Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee
The 2018 season is off to a good start with corn and cotton going into the ground. As usual, we are moving a little slower than we would like as we get things done between rain showers. However, I will only complain so much as it still easier to work with too much rain than too little.
Our early yielded corn trials are in off to a good start. We generally wait a bit later to plant corn disease trials as this tends to enhance the disease pressure. Several corn weed control trials are underway with more to come depending on the protocol.
Cotton planting has just started with more trials to come. Most of the cotton work is still in front of us at this point.
Winter wheat continues to progress and mature. I would anticipate wheat harvest to begin about mid-June at this point.
Another winter of greenhouse testing is in the books as we turn our attention to entirely to field trials. Many thanks to those that sent us greenhouse trials over the past winter. It is nice to have something productive to do in the cold months.
April weather has been "typical". Of course in April, typical means a little bit of everything. We have had several nice, warm days that make you want to be outside mixed in with the cold, wet days where we just stare out the window. Field work has been slowed by the occasional spring shower, and it seems like there have only been a few days each week suitable for field work. Nothing really unusual for April.
I have noticed that aphid populations this spring have been a little heavier in our wheat aphid trials than in some previous years. Do not have a good explanation, but we will take it.
We look forward to seeing you around the farm this spring as we get another year underway. Please let us know if you have additional projects to work on. We are always glad to help.
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness.