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Brian Whitlark: Factors affecting playability of putting surfaces

Posted in Tech Turf Talk 17 June 2017 · 385 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 · 761 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 · 502 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.

 




Dr. Bryan Unruh: Creation, implementation and importance of BMPs for golf course management

Posted in Frank Talk 02 May 2017 · 672 views

Best management practices (BMP) provide superintendents with critical tools needed to maintain golf courses to the satisfaction of golfers and owners while complying with local, state and federal regulations.

 

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I chat with Dr. Bryan Unruh, Professor of Environmental Horticulture and Associate Center Director at the University of Florida, IFAS, West Florida Research and Education Center, about his role spearheading the nationwide initiative creating BMPs for all aspects of golf course management... from water quality, nutrient management, pesticide use and IPM, pollinator protection and energy management.

 

Listeners will leave with a better understanding of the important role of BMPs, and how you can get involved in BMP creation and implementation in your local area.

 

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

 




The State of Golf and Government Affairs...

Posted in Frank Talk 21 April 2017 · 592 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I had an opportunity to chat with Michael Lee, government affairs manager at GCSAA, and Bob Helland, GCSAA director of congressional and federal affairs, about the upcoming National Golf Day on Capitol Hill (April 24-26), and other advocacy initiatives that GCSAA is involved with on behalf of the game of golf.

 

Smart talk from leading thinkers, and always frankly speaking.

 








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