REVIEWS & ARTICLES BY BECKS HYBRIDS
With Wide Variability in a Crop Season, Comes a Great Learning Opportunity By: 08/23/2015 @ 11:00pm

As harvest approaches in one of the toughest years we have experienced in quite some time, many farmers are dreading having to watch the results of their combine yield monitors. Over the past several…

What's the Best Date to Plant Your Corn? By: 08/13/2015 @ 3:42pm

This week we highlight the Corn Planting Date Study at Beck’s London, OH Practical Farm Research PFR® site. Check out the video to learn more about the differences we are seeing in our crop based on…

360 UnderCOVER performed 4.6 Bu./A. better than traditional over the top ground treatment By: 08/12/2015 @ 11:00pm

360 UnderCOVER performed 4.6 Bu./A. better than traditional over the top ground treatment.This first year study evaluates the use of the 360 UnderCOVER system. This technology gives you the ability to deliver…

Waterhemp popping up throughout Ohio By: 08/06/2015 @ 11:00pm

Keep an eye out for this weed! I’ve found waterhemp in many parts of the state, not just western Ohio. As I have been asking farmers about this weed, I have estimated that over 90 percent of them…

2015 Closing Wheel Study- Which Wheel Types Help Increase Performance and Yield? By: 08/03/2015 @ 11:00pm

Ohio Field Agronomist, Alex Johnson, revisits the multi-year closing wheel study at Beck’s London Practical Farm Research® (PFR) site.The consequences of closing wheel choice go beyond emergence time –…

2 Year Study Proves R3 Foliar Insecticide Application is Profitable By: 07/29/2015 @ 11:00pm

Purpose: this study is designed to evaluate two different insecticides at the R3 (beginning pod) growth stage.Summary: Both insecticides performed well this year. Mustang Maxx raised yields by 8.3 Bu./A…

Water Management Study Under Way - Irrigation and Fertigation Are Being Tested! By: 07/29/2015 @ 11:00pm

Jason Gahimer and the Becks Central Indiana PFR team have been conducting water management trials. Watch this video to learn more about the irrigation and fertigation practices they are testing…

Scouting With a UAV Proves Useful In Indiana By: 07/29/2015 @ 11:00pm

As Indiana corn continues to grow, scouting efforts have become more difficult. With some fields averaging over 8 feet tall, patterns are impossible to see from inside the field, which in turn makes diagnosing…

Testing UAV Usefulness in the Field By: 07/23/2015 @ 11:00pm

This summer I’ve been using a quadcopter (UAV) to see how this tool can be helpful not just to me as an agronomist, but how it could benefit the everyday farmer as well. One of our interns, Kalen, has been…

The WhyIFarm Movement Continues - Frank Doll - Illinois Farmer Video Release By: 07/21/2015 @ 1:25pm

“I see every sunrise. I see every sunset. Being outside, enjoying the weather. Enjoying the outdoors. The smells, the sounds. I think that’s one of the greatest things about being a farmer.” –…

4 Year Study - The Proof is Avg. Higher Yield 45.1 Bu./A. By: 07/20/2015 @ 11:00pm

BECK’S Sub-Irrigation Study - 2014 Central IndianaPurpose: To determine if yields can be increased by controlling the water table level with a sub-irrigation system. The sub-irrigation system consists of 3…

Vomitoxin on Wheat By: 07/15/2015 @ 11:00pm

The 2014-2015 wheat crop has certainly had its share of problems this season. Much of the crop was planted later than normal and this spring we had more freeze/thaw cycles than we have had in several years. We…

Escalate™ vs. Untreated Study By: 07/15/2015 @ 11:00pm

On June 4, we sent a video highlighting the Beck’s Escalate™ vs. Untreated Study at the London, Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site. In the video, we did an early comparison of soybean treatments…

To Spray or Not to Spray? By: 07/14/2015 @ 7:48am

One of the most prominent questions we get from farmers is whether or not they should spray fungicide. Is it worth the input cost? What research do we have to support any potential ROI they might…

Corn and Soybean Tissue Testing By: 06/18/2015 @ 12:12pm

Tissue testing is one of the best tools in our agronomy toolbox as farmers. It is useful for progressive farmers who want to evaluate nutrient uptake in their crop or diagnose problem areas. Tissue testing can…

FARMserver's Scouting Reminders By: 06/17/2015 @ 12:45pm

No matter what technology or new tools become available, scouting fields is still one of the most important functions of farming. All fields should be scouted before, during and after pollination for…

