Diligence Technologies, Inc., West Tennessee
Compared to the last few seasons, harvest is proceeding slowly in west Tennessee. Recent cool and damp weather is keeping soybeans from drying down as rapidly as they should. If fact, we saw soybean moistures rise in some cases this week as the beans absorbed moisture during an extended period of damp weather. A little sun would go a long way towards getting our soybeans out of the field.
Speaking of sun, we could use a little on our cotton also. We made our second defoliation applications late this week, and are hoping that will be enough (although I'm not quite sure yet). Last season we had cotton that required three defoliation applications before harvest and we're hoping that does not become a trend.
We are finishing up our corn research now. With the exception of a few "specialty" trials still in the field, corn harvest is complete. We are in the process of crunching the numbers and getting out the reports on corn trials.
We planted our first wheat of the season last week and hope to plant more soon as the fields dry down from the recent showers. We still have time to start wheat trials if you have any fall work to get done.
We are also preparing for winter weed controls trials. We normally start spraying those in November.
Like many others in the area have discovered this season, we now have kudzu bugs. While this is not exactly great news for soybean growers, we should be able to include this pest in our insecticide trials next season.
Thanks to those that have dropped by for a visit recently. Always good to see our friends from Winfield Solutions, Helena, Adjuvants Unlimited, and Helm Agro.
As always, let us know if there is anything we do to help out.