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Author(s):Kopec, D. M.; Adams, A.; Bourn, C.; Gilbert, J.; Marcum, K.; Pessarakli, M.
Author Affiliation:Kopec: Extension Specialist, Turf, Plant Sciences, University of Arizona; Adams, Bourn: Undergraduate Student, Turfgrass Management, University of Arizona; Gilbert: Research Specialist, Turf, Plant Sciences, University of Arizona; Marcum: Assistant Professor, Turf, Plant Sciences, University of Arizona; Pessarakli: Research Specialist Senior, Turf, Plant Sciences, University of Arizona
Title:Field performance of selected mowed Distichlis clones, USGA research report #4
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Source:Turfgrass, Landscape and Urban IPM Research Summary [Arizona]. 2001, p. 305-312.
# of Pages:8
Publishing Information:Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Mowing; Distichlis; Clones; Percent living ground cover; Texture; Shoot density; Drought; Dormancy; Drought stress
Abstract/Contents:"Clonal accessions (genotype selections) of Distichlis continue to show divergent responses for turf-type growth habit and general turf-type adaptation under field mowing stress. The treatment (clonal accession) affect was significant for all field response variables from mid July to mid August (data collections for Report #4, except for 'percent plot straw' on October 12[)]. In July 2000, mean percent plot green cover ranged from 47% to 96% among clonal accessions. Turfgrass quality in July was best among the entries A138, A86, A137, A48, A51, and A40. These entries had the greatest perecent plot cover, moderately fine leaf texture, and high shoot density, compared to other entries. In the calendar year 2000, (includes weather conditions in Report #3), the test site was exposed to atmospheric conditions which included a reference ET. of 3.59" (January); 4.42" (February); 6.23" (March); 8.96" (April); 11.32" (May); 9.08" (June); 9.31" (July); 7.53" (August); 7.37" (September); 3.55" (October). The test was subjected to severe drought conditions throughout the test, starting April 2000. Rainfall from January too, and including April was 1.28 inches. There was no rain from May 1 to June 15. Four rains from July 17 to July 30 added 2.94 inches of rainfall, with two thirds of this occurring from one storm on July 29. No irrigation was added from July 1, until September 15. During that time period, 3.26 inches of rain fell in July. In August, 2.47" of rainfall occurred. From June 1 to September 15, the accumulated reference ET. was 29.68 inches. Total rainfall was 5.81" (no irrigation practiced). Most (but not all) Distichlis accessions maintained adequate turf color and percent plot green, up to late August. Visual stress ratings in early August showed differences in visual stress ratings and leaf canopy temperatures measured with a hand held IRT device. Entries A48, A51, A40, A138, A61, and C10 exhibited the least amount of visible drought stress in early August. Accessions that had the highest overall quality ratings in July were A138, A86, A137, A48, A51, and A40. Accessions that exhibited acceptable (highest) turf quality prior to and during the drought period included A138, A40, and A51. Drought induced dormancy finally occurred at the beginning of September, as most accessions drastically decreased the amount of green plot foliage after a prolonged period without irrigation. After flood irrigation and fertilizer applications on September 15 and Septembver 29, plots recovered by mid October. The recovery was not full, as the greatest amount of green percent plot cover ranged from 23% to 83% among entries. Entries with the greatest amount of green cover after the post dormancy period included, A65, A138, A137, A77, and A72. All entries did exhibit reduced quality in comparison to July ratings. Based on these results, Distichlis should be irrigated once/month in a desert condition to avoid drought induced dormancy. During the calendar year 2000, accessions which had notable performance included; Early Spring Green Up: C8, A77, A138, A86; Early Summer Quality (non-water stress in May, and water stressed in June): A55, A86, A51, and A40, A138; Mid Summer Quality: A48, A86, A137, A51, A138; During Drought Quality: A138, A40, A51; Post Dormancy Quality: A65, A138, A137, A77, A72."
See Also:Other items relating to: Disasters - Drought
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Kopec, D. M., A. Adams, C. Bourn, J. Gilbert, K. Marcum, and M. Pessarakli. 2001. Field performance of selected mowed Distichlis clones, USGA research report #4. Turfgrass Landscape Urban IPM Res. Summ. p. 305-312.
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