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7

Feb

2018

Agronomy Update

How Does Your Wheat Look

Author: Austin Scott

Did this year's freezing temperatures affect your yield potential?

While total wheat acres are down this year due to commodity prices, there there are still several thousand acres of Beck’s wheat planted throughout the South.

Unfortunately, that wheat has had a very troubled start this season. During planting, we experienced several weeks of dry weather that slowed emergence and even delayed planting. Then, in early January, we experienced two weather events that brought below normal temperatures (single digits in some areas) for extended periods of time. I have had several concerned farmers call and ask me if these weather events damaged their wheat crop and, true to my agronomist nature, my answer has been, “it depends on several factors.”

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6

Feb

2018

PFR Report

The Influence of Tile Drainage and Irrigation on Yield

Author: Joe Bolte

Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data has shown that early planting is one of the keys to maximizing yield potential. In 2017, much of the Midwest faced adverse weather conditions which made it a challenge to find optimum windows to plant early. In such situations, many farmers find themselves wondering what options they have.

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6

Feb

2018

PFR Report

Let’s Recap…Emergence by Planting Date

Author: Alex Knight

Every year, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team evaluates, and then discusses, planting dates for corn. What is the ideal planting date for your region? Based on management practices including water management and tillage, can you get into the field during that timeframe?Better Late Than Never?
Every year, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team evaluates, and then discusses, planting dates for corn. What is the ideal planting date for your region? Based on management practices including water management and tillage, can you get into the field during that timeframe?
When we listen to winners from the NCGA yield contest, (https://thoughtsfromtheturnrow.com/2016/08/18/2014-ncga-yield-contest-winner/) one of the first things they tell us is we need consistency in emergence. One goal in PFR this year was to evaluate differences in emergence and determine how they impacted yield. 
Let’s Talk Regional Differences
Typically, we see the best planting window at our Ohio PFR site in mid- to late April, as our yield potential starts to decrease when we plant in early June.

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6

Feb

2018

PFR Report

Wheat Planting Depth

Join Jonathan Perkins, Southern Illinois PFR Location Lead, in this latest PFR Report as he discusses our wheat planting depth study.

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6

Feb

2018

We Are Beck's: Clayton Stufflebeam's Custom Toy Tractor Weathering

When Clayton Stufflebeam isn’t working as PFR Location Lead at our new PFR site in El Paso, Illinois, you might find him playing with his toy tractors. In 2013, Clayton picked up the hobby of weathering toy tractors. Weathering is a specialization of customizing these tractors, where the finished product looks like it was just put up after harvest after years of work. The end result is a life-like, and often sentimental, representation of a tractor the way it once was.

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24

Jan

2018

Outdoors with Mike Roux: Mallards, Finally

Author: Mike Roux

The conditions that Friday at dawn were significantly different than they had been for quite some time. My best duck hunting buddy, John Caldwell, and I had spent more than a few mornings in the duck blind in the early part of the 2017 season. The vast majority of these were warm and windless trips that ended with a few ducks, if any.

The first few days of this year’s waterfowl season were not too bad. Teal and gadwall, along with a few woodies, splashed in our decoys. But the local ducks caught on quickly, and a passing shot at blue-winged bottle rockets was about all there had been lately. All that changed on Friday as temperatures hoveried around 30º F with north winds at 20 to 25 mph.

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3

Jan

2018

PFR Report: Managing Weeds in a Roundup Ready, LibertyLink® and XtendiMax™ Platform

Author: Joe Bolte

When it comes to weed control, a post-emergence (POST) herbicide is one of the keys to a successful herbicide program. Today, there are different options to choose from such as LibertyLink®, Roundup Ready® and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®. Each platform will have strengths when it comes to weed control.

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29

Dec

2017

We Are Becks: Five Tips For Making A Resolution You Can Stick To

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Lyndsay Martin, Personal Health Coach at Beck’s shares five tips to help you achieve your goals. 

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29

Dec

2017

We Are Becks: A New Beginning in the New Year for Two Beck’s Employees

This new year will begin a new chapter for two Beck’s employees as they embark on their retirements. These two men have helped Beck’s grow from 25 employees to 606 at last count. Tom Wallace, Fleet Associate, and Terry Shirk, Warehouse Manager, each just celebrated 24 years of service with Beck’s and will retire on December 31.

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14

Dec

2017

We Are Beck's: Neoga Location Spotlight

Halfway between Indianapolis and St. Louis, a small-but-mighty seed processing facility pops out of the prairie in the town of Neoga, Illinois. Beck’s Hybrids has been exclusively processing seed at Neoga since 2009, when Beck’s alliance with Brown Seed Enterprises was formed. Beck’s invested in an equipment overhaul and soon was producing high-quality, Escalate™-treated soybeans and wheat for the western part of our marketing region. Jim Herr, Beck’s processing manager, oversees all processing facilities and had this to say of Neoga, “The team at Neoga has fit into the Beck’s culture so easily over the past few years that it seems like they’ve been a part of Beck’s forever.”

