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.


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