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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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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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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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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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1

Nov

2017

PFR Report

Corn Population and Row Width Harvest

Author: Jim Schwartz

Join Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy and Jason Gahimer, PFR operations manager, in the field as the team harvests one of our multi-population, multi-row width plots with Capello's All Row Gladiator Corn Head.

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28

Sep

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

White-Tailed Deer Biology

Author: Mike Roux

When it comes to knowing and hunting deer, most of us probably consider ourselves pretty well versed. I have found, however, that there are some whose knowledge and experience go far beyond my own on this subject. C.J. Winand is one of America's top white-tailed deer biologists. This man knows as much about deer as Jimmy Dean knows about sausage. Seriously though, he does know his stuff about deer. Much of this biological and behavioral knowledge can come in handy to those of us who hunt deer. I will do my best to accurately pass along what I have learned about deer biology from C. J. Winand.

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19

Sep

2017

Family and Farming

Therein Lies the Danger

When it comes to farming, there is always the potential for dangerous situations to arise. It surrounds daily tasks, but one of the most dangerous things a farmer can do is get into a grain bin. Arick Baker, of New Providence, IA, was buried alive in 2013 with 18 inches of corn above his head in an 80,000-bushel grain bin. He was certain he was going to die.

“My whole life I’ve been told that once you go down in a grain bin, you die,” Baker said. The ABC Show, In An Instant, detailed the miracle rescue that occurred on June 26, 2013, that ultimately saved Baker’s life.

September 17 to 23 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and Beck's customer, Daryl Bridenbaugh believes that the ABC episode featuring Arick's story is a good reminder that farming incidents can happen to anyone. That’s why it’s important to take precautions while on the farm.

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16

Aug

2017

Agronomy Update

Southern Rust vs Common Rust: What You Need to Know

Author: Steve Gauck

In 2016, many parts of southern Indiana experienced a bad outbreak of Southern Rust that caused yield loss in a lot of areas. Many farmers have seen an influx of this disease present in their fields again this year. However, there has also been a large presence of Common Rust in corn fields this year as well.
 
Check out this latest video to learn more about the visual differences between the two diseases and what you can expect in terms of long term effects and yield loss. 

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16

Aug

2017

Agronomy Update

The Truth About Stink Bugs...

Author: Luke Schulte

This is a vulnerable time during soybean development as we enter pod development so it's important to scout your fields for insect feeding. A recently shot this video while scouting soybean fields at Beck's Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in London, OH for insect damage, specifically from stink bugs.

Watch it now to learn more about what to look for and what kind of injury you can expect.

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2

Aug

2017

PFR Report

Foliar Fungicide Applications

Author: Alex Knight

In this latest PFR report, I discuss the Fungicide Placement Study in OH where we are comparing the 360 UNDERCOVER vs Over the Top application of Headline AMP® at the VT growth stage. Are there coverage differences between the two applications? Will there be a difference in yield?

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2

Aug

2017

PFR Report

Row Width and Populations in Double Crop Soybeans

In this latest PFR Report, I am joined by Tyler Kilfoil as we report from the Row Width and Populations in Double Crop Soybeans study at Beck’s PFR site in Indiana.

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2

Aug

2017

PFR Report

Soybean Seeding Rates

Author: Jim Schwartz

In this latest PFR Report, PFR Agronomist, Miles McGovney, discusses the Soybean Seeding Rate Study. This particular study, which is part of our PFR Partner’s program, is in Algona, IA.
 

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Aug

2017

PFR Report

Managing Marestail

Author: Joe Bolte

When it comes to growing double crop soybeans, one hurdle many growers face is weed control. One of the most challenging weeds to manage in a double crop soybean system is marestail. In fact, some biotypes of marestail have developed resistance to Group 2 (ALS) herbicides, which are the most commonly applied in wheat. If a population is resistant, the weeds will escape the herbicide application and thus, will be well-established at wheat harvest. The larger the weed, the more difficult it is for contact herbicides to have effective control. 

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