Managing billbugs in golf turf

Four species of turf-damaging billbugs exist in Utah (in descending order of abundance): bluegrass billbug, hunting billbug, Rocky Mountain billbug (or Denver billbug), and Phoenician billbug (or Phoenix billbug). Managing multiple billbug species in turf is more challenging because of differences in the insects’ biology and phenology. The anthranilic diamides, Acelepryn and Ference, have provided […]

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Humic Substances and Putting Greens

Humic substances are often used as an amendment in putting greens to improve turf health, but little is known regarding their effects on soil moisture retention. Commercial humic substance products and pure organic acids were applied to three golf course putting greens in Utah in 2006 and the Utah State University research putting green in 2006 and 2007. These […]

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Winter Proxy and Embark Applications

Winter Applications of Plant Growth Regulators Improve Annual Bluegrass Seedhead Suppression   Adam Van Dyke, CPAg, MS, Professional Turfgrass Solutions, LLC Author email: adam@proturfgrasssolutions.com   The use of chemical plant growth regulators (PGRs) in spring is common on golf courses where annual bluegrass (Poa annua) inflorescences (flowers/seedheads) are undesirable. Seedheads negatively impact surface uniformity and […]

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Annual Bluegrass Seedhead Suppression

Objectives Determine if applications of Ethephon and Mefluidide applied Pre-snow/winter and Post-snow/winter, along with the combination, and including traditional spring applications will increase annual bluegrass seedhead suppression when compared to the traditional spring application program. Materials and Methods The study was condicted from November 2014 until June 2015 on a putting green at Mountain View […]

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