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Argentinian Scarab on the move

12/14/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Scarab larvae Argentinian Scarab ( Cyclocephala signaticollis ) was first reported in Australia in the mid-1950s and has now spread through the ACT and NSW where it can cause significant turf damage. It has recently been found in Adelaide. The adu...

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Developing a Tribute programme for Crowsfoot control

12/7/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Developing a Tribute programme for Crowsfoot control must take into account the size of the crowsfootgrass plants and the mowing height of the couchgrass. Tribute has been successfully used for Crowsfoot control in the USA for many years and...

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Dollar Spot makes an appearance

11/22/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Bayer Amplify Turf provides turf managers and golf course superintendents with the latest thinking and ideas in turf management. Disease, pest and weed management insights for golf courses, sports grounds and parks. Join us to learn more from turf...

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How often should I apply fungicides containing Stressgard® Formulation Technology?

11/13/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

A common question we have been asked at the moment is, “How often should I apply fungicides containing Stressgard ® Formulation Technology?” As with the application of all products this depends on individual circumstances. Factors such as climate,...

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Controlling Brown Patch

10/10/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Brown patch is a common disease caused by the soil borne fungus Rhizoctonia solani . Brown patch can cause significant damage in the spring through autumn with the highest risk in the summer. Brown patch is most active in warm, wet conditions, whe...

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Dry Winter and Insect Activity

8/31/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Winter weather can have different impact on overwintering insects depending on where they are located. Insects deeper in the soil may be buffered from extreme changes in temperature compared with insects above the ground in leaf litter. Highly soi...

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Ryegrass removal

8/31/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Numerous sulphonyl urea herbicides are registered for the control of ryegrass in warm season turf. Research conducted at the University of Sydney turf plots had shown that best control is achieved from synergy between Destiny (iodosulfuron) and...

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Rainfall averages

8/9/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Below average rainfall across Australia over the last 3 months has led to significant water deficits. The current weather pattern in Western Australia may correct this situation over there over the next month, but in other areas the outlook is for...

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Controlling Onion Grass and Onion Weed

7/11/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Now is the time to control two of the most persistent turf weeds. Onion grass and Onion Weed are two  problem weeds of turfgrass areas. Onion weed and Onion Grass (also called Guildford Grass) should be controlled now before they flower and set...

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Improved Dollar Spot control

5/31/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Interesting new research coming out from Virginia Tech University in the USA shows that the use of iron sulphate can have a positive effect on Dollar Spot disease control. A trial was established at the University of Sydney turf plots to examine t...

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Winter Fusarium

5/11/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Winter Fusarium ( Microdochium nivale ) is also known ‘microdochium patch’. The same fungus causes a disease called ‘pink snow mould’ in the US. Conditions that favour this disease Wet conditions during maximum daytime temperatures of 7–20°C. Shad...

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Autumn can mean increased caterpillar populations

4/3/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

Autumn can be a time when caterpillar populations build up quickly, and this is already being reported in some areas. Turf pest caterpillars; Live in the thatch, core holes or soil tunnels Emerge at night to feed There are several species grouped...

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Spring dead spot

3/10/2017 by: Jyri Kaapro

The Spring Dead Spot fungus is active in many areas of Australia. The late finish to summer may keep the fungus active longer than on other years. The fungus starts to colonize couchgrass roots when soil temperatures fall to around 24°C. This is...

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