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2023 recap: Weather and its impact on ABW pressureSeptember 25, 2023

2023 will go down in every golf course superintendent’s head as an extremely wacky mixture of weather.

August WeevilTrak updateAugust 23, 2023

I have seen a few pockets of ABW damage over the past two to three weeks, but late summer and early autumn ABW activity can be impacted by agronomic inputs.

July WeevilTrak updateJuly 28, 2023

Green keeping can be a very humbling task, and ABW activity continues to be difficult to predict.

Where were the spring flush of growth and ABW (in some spots)?June 22, 2023

The golf course is subject to the effects of weather 365 days per year, and this year's wacky weather has surely impacted the activity of insects and disease pests.

Finally, some nice weather. Oh, and some ABW larvae are developing quickly!May 9, 2023

After weeks of scouting for ABW adults and larvae — and seeing mostly adults in sporadic densities — we have started to consistently pick up on mid-range...

All the signs point to peak overwintered adult activity in Philadelphia and South JerseyApril 18, 2023

In my scouting and trial work, ABW densities have picked up, but the populations are sporadic.

Start to "trak" the ABWMarch 2, 2023

For now, my advice would be to hang tight, let the spring unfold and plan your scouting for the 2023 season.

Calendar says September, does that mean ABW season is over?September 15, 2022

I continue to scout at many golf courses throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and only find select pockets of ABW damage and activity. Stay diligent...

Where are the weevils?August 8, 2022

July of 2022 will go down in the records as being very warm. Depending on your exact location there were more than 15 or 16 days where the low temperatures...

Hit or miss with ABW activityJuly 21, 2022

Currently, I am finding very low levels of adults, callow adults and all different stages of larvae in untreated turf in my trial areas.

ABW damage recap and emergence of the second wave of adultsJune 3, 2022

For most of you, the first round of ABW damage should be past the peak. It is important to continue to scout your golf course for larvae if you have made application(s).

May is critical for targeting ABWMay 10, 2022

Everything is lining up that the middle of May will be a critical time for golf courses targeting annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) larvae in fine turf areas...

The spring roller coaster continuesApril 14, 2022

If you are planning to treat for ABW adults, it is important to keep your finger on the pulse and not spray on a calendar-based program when possible.

Patience is the key for ABW control this springMarch 8, 2022

This is the time of the year to be patient with a lot of things including annual bluegrass weevil control measures. Even if you scout and find a few adults...

Severe Weather in Early September and Mid-Atlantic Sites Enter Scout for Stage 7September 3, 2021

Tropical storm/Hurricane Ida brought some of the heaviest rainfall totals I have ever seen in my career in a few just an hours to much of CT, western...

You must be happy it’s August - Not always!August 23, 2021

August is always a very important and tough month for golf course care in the Mid-Atlantic and North East regions. A few of the major issues include...

ABW larvae showing up in full forceJuly 26, 2021

After a quiet late June and early July, ABW larvae have shown up in full force in mid-to-late July 2021.

ABW Larvae Escapes 2021June 4, 2021

ABW has been and will likely continue to be one of the most intractable insect pests of fine turfgrass throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions...

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