Patrolling North Jersey & the Keystone State

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

by Dave Schell

As weather warms, focus turns to managing turf disease early in the season  

Weather continues to be on the mild side for March in the Mid Atlantic, New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas.

ABWs on the move, active dollar spot and much warmer soil temps than most thought. Soil probing my Jersey area this week has revealed to some of the supers that temps averaged 58 degrees already. Those that had aggressive dollar spot last fall need to be spraying now. Tyler Otero, Trump National in Colts Neck, NJ said he sprayed fairways with Emerald® fungicide just before I arrived on Wednesday. Many early sprays going out this week.

Weather is so much warmer than normal, so it will be struggle to keep up pace this early. Early sprays mean something else isn’t getting completed on the course, which might catch up to supers later in the year.

Posted at 2:57 pm

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Dave Schell

Dave Schell is a sales specialist for BASF Professional Turf & Ornamentals and is based in Forest Hill, Md.

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