Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee
EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:
Travel has slowed over the past month with winter meetings wrapping up and our focus now turning to the season ahead. We were happy to welcome a few visitors to the greenhouse to observe various trails. Otherwise, we have been concentrating on bringing our greenhouse activities to a close over the next month and transitioning into the field.
Winter wheat looks good following our late winter fertilizer applications. We should be in good shape for our wheat fungicide trials beginning later this month. Burndown trials are in progress with some applications already made and others targeted at larger weeds scheduled for the near future.
Corn planting for yielded trials will begin this month. If there are any yielded corn trials still in the works, let us know very soon before we miss our optimum window for planting.
We had a late flurry of activity in the greenhouse as several folks were trying to slip in a last-minute trial before we headed off to the field. We appreciate the business to be sure, but it keeps us busy during that period of time when both greenhouse and field trials are active. We plan to finish off our greenhouse trials around the end of April and concentrate exclusively on field trials until October. Thanks to all our customers for another successful winter in the greenhouse.
Our weather for March has been “normal” meaning we had no idea what to expect from one day to the next. We had periods of snow and ice in the early part of March with beautiful days in the 70’s scattered throughout the month. We have continued to receive occasional showers that have our soil moisture in good shape for planting. Now we are just hoping for good planting weather as move into the field to plant corn.
As has appeared to be the case over the past few seasons, horseweed emergence is delayed this spring. It looks like we will have plenty for burndown trials this season, but much of the emergence has occurred in March. Not many years back we seemed to get much more horseweed emerging in the fall and over the winter months. Trying to figure out when and where horseweed would show up has never been easy and this year appears to be no exception.
As we move into the 2022 cropping season, we would like to thank those that have sent protocols our way and anticipate those that are still to come. We still have space available, so do not hesitate to let us know what you need.
Tim, Kevin, & John Louis
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness.