Once again sure signs, climatic change is upon us, record temperatures threatened this week with forecasts showing mid to high 30’s. When the air temperature is high we often overlook canopy temperatures during these periods and how much higher they can get than the air temperatures. The Greencast weather tool does a pretty accurate job… Read More Turf Management during a heatwave
I’ve spent the last couple of days at Goring and Streatley golf club filming for a piece we’re putting together about application techniques. (watch this space – I may get my first BAFTA for this one!) It was great to spend a couple of days on a golf course (although my rose tinted spectacles were… Read More Application Advice – Acelepryn Insecticide
Last time I put a blog out about how dry the weather had been, it was immediately followed by one of the wettest weeks we’ve ever seen in June. As we approach the point of the summer when potentially the most stress is imparted on your turf surfaces, I thought I’d try and summon up… Read More Junes Rain Impact on River Flows – Turf Stress
You’ll remember that most sightings of our winged friends, chafer grubs have been around the South of England, as the heat map below shows. This week we have had a few sightings of Welsh Chafer logged on the Syngenta PestTracker around the Colchester and Cambridge area. This isn’t a significant shift in area but could… Read More Chafers – A slow shift to Northern hatching?
To follow on from my last blog on light intensity you can see an interesting picture forming below. The below pictures show varying degrees of sunshine, intensity and day lengths. All the figures are for Sandwich Down on the south east coast where I usually find the highest sun intensity figures. All the map images… Read More Light intensity, sunshine and day length – the numbers
Below are two graphs show light levels for all of 2018 and light levels so far in 2019. If you’ve read my last two blogs you’ll have a pretty good idea what’s going on and you can skip to the next section – if not here goes the simple version: The green lines are good,… Read More Light levels 2018 vs 2019 – Turf Management
As we are now in the period of the longest days of the year it’s worth revisiting light and how it impacts the plant. Photosynthetically useful light is measured in Micromoles per square meter per second (µmoles/m2/s). This is a unit of the intensity of the light and can range in the UK from 0… Read More I’ve seen the light – Impact on Turf
One of the questions I’m getting regularly asked at the moment is “I haven’t seen any chafers yet this year, should I still apply Acelepryn and if so when should I apply it?” The sightings for chafers on the Syngenta PestTracker have now slowed down and I would expect all chafers now to be fully… Read More Acelepryn – When to Apply
There really is no question about the importance of pollinators. Without them over 80% of the world’s flowering plants would not be ableto reproduce and 75% of crop plants require an element of animal pollination. And that includes the fruit and vegetables we eat everyday. Your morning coffee is equally at risk if the population… Read More To Bee or not to Bee – There is No Question
Your input is invaluable… Yes I’m going to start this with an unashamed plea for more help. Our chafer and cranefly Pest Tracker is, as far as I can tell the first data gathering exercise of it’s type. Whether you have an issue with these pests or not, please log your sightings on the Syngenta… Read More No Chafers North of Coventry – Do we need VAR?