Talking Turf

  • Sep8Fri

    Microdochium Alert!

    September 8, 2017 Paul Giordano
    Recent reports from western Canada indicate Microdochium (fusarium) patch to be active and aggressive. With cooler conditions rolling into the east as of late, a few cases of early fall fusarium have also been reported in the Eastern provinces as well.
  • Aug18Fri

    Reasons for Increasing Fungicide Rates and Reducing Spray Intervals in Summer Weather

    August 18, 2017 Paul Giordano, Zac Reicher and Rob Golembiewski
    Reports of dollar spot breakthrough with traditionally strong dollar spot fungicides have been reported throughout the parts the Northeastern U.S. as well as Ontario and Quebec. Turf pathologists have been recommending increasing fungicide rates and reducing spray intervals to achieve control. 
  • Jul18Tue

    Get With the Program

    Dissecting Bayer’s Summer Disease Program Recommendations July 18, 2017 Paul Giordano, Ph.D.

    Although every golf course is different, and disease issues vary from property to property, this blueprint lays out the diseases that are typically active at the time, as well as the products available in Bayer’s portfolio that give you the best broad-spectrum control with proper rotation and stewardship in mind. 

  • Jul14Fri

    A Most Fearsome Opponent: Taking control of Pythium

    July 14, 2017 Paul Giordano, Ph.D.
    When surveyed, most golf course superintendents will tell you that of all the diseases their turf may become afflicted with, the one that scares them most is Pythium.
  • May11Thu

    Getting to the Root of the Problem

    Taking Control of Summer Patch May 11, 2017 Dr. Paul Giordano
    The summer of 2016 presented unique challenges for superintendents growing Poa annua in most of Eastern Canada. Drought conditions throughout June and July resulted in stressed turf which was subsequently prone to opportunistic disease infestations. By late August, summer patch symptoms became vividly apparent, and curative treatments did not...
  • Sep21Wed

    One, Two, Three Strikes and Snow Mould is Out

    September 21, 2016
    Following some simple and proven ground rules can help you get the most out of your fungicide program.
  • As heat waves and stressful summer conditions become the “norm” over the next couple months, a variety of new biotic and abiotic factors can contribute to the decline in growth and quality of creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass on golf courses throughout the country. 

  • Jun21Tue

    Less Really Can Mean More…

    June 21, 2016
    Every day you are forced to make important decisions that will ultimately
    affect the health of your turf, the quality of your golf course, and perhaps,
    the perception of you as a professional. Golf course superintendents are
    many things – agronomists, managers, mentors, and most importantly,
    stewards of the land they so passionately maintain.
  • Good products have staying power. This holds true for a fungicide like
    iprodione that is going on 37 years in the Canadian turf industry – because
    it works!
  • Jun14Tue

    The Do's and Don't of Tank Mixing

    June 14, 2016

    Depending on product chemistry and formulation, problems can arise with incompatibility among mixed products, resulting in coagulation, bound-up product, and clogged sprayer components. Here are a few “best practices” to consider....