Monthly Turfgrass Roundup: August 2018

Topdressing, more about topdressing, all kinds of videos, growth rates, wetting agents, tournament golf & superintendent recognition, history, one wish, and a lot more

After torrential rain, does all the potassium leach?

Doug Karcher has the best wetting agent photos.

Becky Grubbs showed some grasses establish fast and some grow slow:

A turfhack to find the soil temperature without actually measuring it.

Jon Wall went to Painswick.

T-Jay Creamer and J. Paul Robertson sat down between two bunker rakes.

Some turf history—C.V. Piper, orchids, & Pebble Beach.

Joel Kachmarek wrote a fascinating post about an irrigation system’s history.

Bill Kreuser has more advice about soil test interpretations.

Jacob Fuehrer and Bill Kreuser take a look at how much growth is enough.

HKT48 were back for another performance on the 18th green at the KBC Augusta golf tournament in Japan.

More about Japan golf, from the KBC archives, check out the gallery in this video from 45 years ago. The automatic translation says “A gallery flooded with green as if it were a lawless area!”

Tom Calder getting good results in efficiency and in favoring bent over Poa using ClipVol and MLSN:

Wang et al. wrote about research at Rutgers showing the season of topdressing application influences anthracnose of Poa annua. From the abstract: “Golf turf managers should recognize that autumn topdressing will aid in anthracnose suppression; however, spring applications are more effective when anthracnose is the management objective.”

The Hamilton GC Course Maintenance blog had a post about decreasing organic matter without coring.

Carl Schimenti and I had various discussions about ball reaction on greens:

Bier et al. wrote this article showing more than enough K was supplied to bentgrass from topdressing sand, with no supplemental K required as fertilizer.

Jason Haines wrote this:

John Reitman wrote about Tom Samples and his great advice about lifelong learning.

Schlossberg et al. wrote about the important reduction in NH3 losses achieved by treating urea fertilizer with urease-inhibiting additives.

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