Agronomy
A member of the Saskatchewan Perennial Society has expressed his thoughts in dealing with annual bluegrass in a column published in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix newspaper.
Plant pathologist Dr. Joe Vargas of Michigan State University has been inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame for his achievements in research that have led to better playing conditions on golf courses. He has made many trips to Canada over the years, speaking to assemblies of golf superintendents and making personal visits to golf courses.
By Ryan Beauchamp The largest operational expenditure for a turf manager, outside of labour, of course, is the products applied through a turf sprayer. This includes fertilizers, surfactants and plant protectants.
FOLLOWING two brutally-cold, snow-packed winters in Ontario and other parts of Canada, the winter of 2015-16 was relatively mild by comparison. Nevertheless, golf course superintendents continue to reflect on the winters which preceded this past season and particularly that of 2013-14.
Tall fescue appears to be resistant to chafer beetles, according to a Vancouver Sun story.
GOLF clubs may have been using the same fertility programs for several years—and perhaps they have been working fine—but it’s good sometimes to step back and look at how things have been done and ponder if maybe there is a better way.
PERHAPS the most dangerous expression in the turfgrass industry is, “We’ve always done it this way.” Agronomist John Bladon, a principal with The Chimera Group, speaking at the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium in February at the University of Guelph, said turfgrass professionals need to think hard about the adage and its implications.
By Myron Love For Larry Gilhuly, strong turf maintenance standards are the key to building a solid foundation for all golf courses. Speaking at the annual Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association annual general meeting in November, Gilhuly noted that clear maintenance standards are the best tool that any private golf club could have, yet very few golf clubs have such standards in place.
IRRIGATION is part of the solution to achieving healthy turf, and knowing how to properly manage an irrigation system is a vital part of realizing that end goal, an audience of sports turf managers were told in the fall.
WHEN Chad Mark, superintendent at the Kirtland Country Club in Ohio, was first hired 14 years ago, he inherited a “new” irrigation system which members expected would last for years.
AS much as golf superintendents have endeavored to pay more heed to the environment the past couple of decades. golfers themselves have yet to catch on for the most part.
THE first-year turfgrass management students from the University of Guelph put on yet another bang-up education seminar late in 2015. I’ve been fortunate enough to be among those in attendance at this forum the past number of years, and these students do a fine job in assembling informed and informative speakers from within the turf industry. This past event was no exception. Accounts of a couple of the speakers can be read in this issue.
There are still a number of questions which need to be answered before the Rogers Centre in Toronto can begin to provide a natural playing surface for Major League Baseball competition.
SODDING a sports field, whether it’s a full field renovation or repairing worn areas, requires advanced planning and the commitment to see the job through every step of the process, an audience of sports turf managers were told in September.
ISSUES pertaining to golf green collars and approaches and surface drainage were front and centre in early July at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, whose turf care department played host to a science and technology field day.

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