ANNUAL SFGCSA FIELD DAY WAS A SUCCESS


On March 24, 2011, turf managers from around the state of Florida invaded the grounds of the University of Florida’s research and education center in Fort Lauderdale. The 24th annual event was well attended and co-sponsored by Harrells, Hector Turf and Showturf. Things got kicked off at 8:30 AM with field tours with nine different stations. Dr. John Cisar headed up the plots showing his work on preventative disease control programs and reducing irrigation through scheduling programs.

Dr. Phil Busey gave us insight on the future of weed control. One of my favorite topics, soil amendments, was covered by Dr. George Snyder. He walked us through his work with polymer coated sand and porous ceramic amendments. Amazing test results and he is really on to something here.

Dr. Robin Giblin-Davis went into the results on how bio-controls are working on controlling nematodes. Again, amazing results in these trials and something we should all keep our eyes on. Reducing irrigation requirements while improving turf quality on fairway turfgrass was a hot station. Many areas in South Florida will be affected by a 15% water reduction starting March 26, so everyone was listening for sure.

After lunch, attendees saw the latest in equipment innovations and side by side demos. Toro, John Deere and Jacobsen were there in full force. These companies brought tons of equipment and had it located around the test plots and lunch area. Thanks guys for the efforts.

The class rooms were busy also with presentations from BASF’s Dr. Kathie Kalmowitz and Bayer Environmental Science’s Jeff Michel. They covered new products and results from two years of testing on some of their leading products. Hope to see everyone again next year.

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