Sunday, July 6, 2014

CDGA Weekly Update - July 4, 2014

July 4, 2014 Scouting Report

There is nothing like a weekend of hot humid weather to finish off a frustrating month and trigger some diverse pest activity on the golf courses. This week we have seen anthracnose activity on bentgrass, some mild pythium damage, further dollar spot activity and some etiolation showing up on turfgrasses. To say it has been frustrating is probably an understatement, further to that however was the gully washer coming through on Monday night which brought relief and subsidence in problems arising. The first test of how surfaces may look for the rest of the summer if it gets hot and sticky was a little uncomfortable - lets hope the NOAA prediction of a cooler than normal summer is true!

Following the intense storms on Monday night there was substantial flooding and soil profiles are of course extremely wet. The sooner we can get some drying out the better we will be as roots definitely did not like how hot it was last weekend. Green speeds suffered a little bit with the moisture which was unfortunate but surface conditions really have begun to round into shape with many courses starting to shine in the summer sun. It is the Fourth of July and I think many people will be happy to see that temperatures are forecast in the 70's and low 80's for the weekend ahead.

The appearance of the etiolation on the turf has been frustrating and there has been a lot of conversation ongoing over the last few years. The management strategy will discuss some of the most recent output and whether or not our research project at Ridgemoor CC has shown any results as of yet. Finally the storm left its mark in many ways this week; luckily the winds did not flatten too many trees and so clean up of limbs and bunkers was the main focus. Let's hope July dries out and the average high is 80 degrees! Happy holiday weekend to everyone.

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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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