Research Update (May 2, 2022)
Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee
EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:
Much like last year, the rains that we so desperately wish for in July and August decided to make an appearance in April. Corn planting is off to a slow start with all our other crops waiting in line. I expect we will get them all done. This is not our first wet spring. But planting delays make you feel as if you are chasing the season from behind all year. Here’s to a nice warm May with lots of good planting windows.
Our burndown trials have been mostly sprayed and are either finished or waiting on the final ratings. Corn planting is underway and we hope to be finishing up and switching to cotton. Wheat fungicide trials are being sprayed as they hit the appropriate growth stages. There is no shortage of things to do this time of year.
Thanks to all that sent greenhouse trials our way this past winter. We are now out of the greenhouse until the fall and devoting ourselves full time to field trials. The reports from the very latest greenhouse trials will be sent soon and we will put greenhouse trials aside until next October.
As you can tell from the opening paragraph, April was wet and relatively cool. Not all that unusual for this time of year, but still makes it difficult to get off to a fast start. We have had to settle for “slow and steady” so far.
Winter annuals are going away (with or without our help) and the transition to summer weeds has begun. It does not require much boldness to predict lots of pigweed, barnyardgrass, and morningglory in the fields. Great for herbicide trials but not as much fun for anything else. We have not had any notable insect or disease problems to date, but something tells me that might change (like it does every year).
Thanks for all the protocols you have sent our way so far this year. Please keep them coming. We will have them all going as soon as we can.
Tim & John Louis
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings…