Monday, December 8, 2014

Research Update (December 8, 2014)

Diligence Technologies, Inc., West Tennessee


I look forward to catching up with many of you at the regional meetings this winter.  Our January meeting calendar looks like this:

Beltwide Cotton Conf. (San Antonio, TX, Jan. 5-7)
NAICC (Reno, NV, Jan. 21-24)
SWSS (Savannah, GA, Jan. 26-28)

Please let me know if you will be attending any of these meetings and would like to set up a time to discuss whatever is on your mind.


The past season is all but "in the books" with regard to harvest and data reporting.

We do have some winter wheat trials underway from our fall planting, but progress on those has been very slow.  We were hit by cold weather in November that just slowed everything down.  Some of the counts and ratings we would normally take at 7 or 14 days after planting have been delayed to about a month after planting due to very slow germination and emergence.  On the positive side, everything seems to have survived and all our trials are moving forward.

We do have some extra wheat planted for use with wheat fungicide trials and similar trials this spring.  Let me know if have any of those coming and we will save you a spot.

Greenhouse work is also getting underway so we will have a warm place to hide on those cold winter days.  Let me know if you have any screens or testing that you might want done this winter in the greenhouse.


Thanks so much to each of you that sent trials our way over the past season.  We are very blessed that you allowed us to be part of your research program.  We wish you all a great Christmas and a wonderful 2015.

Proverbs 21:5
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Research Update (October 30, 2014)

Research Update (October 30, 2014)

As we bring this research season to a close, I just wanted to make everyone aware that Diligence Technologies, Inc. will be conducting greenhouse research trials over the winter.

Please let us know if we can be of service.


Proverbs 12:27
… the substance of the diligent man is precious.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Research Update (March 11, 2014)

Diligence Technologies, Inc., West Tennessee

This past week was the official end of winter meeting season with the Southeastern Branch ESA meeting in Greenville, SC.  While we always enjoy seeing old friends and catching up on the latest information, I must say I look forward to getting out of the meeting rooms and back out into the sunshine.

Speaking of sunshine, we have had a nice break in the weather the past few days that has allowed us to get out and start working on the coming research season.

Winter wheat is starting to green up nicely from the fertilizer we applied last month.  The cold weather had limited wheat growth through the winter, so between the fertilizer and a few warm, sunny days things are beginning to turn around.  We continued our wheat fertility work this week and would anticipate a good crop this spring (but we still have a long way to go).

Winter weeds are also starting to show signs of life.  While the rest of world is more than happy to see the cold weather knock back the winter annuals, we need them for testing.  While I think the development of our burndown weeds will be delayed this spring, I am seeing good populations of horseweed, henbit, chickweed, annual bluegrass, and cutleaf eveningprimrose.

We have started the process of calibrating sprayers and setting up planters.  Corn planting will be here before long and we want to be ready.

Please continue to pass along your protocols as you finish your plans for the upcoming season and we look forward to seeing you around the farm in 2014.

Proverbs 12:27
… the substance of the diligent man is precious.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Research Update (February 12, 2014)

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

Winter meetings continue to take up a good bit of our time as we travel around to learn what is new and catch up with old friends.  Look for us at the following meetings in the coming month:

- Cotton Focus (Feb. 13), Jackson, TN
- Rice Technical Working Group (Feb. 18-21), New Orleans, LA
- Memphis Ag Club (Feb. 24), Memphis, TN
- Midsouth Farm & Gin Show (Feb. 28-Mar. 1), Memphis, TN
- Southeastern Brach ESA Meeting (Mar. 2-4), Greenville, SC

Although it may not seem like it, burndown season is not far away.  A few warm days and we will out in the field kicking off another research season.  We have had good populations of annual bluegrass and henbit so far this winter.  We usually see the most emergence of glyphosate resistant horseweed in late winter and early spring, so I look for this weed to make its annual appearance soon.

Wheat is holding up well considering the cold temperatures.  We certainly have not seen the growth and pretty green color we get under milder conditions, but a few warm days and a shot of nitrogen should have wheat in pretty good shape.  We do have some extra wheat planted for spring fungicide and herbicide trials, so let us know if you have some spring wheat work to go out.

A special acknowledgement to James Whitehead for being our "toughest" cooperator of the season so far.  You don't get many folks who want to tour plots when it is 20 degrees outside.

The cold weather continues to hold on in this part of the world with below normal temperatures becoming a daily occurrence.  On the bright side, maybe we will have a few less fireants to deal with this summer.

Hope you are all having a good winter and look forward to working with you again this season.

Proverbs 12:24
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be put to forced labor.