BAYER STANDS BEHIND IT’S CHIPCO CHOICE

Bayer's Topchoice product
I have to say that I love when people and companies keep their word. This spring, I contracted to have over 30 acres of turf treated with Bayer’s Chipco Choice for control of mole crickets. Chipco Choice’s active ingredient is fipronil which is very safe and effective at ultra-low doses. The product was sliced into the turf with perfection and carries a six month guarantee. We hit the tee tops, collars and all of the fairways.Mole cricket damage on 419 Bermudagrass

The application provided 98% control and I recently noticed small areas of cricket break through on a few fairways. I picked up my phone, took a picture of the damage, sent it to my vendor and within less than a week, I had Top Choice at my door step to treat the areas. Great job Bayer, and way to stand behind your products.

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EFFECTIVE MOLE CRICKET CONTROL

mole cricket by eric von hofen
It’s amazing just how much damage this little guy can do to your perfect conditioned golf course. When you get a few thousand of them flying around your course at night looking for a mate and something to eat, the damage can be extensive. They love the warmer temps and are most active during a full moon. Areas taken over by mole crickets can look like someone went crazy with a 9 iron. See the picture below.
mole cricket damage in 419 bermudagrass by eric von hofen
During the months of March and April the mole crickets first become active in the bunkers. The crickets work their way into the greens and tees then to the fairways and roughs. Damage to bermudagrass can be so extensive that areas will have to be sodded if you don’t get things under control quick.
Mole cricket control
Chipco Choice provides one year of control for mole crickets in the areas that have been treated. At $300 an acre it’s a deal. Sod and your time responding to a full box of complaints is not worth it.
Choice applicator for controlling mole crickets
The application machine is attached to a small tractor which is driven over the areas you want treated. A small slit is produced in the turf where the Choice dropped into. You can treat 5 acres an hour with a good operator. A rate of 25 lbs per acre is required in order to get the full year of protection. If you have a mole cricket problem, Chipco Choice is the only way to go.

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Why Are The Fairways So Good This Year?

Eric von Hofen
Sometimes you have to go through hell to get to heaven. Same is true when preparing bermudagrass fairways for the winter golf season. Every summer we schedule a heavy verticutting on the fairways which removes five semi truck loads of thatch. This thatch accumulates all year long and if not removed it shuts down the drainage to almost zero. In a area of the country that receives almost 70 inches of rain a year this process is key to having good fairways. While the fairways are ripped up from the verticutting we take it a step further and run the spiker over them. This helps reduce compaction and gets oxygen to the root system. The next step is to circle mow the fairways, taking the rest of the grain out of them.  The height of cut is lowered to .375  for this part of the process.  We then double vacuum the fairways and get ready for the fertilizer/Ronstar application.  The following day we treat the fairways with TopChoice for mole crickets. The fairways take about a month to recover from all of this work.  This is a small price to pay to have perfection for seven months out of the year.  Please watch the video below showing how we verticut fairways.

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