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Greencast disease risk maps - how accurate are they

Greencast_disease_forecastIt does not matter how a greenkeeper forecasts or reacts to disease prevention or cure and everyone will have a different process or indicator.

Nothing is better than experience and only yesterday we touched on the Fusarium problems facing UK greenkeepers at the moment due to the high winter temperatures.

Just walking onto a golf course or football pitch and seeing a very thick film of dew, coupled with the recent growth on what would normally be a near dormant sward, the ground scare manager knows that he may have a fight on his hands in the near future.Golf_course_015Internet based disease maps are becoming poplar, but do they really work?

Take a look at the Greencast website - here you are able to see a week long forecast of how turf disease may be a threat over the whole of the United Kingdom.

We would be interested to know if:

1. You as a grass professional would admit to using such a forecasting service rather than using your knowledge or experience.

2. If you do use such a service, how accurate have you found it?

3. Out of the services that might be available on the internet, which ones have you used and what particular service have you found to be the most effective?

The GreenCast internet based disease forecasting service has a free trial period after which you have to pay for the premium service; would you consider it a wise investment or a waste of money?

The screenshot above shows the next six days starting from today (23rd January 2008). The forecast shows the soil temperature, for each day (It is surprising that the air temperature is not included too), together with a list of turf diseases with a corresponding colour code indicating the likely risk.

You will ote from the table that there is a very high risk at the moment of Fusarium attack.

Click on the images to enlarge.

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