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Registration is now being accepted for participation in the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation's annual fundraising golf tournament, to be played on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Greystone Golf Club in Milton. For further details, visit http://www.otrf.ca.
Some good news for the golf industry: according to the National Golf Foundation, rounds played in the United States in February were up almost 20 per cent from the same time period from a year ago. Trends in Canada often mirror those of the United States. FULL STORY
The closed buildings at the site of Welland, Ont.'s formerly operating John Deere plant are slated to be razed. FULL STORY
Landscapers now have a convenient tool to help them calculate the amount of landscape mulch needed for completing a specific job. The app also includes a feature that allows users to preview different coloured mulch selections to determine how each would work with the façade and color of the residence.
Bayer Environmental Science (Bayer ES) presented a brand new iPad to Andre Hebert, assistant superintendent at the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Quebec, after he won a draw for the device during the recent Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, co-sponsored by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and the Western Canada Turfgrass Association.
Thiophanate methyl, the active ingredient in Senator 70WP WSB fungicide, has been re-evaluated by the PMRA.  The PMRA has proposed key changes that, if adopted, will drastically impact the flexible use of Senator 70WP WSB fungicide. Superintendents have an opportunity to help maintain their members' current use patterns of this product by writing letters of support to the PMRA which has published a proposed decision on its re-evaluation in report number PRVD2011-07. The PMRA is looking for public input on its decision as well as proposed changes to the product labels. Engage Agro is requesting superintendents to review Engage's summary of the PMRA’s decision below and provide comment back to the agency no later than April 1, 2011.
This issue marks a bit of a departure of sorts from the norm with the inclusion of a “human” type story. Although most of what is included in our March issue offers the reader a taste of science, know-how and the latest in industry news, we also feature a cautionary story to help those employed in the industry strike a healthy balance between their professional and home lives.
This is how I accidentally went to a nude beach on my vacation and, in the process, became the best dad ever. No, really. It was an accident.
Rittenhouse has announced it will offer many aftermarket lawnmower and outdoor power equipment replacement parts from Stens. Rittenhouse, based in St. Catharines, Ont., began in 1914 as a manufacturer of spraying equipment for the agricultural industry in the Niagara region of southern Ontario. Stens, an Ariens company, is headquartered in Jasper, Ind., and has been producing a parts catalogue since 1970. Stens supplies aftermarket parts to the green industry, outdoor power equipment and golf markets worldwide.
Strong sales of farm and construction machinery helped Deere & Co.'s first fiscal quarter of 2011 realize a healthy profit margin.
In December, the golf industry lost one of its best-known ambassadors when Gordon Witteveen died after a long battle with leukemia. The former long-time superintendent at Toronto’s Board of Trade Country Club was said to be perhaps the first “celebrity” golf superintendent in Canada.
Adolescence is a terrible thing. Not for me, of course. As a teenager, I was a lovely and wonderful young man of impeccable manners and demeanour. A positive delight to be around. No shoulder-length hair and a copy of Mao’s Little Red Book in the hip pocket of my ratty and patched jeans. No chip on my shoulder the size and shape of a redwood.
A team of volunteers from the Canadian landscaping industry returned to the Dominican Republic in January for a third consecutive year to spearhead a number of humanitarian projects.
The Selectus brand line of seed products, created to provide new and innovative seed solutions for turf professionals and general agriculture, has been introduced by Plant Products Co. Ltd.
William (Buck) Uffelman, former president of Ontario Seed Company in Waterloo, died Sunday, Feb. 13 at the age of 85.

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