The leading dedicated turf management advice website for the UK and Ireland, GreenCast, now provides information on wind speed in easy to use miles per hour, instead of metres per second. Greenkeepers and sprayer operators had highlighted traditional assessments and spray records called for details in MPH, rather than the metric equivalent.
GreenCast Project Manager, Karen Roberts, reports wind speed is a crucial factor in identifying opportunities to spray, as well as assessing drying conditions that will influence irrigation and other turf management operations. "It appears MPH is more readily understood and accepted in the UK and Ireland, compared to the metric figures, which we are happy to oblige and provide. GreenCast is widely recognised as an extremely powerful and effective turf management tool, and it continues to improve and provide more detailed information."
She adds the team have also been responding to comments and some great feedback on the GreenCast Mobile site for iPhones, Blackberry and web-enabled smartphones. "In the past week we have added the Weather Radar Information, so users can track weather fronts moving across the country and foresee potential issues, along with the Syngenta Spray Windows Forecast to help plan effective spraying opportunities and programme work schedules."
Ms Roberts says the Syngenta GreenCast team welcome feedback and practical ideas from GreenCast users, to further develop a practical and easy to use service. GreenCast provides a wealth of information to aide proactive disease management and all aspects of creating consistent high quality playing surfaces. The website is free to all greenkeepers, groundsmen, agronomists and turf management students. To register visit www.greencast.co.uk or www.greencast.ie
The new GreenCast Mobile is currently in a pilot development phase, where the feedback from turf managers and agronomists will be important in providing the most relevant and user friendly service available. To take part in the trial turf managers can log on to the website http://m.greencast.co.uk/utilities/send-sms.aspx and enter their mobile phone number to receive an automatic link. Comments on the GreenCast Mobile service can be posted on a dedicated website forum.
For turf specific information visit the web site www.greencast.co.uk or www.greencast.ie