Monday, January 4, 2021

Research Update (January 4, 2021)


 

Research Update (January 4, 2021)

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

December marked both an end and a beginning.  We put the finishing touches on our last bit of work in the field (ginning cotton samples, taking final ratings on winter wheat trials until spring, etc.).  We also started a considerable amount of greenhouse work as our winter activities moved into high gear.  It may be cold outside, but it is always warm in the heated greenhouse.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Like everyone else, our winter meeting schedule will look a lot different this year.  As of right now, all the meetings that we would normally attend through the end of February have been cancelled or moved to an online format.  While we still may be able to view the presentations on the computer, I will miss my favorite part of the meetings.  There is no substitute for catching up with old friends and making new ones.  If you happen to be around west Tennessee this winter, please stop by for a visit.  We will be needing the company.

 

CROPPING SEASONS:

The fall was relatively mild and gave the winter wheat enough time to get established prior to winter.  Wheat maintenance is finished and we should be largely out of the field until late February (which will be here before you know it).

 

GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

Another exciting greenhouse season is well underway.  We already have trials established on turf and various row crops with more planned to begin this month.  Stop by and we will be happy to give you the grand tour.

 

WEATHER INFO:

The weather this past month was pretty much “textbook” December for Tennessee.  The temperatures dropped and the rain frequency increased a bit.  That, combined with the limited hours of sunlight, tend to make things a bit gloomy.  However, we can take heart in knowing that the days will continue to get longer for the next six months.

 

PEST INFO:

We have been able to get some aphids for greenhouse testing this winter.  May not sound like a big accomplishment, but my standard line is that the most difficult part of running a greenhouse aphid trial is getting aphids where and when you want them.  If you need some insecticide work on aphids let me know.  We may be able to help you out.  Otherwise, about the only pests we are seeing are fields covered with winter annuals and the pests we get for greenhouse testing.

 

As always, we are thankful that you allow us to be part of your research program.  Please let us know if you need some greenhouse work now, some winter wheat trials in the spring, or you are already getting things ready for next summer.  We will be glad to help.

 

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.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Research Update (December 7, 2020)


 

Research Update (December 7, 2020)

 

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

The harvest season that would not seem to end has finally come to a close.  It took a while to get cotton bolls open and leaves defoliated.  It also took a similarly long time to get all the soybeans dry enough for harvest.  And while the process took longer than we might have wished, all the trials are out of the field, cotton is ginned, and reports have been issued.  Thanks to (and my apologies to) all those who waited patiently while we finished off the year.  Not the latest season we have had by any means, but still longer than anticipated.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Not sure if there will be any real meetings taking place this meeting season.  It appears that most (if not all) our usual gatherings will be done in some sort of virtual format.  We will still be participating as much as the technology allows, but I think we will all feel the loss of not being able to gather in person this winter.

You will be able to find us virtually at the NCWSS, NAICC, and SWSS meetings in December and January (and possibly a few others).

Even as we cannot meet as we normally would, please make every effort to stay in contact.  If you are near west Tennessee, please let us know.  I have no doubt we will be looking for human contact before the cold months are finished.  And always feel free to call if you cannot get down our way.

 

CROPPING SEASONS:

We had a good variety of winter weeds emerging this fall.  That allowed us to do some fall burndown work and is good news for the burndown work to be done next spring.

Our winter wheat trials have been fertilized, sprayed, and basically “put to bed” for the winter.  In addition to our ongoing trials, we have quite a bit of extra wheat that can accommodate trials that may arise in the spring.  Please keep us in mind if you find yourself in need of postemergence trials in winter wheat.  We should have a spot for you.

 

GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

Trials are underway in the warmth of the heated greenhouse.  We are already working with multiple row crops and have even ventured into some turf work this year.  While we have done several turf trials in past seasons, it is always interesting work.  If our current plans are any indication, we will be working with an even greater variety of crops and pests very soon.

For those of you who have visited the greenhouse in recent years, you may notice a few improvements.  Most notably, we replaced the front wall of the greenhouse this year.  I believe that the crew and I (mostly the crew) did an excellent job.  Feel free to drop by and tell us what you think.

 

WEATHER INFO:

I am very thankful that we were blessed with a long, mostly dry harvest season this fall.  With our crops being slow to mature, a lot of rain in November could have spelled big trouble.  But the mild, dry weather allowed us to get the crops out of the field when they finally got ready.  It was a long year, but it could easily have been a lot longer.

 

PEST INFO:

The only pests we are really seeing now are the winter annual weeds.  It does look like we have plenty, so keep us in mind come spring burndown season.

We have not seen many aphids in wheat so far, but that is not too unusual.  It seems we generally have more aphids in the spring in most years.

 

As the year 2020 comes to a close, I want to thank all of you that continued to support Diligence Technologies this past season.  Even though it has been an unconventional and sometimes challenging year, we were greatly blessed by your continued support.  We wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas season and a blessed 2021.

 

ONE LAST NOTE:

Many of you know that Diligence Technologies employs a talented young artist named Kevin (Mick) Spaulding.  On December 1st Kevin released his new 5 song album.  You can find it on iTunes or most any of the other music services.  Check it out.


Proverbs 22:29

Seest thou a man diligent in his business?  He shall stand before kings…

Monday, November 2, 2020

Research Update (November 2, 2020)


 

Research Update (November 2, 2020)

 

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

Corn harvest is in the books and everyone should have their corn data at this point.  Soybeans and cotton have continued to mature slowly with the cool temperatures in September and October but we are making progress on both.  We hope to have harvest season finished up and the last reports for this summer out soon.

 

CROPPING SEASONS:

Wheat trials were planted in October and the wheat is off to a good start.  We have a little maintenance to do before winter, but we should be putting these trials to bed soon and then get back to work on them next spring.

Cotton defoliation trials are finishing up at present.  With the cooler weather this fall, cotton defoliation was more challenging than in some years and the numbers are reflecting that challenge.  All things considered, it was still a pretty good year to separate one defoliation treatment from another.

 

GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

The greenhouse is open and the transition to winter activities is underway.  While we are really just getting started on greenhouse season, it appears that the projects for this winter will cover a wide range of pests and crops (which helps keep things interesting).  Now is great time to call and discuss any potential projects you are considering.  We would love to have you visit the warm greenhouse during the cold of winter.

 

WEATHER INFO:

The weather has been cool this fall and crop progress has been slow.  However, once the crops finally reached maturity, we have had relatively dry weather for harvest.  Harvest has went quite well once the crops let us get started.

 

PEST INFO:

All our insect trials are completed in the field and insect pressure varied depending on which insect you were looking for.  Cotton bollworms were hard to come by in our cotton plots.  We did get a bollworm flight in west Tennessee, but this year they chose not to land in our plots.  We had better luck with our soybean trials.  Soybean looper pressure was good earlier in the season and stinkbug pressure continued to build well into the fall.  I think those that ran soybean insecticide trials with us this year are pleased with the results.

 

As always, we are thankful for your support and look forward to working with each of you again in the future.  Don’t forget that we will have the greenhouse open for several months and can help you generate data even when it is too cold to do much field work.  Just let us know how we can help.

 

Proverbs 21:5

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness.