Thursday, March 30, 2017

The WinField Tour Bus Rolls On......

The Winfield Academy "Lunch and Learn" tour bus will be making a stop in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on April 19th at the Ironbridge Country Club. I'm very excited about this event being held virtually out my back door. Please join us for a great morning of education followed by lunch. After all, this event is FREE, hope to see you there! Thanks to Winfield for sponsoring this event and giving back to the industry.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Snow-Water Equivalency takes a DIVE!

One thing is certain about just never know about the weather. After a 6 week stretch of intense snowfall from late December to early February, things have change. A snow drought over the past 6 weeks has cause the snow-water equivalency to plummet! Although at 100% presently, the long term forecast shows very little moisture headed our way. Take a look at the latest graph and notice the drop.

Great Podcast with Rick Tegtmeier, Des Moines Golf & CC

This is a fabulous podcast featuring Rick Tegtmeier of Des Moines Golf & Country Club hosted by the "TurfNet Maestro" Peter McCormick. I've known Rick for a number of years and I look at him as a no-nonsense, no BS, straight shooter type of guy. That means, he's my type of guy. There are many priceless moments, but here are a couple of my favorites. First, Rick's son, Nate, has followed his Dad's footsteps in the business and presently works for his Dad as one of the courses superintendents. When asked about the relationship, Rick's response of "He's related to me off the course" is great! Another great moment is when Rick talks about some drone video filming and a former President of the club calls and asks him........sorry, not going to give that away, you'll need to listen. Enjoy, this is fun stuff!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WinField Academy "Lunch and Learn" Glenwood Springs, Colorado

The next stop on the WinField Academy "Lunch and Learn" tour bus will be Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I will be speaking along with others in the golf industry on April 19th at the Ironbridge Golf Club. Really excited about this event and looking forward to sharing my 45 years of golf course experience with many of my western Colorado friends. Most of all, this event is FREE. So mark your calendar, details to follow.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Future of Golf Course Management?

You could say, "I've seen the future and the future is now"! We all know how technology is simply amazing. Just like in the real world, in the turf management world technology is moving so fast that it is difficult to keep up with. Just like a Smartphone or a Smart TV, the turf world now has "Smart Sprayers". These smart sprayers are a wonderful advancement for today's turfgrass management. The ability for nozzles on a spray boom to be controlled individually via GPS along with using satellite imagery to collect plant health data is truly amazing. Combining GPS sprayers and the plant health data will allow turf managers to spray only target areas and also apply a variable rate depending on that plant health data. Really impressive stuff! The savings from control products and fertilizers is estimate at 10-20%. You can see why this technology won't take long to pay for itself.

Photo shows material applied in the rough when not needed without GPS nozzle control.

The same photo showing non-targeted triangles. Adding these triangle areas together throughout an entire golf course can determine significant wasted material. 

WinField's GeoTech Tool is a big part of the future of turf management.

The other part of the future is "Smart Sprayers".

Thursday, March 16, 2017

WinField "Lunch and Learn" Salt Lake City, Utah

What a great time in Salt Lake City, Utah this week. I was there participating in the Winfield "Lunch and Learn" educational series as a presenter. What a fabulous group we had. Thanks to all the superintendents from Utah, Idaho, and Nevada that were in attendance. Also, a big thanks for the interaction during my presentation, that always makes a presentation extremely enjoyable. Special thanks to Roman Grigg and Rob Garcia from Winfield for the great hospitality. Can't wait to be back!

Salt Lake City, Utah was a great place for the first stop on the Winfield Tour Bus.

My Presentation was filled with, "Quick Hitters", sharing my 40+ of experiences!

Dr. Thom Nikolai, Michigan State University, lead the day off in his usual style.

Yours truly, thanking the folks from Winfield for their support of Chris Tritabaugh, his team, and the volunteers during the Ryder Cup!

Rob Garcia of WinField gave a great talk about adjuvants.

Salt Lake City, airport with a view.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WinField Speaking Tour....

Next week I will be in Utah speaking at the WinField "Lunch and Learn" near Salt Lake City. This will be my first stop on my year long speaking tour. If you are a superintendent from Utah or the surrounding area, please come join us! This is a great half-day of education followed by lunch. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Video "Deep Roots, The Life of a Golf Course Superintendent"

This video was produced by the Atlantic Golf Course Superintendents Association to commemorate their 50th anniversary. It also was created as a legacy project that would give back not only to their group, but also serve as an educational tool for the golfing public. Enjoy!

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