Tuesday, May 22, 2012
by Michael Kropp
Fungicide treatments for Pythium, Fusarium and Rhizoctonia
The PNW is coming out of the winter rainy months… finally. I was able to spend some time in Portland and Bend, Oregon. The best part of the job is meeting with golf course superintendents and end users.
In the Portland markets, it seems like most came out of the winter with just a little bit of disease and lots of wet turf. The pythium, fusarium, and Rhizoctonia all showed up and are being taken care of with Insignia® SC Intrinsic™ brand fungicide, Honor® Intrinsic brand fungicide and Trinity® fungicide. BASF does have some great fungicides and they are being used to take care of the disease and start-off the spring and summer season with healthy strong plants!
PNW golf course visits to discuss disease, weed pressures and solutions
Met with local distributor, Stan Presley with Target Specialties. He runs the annual crew tournament in August at Arrow Creek in Molina, Oregon. The tournament takes many months to get set up so it runs like a clock. We spent some time going over some new ideas, course condition, which is always amazing, and needs form local courses to get up and running after the brutal winter in the Portland area.
In Bend, I stopped off to see supers at Pronghorn, Broken Top and Brassada Ranch. The courses look great! All of the supers are glad that is starting to warm up, and look forward to a tremendous spring and summer. Overall snow mold was not an issue, lots of products to help the superintendent to control the disease.
Preemergents seem to be a topic of interest for both summer and winter annuals and bi-annual weed species control. With Pendulum® AquaCap™ herbicide as our premier preemergent, we have some great options for helping with this issue in the west. We also carry some good post emergent products like Onetime® herbicide, a three way with quinclorac, and of course Drive® XLR8 herbicide – the standard for crabgrass, clover and English daisy control.
Overall, the PNW is starting to make a move forward after the economic downturn. I am sure all of the Oregon courses would love to have as many golfers as possible this summer, so come on out to the green PNW!
On a personal note
I had my oldest just graduate high school, almost top 10, number 11. Very proud dad! He has chosen a college, Fight on!
Photo: By University of Southern California, Facebook Page Profile Pictures, album.