With more high temperatures forecast this week what strategies can you implement to get through these periods before the temperatures begin to drop and we move into Fuz territory? Last week I referred to how cool July had been and i’ve also spent the last 2 months talking about how there has been a lack… Read More Turf management – heat strategies
We seem to be generating new weather records for fun these days. It’s officially the most Spring sunshine ever. Above is 20 years of accumulated sunshine data (in minutes), the top blue line is 2020 and you can see clearly how many hours of sunshine we’ve received this year and thats after a pretty average… Read More Sunniest Spring ever! Why I didn’t talk about Ryder and why I regret it.
I’m going to be brave here and predict a dry down soon!!! There is no denying that since September weather conditions have been shocking for turf managers but it will turn at some point and it’s more likely than not we’ll soon be talking about how to manage turf under drought stress. Just a quick… Read More Dry down – Coming soon
It goes without saying that Finland can get pretty cold during the winter. On my recent visit I was asked to have a look at the temperatures and comment on how I would build a disease management strategy. The below charts show days when we had days with periods below 3 degrees for a consecutive… Read More Finland Temperature
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… Read More Snow on it’s way?
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… Read More Moisture : Dew v Rainfall – Part 3
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… Read More Moisture: Dew v Rainfall – Part 2
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… Read More Moisture: Dew v Rainfall – Part 1
It’s been a while since I updated the river flow maps. The last one I did was September which was incredibly dry for most until the last week and it doesn’t feel like the rain has stopped since then. The beauty of these maps is they show how despite the whole of the UK being… Read More River Flows – November / December
My last blog got me thinking – when is it normal to start seeing frosts. I’m fortunate enough to have access to some pretty snazzy weather models and one of them can pick out the historical data for predetermined weather criteria. So when have seen more than 4 hours of temperatures below one degree? Winchester… Read More When will it get cold?