Anthracnose appears to be an increasing issue, resulting in more serious effects, over an extended season. Turf Science in Action The Anthracnose pathogen itself is relatively weak and, even when present throughout the season, healthy plants are reasonably able to withstand infections. The problems arise when plants are weakened by stress or injury and less… Read More Greenkeepers, De-Stress Over Anthracnose
With the record drought grabbing the headlines in the UK its easy to forget about the record temperatures we’re also experiencing. Of course a new climate means new opportunities for pathogens that have been sitting unnoticed historically and now have the ability to thrive. Generally turf diseases need two things to thrive, optimum temperature and… Read More Watiea Patch and Grey leaf spot
Here’s the July 2022 Monthly FAQ blog. A run through of the questions that get thrown my way during the month. After all, if one person asks the question a lot of other people are thinking the same. It’s been a fairly quite month this July, I suspect the decent growing conditions at the beginning… Read More July FAQs 2022
Last year we undertook a trial at the STRI to understand the best use of FR321 and Hicure in programmes to reduce and control Anthracnose. This is a challenging disease that if poorly managed can run away from us later in the season. During this high disease pressure period I thought it was worth revisiting… Read More Anthracnose – lessons learnt
If you are in the UK you will know its been very hot recently, and Ireland has seen its share of the heat wave also; Dublin’s Phoenix Park recorded 33.1C (91.4F). The hottest day in 135 years across the island of Ireland. I saw on the news that the UK had its hottest night on… Read More Primo Maxx II – Can I trust the model when its this hot?!
Like the other plant health inputs, water, nutrition and air, grass needs light. And like all things in life its not that simple. Each of these inputs has an optimum or ‘Goldie Locks’ zone. For water; too little and the plant withers and dies, too much and it becomes waterlogged and dies. The same is… Read More Grass needs light, but how much is too much?
Almost every course manager I’ve spoken to since joining Syngenta in the winter is struggling to run a full team, and those few that have full teams have sworn me to secrecy. Like for many industries its currently really difficult to recruit and retain staff. Many course managers are being forced to search further afield… Read More Syngenta Turf App helps turn fingers green
Chafers Lots of questions about chafer ID’s this month – the Welsh Chafer seems to have been a particular favorite in my Whatsapp inbox this month. That could be a climatic thing or an unfamiliarity thing. Not sure? PestTracker sightings for Chafer have been particularly low this year but followed the normal pattern, the timings… Read More June FAQs 2022
The recent Acelepryn Emergency Authorisation, and particularly sourcing the desired bottle sizes, has been an example of how delivering a product to market is a lot more complex than I ever gave credit for when I was managing golf courses. Now, after 7 years leading the UK & Ireland Turf and Landscape business and now… Read More Acelepryn 0.6l or 1l bottles?
At Syngenta we have made a bunch of Digital tools available to help growers do what they do best, and it this case that’s grow great quality turf! All the support tools are available free on the Syngenta turf website, you just need to sign up and it’s all available to you. I’ll be doing… Read More Syngenta Digital tools