Turf Scouting Report, November 5th

Nov. 5, 2010 Scouting Report
It's November Already: Illinois is dry, Irrigation turned off, Lows are 20-something, Tim says ASA-CSSA-SSSA, and Nick's new word is Favicons. 

Chicago/Northern Illinois Update: Derek Settle -
Cold! Monday through Wednesday on Sunshine Course was plain cold. I was not exactly feeling it - I found myself sleeping on the Queen Mary while attending a meeting in California. Tim's emails of weather data showed me 27, 24 and 25 were recorded as lows those 3 days in Lemont, Ill. I quickly realized our first round of consistently cold temperatures had come to pass in Chicago. My dismal two finger count of hard frosts for October (lows below 30 degrees) was over. In quick sucession I put up three more fingers on the QM as we turned another page. You see, the second-to-the-last-month-of-the-year had begun. Meanwhile in California, their cool looking weatherman on TV were saying "...95 degrees today." I couldn't help but think Long Beach turf managers were handwatering that day while in the freezing 'North' irrigation is necessarily OFF. 

Without a heavy jacket, feeling a little guilty, I would board a little red bus each morning to attend the International Crop Science meeting. Much of my time was spent looking at posters related to turf science - go figure. "Freezing Tolerance..." in the title caught my eye more than once. I thought of the 300 x 18 golf greens in Chicago that had better be hardening off at a cellular level by accumulation of sugars and salts. Recent winters had been harsh and plants, (Poa annua here) were going to need that antifreeze. Winter 2010-2011 is on deck. Cold? 

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This weekend we are to prepare for THE big warm-up?

Derek Settle, PhD 
Director of Turfgrass Program 
Chicago District Golf Association 
11855 Archer Ave 
Lemont, IL 60439
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