Monday, April 5, 2021

Research Update (April 5, 2021)

Research Update (April 5, 2021)

 

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

We are in the transition stage between winter and summer (yes, I know they call it spring).  We will be finishing off our greenhouse work this month as field work starts to increase.  We have already started burndown trials and wheat applications with more of both expected in April.  We look forward to getting outside and enjoying a little sunshine.

 

CROPPING SEASONS:

As noted above, some of our burndown trials are sprayed with others about to go out soon.  Postemergence wheat weed control work is underway and we anticipate spraying wheat fungicide trials before long.  Corn planting will begin in April as the weather allows.  We generally target the second week of April for planting yielded corn trials and actually start planting whenever the fields are dry enough after that.  Corn weed control trials and early cotton trials should begin in late April.

 

GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

The greenhouse is unusually busy for April.  We still have a fair number of trials to finish off this month before we close down for the summer.  I will pass along one insider secret for all those that still have trials going in the greenhouse.  If you visit the greenhouse this month, you may get to take home a few tomato or pepper plants for your garden.  We generally plant some extras.

 

WEATHER INFO:

March was generally mild and we were able to get some field work done between rain showers.  It felt good to be outside on those sunny days with 70 degree temperatures (particularly after our cold snap in late February).  There is little doubt that there are still some cool temperatures to endure in April, but at least we are getting a taste of the summer ahead.

 

PEST INFO:

Burndown weeds are still the main pests we are interested in right now.  We have outstanding populations of cutleaf eveningprimrose.  We also have good populations of horseweed, chickweed, poa and a few other winter annuals.  For whatever reason, we have not seen as much henbit in our fields as we normally expect.  It seems the mix is a bit different most every spring.

 

We hope you are looking forward to a bit more normal summer and more opportunities to visit out in the field (I know we are).  If you have a project or two that you are still looking to place this year, please give us a call.  We will be glad to help.

 

Proverbs 12:27

… the substance of the diligent man is precious.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Research Update (March 1, 2021)

 

Research Update (March 1, 2021)

 Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

It took a while, but winter finally showed up in west Tennessee.  We went from relatively mild temperatures to being cold and damp.  We had our first significant snowfalls of the year in late February (almost any amount of snow is significant in west Tennessee, but in this case we actually got several inches).  We are now looking forward to March where we normally get enough nice days to accomplish a few things in the great outdoors.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Virtual meeting season is virtually over at this point.  On the plus side, I suspect we have actually listened to more presentations this year than in most.  Because of the format, that was pretty much all there was to do.  I, for one, look forward to returning to traditional meeting format as soon as possible.  We all did the best we could this year but I do not wish to repeat it.

 

CROPPING SEASONS:

Wheat and burndown trials are on the schedule for March.  With late February being less than inviting for field work, we still have our wheat maintenance and trial lay-out ahead of us.  We have a few trials to “wake up” from last fall and some additional herbicide and fungicide trials to cut out of our existing blocks of wheat.  Depending on the trial, we will also be looking to initiate some spring burndown trials in late March and early April.  We still have space available for both wheat and burndown work this spring if you have the need.

 

GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

The greenhouse was very active in February.  We had several trials that were ongoing from previous months and we added a variety of insecticide, fungicide, and fertility trials to the mix in the past few weeks.  We have very much enjoyed the variety of trials and are grateful to have some meaningful work to accomplish.  We are entering the “home stretch” of greenhouse season, so if you are considering a trial for this winter let us know soon.

 

PEST INFO:

We appear to have a good crop of winter annual weeds for use in burndown trials.  If you are considering burndown work for this spring, let us know as soon as you can.  We have plenty of area to work with right now, but I want to make sure to reserve enough trial space when we start cleaning up fields this spring.

 

Many thanks to all of you who have already started sending protocols for the coming season.  We look forward to running those and many additional trials in 2021.  As always, please feel free to contact us with your questions as you prepare your field program for the year.  We are always here to help.

 

Proverbs 12:24

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be put to forced labor.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Research Update (February 1, 2021)


 

Research Update (February 1, 2021)

 

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:

Our interaction with the outside world has been mostly of the “virtual” variety.  We were involved with the SWSS and NAICC meetings via the internet and have a few more such encounters on tap for February (TAPA, West TN Grain Conference, etc.).  Not the same as being there, but we are making the best of the situation.

 

CROPPING SEASONS:

The fields were quiet in January with only a few winter wheat trials still active.  However, if the weather will cooperate we should be fertilizing and doing maintenance on the wheat later this month and preparing to lay out new wheat trials for the spring.  Let us know if you are looking for wheat trials this spring (foliar fungicide, herbicide, etc.).  We should have some extra wheat available.

 

GREENHOUSE ACTIVITIES:

The greenhouse continues to occupy our time this winter.  We have the normal selection of herbicide trials as well as insecticide and fertility trials underway.  We are covering a wide range of row crops in addition to turf and vegetable trials.  We still have a little time if you need to generate some data this winter.  Give us a call and we will work it out.

 

WEATHER INFO:

The temperatures in January were pretty much in line with the averages for west Tennessee this time of year.  It has been seasonally cold, but nothing really extraordinary.  A little bit of “normal” is not the worst thing I can think of right now.

 

PEST INFO:

Winter annual populations continue to build, so I would anticipate that we will have the opportunity for some good burndown trials this spring.  We already have a few lined up, but let us know if you need burndown work.  We should have room for more.

 

We hope you are enjoying this relatively quiet season in the ag world.  As we are all aware, things will get busy in a hurry as the days get longer and temperatures begin to increase.  Please keep us in mind as you begin to prepare for the season ahead.

 

Proverbs 10:4

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.