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WeevilTrak from Syngenta enhanced to help superintendents manage annual bluegrass weevil

  • New university researchers join team
  • Provaunt® WDG insecticide recommendations
    added to Optimum Control Strategy
  • Text alerts, emails and blog posts provide
    timely updates

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, March
4, 2019 –

To better
help golf course superintendents manage annual bluegrass weevil (ABW), Syngenta
has updated its ABW monitoring system, WeevilTrakSM
with new courses, researchers and control recommendations. 

“ABW activity
is spreading to new locations, so we want to ensure WeevilTrak is evolving to
meet the needs of superintendents through more monitoring sites and improved
control products,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta. “Based
on requests we’ve received for additional input in Southern Virginia, we’ve
added several new courses to the program. We’ve also improved the Optimum
Control Strategy with Provaunt® WDG insecticide recommendations.”

This year, Thomas
Kuhar, Ph.D., professor at Virginia Tech, and Olga Kostromytska, Ph.D., assistant
professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, have joined the
WeevilTrak team of researchers. They will monitor ABW activity in their
respective locations and provide monthly updates for the WeevilTrak blog.

Syngenta has added new
courses in Virginia that will serve as ABW research stations, including:

  • The
    Federal Club in Glen Allen, Virginia  
  • Ballyhack
    Golf Club in Roanoke, Virginia  
  • Blacksburg
    Country Club in Blacksburg, Virginia     

Other tools
available for 2019:  

WeevilTrak was voted the most
popular
scouting technique in an ABW study published by Ben
McGraw and Albrecht Koppenhöfer1
in 2017, preceding plant
phenology. Additional results from a 2018 survey of WeevilTrak users2
showed:

  • 98 percent strongly agree/agree they
    value receiving WeevilTrak email alerts
  • 95 percent strongly agree/agree they
    time their first-generation ABW applications to WeevilTrak recommendations

Since its launch 10 years ago, the WeevilTrak
program has been continuously updated to provide new resources and help
superintendents stay on top of the latest trends.

“ABW has historically been the most
troublesome insect for golf course superintendents in the Northeast, and, in
recent years, it has continued to move to other regions,” said Steve McDonald, owner,
Turfgrass Disease Solutions, and managing consultant for the WeevilTrak
research team. “To help superintendents combat this pest, WeevilTrak continues
to provide the tools they need to stay informed on ABW activity and the control
options needed to prevent damage throughout the season.”

Valuable
information through WeevilTrak is only available for subscribers. Register now and sign up for text alerts
by visiting WeevilTrak.com.
Join WeevilTrak and ABW tracking conversations on Twitter using #WeevilTrak.

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