Friday, June 24, 2011

Product Testing: Results on a Smaller Scale

As many of you are aware, I love to do research on the golf course.  Whether it is a trial that I am approached with by a university, manufacturer or something as simple as me wanting to see how a new product performs, I am always trying to stay at the forefront of what is happening in the world of turf management.
The particular area (#17 fairway) depicted in the photo above was sprayed with a new active ingredient, amicarbazone, that is being developed to selectively remove Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua) from Creeping Bentgrass.  Two applications have been made, and by the looks of things, a third application will not be necessary.  The hope is that this new product will allow the Creeping Bentgrass to fill the voids that are left from the death of the Annual Bluegrass. 
Through increased fertility of this area, my intent is to see if the Creeping Bentgrass that is already present can fill in on its own without the need to overseed.  As is the case when using products such as this one, there is always more Annual Bluegrass than was originally thought.  More updates to come...

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