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The “real” part of our season is fast approaching as we
reach April.March provided the first
relief in a long time from the constant showers of winter.Moderating temperatures and sunshine have
allowed us to make at least some progress in getting ready for the coming
growing season.Paperwork is still a big
part of our daily lives at this point.Anything we can do to get ourselves a bit more ready will be greatly
appreciated in the coming months.
Wheat is beginning green-up and resuming growth after the
winter.The periods of nice weather in
March allowed us to do some much-needed maintenance (spraying and
fertilizing).Now is the time to let us
know if you have any need for foliar fungicide work in wheat this year.We have some wheat left, but the time for
application will be here before you know it.
Burndown trials are starting to go out.While they often start a bit earlier in the
season (March), this season the weeds are getting a little slower start due to the
poor early growing conditions.We are
just now seeing the weed growth needed to get most of our trials into the
proper application window.We may still
have a few burndown spots available if you need to slide something in at the
We are about to get corn planting underway for the
year.In general, we usually start
planting corn beginning the second week of April if the weather will
cooperate.Let’s hope it does this
Still plenty going on in the greenhouse as we attempt to
finish off the season.Stop by if you
are in the neighborhood this spring.You
will see a variety of crops from old standards like corn and soybean to more
unusual selections like mustard greens, radish, and turf.We can also supply a variety of weeds of you
need to tune your identification skills prior to summer.The greenhouse should be going strong through
April and we hope to have it shut down soon after that.
We have finally started to get some warm, sunny days to dry
out the fields and help with preparations for the season.The wheat and winter annual weeds are turning
green and beginning to grow.We are out
of the field right now due to rain this past weekend, but we hope to be back in
the field soon.However, if experience
is any indicator, there are still a few cold spells left in April that can make
things interesting going forward.
About all we have to offer in the way of pests right now is
a good population of winter annuals.Summer weeds have not really got going yet and insects have not been a
huge factor for us this winter.I would
expect to see foliar wheat diseases begin to take off in the near future, so
again, please let us know soon if you have any wheat fungicide trials that need
We are excited to begin another growing season and look
forward to seeing you around the farm.Let us know what we can do to support your research program this season.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall
stand before kings…