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Dr. Frank Rossi: Frankly Speaking

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.


Brian Whitlark: Factors affecting playability of putting surfaces

Posted in Tech Turf Talk 17 June 2017 · 1,559 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.


Turfgrass science from an engineer's perspective... with Dana Lonn of The Toro Company

Posted in Tech Turf Talk 01 April 2016 · 1,315 views

My guest in this episode of Frankly Speaking is Dana Lonn, PE, Managing Director of the Center for Advanced Turf Technology at The Toro Company. We discuss how the new technology in turf -- sensing, mowing, irrigation, energy/power sources -- will start driving demand and precision.


Turfgrass science from an engineer's perspective is the underlying premise of this discussion and as always "smart talk from leading thinkers" in the turf industry.


Frankly Speaking is presented by DryJect.


Dr. Bill Kreuser: PGRs, growth potential and timing

Posted in Tech Turf Talk, Frank Talk 22 October 2015 · 1,638 views

In this episode I Speak Frankly with Professor Bill Kreuser from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln about his work with PGRs (rates, frequency, etc), pigments, and his take on using growth potential to schedule fertilizer programs.



You can download the .mp3 file here or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher.

Frankly Speaking is presented by Turfline/True Surface and DryJect.

Dr. Doug Soldat: Late season nitrogen management

Posted in Tech Turf Talk, Frank Talk 08 October 2015 · 1,819 views

In this Frankly Speaking podcast, Dr. Doug Soldat and I talk about late season nitrogen management in general, nitrogen management specifically to prevent leaching, and updates on Mn and K observations....



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Frankly Speaking is presented by DryJect/Maximus by DryJect and Civitas Turf Defense from Intelligro.
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