Most of the annual meeting season is still in front of us, but we did enjoy visiting with friends at the Small Plot Equipment Field Day on October 25 at the Agricenter. If you have missed it in the past, make sure to put it on your calendar for next year.
Be sure to look us up at the winter meetings. Over the next few months we plan to attend:
North Central Weed Science Society, DEC 3-6, Milwaukee, WI
Cotton & Rice Conference, JAN 10-12, Memphis, TN
NAICC, JAN 16-19, Savannah, GA
Southern Weed Science Society, FEB 3-6, Oklahoma City, OK
We will be adding several more local and regional meetings to the list as winter gets closer.
We are making pretty good progress on finishing off trials from the summer. While we did have some rainy periods that slowed harvest, we have managed to finish off all the corn and cotton trials. We are making slow but sure progress on the soybean trials as weather permits.
Wheat planting is underway and we still have a bit of a window for planting if you need to slide in a trial this season. As always, we will be planting some extra wheat for those trials you have not thought of yet.
We are also in the process of establishing a few winter weed control trials. November is an excellent time to start this type of trial if you have the need.
We spent a few of our rainy days this fall doing a bit of cleaning and getting ready for greenhouse trials. We are now up and running, so take advantage of our heated greenhouse space for your winter projects.
Harvest season has been a bit of a "start and stop" process with more rain than we usually see in October. Temperatures remained warm well into October and then dropped suddenly. We saw about a 20 degree drop in temperature from one day to next and summer was gone. No gradual decline or "up and down" variations that we often get in the fall. A few more dry days and we should be able to finish off the 2018 harvest.
Winter weeds (henbit, pennycress, chickweed, etc.) seem to be off to a good start this fall. This should make for some good fall and spring burndown trials if you are looking for a spot. Otherwise, pest issues seem to be pretty minor as we head into winter.
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds; for riches are not forever.