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Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee
EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:
February was a busy month. Our meeting stops included:
Southern Weed Science Society (Oklahoma City)
West Tennessee Grain Conference (Dyersburg)
Cotton Focus (Jackson)
Tennessee Ag Production Association (Jackson)
Gin Show (Memphis)
We had a great month of catching up with old friends and planning for new season of research trials. If we have not had the opportunity to start planning your trials for the coming year, give us a call and we'll be glad include you in the program.
As meeting season comes to a close, field work starts to pick up. March tends to be a transition month in Tennessee. Our winter greenhouse work is still going strong this month and our field work is generally limited to wheat trials and burndown work. But this is the month where we start to realize that winter is letting go and planting is just around the corner.
We did manage to spray a few wheat plots with a backpack in February, but it was difficult to do much past that. The fields generally remain too wet for equipment (and often have been to wet to walk on). We are still looking for a little window to do wheat maintenance sprays and fertilization. Burndown trials will begin in March and we appear to have a good crop of weeds to work with. We still have time to slide in a few more burndown trials if you have the need.
While things are slow in the field, growing conditions in the greenhouse remain perfect. Things remain busy as we finish off the early trials and begin a few later ones. As usual, we have once again expanded the range of things we have done in the greenhouse to include new crops, products, and application methods. As strange as it seems, we will only have the greenhouse open for a couple more months (give or take), so consider this to be "last call" for any greenhouse work you might have this season.
The only word you need to know about our weather for the past month (or the past four months for that matter) is "wet". We have already received more that twice the rain we received to this point last year. With the cooler temperatures and limited sunshine, we have had very little opportunity for things to dry out. Like everyone else in west Tennessee, we are looking forward to some warm, sunny days in March to dry things out and get things going in earnest.
Other than winter weeds (of which we have plenty), there is not a lot to discuss in the way of pest pressure. Aphids in wheat, while usually present, have not been a major issue for us so far this season. However, look for wheat foliar diseases to start making their annual appearance this month and next. If you are in need of a foliar disease trial in wheat, we should have you covered.
We are again thankful for all the friends and customers we have visited with over the past few months. It is one of the truly enjoyable parts of the job. We look forward to another great year and ask that you let us know how we can serve you in the coming season.
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness.
Sunday, February 3, 2019
As meeting season continues, we have the following on our schedule:
Southern Weed Science Society (Oklahoma City, OK, Feb. 4-6)
West Tennessee Grain Conference (Dyersburg, TN, Feb. 7)
Cotton Focus (Jackson, TN, Feb. 15)
Tennessee Ag Production Association (Jackson, TN, Feb. 20)
Mid-South Farm and Gin Show (Memphis, TN, Mar. 1-2)
Let us know where you plan to be. We would love to see you this winter and make plans for the spring.
Not much new in the field right now. Winter wheat continues to suffer from too much moisture and it has basically been too wet for any significant field work for the past few months. We are hoping for a break in late February or early March so that we can do maintenance on the wheat and begin burndown trials.
While things may be slow in the field, the greenhouse is in full swing. We spent a great deal of January filling pots and planting seed inside the toasty greenhouse. As usual, we have some interesting projects to complete on a wide variety of crops and pests.
We still have time to get some additional projects underway if you find yourself in need of data before spring.
Did I mention that it has been wet? Rainfall began during harvest this past fall and has given us very few breaks since then. With the cool temperatures, we don't seem to have time for the ground to dry out from one rain to the next.
Last week we experienced our first really cold winter temperatures of the season (lows about 10 F for a couple of nights). The wheat that we did manage to get planted and out of the ground should be in pretty good shape at this point. Of course, the cold snaps that really tend to damage wheat usually occur later in the year after the wheat has resumed growth.
Right now we have the usual collection winter weeds (henbit, chickweed, etc.) and should be in good shape for burndown trials in the spring. Let us know if need any early burndown work and we will save you a spot before it all goes away during spring maintenance operations.
As always, we are thankful for your business and your friendship. Please let us know how we can serve you in the months ahead.
… the substance of the diligent man is precious.
Monday, January 7, 2019
With meeting season in full swing, we have a busy calendar for the winter months. Look for us at any of the upcoming meetings listed below:
NAICC, JAN 16-19, Savannah, GA
Cotton & Rice Conference, JAN 30-FEB 1, Baton Rouge, LA
Southern Weed Science Society, FEB 3-6, Oklahoma City, OK
Tennessee Ag Production Association, FEB 20, Jackson, TN
Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, MAR 1-2, Memphis, TN
The field work is finally (mostly) put to bed for the season. The last wheat and fall weed control data has been taken and we are mostly on hold until the weather breaks in late winter or early spring (which is really only a couple of months away). Until then, we still have things to keep us busy.
Field work may have slowed down, but projects on the greenhouse are just getting started. The interesting thing about greenhouse work is that you never know what is coming. We have already started working with new crops, new pests, and new products that we had never tried in the greenhouse prior to this season.
We still have time and space left to start additional projects if you have the need. Just let us know and we will make a plan.
Winter weeds are about the only pests we have in the fields right now, but keep in mind that we should have some excellent sites come burndown time next spring.
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be put to forced labor.