I hope all of you are staying safe and sane during these unprecedented times. As the virus continues to completely upturn our everyday lives, I have spoken to many of you who are working your butts off to keep your facilities in manageable condition (often single-handedly) in preparation for a return to “normal” or whatever “normal” becomes. While some of my territory has been up and running for a few weeks, most of my territory is just now hearing the familiar early-season “pops” and “bangs” of cold mowers firing up.
With considerable cuts in labor, many superintendents are enjoying a little early-season time to sit on a mower, smoke a cigar and make first cuts. Once spring flush-growth really gets going, I’m hearing a lot of talk about expanding PGR use to keep conditions up. One customer texted me unbelievably excited he had found an old, dusty jug of Embark floating around in the back of his chem shed. Are you planning on expanding PGR use this spring? I would love to hear how you are thinking outside the agronomic box with limited labor and resources.
I have been getting a lot of good questions and pictures sent to me while I am holed-up in the home office. Compared to last season, ice damage has been next to zero which will mean a much better start for many superintendents (albeit not great for nearby liquor store sales). On the disease front, the usual non-destructive “spring rings” are popping up from thatch collapse and rhizoctonia diseases (yellow patch, waitea). Almost no reports of any significant damage from snow mold or microdochium. Due to a more normal to more mild winter most seem to have gotten good control.
As always, I look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing your ideas (especially if they are funny – we all need some laughs about now). Let me know anytime I can be of service. I hope to see you (from 6-feet away, of course) soon.
All the best