Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Research Update (November 17, 2015)

Diligence Technologies, Inc., West Tennessee

Upcoming Events:

Congratulations to Rebecca Wehrmann and Zac Carpenter on their upcoming wedding.  Zac worked for Diligence Technologies for three summers while attending Mississippi State University (where he is now working on his Master's degree in Weed Science).  We wish all the best to Rebecca and Zac.

Also, we plan to be at a couple meetings in December (see below).  If you will be attending, let me know.  I would love the chance to catch up.

Mississippi State Row Crop Short Course (Starkville, November 30-December 2)
North Central Weed Science Society (Indianapolis, December 7-10)

Cropping Seasons:

The greenhouse is now operational and open for business this winter.  Work is already underway, but we still have space available.  Give me a call if you have projects you need a hand with this winter.

We just completed harvest for the season and all the yielded cotton, soybean, and corn trials are safely out of the field.  All final reports should be completed soon as we put last summer to bed.

Fall wheat trials are underway and we are currently finishing up fall ratings and trial maintenance in preparation for the winter.  We also planted quite a bit of "extra" wheat for use in trials next spring.  Let me know if your plans include spring applications in winter wheat.  We should be able to handle it.

Fall burndown trials are also in progress.  We have a few more ratings this fall before we let the trials "rest" over the winter.

Weather Conditions:

Harvest season went generally well.  We had a lot of warm, dry weather that allowed us to get the majority of our plots harvested in a timely manner.  A few rainy periods later in the fall did delay harvest on some of our later-planted soybean trials.  Still, overall we made pretty good time with harvest and finished ahead of last season.

We have yet to have a killing frost, so our fall weed crop is still in good shape.  We might still be able to work in a good fall burndown trial if the need arises.

Pest Information:

Wheat aphid populations have increased over the past couple of weeks.  We are beginning to get some good numbers from some of our fall aphid trials.

We have seen strong emergence from some of winter annuals.  The most striking weed populations have been of cutleaf eveningprimrose and henbit.  With the addition of some horseweed, we should have some excellent burndown sites for next spring.

As always, thank you for letting Diligence Technologies be part of your research program.  Please let us know if you need anything.

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