The theme of the forum is “The Leading Edge of Information.”
Sessions offered include:
Wednesday, Feb. 20
General sessions will run from 8:45-9:45 a.m., including an update from the Guelph Turfgrass Institute by its communications and outreach coordinator, Cam Shaw.
- CGSA/OTRF update
- 2018: The summer that just wouldn’t end: David Oatis, United States Golf Association
- Diagnostic clinic review 2018: Dr. Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph
- GPS turf management technology – the real benefits: Marcus Thigpen, Turf Geeks
- Adapting to the new economy – finding new ways to do more with less: David Oatis, United States Golf Association
- PLCAO update
- Soil testing and interpretation: David Smith, DCS & Associates
- Lawn conversion – best management practices for overseeding: Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph
- Nematodes – strategies for success: Dr. Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph
- Building client trust in a changing business world: Peter Barrow, Petrona Associates
- Sports Turf Canada/Ontario Recreation Facilities Association update
- Sports turf manager of the year: Sports Turf Canada
- Managing your premises – risks and liabilities: Len Bennett, Frank Cowan Company
- Turf infrastructure and lifecycle planning: Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph
Thursday, Feb. 21
General sessions starting at 8:45 a.m. include a diploma in turfgrass management update by Steve Fleischauer, director, associate diploma in turfgrass management, University of Guelph; and a breeding research and seed cultivar update by Dr. William Meyer, director of turfgrass breeding, Rutgers University.
- Plant growth regulators’ effect on survival of putting greens during thawing events in late winter: Corey Flude and Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph
- Dollar spot fungus on the move – changes in name and fungicide resistance: Dr. Tom Hsiang and Moez Valliani, University of Guelph
- Using chemistry properly – a discussion of best management practices to ensure the proper use and activity of the chosen product: Rick Fletcher, NuFarm America Inc.
- Ministry of the Environment site check: Suzanne Durst, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
- Understanding the nitrogen cycle:Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph
- Maintenance day panel: Sports Turf Canada
- Ball diamond field lip management: Sports Turf Canada
- Development of natural turf horse racing surfaces: Sean Gault, Woodbine Entertainment Group; and David C. Smith, DCS & Associates
- Sod soil case studies: Anne Verhallen, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
- Recommended cultivars for sod growers: Dr. William Meyer, Rutgers University
- Compaction – causes and considerations: Alex Barrie, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
For more information or to register, visit https://opened.uoguelph.ca/Ontario-Turfgrass-Symposium.