"Potassium applications have been associated with increased winter diseases in northern climates"
Who would have thought that adding potassium would increase disease? I enjoyed talking with Doug Soldat about this research when he presented “Potassium fertilization affects microdochium patch severity on creeping bentgrass” by Bier et al. at the ASHS annual conference.
You’ve probably seen the photos. Here are a couple examples.
No K on left, 0.1 lbs/1000 every other week on right. pic.twitter.com/9LoYCWcuHS— Doug Soldat (@djsoldat) March 23, 2016
Snow mold post was pretty popular today, so here's a combined pic. Numbers are lbs K2O/M/yr. pic.twitter.com/rTVG0jOrzd— Doug Soldat (@djsoldat) April 2, 2014
A few highlights from the abstract:
“These low K treatments had significantly less microdochium patch than the treatments receiving K applications during the past three winters. Interestingly, the turf quality of these two ‘low K’ treatments improved in 2016, and were found to be statistically similar or better than the treatments receiving regular doses of K … Results suggest that potassium fertilization can be manipulated to affect microdochium patch on bentgrass.”