I kept on looking at all the plots to rate them on fusarium severity. I made a hasty observation that plots that were rolled at least 4x/day had no disease where plots with 2-3x/day had some disease and the control plots were severely infected.
Wow! We know rolling has an effect on Dollar Spot but Fusarium? Really? These observations are very early and clearly demand further investigation. This moss study is a long term pet project of mine so it should be very interesting to see what other effects rolling frequency has on turf and the other organisms that interact with it.
Here are a few pics I snapped with my phone camera this morning.
|Control Plot (never rolled) with new outbreak of fusarium patch. The dew definitely helps the Fusarium. Also you|
gotta love that divot on the top left. NOT
|Plot that is rolled 8x/day with no sign of fusarium yet. A little thin but give me a break, it's poa cut at 0.090" grown|
in full shade!
|We roll our greens every day with the best roller on the market!|
This is a very early observation but I was just so excited that I had to share! This also shows another benefit of my anti-preventative fungicide application beliefs. I saw the disease coming late last week. I chose not to apply a preventative fungicide and was rewarded handsomely. If I had applied a preventative I would have completely missed this observations :)