Zeroing in on Large Patch

Here in the Southeast, most turf managers consider zoysiagrass a hardy, easily maintained turfgrass for use on home lawns, commercial turf areas and — of course — golf course fairways. Since zoysiagrass is drought tolerant, grows in any type of soil and requires minimal mowing, it’s often an attractive alternative to bermudagrass.
But zoysiagrass does have its downside. It is particularly susceptible to a disease commonly known as Large patch’ — caused by a strain of Rhizoctonia solani. Environmental conditions favoring Large patch development are cool soil temperatures and wet conditions. Visual symptoms can occur in the fall and spring as circular, discolored patches that expand over time.

Guest Post: Dollar Spot Control with Fame and Fame +T Fungicides

During summer 2015, we conducted a trial at the Lake Wheeler Turfgrass Research Farm in Raleigh, N.C. The study took place on a native soil (clay loam) ’Crenshaw’ creeping bentgrass fairway/tee area maintained at 0.375”. In previous work conducted in cooperation with Dr. Damon Smith, we determined that relative humidity above 70% for five consecutive days with a minimum air temperature above 57̊ºF is conducive for dollar spot development.

Tweet Now to Win Free Disarm® Fungicide from FMC!

Just by retweeting a message from @FMCturf, eight qualified golf and lawn care professionals can win a free 16-oz. bottle of Disarm® 480SC fungicide during the month of May. Two winners per week will be selected in random drawings throughout the month. Early each week during May 2015, a tweet about the contest will be posted on the @FMCturf Twitter channel encouraging followers to retweet the original tweet for a chance to be entered in the drawing. Tweets will also will be posted on the FMC Turf Wire blog. How to Win! Follow @FMCturf Retweet contest tweet Must be a licensed applicator Must be a U.S. resident Disarm must be a registered product in the winner’s state There is a limit of 1 free sample per customer The contest will end each week at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. Winners of the 16-oz. bottle of Disarm will be randomly selected from all eligible retweeters. At that time, the two winners will be notified and addresses confirmed for delivery of the product. Disarm 480SC is an ideal fit as a foundation strobilurin fungicide, used alone or tank-mixed with DMI or contact products. It controls all major turfgrass diseases, including anthracnose, brown patch, zoysia patch, summer patch, gray leaf spot and Pythium.  Plus, Disarm is the only strobilurin fungicide labeled for control of light-to-moderate infestations of dollar spot. Always read and follow label directions.  Disarm is a registered trademark of Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC. FMC and FMC logo are registered trademarks of FMC Corporation. ©2015 FMC Corporation. All Rights...

Get a Jump Start on 2015 with the FMC Early Order Program

Now, through December 12, you can purchase popular FMC products at current pricing but defer payment on select products until June 10, 2015 with the FMC Early Order Program. That’s huge! With more products and incentives than ever before, the FMC 2014 Early Order Program offers significant savings, a Build Your Own Bonus program and extended terms on its most popular turf and ornamental products. The program features an amazing early incentive that grants participants an additional rebate of 50% more than the base rebate for purchases of qualifying products from September 15 to October 31, 2014. The base rebate is still competitive in November and December, too. Popular FMC products included in the program are Dismiss®, Dismiss® South, Dismiss® CA, Blindside®, Echelon®, Solitare®, QuickSilver® and SquareOne® herbicides, Onyx®, OnyxPro®, Aria® and Talstar® insecticides; and — new this year — Disarm® fungicides, Triple Crown® insecticides and Xonerate® herbicide. In addition to the early incentive, participants are eligible for a new B.Y.O.B. — or Build Your Own Bonus — program this year. When participants purchase combinations of qualifying products from any two or all three FMC product lines (fungicides, herbicides or insecticides), they can multiply their entire base rebate by a corresponding percentage. To be eligible for the B.Y.O.B. Bonus, participants need only purchase a minimum of $500 of FMC herbicides or insecticides or $1,000 of FMC fungicides. For an example of the B.Y.O.B., if your base earned rebate falls between $200 and $999, you can earn an additional 5% of your entire base rebate if you purchased two product lines and 10% if you purchased all three product lines....

Have You Heard? FMC Professional Solutions to Market DISARM® Fungicide and XONERATE® Herbicide

It’s true! Yesterday we announced that FMC Professional Solutions has signed an exclusive licensing agreement to develop and market two key turf and ornamental product lines, DISARM® Fungicides (fluoxastrobin) and XONERATE® Herbicide (amicarbazone) in the U.S. and Canada. This agreement means FMC Professional Solutions now offers insecticides, herbicides and fungicides — providing a full portfolio of turf solutions. We spoke with members of the FMC turf team for their reactions: “This agreement brings some exciting technology to FMC. These active ingredients are great solutions for turf managers, and this relationship opens new development opportunities.” – Bobby Walls, PhD., Product Development Manager   “The agreement between FMC and Arysta allows us to go to customers with a full portfolio of insecticide, herbicide and fungicide products. It demonstrates FMC’s commitment to growing our turf and ornamental business long-term.” – Maureen Thompson, FMC, Business Manager, T&O segment   “This is a big opportunity for FMC. Not only do we have amazing herbicides and insecticides, we now have the best strobilurin fungicide on the market. More specifically, I’m excited to provide my customers with a great solution for dollar spot on bermuda grass, which is a unique problem that DISARM can address.” – Mike Kellum, FMC Market Specialist, Southeast region   “Having a broad spectrum fungicide to offer our customers is huge. My territory is otherwise known as the ‘disease belt’ so the DISARM line of products is truly fulfilling a need for disease control—particularly in the upper Midwestern states, where snow mold is a severe problem.” – Jay Young, FMC Market Specialist, Mid-West region   This agreement will not affect your ability...