Research Update (February 7, 2022)
Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee
EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:
Where did January go? We seemed to go straight from the blur of the holidays to the heart of meeting season. January included trips to the Southern Weed Science Society meeting in Austin, TX, the NAICC in Orlando, FL, and the Cotton and Rice Conservation Tillage meeting in Jonesboro, AR. In spite of the travel, it was particularly satisfying to have something that resembled a normal, in-person meeting schedule. It was good to see old friends and make new ones.
We have a lot of local meetings coming up this month. Those are nice because we can attend and still make it home to sleep in our own bed. The February schedule includes:
Tennessee Ag Production Association, Feb. 9, Jackson, TN
Cotton Focus, Feb. 10, Jackson, TN
Farm and Gin Show, Feb. 25-26, Memphis, TN
The WSSA was scheduled to be in Canada in February but was changed to a virtual meeting.
Not much happening in the field right now. Winter wheat will not wake up for another month or two. Normally our first field activities of the new season will be fertilizing ongoing wheat trials, spraying postemergence wheat fungicide and herbicide trials, and burndown work. We still have blocks of winter wheat that can be converted to plots this spring if you have the need. Also, we have room for burndown trials in some areas that traditionally make good burndown trials. Give us a call if you are looking to get some trials established early in the spring.
Unlike the field, greenhouse trials are in mid-season form. Like most years, we have corn, soybeans, and cotton trials underway. However, by the time this year is over we plan to complete trials on several vegetables (tomato, squash, lettuce, broccoli) as well as turf (with a few others under consideration). We are testing various fertility products in addition to fungicides and insecticides. Please stop by if you would like to see what we have going at any given point (or just get warm).
We still have time to start a few more greenhouse trials if you need to get something done before spring.
A mild December gave way to a more normal January with colder temperatures and winter weather. A snowfall or two has come and gone, and an ice storm last week left many stranded or without power. I am looking forward to the few warm and sunny days that most always happen in late February just to remind us that winter will not last forever.
Thanks again to all those who have began to contact us about greenhouse trials this winter and field trials this spring (and those who will). Please let us know what we can do to help.
Tim, Kevin, John Louis
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be put to forced labor.