It’s a tricky time of year to manage disease right now and true to form there’s a lot of disease pressure floating about. The biggest problem I see is that turf managers hope or believe that small amount of a disease will grow out because they are still getting some growth. Preventative fungicide applications are… Read More Microdochium time
I’m seeing and hearing about a lot of Anthracnose rumbling around at the moment. I thought I’d share my thoughts on why we are seeing this now, some clues, what dangers to look out for and best turf management practices if you’re in this situation. Why are we seeing it now? If we roll the… Read More Autumn Anthracnose Management
We have some good news for you all – we now have Red Thread on the label for Instrata Elite. Particularly for those of you in Lawn Care where Red Thread is a much larger issue. I’ve been with Syngenta just Over 2 years now and Instrata Elite has been with us a little longer.… Read More Instrata Elite + Red Thread = Good news. But what’s involved?
What is Red Thread? Red Thread is a turf disease found in across the UK and Ireland. It’s fairly common, it can impact the appearance of turf but generally doesn’t disrupt playing surfaces. What causes Red Thread? Red thread is caused by the fungi Laetisaria fuciformis. When growing conditions are good infection may be transient… Read More Red Thread – Frequently Asked Questions?
What is anthracnose? Anthracnose (Colletotrichum graminicola ) is a turf disease pathogen that can affect turf across the UK and Ireland. It is typically viewed as the second most common turf disease, after microdochium patch. Anthracnose can affect all turf species but is most prevalent on Poa and Fescue grasses. The pathogen can result in two types… Read More Anthracnose – Frequently Asked Questions?
Thanks to the TurfCareBlog team for inviting me along to their turf chat tonight on Fairy Rings. Really interesting chat about the challenges of managing fairy ring on Cricket pitches. It’s a great blog – well worth a visit. Click here to go see…………… The interesting bit for me was talking about how to get… Read More Fairy Rings on Cricket Pitches
Had a nice catch up with Saila from Berner in Finland this week and after she saw my blog about Spring purpling she talked me through what they see in Finland. After all if this phenomenon is related to a combination of low temps and high light levels you’d expect to see quite a bit… Read More Finland’s Spring Purpling
We’re reaching that time of year when we start hoping for some decent frosts. A sustained period of cold weather will really help slow the progress of any Microdochium and it generally signals a period of drier weather too. Now assuming you’ve come through this Autumn with clean surfaces so far then cold weather is… Read More First Frost and Microdochium Progress
We are now entering the period when Microdochium Patch will begin to raise it’s head. If I look at the climate near me for this year and last year and compare it to actual disease levels, it is clear that this year, 2019 is a less challenging one. At least it is so far. So… Read More Autumn Turf Disease – When to start?
With the significant rainfall we’ve had, I’ve been interested to see what’s going on with our soil moisture probes? During the dry weather you can see that the 5cm deep probe was slowly getting drier whilst the 15cm deep probe was slowly getting wetter? My assumption is that this is because the push up green… Read More After Effects of the Rain – Chasing Green Speed