2-Year Study Results - To Add Nitrogen Stabilizers Or Not? By: 05/28/2015 @ 11:48am

Nitrogen stabilizers are commonly used to protect against nitrogen losses when a producer applies a large portion of their nitrogen fertilizer in the fall or early spring. Due to the fact that nitrogen loss…

Multi Year Study Will Show Highest Avg. Yield From 2.5 Inch Depth By: 05/18/2015 @ 11:00pm

Southern, IL Planting Depth Study is designed to evaluate various planting depths of corn. Ten planting depths were chosen ranging from 0.5 to 2.75 inches. Summary:With the numerous rains during the spring…

Improving Farm Efficiency with Crop Health Imagery By: 05/13/2015 @ 11:00pm

Excited about using new technology to improve the efficiency of your farm? Looking for ways to maximize output while minimizing input during lower commodity prices? Is there a way to pinpoint your scouting…

Closing Wheel Study - Why The Dawn Curvetine Won This Year. By: 05/13/2015 @ 11:00pm

To determine what effects different closing wheel combinations have on plant emergence and yield. In this study, ten closing wheel combinations were tested on four different pressure settings. The control in…

2 Years of Data Show 9.5 Bu.A. w/$54.24/A ROI on Multi-Hybrid Corn Planting By: 05/07/2015 @ 11:17am

In 2014, Beck’s Practical Farm Research Team began its third year of evaluation in regard to site-specific multi-hybrid corn planting. At Beck’s Hybrids, we are passionate about recommending the right corn…

Nailing Down Optimal Planting Dates Takes Years, Study Shows By: 04/30/2015 @ 9:57am

Purpose:    To evaluate the performance of two hybrids planted on several dates throughout the growing season. The long term goal of this study is to gather several years of data to help our…

Large Soybean Plantability Tips - 3 Major Plant Manufacturers By: 04/30/2015 @ 8:54am

This past winter, three major planter manufacturers evaluated our 2015 soybean seed for plantability. This was done knowing that a considerable amount of 2015 Beck’s soybean seed would be larger than…

Accurate Singulation And Placement = High Profit Yields By: 04/30/2015 @ 8:47am

The pathway to high profit yields starts with accurate singulation and placement of every seed. As you go through planting season, here are some key suggestions to achieving those effective plant stands…

Multi-Year/Location Study: Treated vs. Untreated 11.1 Bu./A. Yield Advantage By: 04/29/2015 @ 11:00pm

Purpose:Beck’s Escalate® yield enhancement system is a proprietary mix of yield enhancing products that come standard on all Beck’s seed. Escalate offers insect protection, improved stands, seedling…

Ohio Wheat Evaluation Part 2 - Some Green, Some Not. Why? By: 04/26/2015 @ 11:00pm

Last week I met our regional product specialist, Mark Apelt, at L & S wheat plot in Pandora, OH to revisit our initial wheat evaluation from earlier this spring.The wheat is now greened up, however, some…

Will Record Shattering Lows in Ohio Impact Wheat? By: 04/26/2015 @ 11:00pm

Many areas of Ohio received record low temperatures on the morning of April 24. Temperatures dropped into the mid-20s in several areas of northern Ohio, while shattering previous lows by 5-7ºF  in parts…

What You Need To Know About Frost and Freeze - 6 Year Study on Yield By: 04/24/2015 @ 3:53pm

Frost and Freeze Impact on Corn Growth Stages. Beck's Central IL PFR Director, Jason Webster, explains the effects a frost event can have on recently planted corn and past findings in Practical Farm…

Area of Concerns For Applying Ammonia (NH3) By: 04/20/2015 @ 2:55pm

Last fall was not very conducive for applying ammonia (NH3), which brings us to our current situation concerning spring applications. Couple that with wet soils, cooler daytime temperatures this week, and the…

Putting Weather Monitoring to Work By: 04/19/2015 @ 11:00pm

All of my life I have been enamored with the power of Mother Nature. Rain, wind, drought, hail, tornadoes; it is amazing how many things have to align for a weather event to occur. We’ve all experienced the…

Time to Terminate Fall Planted Cover Crops! By: 04/07/2015 @ 11:00pm

Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to start thinking about terminating the cover crops that were planted last fall, mainly the annual ryegrass and cereal rye. Let’s begin with the annual…

Pre-Emergent Herbicide Study - Don’t want it, treat it like you already have it! By: 04/06/2015 @ 11:00pm

