Photosynthesis, Light Units and Turf Growth

Light is a key component of Photosynthesis – put simply no light, no photosynthesis. During the winter months with shorter days, even though we have temperatures suitable for growth, it’s very likely we’ll go through periods when light is the limiting factor. I’ve grabbed a few slides from a recent presentation myself and Dr Andy…

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Snow on it’s way?

As we move into what seems like the first bit of cold weather for a while and I see the met office are forecasting some snow, I thought I’d put a quick reminder out of the benefits of using Medallion and pull out a couple of snow cover trials we’ve done. The Active Ingredient in…

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Light – The limiting factor?

Got an email today from a Course Manager asking: “Greens don’t appear to be as healthy as they have in previous years at this time do I think that light levels would have any impact on this?” It’s a great question and ties in nicely with some of the work we did at STRI last…

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Application Academy – Apply Online

You can now apply online to Syngenta’s Application Academy. I’ve had an exciting last 18 months as I’ve transitioned from Golf Course Manager to a Technical Managers role. The journey has been tricky, enlightening and interesting with everyday being a huge learning opportunity. The Art of Application Academy is something I’m very excited about putting…

I’m Excited – The Application Academy Launch

Next week, at BTME 2020 Syngenta launches the Art of Application Academy. Visit us on Stand 428 to find why I’m so excited about this logical yet very much needed next step in the development of spray and application technology. I’ve been with Syngenta for around 18 months now and in that time I have…

Moisture : Dew v Rainfall – Part 3

In my last blogs I’ve written about dew point and 2018 v 2019. I have one thing left to go into before I give up on leaf moisture. The more time I spend looking at this, the more I believe it is the biggest driver of autumn disease pressure. Guttation Last time I spoke about…

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Moisture: Dew v Rainfall – Part 2

In my last blog I spoke about the difference between 2018 and 2019. I looked at the amount of hours we had been in a “dewy” situation. This is a fairly simple thing to work out and it uses the Dew point figure I’ve seen in many forecasts and never really understood properly. Since I…

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Moisture: Dew v Rainfall – Part 1

Disease pressure is a great phrase that most experienced course managers can instantly identify with but is quite tricky to explain – but I’ll have a go using 2018 v 2019. Without question disease pressure during last Autumn was significantly higher than this Autumn. But what are the drivers behind fuzz acceleration? What were the…

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Reading Nozzle Charts

Why are nozzle charts so frustratingly complex? They hold vital information for getting your sprayer set up correctly but they do a pretty good job of hiding in amongst a heap of unnecessary numbers. WHY WHY WHY???? Well, pretty simple really – nozzles are generally designed to be pretty generic so they can be mass…

Begin with Nozzle pressure

I know – it’s not normal practice to begin your calibration process with nozzle pressure but here’s why I think it’s so important. Bear with me on this one – You know how you get frustrated at times with those golfers who don’t understand the complexities of your job, when they mistreat your hard work…