Hi All,

Writing this from a pretty gloomy France, caught up in the same weather system that has affected the U.K, but luckily The Med weather further south is good, so that’s where I’m heading. Understanding the weather can be both a benefit and a handicap depending on your perspective. My Dad keeps saying to me “It’s supposed to be summer, how long is this going to last for ?”, in between dropping hints that he may relocate to France if it continues…The fact is that this trough pattern has been fixed since early April, prior to that we were under a peak for the best part of 7 months and in truth I don’t understand the mechanism that causes the shift from a peak to a trough or vice-versa. I’m not sure anyone does, but I’m going to email my chappie at Reading University to get his take on it and hopefully I’ll include that in next weeks blog.

This is just a brief update because I know a lot of you have had heavy rain over the last week and with a short week last week, it’s a bit of a lottery when you’re going to be able to spray, cut, re-instate bunkers, etc…so that’s the part I’m concentrating on…

Firstly, wherever you are the weather is still projected to be very bad at the end of the week, with a heavy front of rain pushing into Munster, the south-west of England, early on Friday morning and moving up the country to affect all areas during the day, though I don’t see it reaching Scotland till late afternoon. At a guess this could be another 25mm on top of what you’ve already had, which I know varies between 70 – 130mm so far this month depending on where you’re situated.

This rain front should clear by early Saturday morning to leave a day of sunshine and showers for the south and Ireland, with another band of rain pushing through Saturday on a diagonal line from the south-west upwards.

Looking at this week, it’s a case of using the gaps in the weather to bring things under control cutting-wise, applying fungicides if necessary and potentially shutting the grass plant down a tad on higher-height of cut areas with PGR, as the latter are I know a particular headache at present.

Best Potential Dry Periods

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thur

Fri

Ireland

a.m.

X

a.m.

a.m.–p.m.

X

South-West / Wales

a.m.

a.m.

a.m.

a.m.–p.m.

X

South England

X

a.m.–p.m.

X

a.m.–p.m.

X

Midlands

X

a.m.–p.m.

a.m.

a.m.

X

North England

X

a.m.–p.m.

a.m.

a.m.

a.m.

Scotland

X

a.m.

a.m.–p.m.

a.m.–p.m.

a.m.–p.m.

The above doesn’t mean you’ll be totally guaranteed dry weather during those periods, let’s be serious, we do live in the U.K and Ireland after all 🙂 , but for more local forecasting you’ll need to use your daily forecast and RainNow features on your Headland Weathercheck facility.

Outlook

A very wet end to the work is likely, with showers through Saturday and potentially drier on Sunday. Next week it looks like another Atlantic low is due to bring high winds, warmer / milder temperatures, particularly for the south, but more rain I think, with the highest potential in the west and north as the winds will be south-westerlies.

Agronomic Notes

The advice from a spray perspective is pretty much as per last week in terms of product / A.I choice. My addition this week really concerns the use of PGR’s to shut down some of the higher height of cut areas and free up maintenance times. I’m thinking of cut-rough, bunker and tee banks in particular, and of course I appreciate that it’s always a tot up in terms of labour availability and budget. Personally I’d be using any of the dry windows above to apply a PGR + Iron combination to the most difficult to maintain areas on the course (within reason) because with next week looking potentially wet again, but definitely windy, spray windows will be few and far between.

All the best..

Mark Hunt