Sunday, August 7, 2016

CDGA Scouting Report - August 7, 2016

As the journey comes to an end, the nostalgia is building up – wait I’m joking, with this summer, in the words of a great woman 'aint nobody got time for that!' This week is the last week I will be on site in Chicago, but access via the current email and phone number will be available if there are questions until the end of September. Ron Townsend will continue with the CDGA and he is your point of contact if a sample collection is required. Ron can be contacted at or (312) 485-7570.
The week itself has been somewhat mixed. There has been a dry-down for some, but at this stage damage has been already done and the issue with green speeds has certainly come to the forefront as superintendents try to protect the greens through the brutal heat. One thing that has also almost certainly disappeared with the anaerobic soil conditions combining nicely with cruel heat is turfgrass roots. This means surfaces may become a little soft and inconsistent, so trying to judge best mowing heights is nigh on impossible. Remnants of Pythium can be seen in low spots and on some fairways, while further south unfortunately summer patch has made its way onto greens. Reports of grub digging have emerged already – indicating that the mild winter really did leave us a little off on the timing of various applications. It is just over one week, however, until Aug. 15 and so many are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
Continuing to do the right things from an agronomical standpoint will win the day. Making judgment calls based on incoming weather conditions and staying calm in the face of adversity will get you through – no rash decisions! Our other annual issue – the disappearance of rough bluegrass Poa trivialis because it got too hot in the kitchen has really kicked in, and so the dormancy will leave a stain from now until the middle of September. Patience will be required as well as a lot of seed – get after it and finish strong!
Click here to view the August 7, 2016 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
Senior Director of Turfgrass Programs
Chicago District Golf Association
Office: (630) 685-2307
Cell: (630) 423-1925
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