Last fall I was contacted to by the WCTA to see what I thought would be some things to try. They were already interested in phosphite and Civitas but I also suggested lightweight rolling as I had seen some interesting things on my study green with regards to fusarium.
Just last month I was delighted to read that they had gone ahead with research funding at Oregon State University and had some preliminary results to share! I was also honored to be mentioned in one of the articles.
I won't repeat everything already in the above article so read it for yourself. Basically what they have found is that rolling does in fact seem to have some beneficial effects when it comes to fusarium patch control. They are also testing rolling frequency which is something that I think is important. From my findings 2 years ago it was quite apparent that further benefit was seen from more frequent rolling. This was something that might have been missed in past studies on rolling and fusarium because who would think that more rolling would be any different. Guess what, it is!
|My findings from May 2012|