It is often said that good research raises more questions than it answers. Maybe the same can be said about blog posts? And no, I am not referring to Megan's California Gurls post from last Friday. (Side note: My main motivation for posting today was to bury that thing as quickly as possible. No pun intended.)
In last week's post about Torque for spring dead spot and fairy ring control, I casually mentioned that tebuconazole can injure ultradwarf bermudagrass putting greens. Since then, I've had a lot of questions about Torque and other DMIs and their safety on bermudagrass greens. It's a complex issue, and one that we don't have all of the answers to. Your questions will motivate us to do more research on this next year.
Of course, application rate and time of year influence the amount of injury that is caused by DMIs, with the greatest injury caused by high rates, repeated applications, and high temperatures. You will notice that in the above example, we made 5 applications in a row at high label rates during the heat of the summer. No wonder some of them caused injury!
However, don't make the mistake of thinking that that all of the DMIs are safe on the ultradwarfs in the fall and spring or if you're only making one application. As an example, refer to my post from last fall entitled Effects of DMI Fungicides on Bermudagrass Putting Greens. In this example, we saw pretty significant phytotoxicity from some of the DMIs even after one application when temperatures were relatively mild.
I don't mean to scare everyone away from using the DMIs. We never see issues on bermudagrass fairways or athletic fields, and some of the DMIs are perfectly safe on greens. Just choose your products wisely and don't jump on the newest products right away just because they are new!