|Take All Patch on #7 approach.|
Whenever we make any treatment to the course, we try to leave check plots to see if the treatment was effective, or not. However, this disease is seemingly so random in nature that it's difficult to quantify what impact the fall fungicide treatments may have had. As General Manager, Joel, pointed out, maybe the treatments actually worked well, and we'd be in a whole lot worse shape now without them.
While prevention is the key to this pathogen, we are testing a curative approach this spring, using a liquid fertilizer and wetting agent program. We marked a small patch on #7 approach, so we can easily track whether the disease is getting worse, or if the spray has stopped it, and we start to see recovery in the Bentgrass.
Like most turf diseases, Take All Patch is only active in a fairly narrow temperature range. Its appearance in 2017 was later into the spring than in 2016, leaving us hopeful that it will be gone sooner rather than later this summer.