Research Update (December 6, 2021)
Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee
EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:
Everything is finally out of the field (mostly)! We finished off the soybeans (although they were still none too dry when we took them out in November). The cotton is picked (with the exception of one trial) but we still have some ginning and quality data to take care of for the final reports. It feels good just to have it all out of the weather and begin to turn our attention to winter activities (winter wheat, maintenance, greenhouse trials, and meetings). Still waiting for a “normal” year, but I’m pretty sure 2021 was not it.
Be sure to look for us at the meetings this winter. We plan to be at the following events over the next couple of months:
North Central Weed Science Society (Grand Rapid, MI, Dec. 13-16)
Southern Weed Science Society (Austin, TX, Jan. 24-27)
NAICC (Orlando, FL, Jan. 24-28)
We will be doing a bit of fancy footwork to make both the SWSS and NAICC, but I think we can pull it off.
We will be adding additional meetings as we finalize our plans. Will keep you posted.
The only crop remaining in the field at this point is winter wheat. We have a few trials that were treated near planting that are already underway. We also have a large block of wheat planted for those trials that come up over the winter and need to be treated in the spring. Keep us in mind when those postemergence fungicide and herbicide trials materialize this winter.
When the world outside turns cold, at least we can hide in the heated greenhouse. Assorted plants are growing in there now, but we still have room for plenty more (it’s a pretty big greenhouse). Now is a great time to start planning your winter projects and collect some data ahead of next season. Give us a call and we will get started.
A couple of weeks ago, we had what appears to be our last 70 degree days for a while. Winter has arrived and we are preparing to be largely inside. The harvest season was wetter than normal which delayed harvest both by making the fields muddy and by preventing the crops from drying down at a normal pace. Just glad to be largely on the other side of harvest at this point.
The generally mild and moist fall has caused to an abundance of winter annual weeds. We should have good populations for any late fall burndown studies and also next spring for the traditional burndown trial timing. Let us know your needs.
As we near the end of 2021, we would like to say that we again have been truly blessed to be able to serve you this past season. We wish you a wonderful season as you celebrate the birth of Christ with your family and friends, and look forward to working with you again in the years to come.
Tim, Kevin, & John Louis
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds; for riches are not forever.