August 1, 2014 Scouting Report
Anthracnose running rampant seems to be the theme of the problems this summer.
The suffering of Poa annua seems to have dragged on from a bad winter through a
wet spring and now with any little stress at all it takes a dive and turns the
foreboding yellow color. Fortunately temperatures have not been the problem but
presumably the lack of precipitation over the last three weeks has contributed
to it somewhat. Single product treatments are usually not as effective as a
combination of contact and systemic if you are trying to shake it - funnily
enough mowing heights being raised is also a great cure!
There was an excellent crowd at the Wisconsin field day and a range of
information to be had on rational dollar spot management, Japanese beetle
management and discussions on product timings. One issue that came up in
conversation was the timing of the three way product applications with pre
emergence, insecticide and fertility. The product may be going out too early in
the year to retain the efficacy of the insecticide in particular and so the
issues we have seen this year may have been a combination of both that and the
tropical rainfall we saw through the early part of the year. The weather has
left some really interesting numbers behind for the month of July, lows were 10°F
below average for the month while the average high was approximately 5°F
below average. It seems like it has been a weird year so far for weather
Field day will be Thursday, 11th of September, with Dr. Bruce Branham and Dr.
Tom Voigt on the list of speakers as well as that all important coffee and
donut breakfast and lunch. Registration will cost $50 and we will open it up
next week at www.cdgaturf.org.
The current thought is to have the day start at 10 a.m. and be completed by
1:30 p.m. Finally, many of you are starting to see emails from Wee One
Foundation - the bottom line is that it's a great cause and there is nothing
better you can do to help out - so if you can take the opportunity and get
involved, the rewards and hope the foundation brings are second to none.
here to view the August 1, 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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