This fall at the Whistler Golf Club we partnered up with the Western Canadian Turfgrass Association, Syngenta and TerraLink in a research project on the effect of snow mold on putting greens. It is not often that a golf course does not apply any fungicides on their greens going into the winter season. Due to our very exciting project of re sodding our greens this spring, it allowed us to try a verity of different ideas to control snow mold over the winter months. See photo below
However it did not take long before we saw Fusarium moving in; these pictures were taken on Oct 6th.
Over the next seven days we received just under 2” of rain with a average low of 6 degrees Celsius and an average high of 13 degrees Celsius. In the pictures below taken on Oct. 13th you can see how much more disease showed up under these conditions with no fungicide application.
By Oct 24th we were ready to put down the first application of the project. By this time we had received an additional 2” of rain with the average nightly temperature of 4 degrees Celsius and the average day time temperature of 13 degrees. From the picture below you can see even more disease had shown up.
We picked three greens all with 6 plots on them. Plot 1 is the control with no product at all. Plot 2 received two applications of Instrata at the label rate of 9.5oz/1000sq ft Oct 24 and Nov 1, Plot 3 received two applications of phosphite at 4oz/1000sqft on Oct 24 and Nov 1. Plot 4 received 2 applications of Civitas plus harmonizer at 8oz/1000sqft with a half rate of Instrata at 5oz/1000sqft. On Oct 24 and Nov 1. Plot 5 received two applications of phosphite at 8oz/1000sqft on Oct 24 and Nov 1. Plot 6 we split into three sections. This plot only received only one application on Oct 24. In the first section we put down Instrata at the label rate of 9.5oz/1000sqft, the second section received 8 oz of phosphite/1000sqft and the third section received the Civitas plus harmonizer at 8oz/1000sqft with a half rate of Instrata at 5oz/1000sqft. The picture below shows the sixth plot split into three sections after the application on Oct 24.
On Nov 10 we received enough snow on the golf course that we could not spray any more. From this date on the greens were covered in anaywhere from 1 to 4 feet of snow for the duration of the winter.
By March 7th our first round of snow blowing the greens was complete. This is the first time we had seen any of the plots all winter.
These photos below show turf conditions on the individual plots described above prior to plugs being taken.