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September 2011

A Report From the 2011 China & US Golf Turf Seminar

I've been at Wuhan for a few days to participate in the 2011 China and US Golf Turf Seminar. This event is put on by the Shanghai Meinong Turf Engineering Co. and brought together 130 delegates from across China to hear lectures from Lee Sellars of Hong Kong-based Premier Turf, Professor Wang Zhaolong from Shanghai Jiatong University, and Micah Woods from the Asian Turfgrass Center. We also visited the Hanmaster Golf Country Club and took a tour of the certified Tifsport nursery operated by Meinong at Wuhan. Here is a slideshow of images from this event.

I also showed climatological normal data for 38 Chinese cities, explaining how the temperatures between Chinese cities and their counterparts in the US are similar throughout the year, but differences in sunshine duration create some challenges that must be considered when choosing grasses and when managing them in China. These charts of climatological normal data for Chinese cities can be accessed in English or with the city names in Chinese.

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World Cities Plotted by Climatological Normals, September

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This chart shows a selection of world cities, plotted by their average temperature, precipitation, and sunshine hours for the month of September. During September, many Asian cities are clustered at the bottom right of this chart, indicating a relatively warm temperature and relatively low sunshine hours. 

For many cities in Southeast Asia, this is the beginning of the end of the rainy season. Day lengths near the equator are relatively constant throughout the year, but in places such as Guam, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok, and Chennai, it is the upcoming winter months that have the most sunlight hours. We will see Bangkok, for example, move from being near the bottom of the chart in sunshine hours in September, to near the top of the chart in sunshine hours by December.