End of the semester countdown

The end of the semester is coming up and students are getting ready for the final exams at ATI. All of our turfgrass students have had internships since late last year and places as far flung as Nevada, Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia are all on the list for students internship sites. Students have been out with Dr Raudenbush both at Hawks nest and around the state gaining insight into the industry as it wakes back up after winter (Picture 1). Dr’s Raudenbush and Nangle are getting ready to put out research trials both at Hawks Nest and in the Cleveland area so expect to see us out and about this summer. The year has been a busy one for all and we are expecting a strong incoming class for next August / September. To that end – make sure and provide us with your internship opportunities early and provide an educational plan for the internship if you really want to compete.


OSU/ATI students were in Columbus with Dr. Raudenbush and the Columbus Crew with field managers Weston Appelfeller this week (4-20-17)

Trial focuses will include moss control options, some plant health work and projects looking at water management strategies. We are also looking forward to releasing information about our scholarship golf outing with strong hopes of building on last years successful event.

Things to watch for in the near future – dandelion activity is in full flow, crabgrass germination is beginning to grab hold state wide with the only exceptions being on the lake in the northern part of the state. Furthermore courses in the northern part of the state would want to think about finishing and early season DMI applications up as time is starting to run out – rapidly!

Hurry hurry hurry

Rather incredible to think but based of the GDD tracker for people in northern Ohio time is now getting close to being passed optimum for both pre-emerge applications and applications of materials for seed head control – it also means golf season is just around the corner. Managing very wet soils and reducing early season wear and compaction is going to be difficult for many for the next month and so patience will be critical. Further to that – communication with memberships and golfers will be important this week as they lay their eyes on the beauty of Augusta.

Issues on the disease front seem to have been limited so far this spring – certainly there were no reports of Typhula spp. and it seems with the melting of snow and warmer temperatures in both January and February, Microdochium nivale has also failed to make much of an impression. Some activity has been noted with Rhizoctonia showing up around the ATI campus and also Laetisaria fuciformis showing up on slow growing lawn height turfgrasses. Its early in the season but scouting and staying on top of issues now will help for the rest of the summer!