|The adult ABW is very small making scouting difficult.|
Treatment for ABW is expensive and timing is critical. Every year at HFCC we treat a greater area of turf for ABW. This includes fairways and tees, along with portions of the rough. Research has shown that ABW prefers turf mowed at fairway and tee heights over the even lower heights of the greens. However, as we have found this weekend, ABW likes green heights also. While we have known this was a possibility, we never had any problems on greens until now. Now that we know our greens are susceptible to ABW, we will add that to our treatment list and to the budget.
|ABW larvae after treatment. Note how small ABW larvae are.|
|Discoloring of the turf caused by ABW. Left untreated the turf will die.|
Fortunately, the damage caused to our greens has been minimal because it was caught early. Treatments will be made throughout the year to keep ABW under control. As for the slight damage caused, a little fertilizer and TLC will get the greens in excellent condition in very short order.