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Return to normal temps stalling growth. Week 4 ‘ShortCUTT Early Bird’ podcast available now

Dry spring coming? (That’s a good thing.) Fairy rings, lesser celandine, and more.

Brought to you in partnership with the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA).  Weekly summary of timely growing topics for the Northeast from experts around the region. The latest weather and how it affects your management of diseases, insects and fertility, timely tips and more.

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Warm-up, dry-up coming? Week 2 ‘ShortCUTT Early Bird’ podcast available now

Brought to you in partnership with the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA).  Weekly summary of timely growing topics for the Northeast from experts around the region. The latest weather and how it affects your management of diseases, insects and fertility, timely tips and more.

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New: ‘ShortCUTT Early Bird’ podcast

New for 2017!

Brought to you in partnership with the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA).  Weekly summary of timely growing topics for the Northeast from experts around the region. The latest weather and how it affects your management of diseases, insects and fertility, timely tips and more.

New podcasts: Spring green-up, fall clean-up

Looking for something good to listen to? We just posted two new ‘Clippings’ podcasts:

More podcasts.

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New! ‘Clippings’ podcast

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Cornell Turfgrass Clippings Podcast.

The new podcast offers practical suggestions and cutting-edge tips from Cornell University Turf Guy Dr. Frank Rossi for professionals in the lawn, golf and sports turf industry in New York State and surrounding areas.

Initial topics include:

For more information, see our podcast page.

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Forecast weather wrap-up

2016 temperature summary

Overall, the season was as warm as it felt.  From March through May, the Northeast was 2 degrees above average, with April being the only month this year cooler than average. August was very warm at 4 degrees above normal in some areas, as was the Fall, especially for Western NY where it’s been 4-5 degrees above average. Boston and Western NY recorded record numbers for GDD. CNY and Eastern NY did not set records, but were 300-400 GDD above normal. Essentially extending growing season by 2.5 to 3.5 weeks.

2016 moisture summary

From March through August, the Northeast received 50-70% of average precipitation levels. October has been generously wet, with areas in Western and Northern NY getting nearly 2 times the seasonal average for precipitation. While drought conditions have rebounded in western regions, eastern regions are still on the edge and suffering from several seasons of below normal precipitation.

Winter forecast

Climate models have been waffling and now seem to be converging to predict a mild La Nina winter. This suggests a wet and cold winter for the North and Midwest US. While systems can spread east, it is likely the East coast will see fewer storms this winter. Precipitation and cooling will lag a bit, starting later in January, and lasting until the end of March.

For more turf-related weather info and decision-making tools, visit the ForeCast website.

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New video: Long-term pesticide use reduction on urban and recreational landscapes

If you missed Frank Rossi’s Soil and Crop Sciences seminar Long-term pesticide use reduction on urban and recreational landscapes last Thursday, it’s available online.

Variety Guidelines now available as .pdf.

Thinking about starting a new lawn or renovating an old one? Looking for the right grass for your sports fields, fairways or putting greens?  This publication will help you choose the grass species and varieties best adapted to your growing conditions and management.

Download full publication [806 MB .pdf]

Download individual chapters:

Also available on iTunes.

‘Forecast’ weather update for October 21

Weather update for professional turf managers from Frank Rossi:

Temp & GDD

Another warmer than average week at almost 10(!) degrees warmer than normal in Western NY, scaling down to +4 degrees along coastal areas. Still accumulating GDDs. 50-90 from North to South in the region, with around 30-40 in Mass and New England. DC and Philly eclipsed 4000 GDD for the year, while NYC climbed above 3500. Most regions are around 200 GDD ahead of last
year, and 300-400 above normal. Soil temps still in the mid to upper 60’s.

Moisture

Another dry week for much of the region except some of Northern NY, areas received about 0.5” or precipitation. ET is predictably declining as well at about 0.5 “ or less for most regions. Drought areas not expanding but also not decreasing very much.

Forecast

Significant rainfall is expected for next week. Western and Central NY expected to get 2-3 inches. NYC, Boston and Eastern MA to get 1-1.5 inches, while NJ southward should expect about ½”. It is projected to be a cooler than average week for a change, with highs in the 50’s and low 60’s. Conflicting models for long term forecast-cool and wet likely.

For more turf-related weather info and decision-making tools, visit the ForeCast website.

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‘Forecast’ weather update for October 3 – Long Season More Challenges

Weekly weather update for professional turf managers from Frank Rossi:

Temp & GDD

A long awaited return to seasonal temperature averages may have felt cold this past week. Western NY and Eastern PA were still 2-4 degrees above average.  Still accruing GDD, around 120 from NYC southward, and 60-80 in CNY and New England. Soil temps have begun to dip into the high 60’s in southern areas, with low to mid 60’s seen in Western NY and New England and even 50’s in Southern Tier and Albany.

Moisture

Another dry week for most of the region with most receiving <0.25”. Big winners continue to be to the south of the region with the DC area receiving 3” plus. ET remains fairly low so at least we are not losing as much moisture from the system until winds pick up. Drought areas continue to expand especially in coastal New England.

Forecast

Showery and overcast expected for week of 10/3. Potential of 2” in Long Island on up to Cape Cod while Upstate NY to Boston expect 1”. Temp’s projected to be above normal, especially overnight temps in the 50’s and 60’s. 8-14 day models have storm systems working up Atlantic Coast to perhaps NJ before heading East.

For more turf-related weather info and decision-making tools, visit the ForeCast website.

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