|Happy February! Still no synthetics here!|
For the most part I feel that the overall disease pressure this fall and winter has been low. We had an extended dry period this fall and the winter wasn't that cold or wet. February has been very mild and the turf has really started to grow.
|A little R. cerealis showing up again|
|A rare occurrence this winter.|
|I wonder if this guy uses Civitas? hmmm|
What I really think is the reason for my disease control success has been judicious nitrogen applications. In the past I had always applied a slow release nitrogen source in the fall. This year I have stuck with strictly soluble sources based on growth potential calculations. My recent observations have only confirmed my nitrogen suspicions.
In the next month I am going to fight the urge to apply any nitrogen (soooo hard) as the turf slowly awakens from its winter slumber. In the past I always wanted to push the spring growth to get things moving. What I have learned this past year regarding growth rates is that it is more about the temperatures than how much nitrogen you apply. It is far safer to apply too little nitrogen than too much as you cannot take back any nitrogen that has been previously applied.
|The Plan Works. Last synth pesticide app |
was Daconil 2787 June 6 2012
|I tried to save this tree but....|
|Can you see the light?|
I know what you're thinking. "With all these different nitrogen rates isn't that going to lead to inconsistent playing conditions?" It might, but wouldn't you think that the micro-climates would contribute more to any variances you would encounter? As always I will be monitoring this as well to ensure that things don't get silly.
And of course I could be completely delusional and all of my success could have been a fluke! I really hope this isn't the case but time will surely tell!
|Spring is almost here again!|