their centennial ranch near Ten Sleep, Wyoming. While old farms and ranches can be found across the country, the Greet’s place is especially unique.

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6

Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Wyoming farmers, Tony and Linda Schiffer

Tony and Linda Schiffer live, work and play in agriculture as a team. In addition to their own ranch, they represent Superior Livestock, are active in industry organizations, and enjoy team roping. They both grew up in ranching families, and have continued in that way of life as adults.

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

Nitrogen Application Study

Join Tyler Kilfoil, PFR location lead, and Travis Burnett, PFR agronomist at Beck’s Indiana Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site as they provide an update on the Nitrogen Application Study at Beck’s Indiana PFR site. 

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

A Closer Look at Closing Wheels

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Beck's PFR team in London, OH as they discuss one of PFR's most popular and asked about studies...the Corn Closing Wheel Trial.
 

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

Part 2: New Multi-Row Width, Multi-Hybrid Planter Project

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Operations Manager, Jason Gahimer, introduces part 2 of Beck’s new PFR project, a multi-row width, multi-hybrid planter!
 

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Operations Manager, Jason Gahimer, introduces part 2 of Beck’s new PFR project, a multi-row width, multi-hybrid planter!

In conjunction with Schlipf Precision Ag, Harvest International, Yetter Co., and Precision Planting, Beck’s is excited to announce this exciting new project.

We have done a lot of research over the years on row spacing and population and have found that we can produce high yields when planting in 30 in. rows compared to 20 in. rows, but there are still some advantages with narrower row spacing. This new planter will allow us to plant in 10 in., 20 in., and 30 in. rows on the fly throughout the field in order to identify the zones, spacing, and seeding rates that will maximize our yields.

Join us for part two of this series, featuring Precision Planting’s General Manger, Brad Arnold, and Research Agronomist, Cory Muhlbauer to learn more about the components that are going onto the Harvest International planter bar.
 

 

Check out part one here.

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5

Jul

2017

PFR Report

2017 PFR Wheat Book

Author: Alex Knight

This year, a total of 15 studies were conducted across four of our six Practical Farm Research (PFR)® sites, as shown below. As a result of these studies, we have identified two new PFR Proven™ products, based on their yield results and return on investment (ROI). With all four sites having completed wheat harvest, our team is moving quickly on the 2017 PFR Wheat Book, and we can’t wait to share the results with you. In the meantime, we have highlighted some of the information below.

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