Pre-emergent herbicides were put to the ultimate test during last growing season.BECK’S Pre-Emergent Herbicide Study - 2014Purpose: Using pre-emergent herbicides allow growers an early start on their weed…

What is the Ideal Planting Depth For Corn? Find The Answer In This Study! By: 03/31/2015 @ 11:00pm

The results are in from the Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Study showing what the best planting depth is for Ohio Corn for the highest potential yields. BECK’S Ohio Planting Depth Study -…

FARMserver's Five Corn Planting Reminders You Don't Want to Miss! By: 03/23/2015 @ 11:00pm

After a long, cold winter, the team at FARMserver is very excited that planting season is finally upon us. How we prepare and perform our field operations sets the yield potential for the remainder of the crop…

NITROGEN STABILIZERS SIMPLIFIED By: 03/23/2015 @ 11:00pm

Whether you’re applying nitrogen (N) on your corn or wheat crop, knowing which nitrogen stabilizer to consider can be confusing! There are many out there. They protect from different types of loss, and they…

What is the Ideal Planting Depth For Soybeans? Find The Answer In This Study! By: 03/22/2015 @ 11:00pm

The results are in from the Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Study showing what the best planting depth is for Ohio Soybeans for the highest potential yields. BECK’S Ohio Soybean Planting Depth…

Video: Checking Ohio Wheat Stands By: 03/19/2015 @ 11:00pm

Winter has finally come to an end and the last of the snow is melting away, which means it's time to check out those wheat stands! Beck's agronomist, Alex Johnson and regional product specialist…

10-Year Corn Planting Date Study – When To Plant For Highest Yields By: 03/15/2015 @ 11:00pm

The results are in from a 10-Year Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Study showing when to plant corn in Kentucky for the highest potential yields.  Study finds highest yield potential happens between April…

10-Yr Study - Highest Yield Potential Happens Between April 23 and May 8 By: 03/08/2015 @ 11:00pm

The results are in from a 10-Year Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Study showing when to plant soybeans in Kentucky for the highest potential yields.  BECK’S Kentucky Soybean Planting Date Study -…

WhyIFarm Mandy Bryant's Handling Farm's Transition To Next Generation By: 02/25/2015 @ 11:00pm

Beck’s is excited to release the latest Why I Farm video featuring the story of Long Vue Farms in Allensville, Ky. For Mandy Bryant, the decision to take over the family farm was an easy one…

Study to Reduce Nitrogen Loss had $8.97/A.ROI By: 02/22/2015 @ 11:00pm

BECK’S Nitrogen Stabilizer Study - 2014(Central IL, Central IN, KY, OH)Purpose:Each year many corn growers apply UAN liquid nitrogen in the spring as a part of their nitrogen program. This multi-location…

“Do-It-Yourself” Management Zone Creation Tool - FARMserver By: 02/16/2015 @ 11:00pm

Variable seed and nitrogen rate applications started in the mid-1990s, but since then farmers have had limited ability to create management zones and write customized prescriptions efficiently. What if the…

Corn After Soybean Nitrogen Timing Study - Most Profitable: 2x2 followed by V3 sidedress treatment By: 02/12/2015 @ 2:19pm

Purpose:To evaluate various nitrogen timings in a corn after soybean rotation. Application timings consist of preplant incorporated, 2x2 starter at planting, and various sidedress programs. This study is…

Applying Nitrogen to Wheat Can Be a Tough Decision This Time of Year By: 02/05/2015 @ 11:00pm

Applying Nitrogen (N) to wheat can be a tough decision this time of year. Many of us have no intention of scouting fields in this weather, but a quick look at your wheat fields can help make some decisions on…

Picking Highest Yielding Week to Plant Soybeans Study By: 02/02/2015 @ 11:00pm

BECK’S Planting Date Study - 2014Beck’s Hybrids PFR program conducts more than 75 different studies across multiple locations (500+ acres) to learn how different management practices and new technologies…

Plant Early and Plant Often! By: 01/29/2015 @ 11:00pm

BECK’S Planting Date Study - 2014Beck’s Hybrids PFR program conducts more than 75 different studies across multiple locations (500+ acres) to learn how different management practices and new technologies…

Closing Wheel Study - Pro Stitch Wheels Finish With 7 Bu./A Advantage By: 01/19/2015 @ 11:00pm

Beck’s Hybrids PFR program conducts more than 75 different studies across multiple locations (500+ acres) to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments…

