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Archive: March 2018

Let’s go already

The Turfgrass Entomology Laboratory at Penn State is looking forward to another WeevilTrak season…..whenever that may be. The recent snowfall generated in the latest Nor’easter has pushed back the predicted start to the season. We are trying to use the time to prepare for the most intense portion of our field season (April – June), but like many of you, we are also anxious to get moving.

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A Tale of Two Seasons

Another season approaching, another Nor’easter in the forecast! This seems to have been the trend the past few weeks here in the mid-Atlantic and north through New England. It’s even somewhat of a parallel to the “Spring” of 2017. Lately it seems like we just start to get in a rhythm, and we need to put everything on hold to shovel more snow!

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March off to a slow, cool start again

The March of 2018 has been a lot like the March of 2017. Snowfall, cold nights and cool days have marked the weather in the Mid-Atlantic region. Following these weather patterns, I receive a lot of questions at meetings about “how will that weather stretch will impact annual bluegrass weevils”. The one I like most is “Hey Steve, do you think that really cold weather killed all of the ABW adults at my course?” Unfortunately, it will not. This insect pest survives colder winters than that annually in regions north of the Mid-Atlantic.

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Weevils on their way to New England soon

Many golf course superintendents in coastal New England have three feet of snow on the ground – or more! And there are rumors of yet another storm heading our way next week. But believe it or not, spring IS coming and that means that annual bluegrass weevils will be on the move relatively soon.

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When will the weevil come marching? Will they be 1 by 1 or 10 by 10?

Another WeevilTrak season is ahead of us. I’ll be again keeping track of annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) at Pine Brook Golf Course in Manalapan, New Jersey, and Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, New Jersey. Just like in 2017, we had a couple of warm days around Feb. 28 and March 1—not as warm as last year, but enough to get one growing degree day (GDD) on-record in Pine Brook.

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