July 1, 2011 Scouting Report
A Hot Summer Arrives: Turf Quality 9s, Signs of Fairy Ring, Japanese Beetles Emerge in Chicago, Tim Finds first Brown Patch, and Peter Likes Diagnostics
Chicago/Northern Illinois Update: Derek Settle - DSettle@cdga.org/Weather Blog
Summer has arrived. The calendar says it's so, and now the weather says so too. This week we gradually warmed and during the transition we were able to enjoy some of our nicest days this season. Several cloud-free days appeared and we learned the last time Chicago saw back-to-back clear skies was mid-February following our major snow blizzard. By Friday temperatures were to peak, but the Chicago forecast for one of the hottest days of summer didn't materialize. The heat stayed off to the south and west and another spat of turbulent weather hit the greater Chicago area to the north. Reports of tree damage on golf courses came to me from superintendents working in Waukegan, Ill. (Twitter) and Kenosha, Wis. (text). In addition, my work environment lost power for the third week in a row. It's just another summer.
Over all, it's been a good week. Though we saw a couple more pest arrivals in the landscape -Japanese beetles emerged in Chicago and reports of fairy ring have begun. Otherwise turfgrass health was observed to peak and during this week of research our visual quality ratings of golf surfaces seemed to be all 9s (a good thing). Here's to cloud-free days, 9's, and the Fourth of July!
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Enjoy your Fourth of July weekend. May it be long and restful...
Derek Settle, PhD
Director of Turfgrass Program
Timothy A. Sibicky, MS
Manager of Turfgrass Research