Monday, June 1, 2020

Research Update (June 1, 2020)



Research Update (June 1, 2020)

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee


EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

May is traditionally a busy month and this one was no exception.  The bulk of our yielded trials were established, and we got many of our other trials underway also.  Weed control trials continue to go in the ground now along with some of our other later studies.  We still have quite a way to go before the “establishment” phase of the season slows down.


CROPPING SEASONS:

Trials on winter wheat should be finished in the coming month.  Spring burndown trials are complete or are getting close.  Almost all our yielded corn trials were established in April and continue to grow.  Corn growth was slowed by cool temperatures in early May but increased rapidly with the warmer weather in late May.  Our corn fungicide trials were planted in mid-May.  We traditionally plant those a little later to encourage disease development.

Our yielded cotton trials have been planted, but crop progress has been slow during the cool, wet period we had through mid-May.  Much of the Tennessee cotton crop did not get planted until late May, so we are all counting on a long fall this year.  Yielded soybean trials were planted in late May and are just now beginning to take off.


WEATHER INFO:

We have continued to get plenty of rainfall to this point in the season.  So far this spring, I cannot recall a single week that has not been impacted by rainfall.  The week either started off wet or we have received a shower at some point during the week.  It is never good to complain about the rain, but I wish we could save a few of these showers for July and August.  Temperatures for most of May were on the cool side.  However, we did see a warming trend at the end of May and things are feeling more seasonably warm at this point.

In early May, we did see a rare May frost that damaged some of the wheat in the area.  However, we are thankful that our plots do not appear to have been injured.



PEST INFO:

If you needed a trial on rhizoctonia, this was the year for you.  With the cool temperatures and wet soils, rhizoctonia pressure was heavy this spring.  In fact, many of the plots where we used inoculum saw plant populations dramatically reduced.  Even plots without inoculum were under substantial pressure.  This was the kind of year that reminds you why you use fungicides at planting.

The season continues to heat up as we add more trials each week.  We look forward to seeing you around the farm as your trials get ready to view.  Also, we still have room for those additional trials that come up during the season.  Just let us know what you need and we will make a plan.  


Proverbs 12:24

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

Monday, May 4, 2020

Research Update (May 4, 2020)




Research Update (May 4, 2020)

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee


EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

The season is underway for real.  While we have spent a lot of time dodging rain showers so far this spring, we have managed to spray burndown plots and plant yielded corn trials.  The year is beginning to take shape.  Virus concerns are still impacting a lot of things, but if you can get us a protocol and some product, we can still run you a trial.


CROPPING SEASONS:

While yielded corn trials are in the ground, we still have several corn weed control trials to establish and yielded cotton trials to plant.  Later this month, we plan to plant our corn and soybean fungicide plots.  We intentionally plant those a little later in the season to encourage good disease pressure.  May is usually a busy month and this one appears to be no exception.


GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

As field activities increase and the temperatures begin to warm, we move out of the greenhouse.  We recently finished off our last greenhouse trials and have closed up shop until fall.  Thanks so much to all those who sent trials our way this winter.  We are very appreciative of the opportunity to serve you during the “off season”.


WEATHER INFO:

The song remains the same on the weather front this spring.  We are searching hard to find times when it is dry enough to plant crops and do field work.  It seems that every short period of dry weather is quickly followed by another rain shower.  So far, we have not had any sustained periods of dry weather where we can make significant progress.  We have just been working between the rain storms when and where we can.  Temperatures have been relatively cool which just means it takes that much longer to get dry.


PEST INFO:

Nothing too far out of ordinary so far this season in the pest front.  We have noted that there are significantly fewer horseweed in our burndown areas this season.  Some folks attribute this to the increased use of dicamba while others point out that horseweed are known for being unpredictable and that emergence is often dictated by the weather.  Whichever theory you subscribe to, horseweed populations are much less dense than in recent years in our area.


We are very thankful for those that have sent us protocols this season and look forward to receiving several more before the year is out.  Please contact us with your research needs and we will be glad to help.


Proverbs 10:4

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.




Monday, April 6, 2020

Research Update (April 6, 2020)




Research Update (April 6, 2020)

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

While the world may be on hold due to virus concerns, our biggest limiting factor so far this season has been the rain (at least until we have to restock on gloves and respirators).  However, we are spraying burndown trials and preparing for the coming season at every opportunity.  Our corn planting will be in full swing soon and we look forward to spending more time back out in the fields.


EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

We managed to attend the WSSA meeting just prior to the wave of meeting cancelations and had a great time.  With pretty much anything else that even resembles a meeting being cancelled for this spring, I am going to say that meeting season is done and cropping season is here.  If we happened to have missed you during our winter travels, please give us a call and let us know how we might be able to help out in the coming months.


CROPPING SEASONS:

We started spraying burndown trials in March with a few more yet to be sprayed.  We have good winter annual weed pressure and would be happy to slide in a few more trials.  Just make sure you let us know before we get everything cleaned up for crop trials this summer.
Corn planting will begin soon (weather permitting).  We normally target the second week of April to begin planting research trials.  This usually puts us late enough in the spring to avoid the late freeze we get on occasion.  Later in April, we will be looking to establish corn weed control trials and get ready for cotton planting in early May.


GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

The greenhouse is still busy as we finish off several trials and look to complete our final round of greenhouse projects for this season.  As usual, we have worked with a variety of field crops, vegetables, and pests.  It is interesting work and keeps us out of trouble through the winter.  But I think I speak for the entire crew when I say it will be good to get back outside.


WEATHER INFO:

A wet March means the we (along with everyone else in the area) will be in a rush to get fields cleaned up prior to planting.  The weeds will be big and time will be short.  Such are the challenges of working in agriculture.


PEST INFO:

As I mentioned before, we have good winter annual weed populations if you need a burndown trial.  Just let us know soon before we clean them all up in preparation for planting.  Aphids have been active this winter (just ask the guys that were given the task of keeping them out of the greenhouse).  Otherwise, things will probably be pretty quiet until we can get some crops out the ground.  Stay tuned.


We at Diligence Technologies are blessed that you have chosen to work with us over the years and look forward to another great year.  Let us know how we can serve you in the season to come and stay healthy.


Proverbs 27:23-24

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds; for riches are not forever.