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".

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