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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 · 395 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 · 430 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.

 




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

Posted in Frank Talk 18 May 2017 · 691 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 · 840 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 · 679 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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