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

Posted in By the Numbers, Frank Talk 03 August 2017 · 372 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 · 427 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 · 865 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.

 




Dan Dinelli and Dr. Roch Gaussoin: Role and Management of Organic Matter

Posted 31 May 2017 · 906 views

Following up on two previous deep-dive conversations into the role and management of organic matter in fine turf, I once again host Dr. Roch Gaussoin of the University of Nebraska and Dan Dinelli, golf course superintendent at North Shore Country Club in the Chicagoland area.

 

Listen in we go at it for an hour, winding up with a fascinating discussion about Dan's research into biochar as a component or amendment of golf turf.

 

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

 




Dr. Bruce Clarke: Creation and evolution of BMPs for managing turf diseases

Posted in Frank Talk 18 May 2017 · 688 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I had a great, far-ranging chat with plant pathologist extraordinaire Dr. Bruce Clarke of Rutgers University.

 

We kicked off with the history, creation and evolution of BMPs for managing patch diseases and anthracnose in turf and segued into programmatic approaches to control, intertwining of micronutrients and cultural practices, solid vs hollow tine aerification, self-inflicted issues, topdressing, nitrogen... and the real possibility -- with strict adherence to established BMPs -- of moving toward a scouting-based curative program for anthracnose management.

 

Bruce also filled us in on the upcoming 13th International Turfgrass Research Conference to be held July 16-21 in New Brunswick, NJ.

 

Presented by DryJect.

 








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