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The Turf Diseases Website

Turf Diseases website

If you are looking for a great source of information about turfgrass diseases, the most effective methods of prevention and control, and updates on the latest turfgrass research, then you should subscribe to the Turf Diseases website. Almost all the information on the site is from university professors in the United States. I occasionally contribute an update about international turfgrass disease issues. Some of my recent posts include:

Mites, a Corpse Plant, and Native Grasses

Clouds With No Rain

Large Patch on Zoysiagrass

More About Seashore Paspalum

A Most Unsightly Disease

The Wow Factor, Seashore Paspalum, and Dollar Spot

ゴルフ場セミナーマイカーの時間: vol. 1-12

ゴルフ場セミナーマイカーの時間: vol. 1-12

I write a monthly column for ゴルフ場セミナー (Golf Course Seminar) magazine, a publication of Golf Digest Sha Co., Ltd. The publishers have allowed me to post reprints of these articles on the Asian Turfgrass Center website, and all twelve articles from the first series, マイカの時間 (Micah's Time) are now available for download.

5月 2008年 キーパーが 管理できる6要素
6月 2008年 土壌水分量の簡単な計算方法
7月 2008年 土壌と葉身と生長能で施肥管理
8月 2008年 夏に負けない5つのポイント
9月 2008年 賢いコアリングの秘訣
10月 2008年 パークグラス実験
11月 2008年 数値で見直す目土散布
12月 2008年 2008年芝草科学クイス
1月 2009年 芝草はなぜ青い?
2月 2009年 芝草科学クイス解答と解説
3月 2009年 基本重視か経費削減への道
4月 2009年 6ポイントの総まとめ

I obviously write the articles in English, and they are translated by Mr. Yukio Ueno, who always makes an excellent translation of my approximately 1200 word (in English) article each month. Thanks to Mr. Ueno and the editorial staff of ゴルフ場セミナー, the articles I write reach an audience of course managers and greenkeepers at nearly every course in Japan.


Turfgrass at Bangladesh

I had the pleasure of visiting Bangladesh this week on a project for The R&A and the Bangladesh Golf Federation. On 27 May, I gave a seminar at Kurmitola GC about sustainable management of golf course turfgrasses. Forty delegates were in attendance, representing eleven golf clubs from Bangladesh along with a representative from the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Workers_armygc_dhaka I also traveled around the country to visit five golf courses, namely Kurmitola Golf Club and Army Golf Club at Dhaka, Bhatiary Golf and Country Club and Shaheen Golf and Country Club at Chittagong, and the Savar Golf Club at Savar Cantonment. The grasses and weeds found at Bangladesh are quite similar to those found at Thailand. Most golf courses are planted with bermudagrass, as is Army GC shown here. All putting greens I saw were bermudagrass, and the condition was surprisingly good. Most courses eventually transition to native grasses on the fairways and roughs, those grasses mainly being Axonopus compressus and Cynodon and Digitaria and some Chrysopogon aciculatus.


I also saw seashore paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum), growing in the Karnaphuli River at Chittagong, and also invading a green at Shaheen Golf and Country Club. I saw some zoysiagrass (Zoysia matrella) at Chittagong and Dhaka. Only a few turfgrass diseases were observed, specifically some occasional fairy rings, mainly confined to fairways, bermudagrass white leaf, and the rare (to me) symptoms of mite infestation, which you can see in the photo collection from this visit.