Monday, June 27, 2011
#1, #12, #13 Greens
I've been getting numerous questions regarding the appearance of #1, #12 and #13 greens. We sent samples to a plant pathologist at Oklahoma State University and the samples came back positive for Pythium blight. Pythium is a common disease found on stressed turf usually during intense heat and humidity. These greens receive considerably less air movement and sunlight. This means that these greens endure more intense heat, and humidity, and because of this, disease pressure is more severe on these three greens.
Once we confirmed the presence of the Pythium, the affected greens were treated with a fungicide specific to this disease and a light rate of fertilizer was applied to encourage recovery. The agronomy team has been working very hard to improve the growth conditions over the last few weeks by removing shade trees, utilizing fans to circulate more air, closely monitoring soil moisture, leaf temperature and nutrient levels. Progress may be slowed by the intense heat but we are already seeing some improvement.
If you have any further questions feel free to contact me. Thanks