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Archive: July 2018

First summer ABW generation reaching adulthood in central and northern NJ

In central and northern New Jersey, the first summer generation of annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) populations have already started to show up as adults. There has been little ABW activity at either of the golf courses I follow. However, at our turf farm in New Brunswick, a good number of adults have been observed on some plots and the developmental stages extracted from turf plugs were primarily large larvae and pupae.

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Rain, rain, go away!

Most of New England has experienced the same steady, unrelenting rain that so many of the WeevilTrak bloggers have mentioned. We have had over six inches of rain in Amherst in the past week, and some areas have had more than that! The steady rain has certainly kept the turf out of summer dormancy, but it has provided plenty of stress.

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2018: The Year of Extremes?

Weather extremes have made 2018 a challenging year to groom your golf course the way you want to. I have met with some frustrated superintendents regarding labor, staffing, wet weather, heat stress and other challenging topics. But ironically, one of the least common topics I have had on visits to golf courses this year has been annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) damage.

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2018: The Year of Rain

2018 has been the year of rain. And currently, the forecast across the western part of North Carolina is calling for more rain over the next 10 days. As mentioned previously, annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) damage occurs immediately following heavy rainfall, so be sure to be extra vigilant over the next few weeks. Remember, August tends to be a very busy time for ABW in North Carolina.

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Hot and dry in Pennsylvania; ABW in Kentucky

We are entering a period when we typically start to observe 2nd generation larval feeding damage in the Pennslyvania. Turf is incredibly stressed right now, and any marginal control earlier in the month could become apparent now. We've also seen new developments of ABW damage in Kentucky.

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