Sunday, December 7, 2014

CDGA Weekly Update - Dec 5th 2014

This is the last weekly update for the 2014 season - a great re-cap of this past season.

December 5, 2014 Scouting Report

It's here - hot off the presses and the final installment of another year of intrepid detail and willful misinformation! As I write this I realize that we certainly seem to have gotten off lightly so far this winter. Looking at a lot of brown grass this week has allayed my mild concern regarding whether or not turf had hardened off appropriately to the cold temperatures. That however has changed and many of the courses are now looking appropriately brown. Unfortunately some damage has occurred during the cold snap which will be seen all the way into late April of next year.

Conference season is in full swing as well as a spat of annual meetings for the various association - further to that, the CDGA Club Leadership Conference is upcoming and our session for prospective greens chairmen and superintendents has some very interesting topics in regards to the role of a greens chairman, water issues facing golf courses and course changes in relation to re-grassing, redesigns are all on the slate for discussion on February 21st at Medinah CC. Guest speakers will be in place from the USGA, GCSAA as well as presenters who have had recent experience on some of the mentioned topics.

As it is the last scouting report of the season, it would be poor of me not to remind you of the education opportunities coming up - OTF next weekWisconsin Turfgrass Research Day, Jan 6th ITF January 13-14thMTF, and of course GIS in San Antonio February 21-26. These are all great opportunities - avail of them. Online opportunities at the Great Lakes Turf School are also available here.

One last note is to thank you for your support this year and as always Happy Holidays - whichever way you celebrate it!

Click here to view the December 5, 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
Follow us on Twitter @TurfResearch

Monday, December 1, 2014

CDGA Weekly Update - Nov 28, 2013

November 28, 2014 Scouting Report

The snow arrived for a majority of us and has stuck around on turf for at least a couple of days. It makes a nice winter wonderland ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, however it looks like it will not last too long and we should see some uncovered grass pretty soon. That in itself is not a bad thing and as long as it stays relatively dry we should not be too bad for it. As we progress further into the winter however, snow cover - not ice - but snow cover will be important to the turf canopy. If temperatures hold for extended periods in the 40°F - 50°F range with increased precipitation however, we may see increased microdochium activity down the road.

We are also into the conference season with the Wisconsin Turf Symposium upcoming Dec 3rd and 4th, Ohio Turfgrass Conference and Show Dec 9th - 11th while further into the New Year, January 13th-14th is Illinois Turf Foundation at Bolingbrook GC, January 19th - 21st is the Michigan Turf Conference, The Indiana Green Expo is January 21st-23rd and Iowa rounds out the month regionally with their conference running 20 - 22nd of January. The National conference is in San Antonio and it runs from February 21st - 26th if you are in the championship - which if not - means you will also be able to attend the CDGA annual club leadership conference at Medinah CC with your greens chairmen on the morning of the February 21st. That means there are a host of educational opportunities coming up - you should make an effort to attend at least one of these conferences. Updates in regulations, changes in product lines, efficacy evaluations and new use methods are always something that can help develop you professionally. The claim of I didn't know is going to become obsolete - education opportunities abound online if you don't think the budget stretches - the USGA continually puts up education seminars as well as upcoming events with the Great Lakes Turf School.

Finally, as it is the season of giving thanks - enjoy time with friends and family and we wish you best here from the golf house - make sure the time spent away from the family this summer is recovered - either at the table or in the shopping line!

Click here to view the November 28, 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
Follow us on Twitter @TurfResearch