Tuesday, March 15, 2011
by Jerry Husemann
Golf course superintendents prepare for spring
Since last Sunday, much of Northern Ohio has received very large rainfall amounts, as much as 8 inches of rain & extensive flooding followed by snow accumulation and freezing temps. Some golf course locations in Michigan know they have lost some grass on greens and others are uncertain what the outcome will be.
There seems to be increasing sales activity with distribution sales representatives and their efforts in the golf course market segment. This is mainly for that customer base that did not participate in the various early order programs. Golf course superintendents are actively making decisions for products that will be used coming out of winter and into the spring portion of the 2011 growing season. It is looking like the 1st day of spring is not going to feel a lot like spring weather conditions in much of the territory, things will need to change very quickly.
Download – Presentation: General Turf & Plant Protection Management Options- Weeds & Diseases
The Lawn Care & Landscape Ornamental Bed Maintenance schedules are getting increased attention, round 1 pre-emergent weed & feed applications will begin in approx. 3 weeks for much of the territory. Suppliers are starting to bring in inventory of those products and weed control products for Landscape Ornamental Bed Weed Control. There was approx. 150 people present attending the talk I presented at in the morning prior to the Trade Show in Cleveland. Our BASF booth was very busy during the Trade Show. You can download my presentation here.
Golf course superintendents get ready for disease management
Getting BASF golf course superintendents mentally & physically ready for initial applications pertaining to Pythium Root Dysfunction, Early Spring Preventive Dollar Spot Applications & Preventive applications for summer stress disease such as Summer Patch, Brown Ring Patch, Anthracnose, Take-all Patch, Yellow Patch & others. Also preparing for fungicide applications dealing with diseases coming out of winter. Getting our customers primed and thinking about using the BASF Product Line to deal with these management decisions.