Sunday, February 3, 2019

Research Update (February 4, 2019)

Research Update (February 4, 2019)

Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee

It was good to do a little traveling to warmer climates in January.  The NAICC meeting in Savannah, GA was a great success.  We have opportunities to catch up with old friends and see a beautiful, historic city.  It was also great to visit Baton Rouge, LA and attend the Cotton and Rice Conservation Tillage Conference.  As always, there were lots of useful presentations and lots of folks to catch up with.


As meeting season continues, we have the following on our schedule:

Southern Weed Science Society (Oklahoma City, OK, Feb. 4-6)

West Tennessee Grain Conference (Dyersburg, TN, Feb. 7)

Cotton Focus (Jackson, TN, Feb. 15)

Tennessee Ag Production Association (Jackson, TN, Feb. 20)

Mid-South Farm and Gin Show (Memphis, TN, Mar. 1-2)

Let us know where you plan to be.  We would love to see you this winter and make plans for the spring.


Not much new in the field right now.  Winter wheat continues to suffer from too much moisture and it has basically been too wet for any significant field work for the past few months.  We are hoping for a break in late February or early March so that we can do maintenance on the wheat and begin burndown trials.


While things may be slow in the field, the greenhouse is in full swing.  We spent a great deal of January filling pots and planting seed inside the toasty greenhouse.  As usual, we have some interesting projects to complete on a wide variety of crops and pests.

We still have time to get some additional projects underway if you find yourself in need of data before spring.


Did I mention that it has been wet?  Rainfall began during harvest this past fall and has given us very few breaks since then.  With the cool temperatures, we don't seem to have time for the ground to dry out from one rain to the next.

Last week we experienced our first really cold winter temperatures of the season (lows about 10 F for a couple of nights).  The wheat that we did manage to get planted and out of the ground should be in pretty good shape at this point.  Of course, the cold snaps that really tend to damage wheat usually occur later in the year after the wheat has resumed growth.


Right now we have the usual collection winter weeds (henbit, chickweed, etc.) and should be in good shape for burndown trials in the spring.  Let us know if need any early burndown work and we will save you a spot before it all goes away during spring maintenance operations.

As always, we are thankful for your business and your friendship.  Please let us know how we can serve you in the months ahead.

Proverbs 12:27

… the substance of the diligent man is precious.