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RECENT PRESENTATIONS

Jul 22, 2015
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Jul 02, 2015
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Watch out for ground nesting bee activity in turf.

Mar 05, 2015
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Freeze damage may be sporadic and actual damage can be very difficult to predict.
Many turfgrass managers have expressed concern that they cannot get their preemergent herbicides out due to wet soils, snow/ice cover, and frozen soils.
Jan 16, 2015
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In recent discussions with North Carolina sod growers it was apparent that there will be a significant shortage of bermudagrass sod this winter and spring.

Sep 19, 2014
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This year is proving to be the worst year on record for fall armyworms.
Fall armyworms may soon become a problem.
Last week we diagnosed our first cases of summer patch and Pythium root rot on creeping bentgrass putting greens for 2014 in North Carolina.
Jul 06, 2014
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Way to identify if Mole Cricket and Fall Army Worm are located in your turf.
Jun 11, 2014
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Brown patch, caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani, is the most common disease in tall fescue during late spring and throughout the summer months in North Carolina.

Jun 11, 2014
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A very familiar turfgrass disease, dollar spot, has begun it’s assault across much of North Carolina.

Update on an earlier Alert I wrote that green-up of our warm-season grasses was late in 2014. At that time we thought winter injury may not be too bad. Unfortunately that has not been the case.

May 01, 2014
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Things have been relatively quiet here at the NC State Turf Diagnostics Lab with regards to disease samples, however that has changed in the past couple of weeks now that warm-season turfgrasses are starting to fully wake up from their winter nap. So, without boring you to death with blah blah this and blah blah that ... here's the rundown.
Ground nesting bee activity in turf has already begun despite the cool, wet weather this spring.
Jan 22, 2014
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Oct 09, 2013
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Spittle Bugs
Spittlebugs have been especially abundant this year, and have been reported in both warm and cool season turf.
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Oct 08, 2013
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Aug 30, 2013
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Aug 07, 2013
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Jul 29, 2013
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Apr 22, 2013
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Average Daily Soil Temperatures as of 9/18/12 via NC State Climate Office

With soil temperatures starting to approach 70°F across portions of NC, now is the time to start thinking about treating for large patch.

(Image: Average Daily Soil Temperatures as of 9/18/12 via NC State Climate Office)

Fall Armyworm LarvaDry and hot years often make them a more serious problem as the armyworms will migrate towards irrigated turf since everything else is brown and less desirable.
SugarSugarcane beetles have spent the summer as white grubs and should be reaching adulthood in September and October.
Aug 28, 2012
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Aug 27, 2012
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Light traps have been catching increasing numbers of masked chafer beetles in the last two weeks.
Cicada Killer WaspCicada killer wasps are now being seen in North Carolina.
Brown Patch lesionsBrown patch, caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani, is the most common disease in tall fescue during late spring and throughout the summer months in North Carolina.
BermudagrassOnce again Mother Nature seems to be causing problems with our warm season grasses in NC, particularly overseeded bermudagrasses in the piedmont.
May 01, 2012
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Mar 30, 2012
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Mar 17, 2011
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Feb 22, 2011
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Now is the time of year to be planning and/or applying your first round of fall treatments for prevention of spring dead spot and large patch on warm-season grasses.  Read More
Sep 10, 2010
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Sugar Cane Beetle Turf DamageBe aware that adult sugarcane beetles are beginning to emerge. It is known that the adult beetle causes damage to warm season turfgrasses by feeding on roots and crowns. Beetles are active at night but may be seen on the turfgrass surface during the day. The best way to monitor for adult beetles is to use a light source after dusk. Sugarcane Beetle
Smooth CarbgrassIt’s approaching the time of year turfgrass managers will be seeding tall fescue.  Summer 2010 has been an exceptionally tough year on tall fescue in many areas of the state due to above-average temperatures and drought conditions.  Depending on weed pressure, an herbicide application may be warranted prior to seeding. Read More
Fall is the best time for renovation and seeding of cool-season lawns. In a normal year, we expect an increased chance for rainfall and cooler temperatures within the first few weeks in September. This makes an ideal time for fall renovation. With the long duration of hot and dry weather this summer, this is a year that many cool-season lawns will need renovation to get them back in shape before Thanksgiving. Read More
Seasonal Penncorss Root Biomass GraphMany golf course superintendents are concerned about root loss due to the extreme heat this summer. The chart demonstrates a 12 month rooting pattern developed at the Sandhills Research Station in 2000 and 2001. Note that, averaged over 2 years, bentgrass lost 76% of root biomass from the end of May to September 1. The heat this year, coupled with stress from Pythium Root Rot, has likely exacerbated this decline in bentgrass root biomass. Read More
Jun 21, 2010
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pythium root rot on bentgrass greensThe recent wet weather for much of North Carolina during the past couple of weeks followed by “August” in June weather has led to Pythium root rot from the Piedmont to the Coast on creeping bentgrass putting greens. Read More
Jun 11, 2010
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Jun 11, 2010
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Jun 04, 2010
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White GrubJune is the month where you should start thinking about white grubs. Most white grubs have similar life cycles.  Read More
Pythium blight myceliumForecasted weather patterns will be favorable for Pythium blight to start showing up on cool-season turfgrasses across much of North Carolina.
Oct 16, 2009
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Aug 20, 2009
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Jul 20, 2009
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Jun 16, 2009
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Jun 08, 2009
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Jun 10, 2008
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May 01, 2008
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Oct 31, 2007
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Aug 20, 2007
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Aug 17, 2007
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TURF MAINTENANCE CALENDARS

Color Atlas of Turfgrass Weeds (New!)
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Now in a new edition, The Color Atlas of Turfgrass Weeds, Second Edition is a critical tool for weed identification and turfgrass management. Hundreds of full-color photographs provide detailed plant features--assisting with the quick identification and control for hundreds of weeds. The book also illustrates various stages of weed development, helps pinpoint causes of weed infestation, and provides effective control strategies.
Turfgrass Pest Management Manual: A Guide to Major Turfgrass Pests and Turfgrasses (New Edition)
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This full color 104 page guide provides extensive and detailed images of common North Carolina turfgrass insects, weeds, diseases and identification characteristics. Visual icons and an accompanying key allow readers the ability to view each pest and instantly determine key characteristic information. Complete information for each pest is provided from current scientific names, hosts, symptoms, control practices and of course high resolution detailed full color images. This handy guide is a must have for turf students, home lawn enthusiasts, educators, extension personnel, and of course turfgrass professionals.
Carolina Lawns (Revised for 2007)
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REVISED for 2009. Lawns are smooth, living carpets that add beauty and recreational space to you home. The benefits of a healthy lawn go beyond the obvious. As your grass grows, it is working to help the environment by stabilizing soil and reducing air pollution, noise, heat, dust, and glare. Surveys show that an attractive, well-landscaped lawn can even add to the value of your home. To reap the rewards of a handsome lawn, take great care in the selection, establishment, maintenance, and renovation of your lawn grass. With proper choices, a durable lawn will grow with minimal maintenance and pesticides use.

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