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About Jim Kerns, Ph.D.

Posts by Jim Kerns, Ph.D.

Moving fungicides down in soil Posted on 20 Feb 2020 in the Featured & Research categories.

Fungicides are the most common means of crown- and root-disease suppression, so optimizing the product is economical and beneficial to turfgrass health. Read more»

Help your fungicide with post-application irrigation Posted on 23 Dec 2019 in the Featured & Research categories.

All turfgrass species can be devastated by crown- and root-infecting pathogens. Diseases such as summer patch (Magnaporthiopsis poae), spring dead spot (Ophiosphaerella spp.) and Pythium root rot (Pythium spp.) can Read more»

Predicting dollar spot just got easier Posted on 12 Apr 2018 in the Research categories.

As spring approaches, some especially devastating diseases once again rear their ugly heads. Argued to be the costliest disease of turfgrass worldwide, dollar spot will be on a lot of Read more»

Demystifying Pythium diseases of golf course turfgrasses Posted on 26 Feb 2018 in the Featured & Research categories.

Pythium diseases are exceptionally important in turfgrass management. Yet, these diseases are oversimplified in how they are presented in the literature and commonly confused with one another. For example, in Read more»

Getting to know the nematode Posted on 14 Apr 2017 in the Featured & Research categories.

Turfgrasses on many golf courses are under constant disease pressure, especially from nematode feeding damage. Sting nematode (Belonolaimus longicaudatus) is one of the most damaging turf pathogens. Root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne Read more»

Dollar spot control with Fame and Fame+T fungicides Posted on 16 Sep 2015 in the Blog categories.

During summer 2015, we conducted a trial at the Lake Wheeler Turfgrass Research Farm in Raleigh, N.C. The study took place on a native soil (clay loam) ’Crenshaw’ creeping bentgrass Read more»