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.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Research Update (October 5, 2020)


 

Research Update (October 5, 2020)

 

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

 

EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

As we transition from summer to fall, progress on finishing up trials has been slow.  Cool, cloudy weather has slowed crop progress and frequent showers have hampered harvest efforts.  Corn harvest is proceeding as the weather allows.  Cotton and soybeans are finishing off slowly and we hope to be getting yield data before too long.

 

CROPPING SEASONS:

Harvest is big job at hand this time of year, but we still have other research projects to tend to.  Cotton defoliation trials are being established as the cotton matures.  Later this month we will begin to establish winter wheat trials.  If you are considering any wheat work this fall, now is the time to let us know.

 

GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

As the field work for this season begins to slow down, it is time to open up the greenhouse for winter trials.  We plan to have the greenhouse in operation in October and keep it open all winter.  Now is a great time to start thinking about those winter projects that we can do to help you be ready for spring of 2021.

 

WEATHER INFO:

This fall has been a bit cooler and wetter than normal and it is taking more time for cotton and soybeans to reach full maturity.  While the temperatures have been quite pleasant for us personally, the crops would have been better off with more sun and heat in September.  They will get there, but progress has been slow.

 

PEST INFO:

Weeds have been plentiful and we had only one brief period in late summer where it was really difficult to get good weed emergence.  Otherwise, it has been a pretty “good” weed year (if you want weeds).

Insect populations have been variable depending on which species you are looking for.  We got our normal infestations of stinkbugs and loopers in soybeans and those trials seem to be doing quite well.  We also got good infestations of fall armyworms in corn.  On the bad side, cotton bollworm infestations have been spotty in west Tennessee this year and it looks like we were in the wrong spot.  Those trials are lacking the pressure we normally expect when we plant late cotton designed to draw them in.

On the disease front, we had good gray leaf spot pressure in corn and those evaluations should do a pretty good job of measuring the efficacy of the fungicides.  Frogeye leaf spot pressure in soybeans has been consistent but not heavy.  We did not see the late surge in pressure that we often get.  This is somewhat surprising considering that we had generally good moisture conditions for disease development.

 

As always, we are blessed to be working with so many of our old (and new) friends this season.  Please let us know what we can do this fall and winter to further your research program.

 

Proverbs 12:27

… the substance of the diligent man is precious.

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.