New Herbicide Being Tested at Vineyards

Jim Schleutker, Vineyards own Agronomist is trying new solutions to getting rid of any brown grass on our golf courses. There is a very aggressive weed known as “tropical signal grass” that is an unfortunate problem for all golf courses in Southwest Florida. This weed gives parts of the grass a “yellowish” tone.

The newest treatment for this type of week is called Manuscript Herbicide. Manuscript® herbicide has been granted a FIFRA Section 24(c) Special Local Needs label in Florida for golf course fairways, tees, roughs and on sod farms. Manuscript contains the active ingredient pinoxaden, a new class of chemistry for the turf industry, for post-emergence control of grassy weeds including tropical signalgrass, bull/thin leaf paspalum and more in certain warm-season turf species. It thrives in the heat of the summer when desired turfgrass is actively growing, allowing for rapid fill-in.

​​​​​​​“Syngenta is excited to bring new technology to superintendents and sod growers in Florida for managing tough-to-control tropical signalgrass,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta. “Not only will Manuscript help with these long-standing weed challenges, but in doing so its effectiveness can also help reduce labor for hand-weeding and allow the desirable turf to quickly recover during the summer.”

If you have any questions you can ask Jim. We are very lucky to have such a passionate professional handling our golf course’s health. This weekend Vineyards is proud to be a hosting qualifier for Drive, Chip & Putt which is a joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, Drive, Chip and Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.