The apparent increase in populations of leatherjackets and chafer grubs often poses a real challenge for turf managers in terms of controlling the pests to minimise damage. There are currently a limited number of approved products available to control the problem and with limited label restrictions for certain sectors. You may remember I put together… Read More Please get involved – LeatherJacket survey
Really quick one – the chafer sightings have kicked off this week as I suspected in last weeks blog as we’ve had a prolonged warm period and I wonder if the rainfall has contributed too? With the activity started and the rainfall set for a little while we are now entering a period suitable for… Read More Acelepryn for Chafer timing advice
A couple of weeks back I put this blog out as we were about to move into temperatures above 20C for the first time in 2021 and as predicted we have indeed moved into some pretty decent temperatures for a sustained period of time. To date (9/6/21) we’ve had very little reports of Chafer activity… Read More Summer at last but where are the Chafers?
Just a quick blog, the temperatures are forecast to lift this weekend (the forecast is highlighted in green below) At last! Historically we’ve seen the Spring hatch around 20C and finally we’re going to hit that this weekend (I hope!). Check out this blog for more info on this concept…….. Above chart shows the max… Read More Higher Temperatures Forecast – Late Hatch?
The last couple of weeks have been all about LeatherJackets and forgive me for continuing to share my thoughts. The recent Webinar I did with BIGGA to discuss the challenge has increased the number of conversations I’ve had about this subject and shown me how little I know as well as how much we have… Read More Spotted Cranefly spotted
PestTracker sightings are coming in now (thanks to everyone getting involved) but to me, it doesn’t really feel like it’s kicked off properly yet. It’s true to say the Spring flush is never as dramatic as the Autumn one but with the level of interest and concern there is around this pest currently I’m not… Read More Too cold to hatch?
Loading… Live table showing reported sightings Its the 23rd April 2021 and the reported sightings of a Marsh Cranefly (the 2 lifecycle a year ones) hatch are now coming in. The first sightings came in a round 4 weeks ago now in the very mild areas of the country and from some areas using undersoil… Read More Warmer weather = Spring hatch?
Monitoring for leatherjackets is a very simple and easy way to establish the scale of the problems you’re likely to see in the upcoming weeks. It’s fairly simple to do, only this week I was doing 25 of them in one of our trials to assess levels of control over the winter. It only needs… Read More Leatherjacket monitoring idea
To contribute to this survey by adding the level of damage you’ve seen on your site click here…………. It’s become apparent recently that some Golf Clubs aren’t recognising how widespread a challenge managing greens under LeatherJacket pressure is. A quick social media survey revealed the below. Click here for latest version of report………….
Over the Christmas holiday we began to see some LeatherJacket damage. In my last Blog I wrote about the journey the offending grubs have been on since birth. If you’re seeing damage or you feel there is a chance of LeatherJackets in your sward then having a good understanding of the population will help you… Read More LeatherJacket population counts