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6

Dec

2017

PFR Report

2017 PFR Proven™ Wheat Products and Practices

Author: Alex Knight

One question we get asked a lot is how we apply nitrogen (N) on our wheat acres. What we have observed in Practical Farm Research (PFR)® is that, regardless of the source of N applied, split applications pay. Some of the benefits of split applications include increased yield, increased N efficiency, and the potential for lower environmental losses.

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6

Dec

2017

PFR Report

Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans

Author: Joe Bolte

In times of lower commodity prices, we’re always trying to find new ways to cut cost. One area to consider is cutting costs on soybeans is your fall burndown program. But, before making that decision, you should evaluate the benefits of a fall burndown.

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1

Dec

2017

We Are Beck's

Employee Spotlight | Bill Freitag

Beck’s follows the hiring philosophy of “get the right people on the bus,” and then “get people into the right seat on the bus”. It isn’t unusual for employees to enter new roles in various departments as they grow and change throughout their career. Employee development is one of the six defining objectives for 2017 set forth by leadership at the State of the Company address last spring. Bill Freitag’s recent move closer to his family in Minnesota, and transition from production to sales, is a great example of an employee finding the right seat on the bus with Beck’s.

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22

Nov

2017

We Are Beck's

5 Cyber Monday Cybersecurity Tips

Cyber Monday is a great chance to save money, but you might also be making yourself vulnerable to scammers and hackers. Jason Harris, Cyber Security Analyst at Beck's, offers these five easy tips for a safer Cyber Monday.

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14

Nov

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Deer Season: A Love-Hate Relationship

Author: Mike Roux

I hate deer season. No, I really do not. Anyone who knows me and/or reads this blog knows that deer hunting is a large part of my life and of my family’s heritage and tradition. In fact, I am right in the middle of one of my best seasons in a long time. However, having spent over 100 hours in the woods over the past few weeks, there are a few observations I would like to share about the frustrations, aggravations and consternations of deer season.

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10

Nov

2017

We Are Beck's

Pumpkins in Paradise

When most Midwesterners think about Hawaiian agriculture, pineapples and coconut trees leaning out over calm, blue water are about all that comes to mind. Many would be surprised to know that there are corn breeding facilities in Hawaii. During the six months of the year that corn doesn’t grow in the Midwest, the Beck’s breeding team doesn’t just sit idle. Every day, progress is made to advance new genetics and to improve seed for our farmers. For years, Beck’s used winter nurseries in Chile and Mexico to grow corn in the North American off-season until 2016, when there was an opportunity to invest in U.S. soil where corn can grow year round. Beck’s just celebrated one full year and three corn crops at our new Beck’s Hawaii Facility in the town of Kekaha on the island of Kauai. Last winter, when most folks in Indiana were shoveling their driveways, Beck’s employees made over a million hand pollinations in the corn breeding nurseries. Each pollination is a new chance to create an inbred line that could be a part of the next hot hybrid.

This year, as a way to give back to the community of Kekaha on the island of Kauai, the 11 full-time employees at the Kekaha facility planted about an acre of the farm in pumpkins to be given away.

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10

Nov

2017

Family and Farming

Caroline House: Michigan Farmer Helps Homeless Veterans

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there are around 40,000 homeless veterans in our country. In Lapeer, Michigan, Beck’s customer and Vietnam veteran, Pat Bell, is working to reduce that number by operating a homeless shelter on one of his farms.

The shelter is a relatively new effort for Pat, but multiple life experiences over the years lead him on this journey. It all started when Pat served in the Marines during the Vietnam War.

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1

Nov

2017

PFR Report

Soybean Planting Depth

Join Jonathan Perkins and Joe Bolte at the Southern IL PFR Site for this latest PFR Report as they evaluate the planting depth study they are about to harvest.

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1

Nov

2017

PFR Report

Early N Results in Corn

Author: Alex Knight

After a season of what felt like never ending rain, one question on everyone’s mind is, how much nitrogen (N) was lost? Will the economic optimum nitrogen rates (EONR) be higher this year? Will late season N pay more in 2017? How much did genetics play a role in our N response? We hope to address all of these questions with the data gleaned from our PFR studies.

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1

Nov

2017

PFR Report

NEW Wheat Studies!

Author: Alex Knight

In spring of 2017, multiple PFR Proven™ products and practices were identified for wheat. One of these practices included the application of fungicide at flowering (Feekes 10.5.1) with proven products including Caramba® and Prosaro® 421 SC. As a result of the success with these fungicide products and the practice of applying them at flowering, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team wanted to determine if applying them even earlier could be a PFR Proven practice.

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