Agronomy
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.
TAKE-ALL patch, dollar spot, anthracnose and the need for adequate air movement on putting greens were but a few of the topics discussed in July during Plant Science’s annual “Turf Academy” series at five Ontario golf courses.
There is life after death, at least when it comes to golf greens. After taking a tremendous hit following last winter's wrath, the greens at the London Hunt Club rebounded to spectacular glory in time for the recent LPGA Canadian Pacific Women's Open. 
By David McPherson So long poa, hello bentgrass. That’s the refrain Donalda Golf Club members—a private course in Don Mills, Ont.—are singing this summer. Thanks to a major overhaul of all its greens, the club hopes its new and improved putting surfaces will survive winter better, revive faster in the spring, and be more resistant to anthracnose, offering more consistency throughout Southern Ontario’s hot and humid summers. 
Up until about 12 years ago, little was known about the control of anthracnose on golf course turf. Since 2002, extensive research on the disease has been conducted at Rutgers University in New Jersey as well as at 11 other institutions, including the University of Guelph.
Most regions across Canada experienced their worst winter season in 40 years, and the extreme cold took its toll on many golf courses.
It’s May 1 as I write this, and several golf courses in southern Ontario (and likely elsewhere in Canada) have yet to open for the season. Chalk it up to the winter which, according to most reports, was the worst we’ve experienced in 40 years.
Efforts to improve winter hardiness on golf turf species will be vamped up through research at the University of Guelph, following one of the worst winters experienced in Canada in recent years. FULL STORY

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