Since 2007, I have emailed my weekly interpretation on weather patterns and their likely effect on turf in terms of nutrition, disease patterns and general maintenance to Greenkeepers, Course Managers, Superintendents and Groundsmen. As a committed weather observer I’d subscribe whole-heartedly to the phrase “the more I learn, the less I understand” when it comes to this complicated subject. That said, using some very accurate and freely-available weather data, I believe it’s possible for the man (or woman) in the street to interpret this into a forecast, and that’s what I do…
Having worked with golf courses for the last 22 years, it’s clear just how important the weather is. In addition, the effect of climate change and weather phenomenon have already resulted in major changes to golf course management, particularly in terms of plant nutrition and disease.
20 years ago, Anthracnose only appeared as a winter disease, now it’s a summer one, 15 years ago, there were no recorded cases of plant parasitic nematode species in the U.K. and Ireland, now they are one of the major plant pathogens on golf greens and sports pitches. The hottest day of the year in Ireland in 2011, was the 28th September, some 8°C warmer than average, courtesy of a warm air blocking event… Times and turf management are a changing…
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