Monday, February 3, 2020

Research Update (February 3, 2020)



Research Update (February 3, 2020)

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

NEW SERVICE – DT SHIPPING SERVICES:

In response to a need expressed by some our existing customers, Diligence Technologies will be providing research sample packaging and shipping services.  If you need someone to help handle the process of getting your research samples where they need to go, give us a call.  We will be glad to help.


EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

Meeting season went into high gear in late January with visits to the NAICC in San Antonio, the SWSS in Biloxi, and the Cotton and Rice Conference in Memphis.  While we always enjoy catching up with old friends, it will be a bit of a relief to reach the part of winter where the meetings tend to be a little closer to home (and we can sleep in our own beds).  Look for us in February at a variety of meetings around west Tennessee and let us know how we can be of service.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

We currently have the following meetings on our winter schedule:

Grain Conference (Feb. 6, Dyersburg, TN)
TN Ag Production Association (Feb. 12, Jackson, TN)
Cotton Focus (Feb. 13, Jackson, TN)
Gin Show (Feb. 28-29, Memphis, TN)
WSSA (Mar. 2-5, Maui, HI)


CROPPING SEASONS:

This is our slowest time of the year in the field with only an occasional rating or trip to view an ongoing trial.  That will change soon, however, as we move into spring applications to winter wheat and burndown trials.  Now is a great time to call with wheat fungicide and postemergence herbicide trials as well as early burndown work.  We want to be ready to head back to the field as soon as spring begins.


GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

When we are slowest in the field, we tend to be the busiest in the greenhouse.  Ongoing greenhouse trials are being treated and evaluated and new trials are beginning.  If you are considering some greenhouse testing this winter, now would be a great time to give us a call.  We want to make sure that we have everything started in a timely manner so that we can finish up before shutting the greenhouse down for the summer.


WEATHER INFO:

Winter finally arrived in west Tennessee in late January.  The early part of January (and much of December for that matter) was warm and wet.  While we are still getting moisture, the temperatures recently have dropped to near normal (and sometimes quite a bit below normal).  This will slow the growth of winter weeds and winter wheat, but that is what we expect this time of year and should not be an issue.


We hope your winter is going great.  We look forward to seeing the folks we have not managed to catch up with yet.  And we hope you are getting a little rest before we all head back to the field for another season.


Proverbs 21:5

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Research Update (January 6, 2020)



Research Update (January 6, 2020)

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

As we kick off a new year, greenhouse work continues to increase, meeting season moves into high gear, and plans begin for another season.  We are very thankful for the past trial year, but this is the point in the cycle where it really hits home that it is time to start all over again.

Call us with your greenhouse projects.  Look us up at the winter meetings to talk about your plans for the summer.  And start putting the finishing touches on those spring wheat and burndown trials (it will be time to head back to the field before you know it).  We look forward to another great year of helping you with your research projects.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Many thanks to our friends at the North Central Weed Science Society for making the meeting in Columbus such a great experience.  If we missed you there, never fear.  We have a full slate of meetings scheduled and look forward to catching up with you over the next couple of months.  Here is a summary of what we currently have on the calendar:

NAICC (Jan. 22-25, San Antonio, TX)
SWSS (Jan. 27-29, Biloxi, MS)
Cotton & Rice Conference (Jan. 30-31, Memphis, TN)
Grain Conference (Feb. 6, Dyersburg, TN)
TN Ag Production Association (Feb. 12, Jackson, TN)
Cotton Focus (Feb. 13, Jackson, TN)
Gin Show (Feb. 28-29, Memphis, TN)
WSSA (Mar. 2-5, Maui, HI)


CROPPING SEASONS:

Things are quiet in the field right now as you would expect.  We have a few projects that run through the winter, but even those are mostly put to bed except for the occasional rating.  Hard to imagine that it all will change in a couple of short months from now.  And even though things get busy in a hurry, I can assure you that the warmer temperatures and time outside are always welcome in the spring.  The winter wheat appears to be in good shape for now, and we should have a good crop of burndown weeds to get the season started.


GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

The diversity of crops and pests we work with in the greenhouse is always fascinating.  I got a call from a long-time friend recently asking if we could grow a wide assortment of vegetable crops for an upcoming trial.  The thing that made the call memorable to me was that we had grown them all before.  With every different crop he would name, we gave him a reply that was some version of “yep, we’ve done that”.  When I get some “free time”, I need to look back and put together a list of crops, pests, and trial types that have come through the greenhouse.  For now, just allow me to say that if you are looking for a weed or two, there is a good chance we can grow it.  Bugs can be a little harder to come by at this time of year, but we will do what we can.  And as for crops of various kinds, there is a good chance you will hear something like “yep, we’ve done that”.  Give us a try and find out.


WEATHER INFO:

The early part of winter has been generally mild with plenty of moisture.  As mentioned above, this should be good news for both winter wheat and winter weeds for burndown trials.  That said, we still have at least two more months before things really start to “wake up” for the spring.

As always, we wish you and your family all the best in coming year.  Let us know what we can do to make your burden a little lighter.


Proverbs 12:27

… the substance of the diligent man is precious.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Research Update (December 2, 2019)




Research Update (December 2, 2019)

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee


EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

2019 harvest season is finally complete.  If you believe the saying that in a good year you finish up by Halloween and in a tough year you hope to get done by Thanksgiving, then this must have been a “typical” year as we completed harvest right between the two.  The fast start to harvest season was slowed by frequent showers and a few mechanical difficulties, but it is now in the books and everyone should have reports in hand.  As always, we have a few winter trials to look after and maintenance to perform, but for the most part we are looking forward to the warmth and comfort of the greenhouse. 


UPCOMING EVENTS:

When field work slows down, meeting season kicks off and this year appears to be no exception.  Look for us at the following meetings this winter:

NCWSS (Dec. 10-13, Columbus, OH)
NAICC (Jan. 22-25, San Antonio, TX)
SWSS (Jan. 27-29, Biloxi, MS)
Cotton & Rice Conference (Jan. 30-31, Memphis, TN)
Grain Conference (Feb. 6, Dyersburg, TN)
TN Ag Production Association (Feb. 12, Jackson, TN)
Cotton Focus (Feb. 13, Jackson, TN)
RTWG (Feb. 24-27, Orange Beach, AL)
Gin Show (Feb. 28-29, Memphis, TN)
WSSA (Mar. 2-5, Maui, HI)


GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

The greenhouse season is “officially” underway with our first round of research trials now off and running.  At this point in the season, we still have plenty of time conduct your trials before spring and several of our newly renovated greenhouse benches open for your use.  Now is a great time let us know what projects you are considering, and we will put the plans in motion.

Weed control and crop phytotoxicity trials have been the first order of business this season.  This comes as no surprise as they tend to be a greenhouse staple.  However, we will likely be moving into some other areas (insects, turf, etc.) soon.  With the flexibility a greenhouse provides, we are constantly amazed variety of projects we seem to encounter each winter.  Feel free to add to the fun.


WEATHER INFO:

We have had a little of everything weather-wise lately (rain, cold, warm, sunny) which really means about “normal” I suppose.  A hot, dry September gave way to a cold, wet October and November leaving very little of the typical fall that we often enjoy.  There have been enough breaks in the rain to get some harvesting done and winter wheat planted, but it seems most of the work this fall has occurred in quick burst of activity.  Like I said, “normal”.  In any case we should have plenty of wheat for spring trials when you get your plans in order.


PEST INFO:

Things are relatively quiet right now when it comes to pests.  We should have plenty of winter weeds for winter and spring burndown trials.  Otherwise, most of the pests we are dealing with are the ones we “manufacture” in the greenhouse.


We at Diligence Technologies are blessed that you have chosen to work with us again this season.  Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to support the industry that provides the food and fiber we all need.  We wish you and your families the very best as we all take time this month to remember the birth of Jesus.


Proverbs 12:24

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be put to forced labor.