REVIEWS & ARTICLES BY BECKS HYBRIDS
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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