Talking Turf


  • Apr18Thu

    Winter Recovery

    April 18, 2019 Jesse Benelli

    As the deep snowpack begins to recede this spring, it is apparent that many golf course playing surfaces suffered from winter related injury. Winter related injury has been reported across much of Eastern and Northern Ontario into Quebec and through Atlantic Canada.

  • Jul16Mon

    Clean up on aisle 3 - Curative Dollar Spot Control

    July 16, 2018 Jesse Benelli, Ph.D.

    Mid-summer ‘clean up’ applications seem to happen every year for a variety of reasons. Disease pressure, cultivar susceptibility, environmental extremes, reduced fungicide sensitivity, and budgetary restrictions are just a few factors that can lead to dollar spot breakthrough.

  • Jul3Tue

    Scouting for Anthracnose

    July 3, 2018 Jesse Benelli, Ph.D.

    Well above average temperatures sprawled across Eastern Canada this past week. Temperatures crept into the low-to-mid 30’s from the great lakes region to the Northern Atlantic. While Eastern Canada enjoyed their first heat wave of the season, cooler than temperatures were prevailing further west. However, those cooler temperatures out west are likely a thing of the past by this upcoming weekend.

  • Jun26Tue

    Dollar Spot - A call to arms

    June 26, 2018 Jesse Benelli, Ph.D.

    Widespread heat is expected across much of Central to Eastern Canada over the next several days. These conditions will render many turf systems extremely vulnerable to a full spectrum of disease activity. This includes brown patch, Pythium blight, and anthracnose among others. The disease I would like to focus on, however, is dollar spot.

  • Jun18Mon

    Fungicide programming with Signature XTRA Stressgard

    June 18, 2018 by Dr. Jesse Benelli PhD
    Many folks have already initiated their summer disease control programs on fairways, tees, and putting green complexes. To date, our primary issues through the month of June have been dollar spot, brown ring patch, and a little bit of Microdochium in the cooler climates. Moving forward, many of our challenges will biotic AND abiotic. Abiotic stress on highly trafficked closely mown turfgrass can be a chronic problem on, and near, putting green complexes.
  • 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...