We asked the experts: What’s the most important thing to consider when diagnosing a turf disease correctly?

Ken Hutto, FMC Professional Solutions

Ken Hutto, FMC Professional Solutions

Ken Hutto, Technical Service Manager | FMC Professional Solutions
It’s important to understand environmental conditions at the time of initial disease onset. Many times, turf managers react only to what they see happening to the turf. Since different environmental conditions can trigger specific disease outbreaks, understanding which environmental conditions favor which disease development can be foundational for correct diagnosis of visual signs and symptoms present. For example, hot and humid conditions with extended periods of leaf wetness when temperatures are above 65 F at night often favor brown patch development. Correctly understanding favorable environmental conditions first and the relationship to specific disease onset will allow the turf manager to implement the most effective management practices to eliminate and hopefully prevent further disease development.