Agronomy
The winter of 2013-14 is still being talked about one year later. It was the winter which wreaked havoc on golf courses across southern Ontario whose putting surfaces were grown to poa annua.
How much fertilizer should one apply? “When it comes to fertilizer, there are two questions we need to answer," Dr. Micah Woods, chief scientist at the Asian Turfgrass Center and assistant adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, said in January at the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association’s conference and trade show in Niagara Falls.
The 2014 season was a busy one for Greenhorizons Sod Farms. The Cambridge, Ont.-based company not only responded to the needs of a number of southern Ontario golf courses which were looking for bentgrass to replace their seriously winter-injured poa annual greens, but were working with the Toronto 2015 Pam-Am Games committee to supply and install turf for the Games’ natural turf venues.
LAST season’s harsh winter, which negatively impacted golf courses from Chicago to Detroit to Toronto and beyond, “was a reminder for a lot of courses as to just how painful winter injury is,” said the USGA green section’s Adam Moeller.
The Toronto Blue Jays are determined not to be Major League Baseball's last holdout for playing on artificial turf. Efforts are underway with the University of Guelph to find a way of outfitting the Rogers Centre with natural turf in time for the 2018 season.
RAINWATER management is poised to become a potential entrepreneurial niche market as recent trends are placing a greater need for rainwater harvesting and management in Canada.
“What storage systems are available? How do I size a storage system?”
THE 2013 and 2014 golf seasons dealt a tremendous one-two punch to the Markland Wood Golf Club in Toronto, but on each occasion it got back up, dusted itself off and continued forward.
IT’S been a year now since the winter many golf superintendents in Ontario would rather forget. But with so many golf courses afflicted with the same adversity, it’s still being talked about.
The Toronto Blue Jays' opening day for the 2018 season is meant to begin a new era with natural turf growing inside the roofed stadium. But challenges loom.
Having the right field slope and drainage system in accordance to a sports field’s soil type is essential to maintaining healthy turf and playability, members of Sports Turf Canada were told in September at the association’s annual fall field day at Guelph, Ont.’s Cutten Fields.
One of Canada’s most revered golf courses and a multiple-time host of the Canadian Open has undergone a notable facelift which not only returns its greens to its architect’s original vision, but has addressed some serious agronomic concerns.
By Kevin White Lead Athletic Field Specialist Seattle University With a growing event list and need for higher venue utilization, sports turf managers now face the ever-growing problem of increased turf “wear-and-tear” and the increased demands to have a year-round playable surface.To combat this problem, some teams simply replace sod annually; however, fraise mowing is a popular and viable substitute for field replacement.
The sports turf management and maintenance course from Sports Turf Canada will be presented December 1-4, 2014 in Lakeshore, Ontario at the new Atlas Tube Centre on Renaud Line.The four-day Sports Turf Canada-developed course, which is also available for in-house delivery, will be instructed by Dr. Eric Lyons, associate professor of turfgrass science at the University of Guelph. 
A project to verify information found in the book Athletic Field Construction Manual has produced valuable information pertaining to benchmarking and permitting of municipal sports fields.

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