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By John Reitman

NC State's pest-control guide is updated for '24

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Thanks to the turf team at North Carolina State University, managing turf just got a little easier.

The NC State Turf Extension staff recently made available the 2024 edition of Pest Control for Professional Turfgrass Managers.

The ever-growing, 90-page guide includes a wide variety of information on insect, disease and weed control options in cool- and warm-season turfgrasses. The guide can be accessed online for free, and hard copies are available for $10 each. There is a 25 percent discount for orders of five or more.

Contributions from Terri Billeisen; Rick Brandenburg; Lee Butler; Travis Gannon; Kurt Getsinger; Jim Kerns; Grady Miller; Fred Yelverton; Robert Richardson include chapters on the following topics:

  • Commercial Turf Insect Control
  • Chemical Weed Control in Lawns and Turf
  • Herbicide Modes of Action for Hay Crops, Pastures, Lawns and Turf
  • Tolerance of Established Cool-Season Turfgrasses to Preemergence Herbicides for Control of Annual Weedy Grasses
  • Tolerance of Established Warm-Season Turfgrasses to Preemergence Herbicides for Control of Annual Weedy Grasses
  • Tolerance of Turfgrasses to Postemergence Herbicides for Broadleaf Weed Control
  • Tolerance of Turfgrasses to Postemergence Herbicides for Control of Grass or Broadleaf Weeds
  • Susceptibility of Broadleaf Weeds to Postemergence Turf Herbicides
  • Trade Names for Selected Postemergence Broadleaf Herbicides
  • Annual Grassy Weed Control Ratings for Turf Herbicides
  • Turfgrass Disease Control
  • Nematicides for Turf
  • Growth Regulators for Turfgrasses
  • Aquatic Weed Control
  • Integrated Pest Management: The Sensible Approach to Turf Care

Each pest management section includes a glossary of currently available insecticides, herbicides (including a section on aquatic weed control), fungicides and nematicides grouped by pest, then cross-referenced by active ingredient. Each section also includes trade names of each chemistry, label rates and recommendations for the various formulations of each and relevant special instructions.

The herbicides and weed-control chapter also includes a chart on susceptibility of each weed to specific pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides. The chapter dedicated to plant growth regulators is grouped by warm-season and cool-season turfgrasses, active ingredient and trade name, along with application rates and precautionary remarks.

The guide also includes a directory, along with contact information, for NCSU's entire turf team.

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