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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 · 1,425 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 · 1,070 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.


Jim Koppenhaver: A voice of reason within the golf industry

Posted in By the Numbers 05 November 2015 · 1,442 views

Jim Koppenhaver, president and founder of Pellucid Golf Inc., has been bringing independent and often sobering data and data analysis to the golf business for the past 20 years.  He has been among the very few voices of reason in an industry historically dominated and driven by large organizations and often unreasonable agendas and objectives.  


What's wrong with the golf industry? How to fix it? How do superintendents fit and factor in? Listen as Jim lays it all out.



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TurfNet RADIO: Revisit with Dr. Micah Woods on MSLN

Posted in By the Numbers 23 March 2015 · 1,997 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking on TurfNet RADIO, we are following up with Dr. Micah Woods of the Asian Turfgrass Center on the MLSN concept and new discussion about using growth potential as a means of scheduling nutrient management additions. An excellent review of a progressive approach to golf turf nutrient management!


Check it out below or download it here for offline listening on your favorite device.


TurfNet RADIO "Direct" from Bangkok with Dr. Micah Woods

Posted in Frank Talk, By the Numbers 06 March 2015 · 1,813 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking on TurfNet RADIO, I connect with my old Cornell cohort, Micah Woods, PhD, half-way around the world at his home office in Bangkok, Thailand.


As the chief scientist at the Asian Turfgrass Center, Micah is the co-author of the Global Soil Survey (GSS) that informs the Minimum Level of Sustainable Nutrition (MLSN) efforts with Pace Turf's Dr. Larry Stowell.


Take a listen to this lively discussion about turfgrass nutrition, soil testing, the MLSN guidelines, and the Global Soil Survey (GSS), and how each of can help produce some solid citizen science.  



You can download the .mp3 to listen while you're on the go.

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