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Sunday, November 2, 2014
CDGA Weekly Update - Oct 31, 2014
October 31, 2014 Scouting Report
The cold has certainly hit home this week to really put the mockers on
grass growth and anyone playing golf. Snow is probably not to far away at
this rate of going and that would mean that we have had snow of some kind
in 7 out of the last 12 months in the Chicago area - tough going!
Regardless, many courses were grateful for the heat that we were allowed
to bask in over the weekend as it gave turf that had not healed from late
September aeration a push to finally fill in. It also meant that there
was an uptick in some disease activity but that most certainly has taken
its own dive. Leaves have certainly become a chore and further to that,
removal of ash trees and other damaged or dying trees is in full flow.
Pond bank restoration and sodding of damaged areas is also ongoing as the
winter projects have begun to hit their full flow.
The first of the science conferences hit the schedule next week as the
agronomy meetings take place out in California. Topics that are on the
docket for presentation include the investigation if impacts of UV-B
light on dollar spot Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, use of biosolids in urban
landscapes, use of pigmented products to help warm season grasses
overwinter, genetic markers for heat tolerance in turfgrass, amongst many
other projects. If anyone has an interest in a specific topic please click
here and take a look at the abstracts - if something in particular
whets your appetite let me know - I will endeavor to bring back a solid
treatise of the presentation.
As we head towards the end of the centennial celebrations of the Chicago
District Golf Association tenure, many of you will have seen or heard
about the Association's impact on golf - the celebration dinner is
November 14th - if your club is not involved - you should consider it!
Ticket sales shutoff Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m., so time is short!