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?
The Lockdown Trial is over – long live Unlock and Play! Whilst lockdown now seems like a distant memory and the Lockdown trial ceases to have a direct relevance we still wanted to gather some useful data.. We also wanted to use this trial plot to start examining the value of a BioStimulant we’re working… Read More Unlock and Play – The Lowdown
Planning to make this a regular monthly feature. So what were my most frequently asked questions last month, June 2020? Should I be watering Primo in? I think this one came from a tweet that showed someone watering in a primo application that was applied with a wetting agent. Short answer is NO. Any time… Read More Turf Management – the Frequently Asked Questions in June 2020
When talking to Turf managers about the regulatory pressures on Insecticides and the challenges ahead, conversation often stumbles into milder winters and the impact they are having on insect populations. I came across the below article from Croplife today (which is a great website if this kind of stuff interests you) which although aimed at… Read More Climate Change Powers Global Pests
You’d think the question I get asked most would be an agronomy based question or a tech question about the rate of a product or even a question about application intervals. Nope – How do I get XC nozzles to fit my sprayer Really easy – Phone 0800 652 4215 and order the correct nozzle… Read More My most frequent of FAQ – XC Nozzle Caps!!!
Chafer flight patterns are following last years pretty much exactly the same. I’ve been sent a lot of photos and videos the last week of Chafers that are flying. All the photos are of Summer Chafers but we are you are reporting sightings on PestTracker of all the Chafer species. The question I’m now being… Read More Chafers – best timing for Acelepryn
What is Primo Maxx II? Primo Maxx II is a growth regulator that is used in sports turf primarily to regulate and suppress grass growth. That has advantages for time and cost savings, but also some real advantages for maintaining consistent surface playability. You can vary the amount of suppression you get by increasing the… Read More Beginners guide to Primo and GDD
As we’ve reached the end of the Lockdown Trial I’ve concluded that, given the same situation again for a period of low intensity management, I’d apply as much Primo Maxx as the label would allow me too. But, it’s also given a fascinating insight and explanation as to why, under normal conditions, that’s probably not… Read More The Lockdown – Lowdown Conclusion
The term ‘fairy ring’ is used to describe a number of turf grass diseases where soil-borne fungi cause certain symptoms to develop on the surface of the sward. Fairy rings are caused by the activity of many fungi classified as basidiomycetes. Not all basidiomycete fungi cause fairy rings but all fairy rings are caused by… Read More Fairy Rings