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Steve McDonald: Early-season Poa mgt, ABW, anthracnose, pyrethroids, and native areas... among others

Posted in Frank Talk 21 June 2016 · 1,754 views

In this episode, I speak frankly with field agronomist extraordinaire Steve McDonald, owner/operator of Turfgrass Disease Solutions in Eastern PA. We start with the growing season of 2016 so far for the always-tough Mid-Atlantic region, and then move on to some of the latest thinking on annual bluegrass weevil management, summer disease prevention and some great conversation on techniques to manage the not-so-low-maintenance native rough areas.


Recorded June 13, 2016.


Presented by DryJect, DryJect Maximus and Turf Screen by TurfMax.


Chris Tritabaugh: 'Minimalist' Turf Management and the Ryder Cup

Posted in Frank Talk 10 June 2016 · 1,260 views

My guest for this episode of Frankly Speaking is Chris Tritabaugh, golf course superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.


After Chris fills us in on his career path starting in rural Minnesota, he and I dive into the "minimalist" or "zero-based" turf management approach that I have focused on for many years in my research and outreach, and that Chris has employed in his four years at Hazeltine.


Of course, we also discuss the various responsibilities involved in the run up to the 2016 Ryder Cup to be held this September at Hazeltine. As always, expect smart talk from leading thinkers in the turf industry.


(Note: We experienced some audio issues during this conversation so there are occasional dropouts, for which we apologize. Please carry on through as the content is worth it!)


Frankly Speaking with Brian Youell, 36-yr gc supt at Uplands Golf Club, BC

Posted in Frank Talk 25 May 2016 · 769 views

Brian YouellIn this episode of Frankly Speaking, I speak frankly with Brian Youell, 36-year superintendent at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia.


Brian, a recipient of the Canadian Supt. Association Superintendent of the Year in 2012 and a Master Greenkeeper, will Speak Frankly about his traumatic brain injury from being hit by a golf ball in 2010, and the challenges he faces in the Pacific Northwest of Canada with 65,000 rounds annually.


As always, "Smart Talk from Leading Thinkers in the Golf Turf Industry".


Frankly Speaking with Kevin Morris of NTF/NTEP and Geoff Rinehart of the Grass Roots Initiative

Posted in Frank Talk 04 May 2016 · 794 views

In this audiocast, I speak frankly with Kevin Morris, president of the National Turfgrass Foundation and responsible for the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP), and Geoff Rinehart, coordinator of the Grass Roots Initiative Exhibit at the National Arboretum in Washington DC.


We discuss the NTF, NTEP, and the role the Grass Roots Exhibit outreach program plays in helping the American public understand the value of turf in our society.


Smart Talk from Leading Thinkers in the Turf Industry... and always Speaking Frankly!


Presented by DryJect/Maximus and Turf Screen.


Frankly Speaking with Jim Koppenhaver: "Until they try it..."

Posted in Frank Talk 22 April 2016 · 540 views

In this episode I Speak Frankly once again with Jim Koppenhaver, president and founder of Pellucid Golf. The lively conversation includes the recent Wall Street Journal article ("Americans Want to Play Golf... Until They Try It") citing NGF executive Joe Beditz; the PGA Junior League Golf; the Drive Chip and Putt Championship,  and Jim's new venture with three other partners the Internet Golf Course Database and how superintendents can help influence ratings!  Smart talk from leading thinkers, and always Speaking Frankly!


Frankly Speaking is presented by DryJect/Maximus and Turf Screen.


Frankly Speaking is presented by DryJect/Maximus by DryJect, and Turf Screen by TurfMax.
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