Monday, February 6, 2023

Research Update (February 6, 2023)

  Research Update (February 6, 2023)


Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee


We have been keeping the roads hot lately as late January and early February tend to be the heart of meeting season for us.  We made a stop in Baton Rouge for the SWSS meeting.  This one is always a bit like homecoming for me since the SWSS was my first professional meeting.  We also attended a very successful NAICC meeting in Nashville.  Rumor has it that this was the largest NAICC meeting yet with around 850 in attendance.  The Tennessee Ag Production association meeting had to be changed to an on-line format due to icy weather.  The presentations were good, but you miss the interaction of an in-person gathering.  Fortunately, the weather cleared up enough that the West Tennessee Grain Conference was held as planned the following day.

While the travel can be a bit tiring, this is still one of my favorite times of the year.  There is no substitute for seeing old friends and making new ones.



We still have a few meetings left on the calendar:

Cotton Focus, Feb. 8, Jackson, TN

Gin Show, Feb 24-25, Memphis, TN

Let me know if you plan to attend any meetings in our area this winter.  I would enjoy the opportunity to catch up before we return our attention to the field.



Our biggest field activity right now is watching wheat grow (or, more accurately, watching wheat sit there and get ready to grow this spring).  In any case, we should be doing wheat maintenance in late February or early March as the weather allows.

We also begin to think about burndown trials in February and March.  We traditionally have fields with horseweed, cutleaf eveningprimrose, henbit, chickweed, poa, and more.  If you are in need of some burndown work this spring, we should be able to handle it.



Greenhouse activities are in full swing with a wide variety of crops currently being tested.  We have trials on corn, cotton, soybean, wheat, beet, carrot, dry beans, peanut, and tomato in there right now.  We also have lysimeter trials getting underway in the near future.

Fortunately, the greenhouse is big and we have lots of room for more.  Let me know if you still need a greenhouse project conducted this winter.  We will try to make it happen.



The weather word for the month is “wet”.  That is not a bad thing in January as we look to start the season with good moisture.  Just hope it will moderate a bit as we get closer to planting time.  We will see.



We most always have the normal list of suspects as it relates to winter annual weeds in the field right now (see the burndown discussion under Cropping Seasons).  The one big newcomer impacting our area is ryegrass.  In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to control with our standard burndown herbicides (glyphosate, paraquat).  Failures in control have led to issues in crops such as wheat and corn.  If you happen to have a good ryegrass product, you could become very popular around west Tennessee (and beyond).


Thank you to all our friends that have already contacted us about setting up trials in the greenhouse and 2023 field season.  We look forward to working with you again this year.  If we can be of service, just let us know.

Tim, John Louis, Jake & Jim


Proverbs 10:4

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Research Update (January 12, 2023)


Research Update (January 12, 2023)


Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee


It has been a long, long time since we had the opportunity to update the blog.  This seems appropriate since 2022 was a long, long year.  Here’s hoping that things go a bit smoother in the coming season.

Wet weather in April got planting off to a slow start.  A serious drought in June and early July hurt everything and completely destroyed a few trials.  An early frost prematurely terminated a few others.  Wet weather in the fall delayed harvest so some of the reports were later than normal.  None of these things are new or unique.  But it is the first time I can recall having them all in the same growing season.

We are blessed to have made it through relatively well and look forward to a less eventful 2023.



Meeting season is in full swing and we look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events:

SWSS, Jan. 23-25, Baton Rouge, LA

NAICC, Jan. 23-27, Nashville, TN

TN Ag Production Assoc., Feb. 1, Jackson, TN

West TN Grain Conf., Feb. 2, Dyersburg, TN

Cotton Focus, Feb. 8, Jackson, TN

Gin Show, Feb. 24-25, Memphis, TN

Let us know if you plan to attend any of these meetings.  We would love to have the opportunity to catch up and see what is new in your world.



The field is pretty quiet right now.  All the fall maintenance on the winter wheat trials is complete and we will probably not do much to them until it starts to warm up in the spring.  Winter wheat and a little fall burndown work are about the only things left out there right now.

We do have some extra winter wheat planted that is not spoken for right now.  If you need some wheat work this spring (fungicides, herbicides, etc.), be sure to let us know.  We should be able to fit it in.



We opened up the greenhouse last fall and trials are underway.  It appears we will get busier here soon as our normal rush of January greenhouse trials come in.  We will be working with various row crops and vegetables that I know about right now.  Our greenhouse trials tend to be quite diverse and highly interesting.

If you need a greenhouse trial this winter, let us know.  We should still have time and space to accommodate your needs.


On a personal note, we would like to welcome Jacob Williams to the team.  Jake joins John Louis as a full-time employee and started with us after his graduation from UT Martin in December.  You can meet Jake when you come to visit plots in the coming season.

In addition, we would like to welcome Jim Thomas to the family.  Jim has been helping us part-time since last fall and is a wealth of knowledge and experience.


Many thanks to all who supported us over the past season.  Even though the year was far from smooth, we were blessed that you choose to work with us once again and look forward to more in the coming years.  Please let us know how we can be of service in 2023.


Proverbs 27:23-24

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds; for riches are not forever.