Walker Manufacturing Ltd. has laid off 10 per cent of its work force as a means of dealing with the troubled economy. Based in Fort Collins, Colo., the company manufactures commercial mowers for the landscape contracting market. It marks the first company layoff since the 1980s. In addition, Walker is shutting down its plant for three weeks this month in addition to its traditional three-week shutdown in the summer. The layoff has shrunk Walker's work force to 148.
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SEVERAL Canadian dealers of Jacobsen turf equipment were honoured in February at the Golf Industry Show in New Orleans. Jason D’Andrea of G.C. Duke Equipment Ltd. in Burlington, Ont. captured one of seven “Pacesetter Awards” for 2008. Jacobsen’s “Customer Care Dealer of the Year Award” for 2008 was won by O.J. Company Ltd. of Sherrington, Que. “TFC Awards” among Canadian dealers in 2008 went to: • Eastern Turf Products Ltd., Dartmouth, N.S. (platinum) • Rollins Machinery, Langley, B.C. (gold) • O.J. Company, Sherrington, Que. (silver) • Clark Supply, Strathmore, Alta. (silver) • G.C. Duke Equipment, Burlington, Ont. (bronze)
The Kent Essex Golf Superintendents Association held its annual Spring Educational Seminar on Feb. 17, which was hosted by Dave Cours at the Ambassador Golf Club. KEGS was pleased to have the sponsorship of Syngenta Crop Protection for the event.
BY introducing its “Green for Life” program, Landscape Ontario has re-established the connection of how green gardens really are. “Our members grow, plan and nurture true green,” said Tony DiGiovanni, executive director of Landscape Ontario. “We felt this was a good time to talk with consumers about the real benefits of spending more time outside. From the growers with nurseries that grow our landscape plants to the garden centres, the designers and the landscape service providers, we help green the province.” From cooling our cities to removing pollution and improving our quality of life, green spaces with trees and other landscape plants make a difference, Landscape Ontario says. Shade trees reduce the need for air conditioning and plants help cool their air temperatures through evaporative cooling. With more than 2,000 members, Landscape Ontario is Canada’s premier horticultural trades association. Its mission is to raise awareness for the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of gardens and green space. Outreach for Landscape Ontario’s Green for Life program will include a new consumer website set to launch this spring. It will showcase hundreds of award-winning member designs to help inspire consumers to better use their outdoor living spaces. The program also includes outreach to consumers with signs for landscape contractors’ trucks, store signs and banners for garden centres, and public relations activities. “Green for Life will inspire with hundreds of award-winning images of landscape and nursery professionals,” said Denis Flanagan, Landscape Ontario’s public relations manager. “Our province is blessed with some of the best designers in the world. When you see the magic designers create in an outdoor living space, you begin to understand our excitement regarding the consumer outreach program. Connecting the public to the outdoors is what we do best.”
GRASSHOPPER PTO-driven snowthrowers deliver "no-clog" performance, even in deep or heavy, wet snows. A discharge spout controlled from the operator's seat rotates a full 180 degrees to propel snow up to 30 feet away. Available for Grasshopper zero-turn FrontMountTM power units in 48- and 60-inch models, snowthrowers feature heavy-gauge welded steel construction, a high-speed 12-inch-diameter auger and a heavy-duty replaceable scraper blade for reliability season after season. The exclusive Grasshopper QuikConverterTM implement system lets you remove the mowing deck and add a snowthrower in minutes without tools. An optional winter enclosure and 16,000 BTU/hr heater protect operators from the elements for enhanced comfort and efficiency. Available in Ontario from DFK Equipment Sales Inc. in St. Marys. Reader Action Number 900
The 15th annual Golf Course Hockey challenge took to the ice Jan. 13 and 14 in Fort Erie, Ont. with 12 teams representing both Canada and the United States in competition for the coveted "Reel Cup."
ORGANIZERS of the 2009 Landscape Congress conference and trade show are citing another successful year for Canada's largest lawn and garden trade show. "Each year, attendees and exhibitors come together to preview the latest trends, newest tools and innovations in the industry," said show manager Paul Day. "This year was no exception. The show floor was a hub of activity with deals taking place throughout the aisles." The three-day event, attended by professionals from the horticulture, lawn and garden, and landscape industries, featured more than 600 exhibitors and hundreds of new products on display, as well as a variety of workshops and networking opportunities. Feedback from those in attendance was positive, with high marks going to Congress' many new and green products as well as its speaker lineup. Its Green Forum, held for the first time at the show, proved to be an ideal place for the exchange of information, including best practices on sustainable green initiatives. "The Congress show is phenomenal for its consistent attendance numbers year over year," said Mike Riehm, president of Envirobond Products Corporation, winner of this year's "best in show" booth award. "This is the show to be at in Canada." Congress is sponsored by Landscape Ontario. "Congress 2009 was a great place to discover hundreds of new products, get the latest ideas for design and construction, attend numerous workshops and network with experts and professionals from all different sectors of the business," Day said.
