Winter Scouting Report Record Setting Winter: All time coldest winter in Chicagoland history, Freeze injury, how to better your chances against winter kill.
April 4, 2014 Starting to Come Out of Winter: evaluating damage from the winter, cold temps starting the month
April 13, 2014 It’s Official the Coldest Winter on Record Since 1903-1904: More "smell of death" reported across the area, also snow mold activity.
April 20, 2014 Irregular Weather Patterns Slowing Turf Recovery: Yellow Patch, and research projects starting up.
April 27, 2014 Fighting the Weather and the Temperatures: Visiting courses in southern Illinois, research up date.
May 4, 2014 6th Consecutive Month Below Average Temperatures: Dark and dreary conditions continue, Soil temperatures still not warm enough for bentgrass
May 11, 2014 Temperatures Warm up this Week: Large rainfall event during the week, Soil temperatures climbing as well.
May 18, 2014 Snow in May: Snowfall across the area followed by frost delays for weekend golf in May.
May 25, 2014 Tropical Like Rainfall Events: Golf ball sized hail, Leaf spot and dollar spot making an appearance.
June 1, 2014 Great Week for Growing Turf: Turf begins to take off with warm temps and moisture levels holding from last week, Anthracnose reports.
June 8, 2014 Cooler temperatures arrive and a look back on the month of May.
June 15, 2014 Brown is the new green, US open discussion and Ron’s Research
June 22, 2014 Large Rainfall events and higher temperature. Dollar Spot reports yet inconsistent.
June 29, 2014 Storms bring flooding and damage to area course. Disease breaking through fungicide applications, dollar spot, pythium, brown patch all reported.
July 6, 2014 Cooler than normal June despite the hot humid weather to finish the month.
July 13, 2014 Beautiful week and much need dip in temperatures and humidity. Bluegrass billbug sighting and seedcorn beetle.
July 20, 2014 Another heavy rainfall event takes place this week, temperatures take another dip and insect management strategies.
July 27, 2014 Ed visits courses in southern Illinois, insects sightings become more diverse and Ron’s Research on wetting agents.
August 3, 2014 Poa continues to suffer across the state, and anthracnose is running rampant.
August 10, 2014 Renovations starting up across Chicago land, temperatures still unseasonably cool.
August 17, 2014 After a cool week, forecast projects for warmer temperatures next week. Dollar spot hanging around and Field day announcements.
August 24, 2014 Summer temperatures arrive two months late and large rainfall events ranging from 3-5".
August 31, 2014 Many issues pose a problem for golf courses including pythium, dollar spot, brown patch, and fall armyworm.
September 7, 2014 Fall is here and aeration has begun. Animal digging has begun on courses and expected to continue.
September 14, 2014 Field day has come and past with cooler temps returning to the area.
September 22, 2014 Winter is coming - First frost of the season and dry conditions provide great fall golf.
September 28, 2014 Great week for growing turf, blue skies and excellent temperatures.
October 5, 2014 Temperatures plunge while turf pathogens became active this past week.
October 19, 2014 2.5" of rain this week pest problems diminishing.
October 26, 2014 A look back on the summer that was 2014, temperatures continue to be cooler and Microdochium active in north Chicagoland
November 2, 2014 Warmer weekend to end a cooler week allowing aerated turf to recovery, and more information about greens covers.
November 9, 2014 Snow begins to fly and many courses experienced their first hard frost.
November 14, 2014 The Chicago District Golf Association turns 100, upcoming conferences and snowmold trials
November 23, 2014 Deep freeze takes Chicagoland by surprise, reports of frost 4-6" deep
November 29, 2014 Snow cover reported across much of northern and parts of central Illinois, turf has not completely hardened off and could be an issue.
December 5, 2014 Final issue of 2014. Turf hardened off over the thanksgiving break a bit of damage to turf caused by carts and foot traffic and Microdochium active