Using models to help guide turf management decisions is something everyone does. Many don’t even recognise they are doing it. Before any fungicide application everyone is, or should be, looking at some of the factors that influence the action they’ll take. In essence, creating their own model. Formal data gathering isn’t for everyone, but everyone… Read More Disease models look attractive
What fungicide to use running up to Christmas Lots of questions on the build up to Christmas this year. November sat relatively cool read about that here…. well actually it wa just average but that feels cold compared to recent years. December seemed to be warming up so what fungicide should I use in order… Read More December FAQs
Once again the Christmas period proved to be a tricky time time manage Microdochium patch in the UK. For a lot of turf managers the high temperatures and long periods of leaf moisture can add up and cause some real challenges. This is nothing new (see below links to past Christmas blogs). Whilst the Christmas… Read More Santa brings high disease pressure again!
As we approach Christmas we hope that we are nearing the end of the difficult part of the Microdochium patch management journey and now it’s more critical than ever to stay alert to the dangers. Different situations will require different fungicide strategies. Leaf moisture management, appropriate nutrition, and good management practices are now critical to… Read More Christmas disease management choices
It’s that time of year when LeatherJackets begin to become visible. Now is when I’d start to encourage people to start placing small sheets down on the surface of their playing surfaces to begin to evaluate the numbers of these pests they are dealing with and logging the results. I’d recommend small 1m2 square sheets… Read More LeatherJackets what are we looking for?
In this month’s “On the horizon” Henry and I speak at some length about how the climate is warming and how Christmas is unlikely to be snowy! Well, as soon as we put the Podcast out, it goes super cold and starts to snow. The timing couldn’t be any better! Speaking of timing, I’ve recently… Read More Early Snowfall
After telling everyone on the Podcast that these Autumn / Winter months are getting warmer, I was beginning to feel pretty nervous as the last month has felt pretty chilly to me! I’ve had a look back at the data to see how we’ve compared back to 2008 – 2011 period just to see how… Read More How cold has November 2021 been?
Acelepryn – whens it going to rain? Most of November’s conversations have been about ensuring Acelepryn applications have gone down in the best way possible. Many people took on our advice and aimed to apply Acelepryn around one month after peak flight (this year around the end of October / beginning of November) and rightly… Read More November 2021 – FAQs
October has been a mild month to date with plenty of disease pressure and as always there has been plenty of questions about which fungicide to use. These milder periods inspired me to put this blog together looking at how the temperatures look when you break them down into hourly chunks. I put this together… Read More October FAQ
One of the things Henry and myself have been chatting about “On the Horizon” is the concept of sub 2c stopping hours. It’s a concept we’ve developed to help us understand when we start to see weather that is cold enough to slow down the development of Microdochium patch and how variable it is across… Read More Has October 2021 been a cold one?