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
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?
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?
Great Question from Jonathan on twitter today. The timing of Acelepryn is key to getting success out of the product but with the Emergency Authorisation deadline looming!. I’ve put a quick 4 minute video to try and explain best practice. Ok so here goes: Key to success is to maximise the period of exposure of… Read More Acelepryn timing – A Great Question
I noted with interest the histeria on Twitter as people got very excited about “record breaking” temperatures in the last week or so. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking breaking weather records is probably not a good thing and I certainly don’t view it as a positive. The above video shows how our climate… Read More Record temperatures – Impact on soil temps?
Hi, Daniel Lightfoot here. I hope Glenn doesn’t mind me gatecrashing his great blog, but I’ve been out on a few different sites this week and just thought it was worth chucking my two pennyworth out there 🙂 There was a post the other day of Facebook saying something like “… hands up that, if… Read More Turf management is … STRESSFUL!
Once again sure signs, climatic change is upon us, record temperatures threatened this week with forecasts showing mid to high 30’s. When the air temperature is high we often overlook canopy temperatures during these periods and how much higher they can get than the air temperatures. The Greencast weather tool does a pretty accurate job… Read More Turf Management during a heatwave
I had the great pleasure of visiting Gothenburg this week to support Lars, our commercial manager in Sweden, at the Swedish Greenkeepers association. What a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days it was and thank you to all the Swedish greenkeepers who welcomed me. These guys are a step further on than us with limitation on… Read More Swedish Greenkeepers Asscociation – Active Ingredients Regulations
Last week I spoke to a group about some sure-fire wins that are guaranteed to improve your surfaces with little work. We spoke about measuring greens correctly in my last blog. The next quick win is nozzle technology. As time has gone by nozzle technology has developed dramatically. Yet still I’m surprised at the number… Read More Spray Technology – Sure-fire win #2