Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee
It was basically a week of grinding out trials. We missed the rains on Thursday (which may be the first ones we have missed this year), and spent the week playing catch-up. Considering the slow start to the season, we may be playing catch-up for quite some time.
Yielded cotton trials are largely off and running. Now we are switching our attention to soybeans as well as weed and bug trials. We have a long line of those to get started. Efforts are slowed to some extent because we are having to go back in and clean up fields again in order to initiate trials. Some of the fields are pretty wooly since it has been a while since we did our initial field preparations.
The pest problem of choice right now is extreme thrip pressure in cotton. Judging for the counts obtained in our thrip trials, this could very well be the heaviest thrip population I can recall. Almost every cotton trial I have that is out of the ground received a postemergence application for thrips this past week. Would not be surprising if we get to do it again next week.
Thanks to our friends from Syngenta Seeds and Brandt that stopped by for visits this past week.
Also, thanks to all our customers for their patience as we have slowly limped into this season. Most things have been behind schedule but we will keep working to get your data rolling in as soon as we can.