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.

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.