Sunday, November 2, 2014

CDGA Weekly Update - Oct 31, 2014

Scouting Report
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!

Click here to view the October 31, 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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