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Soybean Fungicides: Are they worth it?

The R3 stage is when there are pods developing on the lower nodes (there still will be flowers on the upper nodes as the stages in soybeans overlap). As a general rule, most fungicides are recommended at the R3 stage of growth. The question is, are they wo

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2014 White Mold Pressure Pattern Similar to 2009

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 80s and lows were in the 50s and 60s during Jul

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How Much Gray Leaf Spot Pressure Warrants Fungicide Spraying?

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 below was taken from a field that was corn after soybeans and was not pollinating yet. As you can see there was plenty of disease on this leaf.

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Why Soybeans Planted Before Mother’s Day Might Be Struggling

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 other observations seen:

•    There are differences between genetics. Some genetics handle “wet feet” better than other genetics. It is not just tolerance to Phytophthora that determines a varieties water tolerance, but how it can handle anaerobic conditions.

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S. Indiana: Wheat Harvest and Planting Double Crop Soybeans

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 14%. Below 14% moisture we start to see yield loss occur, also we run the risk of a rain lowering test weight and quality if the moisture is below 14%. Air drying wheat will give you the best quality. For long term storage, make sure to dry wheat to 12.5% moisture.

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E. Indiana and Ohio: Yellow Beans, Rapid Growth Syndrome, and Floppy Corn

Yellow Beans

While 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 is going on? In most cases the soybeans are lacking nitrogen. Soybean plants receive the vast majority of their nitrogen by bacteria fixing atmospheric nitrogen. Here are a few facts about soybeans, nitrogen needs, and nodulation:

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Honoring Farmers: The Why I Farm Movement

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 wisdom. And a life not only devoted to a community, but the world.

As you may know, the Why I Farm movement was launched in 2013 to honor farmers throughout the country by telling their personal stories of faith, dedication, and hard work.

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