Beck’s Flo-Rite™ Seed Firmer Study By: 01/12/2015 @ 11:00pm

Beck’s Hybrids PFR program conducts more than 75 different studies across multiple locations (500+ acres) to learn how different management practices and new…

Precision Ag Explained in the new FARMserver Video By: 01/12/2015 @ 2:34pm

Precision Ag Software – FARMserver™ - The precision ag concept is really quite simple. Precisely monitor cropping variables, collect data concerning those variables, analyze the data, and then use the…

Interview with Ohio Farmer, Paul Ralston By: 11/20/2014 @ 11:37am

Last week I had a chance to visit with Paul Ralston of Hardin County, Ohio. We talked about his farm operation and things he has done throughout the year. Tune in to hear about what other farmers are seeing on…

FERTILIZER PRICE SURVEY - REMEMBER THE FOUR “R”S OF NUTRIENT APPLICATION By: 11/13/2014 @ 9:01am

I hope harvest has been going smoothly for you, though delayed for most in Ohio this fall. This week’s newsletter has some information that is important as we think about fall and spring input…

Corn Drydown and Drying Soybeans By: 10/27/2014 @ 11:00pm

Sadly another week of wet weather has gone by, further frustrating soybean harvest and wheat planting.           Wheat Planting​In one of my previous blogs, I discuss How…

How Late Can I Plant My Wheat? By: 10/16/2014 @ 9:29am

The rains have slowed wheat planting in a lot of areas, but we still have the potential for a good crop!Planting within the first 10 days after the recommended fly-free is normally our goal, but we can plant…

How Fast Will Corn Drydown In The Field? By: 10/13/2014 @ 3:35pm

With the recent rains many of us are starting to wonder how fast corn will dry down in the field. Many factors can contribute to drydown. Plant characteristics can influence in-field drydown, but weather…

How Much Yield Am I Leaving On The Ground? By: 10/12/2014 @ 11:00pm

How Much Yield Am I Leaving on the Ground?It is easy to do a quick estimate behind the combine of how much yield is left in the field. Carefully remove residue in a square foot area and count how many seeds…

Green Stems in Soybeans By: 10/08/2014 @ 11:00pm

Every year there are some soybean fields where the stems stay green while the soybeans are mature and at the ideal moisture. Sometimes the leaves fall off the plant and sometimes they remain green and stay on…

Standing Strong- Stock Lodging Identification and Tips By: 09/28/2014 @ 11:00pm

Corn StandabilitySome corn fields are starting to come off, though most are two to four weeks away from harvest. For that reason, it is important to check potential for stalk lodging to assess which fields or…

The Right Moisture to Harvest Corn By: 09/14/2014 @ 11:00pm

Have you ever heard of a farmer who started harvesting a corn field at 26 percent moisture and it was yielding 200 Bu./A. (adjusted to dry bushels). He left the other half of the field to dry down on its own…

Managing Wheat This Fall By: 09/14/2014 @ 11:00pm

Wheat ManagementSeptember is here and wheat planting will begin before we know it. Although soybeans will probably be harvested later than normal in many areas of the state, there will be some fields harvested…

Continuous Soybean Management Considerations By: 09/12/2014 @ 12:58pm

Continuous Soybean Management ConsiderationsThere are some farmers who are considering growing more soybeans next year and may have some continuous soybean rotations. There are a few management considerations…

When Will My Corn Be Ready for Harvest? By: 09/09/2014 @ 11:00pm

We are finishing up the first week of September and harvest will be here soon.​Step 1: How many days till your corn is “black layered”? ​It takes 20-25 days for corn to get to black layer after it…

Keep On Alert for Aphids By: 09/08/2014 @ 11:00pm

In the last few weeks there has been an increase in aphids in corn. Aphids have been everywhere on the plant including the leaves, leaf sheaths, and husks. The picture above shows an aphid population on a corn…

Possibility of Ear Rot - What to Watch For! By: 09/07/2014 @ 11:00pm

As harvest starts to approach and we are working to get combines and grain bins ready, don’t forget to keep an eye on your corn fields. Many of us are hoping for a great crop, but as this year continues to…

The Clock's Ticking - The Timelines of Planting Cover Crops By: 09/07/2014 @ 11:00pm

Cover CropsHarvest may be later this year than what it has been in the past few years. For this reason, you may be wondering about when or if to plant cover crops into corn. Most cover crops that overwinter…

