Thursday, May 12, 2011
by Jerry Husemann
Mother’s Day weekend boosts nursery/greenhouse growers and the garden centers & big box store sales
The weather pattern has continued to include almost daily rainfall events with cool temps. We managed to have a pretty nice Mother’s Day Weekend which was very much needed for the Nursery/Greenhouse Growers and the Garden Centers & Big Box Store Sales to consumer customers. The 7 day extended forecast for much of my sales territory due to a warm front moving the area will bring daytime temps into the 80's with rainfall patterns being more scattered in nature in the 30-40% chance of rainfall vs. full blown events canvassing the entire region.
Rain impacts turf care, and dollar spot activity rises as temps increase
Golf Course Superintendents and staff are having difficulty keeping up with mowing fairways & roughs due to the very wet conditions and constant rainfall. You can see tracking of the mowers and excess clippings sitting on the surface of the freshly mowed areas. Just about all golf courses have some wet areas that are under water.
Later this week, a warm front is moving through bringing 80-90 degree temps with some humidity. This combined with the degree of leaf wetness and the number of hours during the daytime that leaf wetness exists, dollar spot should become active and the need for fungicide applications will be necessary.
Lawn care managers move onto postemergent herbicide weed applications
In the Lawn Care Market Segment, many LCO's have just started their Pre-emergent + fert applications and are making plans to switch to a heavier focus toward post applications. I have been recommending Pendulum® AquaCap™ herbicide + low labeled rate of Drive® XLR8 herbicide for the applications that are getting too late for a dedicated Pre-emergent application.
For the Pre-emergent + fert applications that have been applied and received high amounts of rainfall, the opportunity should be good for post-emerge products like Drive XLR8 + Onetime® herbicide.
Watch the video below of Onetime weed control in action.