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Frankly Speaking: Dr. Paul Vincelli on the state of turf research and a lot more

Posted in Frank Talk 10 November 2016 · 1,787 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I chat with Dr. Paul Vincelli of the University of Kentucky about the state of turf research in general and plant pathology in particular; looking outside the turf industry for inspiration and innovation that can be applied to turf; enhancing public knowledge about climate change; and the state of genetic research.


As always, frank talk from leading thinkers in the turf industry.


Presented by DryJect and Turf Screen.


Frankly Speaking: Chris Tritabaugh on managing for the Ryder Cup

Posted in Frank Talk 04 November 2016 · 1,304 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I have a wonderful conversation with Chris Tritabaugh, golf course superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club, about his agronomic preparation and humanistic hopes for the Ryder Cup. Our wide-ranging and particularly open and honest -- in the Tritabaugh tradition -- conversation ranges from the community and atmosphere Chris crafted by invitation in the maintenance staff headquarters... to his active use of social media throughout the event... to the agronomics of topdressing strategies, use of ammonium sulfate as a primary N source, iron sulfate as a "heat sink" in late fall and early spring... to the "heron shit" incident... to his mantra of "work calmly from the top down and have fun". Check it out.


"Frank Chats" with Clint Mattox on Microdochium patch and Doug Soldat on Potassium nutrition

Posted in Frank Talk 20 October 2016 · 1,380 views

This episode of Frankly Speaking has two "Frank Chats": the first with Clint Mattox, PhD candidate at Oregon State University, on Microdochium patch/pink snow mold ... and the second with Dr. Doug Soldat about his potassium fertilization research at the University of Wisconsin|Madison.


Smart talk from leading thinkers and always Frankly Speaking.


Frankly Speaking with David Kuypers, CGCS, of Syngenta Canada

Posted in Frank Talk 23 September 2016 · 1,185 views


In this episode, I speak frankly with David Kuypers, CGCS, former golf course superintendent and now head of Lawn and Garden for Syngenta Canada. A Penn State alum (won't hold that against him) and instructor in the Guelph Turf Institute,


David and I discuss his career transition, Canadian pesticide regulation compared to that in the US, and the stormwater capture project he worked on while at the Cutten Club in Guelph.


Smart talk from leading thinkers and always Frankly Speaking.

Presented by Turf Screen and DryJect.


Frankly Speaking with Rick Slattery, 2015 ELGA winner and supt at Locust Hill Country Club

Posted in Frank Talk 08 September 2016 · 1,409 views

In this Frankly Speaking audiocast, I chat with Rick Slattery, a 30+ year career superintendent who has spent the past 21 years at Locust Hill Country Club outside Rochester, NY. Rick was a 2015 GCSAA Environmental Leaders in Golf (ELGA) Award recipient in the Private Club category. Under Rick's leadership the club was also recognized by the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation as an environmental leader.


Much of Rick's environmental focus has been on water management and in a year when water is on everyone's mind -- too much or not enough -- this conversation is particularly insightful.


But it's not all the usual! Our far ranging discussion includes gems like these from Rick:

  • "When did it become the superintendent's responsibility to ensure a golfers shot holds the green?
  • When a new superintendent takes over a course, the golf course is often going to get worse before it gets better...
  • You don't believe anything you do with Poa is going to be as bad as it is until you do it...
  • My turf might be 20% Poa but that Poa is conditioned to behave just like bentgrass and not expect any special treatment. We can go home at noon on Saturdays...
  • I don't believe you should modify your greens mix to more than 70% sand.
  • I had three tees that were pure sand. I aerified and topdressed with topsoil, and now they act just like all my other tees.
  • Try establish a baseline of maximum allowable water deficit and then try to reduce that every year.
  • I hate to mow. Mowing is one of the most damaging things we do to the turf."



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