FIVE days of education seminars have been earmarked for the 2009 Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show, March 7-11 in Halifax, N.S. The event, sponsored by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, includes two days of pre-conference seminars and a trade show scheduled for the final two days of the conference. Keynote speaker for the conference is golf historian David Joy of St. Andrews, Scotland, who will speak on Monday, March 9. He has become well known in recent years for his portrayal of Old Tom Morris in a one-man show aimed at preserving St. Andrews and its traditions. Joy is also a playwright and author. Speaker highlights Monday, March 9 • "Organic program at Vineyard Golf Course," presented by Jeff Carlson, superintendent at the Vineyard Golf Club on the Island of Martha's Vineyard. The golf course is one of the first organically-conceived, constructed and maintained golf courses in the United States. • "Foliar nutrition:â€ˆa splash on the grass," presented by Roch Gaussoin, professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Session will aid in better understanding foliar nutrition. • "Winter kill: causes, prevention and recovery," presented by Kevin Frank, extension turfgrass specialist at Michigan State University. A discussion of the causes of winter kill and preventative strategies. • "Determining golfer exposure and hazard to pesticides," presented by John Marshall Clark, professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. An examination of the exposure risks associated with turfgrass pesticides. • "The value of the superintendent and how best to promote yourself," presented by Matt Shaffer, member of the USGA green section committee. How to educate employers about the difficulty and diversity of the golf superintendent profession. • "Cultivation of golf turf," presented by James Murphy, turfgrass extension specialist at Rutgers University. A look at the factors involved in the proper management of golf turf. • "Course renovations from a superintendent's perspective," presented by Mike Rossi, superintendent at Humber Valley Resort's River Course. The process, techniques and challenges associated with renovation projects from a superintendent's point of view. • "Biological control of European crane fly and black cutworm," presented by Louis Simard, supervisor of research projects in turfgrass entomology and nematology at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Practical information on alternative control of these pests. • "An environmental approach to golf course design," presented by Ian Andrew, golf course architect responsible for the restoration of many of Canada's top golf courses. How architecture can assume a leading role in reducing golf's impact. • "The process of identifying and treating turf diseases," presented by Dr. Tom Hsiang, associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Guelph. Tips and techniques to better identify common turf diseases. Tuesday, March 10 • "Soil consistency and turf health," presented by David Doherty, president and founder of the International Sports Turf Research Center Inc. How soil makeup affects the health of turf on the golf course. • "Wear and soil compaction management," presented by Dr. Robert Carrow, professor of crop and soil sciences at the University of Georgia. Factors contributing to wear and soil compaction stresses. • "Assessing soil firmness and the effects of soil moisture," presented by Matthew Pringle, senior research engineer with the USGA's technical department. The effect of soil moisture on soil firmness and soil firmness' effect on course playability and turf health. Wednesday, March 11 • "Environmental management systems and their value," presented by Terry Muir, certified environmental auditor and member of the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association. The movement among Australian superintendents from environmental laggards to environmental leaders through environmental management systems. • "Principles and strategies of poa management," presented by Mike Agnew, developer of turfgrass fungicides and special projects with Syngenta. Cultural practices and plant protection products to help maintain the health of annual bluegrass. • "The impacts of spray tip technology on application effectiveness," presented by Ralph Walker, founder of Appli-Tech Canada. A look at the advances in spray nozzle design to help concerns related to buffer zones, wetlands and wildlife habitats. • "Improving water conservation: new concepts, technologies and products," presented by Dr. Robert Carrow of the University of Georgia. How to achieve water-use efficiency and conservation. • "Preparing for the U.S. Open," presented by Mark Woodward, chief executive of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. A reflection of the challenges associated with hosting the 2008 U.S. Open. • "Vision to reality: the building of Black Bear Ridge Golf Course," presented by Bill Fach, superintendent at Black Bear Ridge Golf Course. The planning, construction, grow-in, problems and successes of growing in the course. • "Minimizing turf inputs," presented by Cale Bigelow, associate professor of agronomy at Perdue University in Indiana. How to maximize efficiency, from proper species and cultivar selection to mowing, irrigation and fertilization practices. • "Bunker renovations," presented by Robert Randquist, director of golf course and grounds at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla. A look at bunker architecture, drainage design and installation, and liner installation. Pre-conference seminars Topics that will be covered during the two-day pre-conference sessions March 7-8 include: • integrating accounting, budgeting and finance for turfgrass professionals • water use symposium • turfgrass traffic stress: physiology and management • turfgrass soil fertility and nutrition:â€ˆassessment and management • physical properties of soils • how to prepare, manage and recover from winter kill injury, and cool season turfgrass nutrition, fertilizers and programming • practical IPMâ€ˆconcepts and resources • employee motivation, evaluation and incentives More information For more information about the conference and trade show, visit www.golfsupers.com .
