Saturday, June 22, 2013
Research Update (June 22, 2013)
We are nearing the end of the beginning (meaning we are in the home stretch of the big spring push to get new trials established). We have a few late soybean trials to plant next week and a few more weed trials to get underway, but we are starting to transition from trial establishment to maintenance and data collection.
Wheat harvest is underway and, like most others are reporting from this area, yields seem to be holding up well. Now to determine how much bump we got from all those experimental herbicides and fungicides we put out last fall and this spring.
We got rain this week on Monday across the entire region and again locally around Memphis on Wednesday. These were welcome as the ground was starting to dry out a bit. In the heat of the summer, we are always about two weeks away from being too dry in Memphis. The soils are a little heavier at the Jackson location, so it often takes a bit long to see the stress on the crops.
The frequent rain this spring has been great for weed trials. It has provided flush after flush of pigweeds as well as most any other weed you can think of. Of course, if it is not a weed control trial that's a different story. Let's just say the sprayers have not sit idle much this spring.
Thanks to our friends at Arysta, SePro, and MWI Consulting for dropping by over the past couple of weeks to visit. Hope to see them back soon.
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be put to forced labor.