Down on the Farm with Brian
Monday, July 7, 2008
by Brian Thompson
The "Experience at FarmLinks" continues to captivate Superintendents from across the country!
Two of the most frequent reasons golf course superintendents come to Alabama to experience FarmLinks are to learn new and innovative turf maintenance techniques and share ideas among industry professionals.
Superintendents realize the true value in bringing cutting-edge technology and turf maintenance programs back to their facilities after visiting FarmLinks. The last few weeks have seen an assortment of golf course superintendents from Texas to North Carolina and everywhere in between! I think that fairy ring is the most common disease superintendents are currently facing on greens; however, pythium volutum is the issue that brings about the most concern with a majority of turf outbreaks concentrated in the Carolinas.
Golf course supers report successful Pythium Volutum and Take-all Patch disease control using Insignia fungicide
Golf course superintendents from Mr. Willie Pennington's territory (North and South Carolina) expressed that they had great results using Insignia fungicide spring and fall for control of pythium volutum. As additional benefits, their Insignia applications, made when soil temperatures were between 55 - 65 degrees Fahrenheit, offered great control of not only fairy ring—but other root infecting diseases such as summer or take-all patch.
On the Course Tour is popular event at FarmLinks
I truly believe that the "On the Course Tour" is one of the most popular experiences here at FarmLinks. I've shared a photo below that depicts the "OTC" in action. Mr. Mark Langner (shown with clipboard) is the Director of Agronomy and Applied Research. His approach to the "OTC" is simple – Let's Talk Turf! The attendees appreciate Mark's experience in the industry and topics of conversation range from escalating fuel costs to bentgrass greens management.
Mark discusses how BASF's line of fungicides help him manage turf at FarmLinks.
After the three day experience at FarmLinks, golf course superintendents can return to their facilities with newfound insight on how to manage some of the most challenging issues in their area. I also feel a sense of accomplishment in knowing that BASF and FarmLinks play a part in helping golf course superintendents become better turf managers.
Until next time - That's everything goin' down in Farm Town!