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Spring is Here Early Again

The 2019-2020 has been extremely mild.  With cool (but not cold) temperatures and very little frozen ground, disease activity has begun early.  The constant rain has also sped disease development.   In the last two weeks of February I saw active basal rot anthracnose, Fusarium patch (pink snow mold) and root Pythium on Poa.  The root Pythium was on covered greens so that surely increase disease activity but I have no doubt we are looking at a repeat of last spring with widely prevalent root-rot Pythium and Pythium dysfunction.  Temperatures reached 60°F last week in Southern RI and next week is predicted to be mid-50’s all week.  At least one RI superintendent charged his irrigation on