Down on the Farm with Brian
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
by Brian Thompson
Horticulture professionals come to FarmLinks
Greetings from Alabama! Last week, Agrium sponsored the annual "Horticollege Week" here at FarmLinks. This was a great opportunity for me, being a former golf course superintendent, to learn more about the ornamental industry. I was impressed with the educational content of the program and the professionalism of the attendees. Dr. Charles Gilliam of Auburn University was a guest speaker and spoke about pre-emergent weed programs. Dr. Gilliam spoke at length about BASF's new products Tower® herbicide and FreeHand®1.75G herbicide and how these chemistries should be used in any successful weed management program for ornamental production sites or in the landscape.
FarmLinks turns High-Tech
The "Experience at FarmLinks" has officially moved into our new "digs" at the Education Pavilion. I've attached some photos of the exterior of the complex and interior Education Pavilion. This facility will offer a great deal of improvements that were not available in the prior arrangements at the lodge. For starters, there are three separate cameras in the presentation room that have the capability to capture presentations for recording or to "Web-enable" these sessions. I could envision occasional guest participants like members of our tech-team or university professors to help offer solutions for groups from a specific geography or commonly related disease issue. The entire Educational Campus will be complete next spring when the research greens will be constructed adjacent to the Pavilion. Also, I will be moving into the new FarmLinks office complex the week of Thanksgiving. Have a great Thanksgiving!