Why Oh Why Is My Corn Tipping Back? By: 09/04/2014 @ 11:00pm

Why is my corn tipping back?Projections are for another bumper corn crop in Ohio and Indiana. Time will tell if we beat the average yield for both states of 177 Bu./A. from 2013. As I travel around both…

Soybean Diseases - How Can I Tell The Difference? By: 09/04/2014 @ 11:00pm

Soybean Diseases - How can I tell the difference? Last week we talked about how white mold is causing scattered plants in fields to wilt and die. Other diseases are causing the same appearance or…

Conventional vs. Traited Corn By: 08/22/2014 @ 9:45am

With commodity prices lower than they have been in the past few years many growers will be looking for ways to cut costs. One way growers may be looking to trim expenses is reducing traits.  Is this a…

What to Expect This Fall - All The Charts You Need By: 08/21/2014 @ 11:00pm

What To Expect This Fall Last week Mark talked about corn maturing prior to frost this fall. This week we will explore whether recent cool temperatures may lead to a delayed harvest. This spring…

"Why I Farm" Saga Continues: Ben Moore By: 08/05/2014 @ 11:00pm

We're excited to release the latest Why I Farm video featuring the story of Tennessee farmer, Ben Moore. In Ben's family, farming is more than just an occupation. It’s a tradition that Ben is…

Soybean Fungicides: Are they worth it? By: 08/05/2014 @ 3:50pm

We are approaching or are at the R3 stage of soybeans in many fields (see the picture above of a soybean plant at the R3 stage). The R3 stage is when there are pods developing on the lower nodes (there…

2014 White Mold Pressure Pattern Similar to 2009 By: 08/05/2014 @ 3:44pm

The last year we had a significant amount of white mold pressure was 2009. As you may (or may not) recall, 2009 was below average as far as temperatures were concerned. Highs were generally in the 70s and low…

E. Indiana and Ohio Good News - More Wheat Heads Produced Mean Higher Than Average Yield By: 08/05/2014 @ 3:31pm

Most growers in our area have harvested wheat this year and many were surprised by how good the yields were. With the colder than normal winter and warmer than normal temperatures during grain fill, why were…

E. Indiana and Ohio Water Tolerance Can Lead To Yellowing Soybeans By: 08/05/2014 @ 3:22pm

Although soybeans appear to be improving, there are still some areas where soybeans are staying yellow. Most of this yellowing has to do with water tolerance. In the picture below (on the left) the soybeans in…

Beck's Introduces FARMserver: A Precision Ag Tool That Puts the Farmer in Control By: 07/30/2014 @ 10:14am

Beck's Introduces FARMserver: A Precision Ag Tools That Puts The Farmer In ControlWhen it comes to precision agriculture technologies, farmers not only want complete control of their data, they want a…

E. Indiana and Ohio Northern Corn Leaf Blight Creeping into Ohio By: 07/30/2014 @ 10:10am

Last week we reported that Gray Leaf Spot was being found in many corn fields. This week there is Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) moving into some areas, especially those areas that had a rain early last…

How Much Gray Leaf Spot Pressure Warrants Fungicide Spraying? By: 07/15/2014 @ 2:51pm

In the past week I have started to see some corn leaf diseases, specifically Gray Leaf Spot (GLS), in many corn fields. The GLS has been seen in both both corn/corn on corn after soybean rotations. The picture…

Why Soybeans Planted Before Mother’s Day Might Be Struggling By: 07/15/2014 @ 2:45pm

Soybeans in many fields are struggling and growing slow. The majority of fields that are struggling were planted prior to the Mother’s Day weekend (the week prior to May 11th).  Here are some of the…

S. Indiana: Wheat Harvest and Planting Double Crop Soybeans By: 07/07/2014 @ 10:59am

As wheat harvest has begun across southern Indiana, I wanted to leave you with a few tips about harvest and planting double crop soybeans.When preparing to harvest wheat, the ideal moisture is between 20% to…

E. Indiana and Ohio: Yellow Beans, Rapid Growth Syndrome, and Floppy Corn By: 06/26/2014 @ 8:48am

Yellow BeansWhile driving through Indiana and Ohio there are many soybean fields that are pale yellow in color as the picture below shows. We have had adequate moisture and above-average temperatures, so what…

Honoring Farmers: The Why I Farm Movement By: 06/26/2014 @ 8:28am

At Beck's, we know being a farmer isn't a job. It's a way of life. A life filled with honor, courage and duty; both in and out of the field. A life empowered by dreams, inspired by God's…

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