Turf Scouting Report, October 11th

Well another glorious fall week has passed with ideal temperatures and almost complete recovery for many greens surfaces that were opened up in early to mid-September. Aeration is still going on but there is always a much bigger gamble in regards to recovery when doing it this time of the year. Insect problems are still hanging around somewhat but in areas that are considered low value. The overnight temperatures have dropped somewhat but a frost may be needed to knock back any more disease problems. Dollar spot in the aggressive fall form has been hanging around and this has proved to be difficult to shake. Leaf fall has definitely begun to occur and many courses have switched from aeration mode to leaf removal and mulching mode - despite temperatures cooling off - there is always something to do! 

Conference and meeting dates are coming up; the Midwest Turf Clinic is scheduled for November 14th at Medinah Country Club. Dr. Zac Reicher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is coming in to discuss practical Poa management and round table discussions with a year in review also on the schedule. Attending these events keeps you up to date and ahead of the game - if you're not going forward it's hard to say you're not going backwards! 

As always if you have a question or query please do not hesitate to ask and you can call or email. 

Ed Nangle PhD 
Director of Turfgrass Programs 
Chicago District Golf Association 
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