About The Blog & Author
My name is Mark Hunt and I have been involved in the amenity market (golf, football, etc) since 1989, principally working in research and development. My particular areas of interest are in plant disease management (specifically related to turfgrass diseases) in relation to climatic conditions and non-pesticidal control. Since 2010, I have been writing a weekly weather blog which looks at current weather, the 7-10 day outlook and the likely effects on turfgrass management.
There’s no doubt in my mind that weather patterns and the seasons have changed significantly over the last 30 years and in particular through the autumn / winter and early spring. These changes are having a big effect on grass growth, disease growth patterns, pest activity (leatherjackets, chafer grubs and the like). We now see more aggressive disease activity, new diseases coming to the fore and diseases occurring at a time of year when normally we wouldn’t expect to see them. As a keen weather observer and working with Prodata on Davis weather station hardware and software, I try to link weather patterns, agronomic observations and data together. Nowadays having data to support what we are seeing and why is key to communication and understanding.
As an avid fly fisherman and keen naturalist, my blog will often feature my observations on wildlife around Leicestershire and Rutland and sometimes closer to home 😊