Sunday, May 31, 2015

CDGA Weekly Update - May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015 Scouting Report

The residual effects of the last cold snap of the season were seen last weekend as bentgrasses and 'L-93' in particular were showing up with a purple to off color as the weekend finished. The problem was not a disease one but more a physiological one - as we mentioned on the twitter feed - the cultivars found the cold temperatures and some high light intensities too much to handle last week and produced anthocyanins in an attempt to protect photosynthetic apparatus from damage. This in turn looked somewhat close to a leaf spot outbreak but in actual fact once temperatures both day and night turned favorable towards the middle of this week and people stayed off the greens with mowers for a day - turf recovered and returned to its normal self.

The precipitation that fell early in the week was certainly more tropical in style and while we were lucky that we didn't experience any of the unfortunate damage and destruction that was experienced further south in the U.S. - there was plenty of bunkers required attention. Courses were able to enjoy the conditions provided through Sunday at least and while for the south and west sides of the city there were some heavy downpours on Monday conditions were not a complete washout - that came on Tuesday! Precipitation was sporadic locally with reports of 1" in some locations and no more than 0.0015" in others which meant that carts were banned on some sites while others carried on as normal - frustrating all round!

Dollar spot activity has certainly ramped up and reports of the first type II fairy ring surfaced from further south after the heat of the weekend. On the northshore leaf spot did pop up on the bentgrasses leaving some blighted looking surfaces. As we are now into the summer season and heavy golf activity can be expected, staying on top of the weather and sticking to your management program is going to be one large step to getting you through the season. The other one - keep calm and carry on!

Click here to view the May 29, 2015 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
www.cdgaturf.org
Follow us on Twitter @TurfResearch

Sunday, May 10, 2015

CDGA Weekly Update - May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015 Scouting Report

This week finally brought the feeling of spring and also some of summer into the air. The winds coming from the south really dominated the latter portion of the week to drive temperatures well above averages. The downside of the warm humid air of course is the arrival of insects and diseases - everything as well as grass needs some warm weather to get active! While problems have not been major to date - there has been a severe burst of dandelion growth which has been frustrating for anyone who didn't put down a fall herbicide application. Seed heads have shown their face pretty dramatically on Poa annua and while some people may be unhappy with control - consistency with seed head control is not easy to achieve. Fairway and green surfaces are really in great shape and reports are that the golf activity has been hectic and based on PGA updates this week - golf facilities are up 4.5% already on last year's revenue on average.

Black turfgrass ataenius adults are certainly laying eggs and activity has been noted. Microdochium also returned a little bit earlier in the week for courses on the north shore of Chicago. In general conditions this week have been fantastic and the weather that was forecast earlier in the week didn't show up as predicted which really helped. Plenty of plant color can be seen on the golf courses too as trees and perennial flowers are beginning to gain activity with the warm weather. Finally - ITF and MACGS host their education fundraiser this Tuesday - get involved!

Click here to view the May 8, 2015 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
www.cdgaturf.org
Follow us on Twitter @TurfResearch

Friday, May 1, 2015

Driving Range Tee Sod

This week we fixed some low areas that died on the driving range tee over the winter.  We are testing some sod from different growers to see which one might work best for us if we decided to level and resod the tee this fall.

Wyatt Byrd installing the new sod from WI.

 This sod was grown on sand.
The color is a bit different now, but should blend in later.