Syngenta's Gregg Allan, left, accepts an award for vendor of the year from Allturf's Rocco DiPasquale. The Sheppard family built their business on relationships and friendships, so it was appropriate that they would recently gather with friends to recognize the 30th anniversary of their business, Allturf Ltd. Thirty years ago, Paul Sheppard set out in a small van loaded with bedknives and Killex, looking for business. Building relationships through honesty, hard work, and sound technical advice, Allturf flourished into an industry leader. Thirty years later, the next generation of Sheppards run a much larger company, and do so with the same values taught by their father. Birthdays and anniversaries are milestones to be celebrated with friends and family. A chandelier laden ballroom in Niagara Falls was the site of the anniversary celebration. More than 200 customers, vendors, staff, and spouses joined in the food, drink, and conversation. Finalists from a fall booking program competed in a putting contest on a 200-square-foot putting green. After settling a four-way tie, Andrew Hardy from Pheasant Run Golf Club was presented with a trip for two to London, England. General manager Rocco DiPasquale presented Engage Agro with an award, recognizing them as marketing team of the year. Ray Chyc and Kevin Falls accepted the award with some kind words at the podium. Syngenta was then presented with an award for the vendor of the year. President Gregg Allan accepted the award, thanking Allturf for its commitment to excellence in the industry, and praised the professional relationship between the two companies. The evening continued with drinks and laughter leading up to the final draw. All customer names were placed in a barrel and a steady hand pulled out the ticket belonging to Ed Doda from Barrie Country Club. Ed won a trip for two to the Caribbean. While technical seminars and sales presentations are important activities, strengthening relationships between vendors, customers and staff is considered priceless. The Allturf 30th anniversary celebration allowed all participants to interact, introduce their spouses and enjoy the activities Niagara Falls has to offer. The evening, draws and fun would not have been possible without the generous support of such vendors as Aquatrols, Bayer, Engage Agro, Enviro-Sol, Graham Seed, Par Aide and Standard Golf, Syngenta and UAP. Special thanks went to Brett and Heather from Southwest Greens for building the putting green. The company expressed gratitude to its customers today, and over the last 30 years for helping Allturf become an industry leader in professional turf maintenance products. In January, Allturf presented a business-oriented seminar with Don Barkley from the Ivy School of Business. It brought superintendents and general managers together to find more profitable ways to operate their golf courses.
Are we sceptical? You bet. The purpose of this short article is to focus on the maintenance and safety issues that are influenced by the policies encouraged by the environmental movement. As always, we provide this information from an independent perspective. We ask the following question. With existing and looming bans, what are the so-called green alternatives to cosmetic weed control products? First of all, let's ask a basic question. What is a weed control product? A weed control product, more precisely referred to as a herbicide, is a chemical used to control, suppress, or inhibit plants that have been deemed as undesirable weeds in turf. What is a cosmetic weed control product? Politicians and environmentalists would say that it is any herbicide used to merely improve the appearance of turf. Are weeds controlled purely for aesthetic purposes? Not really. What are the true effects of weeds in turf? Weeds actually interfere with the ability of turf to grow properly by competing for carbon dioxide, nutrients, sunlight, and water. Weeds can choke out turf. Herbicides are not to be classified as merely cosmetic, or not. Herbicides are classified as either selective or non-selective. Selective herbicides, such as 2,4-D, will destroy broad-leaved weeds, such as dandelions, with little or no injury to desirable turfgrasses. Conversely, non-selective herbicides will destroy weeds, as well as all surrounding vegetation to which they are applied. Two examples of non-selective herbicides are acetic acid and herbicidal soap. These so-called green alternatives are recommended by the environmental movement. They are highly destructive because they are non-selective. In other words, conventional and safe weed control products like 2,4-D may be replaced by green products that are harmful to turf. The green alternatives may not provide much of an improvement. In fact, their use may be a technical step backward. Herbicides are also classified as either pre-emergent or post-emergent. Post-emergent herbicides, such as 2,4-D, are highly effective in controlling weeds after they have emerged and developed. Conversely, pre-emergent herbicides, such as corn gluten meal, must be applied to create a chemical soil barrier before certain weeds emerge. They are soil-active products that prevent the germination of seeds or the early growth of seedlings. The environmental movement has falsely given the public the impression that pre-emergent green alternative products like corn gluten meal are just as effective as 2,4-D. In fact, there are absolutely no valid replacements for herbicides like 2,4-D. Finally, herbicides are classified as either foliar contact or systemic. Contact herbicides may be non-selective, as well as fast-acting. They may provide a quick burn of the foliage. However, contact herbicides may only suppress perennial weeds, which are able to re-grow from unaffected underground roots and stems. Consequently, weed control applications will need to be repeated often during the growing season. Several of the green alternatives are contact and non-selective, such as acetic acid and herbicidal soap. By contrast, systemic herbicides, such as 2,4-D, are highly effective since they destroy weeds by being translocated throughout the plant. They are more capable of controlling perennial plants. They may be slower-acting, but, ultimately, they are much more effective than contact herbicides. There are no valid replacements for systemic herbicides like 2,4-D.
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