Sunday, May 18, 2014

CDGA Weekly Update - May 16, 2014

Scouting Report
May 16, 2014 Scouting Report

The taste of summer we experienced last week was a tease. I for one am feeling frustration with an inability to begin research trials on small square footage which must mean that many turfgrass managers are really banging their heads off a wall right now when thinking about dealing with acres of grass. Seed heads came out in a tour de force in some sites as well and it will be another thought that people will have to deal with going forward. The fact that snow fell and stuck on the north side of the city was a shock for many on Friday but the hope is that looking at the weather, change is on the way.

The other issue that has arisen is whether or not the viability of the seed bank has been affected. Interestingly bentgrass seeds have germinated though not done much since then, but between the slit lines or aeration holes where there is dead poa - there has not been any emergence of material from the seed bank. It may be difficult timing wise but it does seem somewhat odd, to follow up on it there is not a lot of information out there to indicate whether or not soil temperatures may impact its viability but the lack of activity seems to be less than helpful.

The unfortunate situation now is that many of us are arriving towards the inevitable increase in golf and nowhere near ideal playing conditions. All we can do is continue to make sure everything else is excellent and wait on the temperatures to return.

Click here to view the May 16, 2014 Scouting Report

As always if you have a question or query please do not hesitate to ask and you can call or email.

Ed Nangle PhD
Director of Turfgrass Programs
Chicago District Golf Association
Office: (630) 685-2307
Cell: (630) 423-1925
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