This ominous message greeted us last Friday and everyday since and doesn't look like abating anytime soon.
Its not a question of turf loss, it's a question of "how much" turf will be lost before this is over with.
The golf course is a powder keg for disease development as all three conditions for disease development are present. First, there is a susceptible host fourteen days into a 21 day fungicide treatment schedule. Second, free moisture and extremely humid air that prevents drying and thirdly pathogens present in the environment.
My tour of the golf course revealed up to three major diseases running unchecked on the golf course with a fourth and most destructive Pythium seen but not confirmed. Below are pictures of diseased fairway turf.
|Dollar Spot chewing its way into the canopy.|
|Brown Patch. You can barely make out the smoke ring.|
|Not a disease, Cottonwood seed.|
|Turf doesn't die in straight lines. Pythium? Definitely Anthracnose!|
|Pythium starts low in the turf canopy.|
|Tree's competing with turf for moisture.|
|Malfunctioning sprinkler heads.|
Lets pray for cooler days ahead. _Mk