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Mike Huck: The California drought is over... what's next?

Posted in Frank Talk 27 September 2017 · 892 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I chat with Mike Huck of Irrigation and Turf Services in Orange County, CA, one of the foremost experts in water availability, usage, regulation and what it all means for the golf course industry. 

 

We talk about the end of the California drought, trends in overseeding, painting and turf reduction; costs of treating vs transporting water; use of hand-held vs in-ground soil moisture sensors, among other things. 

 

We wind up with what we have learned from the drought, what we should be doing, and what we can expect as it pertains to the future of the golf industry.

 

As always, smart talk from leading thinkers. Presented by DryJect.

 




Dr. Al Turgeon, professor emeritus at Penn State

Posted in Frank Talk 07 September 2017 · 659 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I chat with Dr. Al Turgeon, professor emeritus at Penn State University, about his career evolvement from the golf course to Viet Nam and through academia, with a brief stint in industry in between his various academic stops around the country.

 

Take this whirlwind tour as Al and I reminisce about all the big names in the history of turfgrass science, many of whom rubbed elbows at some point with Dr. Turgeon. He even hired Dr. Milt Engelke at Texas A&M!

 

Our apologies for some technical glitches/interference during portions of Al's side of the conversation.

 




Jim Koppenhaver of Pellucid Corp on the current state of the golf industry

Posted in By the Numbers, Frank Talk 03 August 2017 · 959 views

In yet another fascinating discussion with Jim Koppenhaver of Pellucid Corp, we chat about the current state of the golf industry, including:

  • reduction and absorption in golf facilities and businesses that serve them
  • comparisons with retail and restaurant industries that are also cyclical industries
  • warning signs for superintendents that a facility might be in financial trouble
  • the change in golf's consumer base and requirements, including digital technology
  • non-green grass business opportunities do they lead to green-grass opportunities for golf facilities?
  • TopGolf and virtual golf: good for the green-grass sector of golf?
  • Should guidelines replace rules to increase the fun factor of golf
  • getting new golfers to the point of involvement that will make them stick as players and customers
  • growing the game by drilling deeper into the pool of "older white guys with money" who arent golfers.

Spend 45 minutes for a better understanding of where golf is and where it can go... both good and bad.

 




Resistance Radio, Summer Edition

Posted in By the Numbers, Frank Talk, Tech Turf Talk 19 July 2017 · 723 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking -- Resistance Radio, Summer Edition -- I talk New England sports and relate it to turf management with Boston sports fans Dr. Ben McGraw, entomologist at Penn State University and Dr Jim Brosnan, weed scientist at the University of Tennessee.

 

Topics include data-driven precision weed management, synchronicity of adult pest populations, fraise mowing for weed management via seed bank reduction, and the effect of insect control methods on pollinators.

 

Smart talk from leading thinkers, only on Frankly Speaking on TurfNet Radio.  Presented by DryJect.

 




Brian Whitlark: Factors affecting playability of putting surfaces

Posted in Tech Turf Talk 17 June 2017 · 1,189 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I have a fascinating chat with Brian Whitlark, western regional agronomist for the USGA Green Section, about factors influencing playability of putting surfaces. On the table for discussion are green firmness, angle of approach from the fairway vs the rough, slope of the green, ball roll distance/green speed, and mower setup.

 

Whitlark is a certified professional soil scientist and has worked extensively with golf courses facing challenging soil and water conditions. Since joining the Green Section, Whitlark has conducted applied research in a variety of areas, including mitigating saline and sodic soils, evaluating practices to produce quality putting surfaces, exploring the pros and cons of using turf colorants and optimizing mower setup. He has written extensively for practitioners in the areas of soil, water and soil test interpretation.

 

Whitlark is a graduate of the University of Arizona at Tucson, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, with an emphasis in turfgrass science. 

 

 

As always, smart talk from leading thinkers, presented by DryJect.

 








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