Hi All,

General Weather Situation

Currently we have a low pressure
sitting out off the North-West Coast of the U.K and this is projected to move
South-East bringing the low in to influence our weather for the rest of the
week and the 1st part of the Bank Holiday weekend (U.K only). You may have
heard all the weather warnings about thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, but
luckily that weather system swung eastwards at the last moment and is now
currently tracking over Holland towards Denmark, hopefully it won’t give a
repeat of the July flooding for Kobenhavn, where 5 inches of rain fell in an
hour, blew manhole covers out of the street and left alot of roads under 4 ft
of water !.

So that means a wet, showery outlook
for the next 4 days or so, with tomorrow (Wednesday) being the driest day of
the week for many, though rain will reach the west coast of Ireland, Wales and
the South-West by late afternoon. Thursday starts off the same with heavy bands
of rain affecting the west coast of Ireland and Wales and these push inland to
bring rain to most areas through the day as the low pressure system moves
closer to the U.K. The week ends with heavy rain showers over all areas, but I
think the bulk of the rain will fall in the South of the U.K and Midlands
(hopefully). Winds will be southerly through the week, but swing round to the
north briefly as the low pressure system passes over the U.K.

By Saturday, the rain is confined to
the South-West and South of England, slowly moving north and east to the
Midlands, but Ireland should be relatively dry.

By Sunday, the outlook is much
better as rain clears the U.K and Ireland and leaves a bright and dry day as
high pressure begins to build pushing temperatures up.

So the 2nd half of the Bank Holiday
looks good, bright, warm and dry……

Outlook

Next week looks to me to be dry and
settled with high pressure in charge, albeit a weak one, so rain fronts may
affect the South of the U.K later in the week.

Temperatures will be around average
in the high teens, cool at night, so expect some heavy dews and winds will
be light.

Agronomic Situation

With the rainfall of last week,
coupled with some warm nights and high humidity levels, conditions are proving
ideal for disease development with Red Thread widespread, even on well
fertilised areas (we’ve discussed this before) and plenty of Fusarium around.
The good news is that conditions are also optimum for growth, so any nasty
attacks of these diseases can be grown out and looking at next weeks forecast,
the change to drier weather should lessen the activity of these diseases and
make applications of either fungicides or fertiliser / plant hardeners
combinations to counteract them, much easier than this week, where spray
windows are limited.

If it’s possible I’d suggest keeping
your powder dry from a fungicide perspective, not in terms of non-application,
more so in terms of which products you plan to use, because it makes sense to
use your most effective treatments over October and November. This advice has
to countered on my part with the realisation that many clubs have carried out
August aeration and so topdressing is in full swing to bring back levels and
here for sure, there are mitigating factors. The ideal scenario would be to
achieve a quick knock-down of Fusarium and lower the population level enough to
prevent a re-occurrence during the early part of September, particularly if the
weather plays ball and doesn’t favour further disease activity.

Changes to this blog

At some point in the near future I’m
going to be changing the system of delivering these weather updates because
what began as a few jottings to some lads around the U.K and Ireland has now
grown to a circulation list of over 400 and I want to improve the system
further. Working with Paul in our I.T dept (ok there’s just Paul:)and my
colleague, Mark De Ath, they have identified a really good system for me
to use in the future. It will allow you guys (and girls) to access this blog
more easily than weekly emails and search for past articles / information.
It’ll also make attachments more user friendly and allow downloads.

They’ll be no action required by you
when we make the change, other than to say wether you still want to receive
these updates, or more aptly perhaps, drop me an email if you don’t.

All the best.

Mark