June 20, 2014 Scouting Report
Last week was all about the US Open and how the courses prepared down there for the men, and this week was all about working around extreme rain events as well as trying to get tournaments of a different nature run. Temperatures finally hit summer levels and they brought a round of unwelcome storms with them. Disease pressure has certainly ramped up and while no extreme issues have arisen as of right now, it's not ideal from a disease standpoint. Conditions may turn in our favor however at the early part of next week as a bout of cooler temperatures look to set in. Many courses are saturated however and so roots need to be watched as much as possible. The volumes of water have been astounding and have left many courses with a lot of cleanup work.
The regional research group also met this week at Purdue University for the annual meeting. Collaborative research projects involving growth modelling and looking at roadside salt tolerant turf varieties were initiated and discussions on new measurement techniques for parameters such as soil carbon and digital imaging were discussed. For superintendents in the southern part of the state, the esteemed Dr. Ken Diesburg announced that he will retire next year from Southern Illinois University and I am sure he will be sorely missed from both an educational and technical support standpoint.
Finally, field days are upcoming and so do keep an eye out for opportunities to learn and implement new strategies, especially when we are looking at sustainability issues which may need some creative thinking!
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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
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