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Beloukha herbicide: sunflower-based, from Belchim Turf

Beloukha herbicide: sunflower-based, from Belchim Turf

No, it's not that cute white whale.  Beloukha® is a new sunflower, bio-based, biodegradable contact herbicide from Belchim Crop Protection (formerly Engage Agro). It recently received EPA approval and is ready for state registration across the United States. Stop by Booth 2411. Beloukha is a non-selective, broad-spectrum, foliar-applied herbicide that acts exclusively by contact, attacking and destroying the cell membranes of the plant epidermis causing rapid tissue dehydration. Made up of

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

John Deere shows ProGator GPS sprayers

John Deere shows ProGator GPS sprayers

John Deere is displaying the "future of golf course spraying" at GIS2019 with their new ProGator 2020A/2030A GPS Precision Sprayers. Either the 2020A (34 hp lc gas engine) or 2030A (21 hp lc diesel) can be outfitted with the HD200 or HD300 spray systems. The GPS Precision Sprayers have Deere's AutoTrac hands-free Guidance System, automatic individual nozzle control, the StarFire 6000 receiver and an easy-to-learn 4640 Universal Display.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Try Nualgi Foliar Spray for free... DDS says it's good!

Try Nualgi Foliar Spray for free... DDS says it's good!

Skeptics are welcome to stop by the Nualgi booth #3818 (right by Club Car) to chat about the benefits of Nualgi Foliar Spray... of which they are offering a free 4-bottle trial along with a chance to win a golf trip for two to Whistling Straits ($5,000 value). 100 bottles of Nualgi can also be found in the Silent Auction. Nualgi is a nano-scale liquid fertilizer that contains all 12-essential macro and micro nutrients + Silica. It is sold in 500ml (16oz) bottles. Each bottle treats 2.5 acre

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Lesco adds granular carbon product: CarbonPro-G

Lesco adds granular carbon product: CarbonPro-G

Lesco has added a granular formulation of it's "microbial and carbon plant health nutrient optimizer": CarbonPro-G. A liquid formulation - CarbonPro-L - has been previously available. Benefits of CarbonPro-G with regard to plant health include: Deeper, Stronger Roots - By stimulating root development, it protects turf and plants against environmental stress and maximizes water and nutrient uptake. Stress Recovery and Prevention - Containing microbial metabolites extracted fro

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Wiedenmann introduces Super 1300S

Wiedenmann introduces Super 1300S

Wiedenmann is showing the all-new Super 1300S high performance sweeper. Double sweeping rotors rotate at 860 rpm to create suction and dethatch the turf if desired. The PTO-drive SUPER 1300 S is super-maneuverable and can be driven off a 15-hp tractor. A large exhaust screen allows complete filling of the 56 cu. ft. hopper, which can be dumped at ground level or raised hydraulically to dump into a vehicle or container.   Check it out in Booth 3442.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Win an Air2G2 for a year

Win an Air2G2 for a year

GT Airinject (Booth 3817) is giving away a year-long lease on an Air2Go Value Pack. The Value Pack includes an Air2G2 324 machine, an Air2HP hand-held single-prong unit and an Air2GO shuttle trailer for moving the Air2G2 around the golf course and back and forth to the maintenance facility. The drawing of the winner is at 4:30 on Thursday. Interested in purchasing? Save $2,000 on the Value Pack with special show pricing.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

STEC Equipment introduces the airter light pneumatic aerator

STEC Equipment introduces the airter light pneumatic aerator

Stop by the STEC Equipment booth (4936) to check out the new airter light 14160 PTO-drive pneumatic turf aerator.  Towed by a lightweight tractor, the airter light utilizes 14 airlances each with three nozzles to direct high pressure air into the surrounding soil, loosening it while introducing oxygen and promoting gas exchange. It has a working width of 62" and aerates to a depth adjustable from 3 to 10".     

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Deere unveils four new triplex greensmowers

Deere unveils four new triplex greensmowers

John Deere is showing four new triplex greensmowers at GIS2019: the 2700 and 2750 PrecisionCut and the 2700 and 2750 E-Cut Hybrid triplex mowers. All are slated for availability in 2020. "Consistent cut quality across all operators, contour following and grass catcher accessibility are critical needs for our customers," Brad Aldridge, product manager, John Deere Golf, said in a release. "The 2700 and 2750 Triplex Mowers were designed to tackle these challenges and take the stress out of mow

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

New Greensmaster 1000 series ups the ante in fixed-head walk greensmowers

New Greensmaster 1000 series ups the ante in fixed-head walk greensmowers

The all-new Toro Greensmaster 1000 Series of fixed-head walk greens mowers was designed to eliminate variability in the walk mowing process due to operator size and skill level. A telescoping loop handle can be adjusted to accommodate operators of varying heights, helping to deliver a more consistent cut while reducing operator fatigue. Handle isolation mounts give the cutting units consistent contact with the ground throughout the mowing process, eliminating any variability in the height-o

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Tru-Turf debuts electric roller: the RE50

Tru-Turf debuts electric roller: the RE50

Tru-Turf is introducing the RE50 electric turf roller at GIS2019.  The 48v electric motor is powered by either traditional lead acid or lithium ion batteries. Quick release accessories include slitting, spiking and brush attachments, all changeable in seconds with no tools. The RE50 incorporates Tru Turf's patented tri-roller smoothing heads that are fitted with hassle free, self cleaning nodules to eliminate dumping and debris impact. Heavy duty sealed bearings, rubber cushion mou

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

TurfNet's Hector Velazquez grabs Edwin Budding Award

TurfNet's Hector Velazquez grabs Edwin Budding Award

No big surprise since it was announced prior, but nonetheless TurfNet's own Hector Velazquez finally put his hands on the prize as he received the Edwin Budding Award from GCSAA. The Edwin Budding Award, named for the inventor of the reel lawn mower, is given annually to an equipment manager or related innovator, technician, educator or engineer who has made a significant impact in the golf and turf business. Hector (c) with Darren Davis, CGCS (l), outgoing president of GCSAA.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Toro Irrigation updates Lynx to v7.0

Toro Irrigation updates Lynx to v7.0

The latest Lynx 7.0 Central Control system update from Toro has improved monitoring functionality and enhanced diagnostic capabilities. This is the 14th update since Lynx was introduced in 2010. Lynx 7.0 now has seamless compatibility with Lynx Smart Modules, and can automatically identify individual smart modules after the initial installation process. The new system also has runtime controls to the second and measures inputs to 1/100th of an inch for precise control. All new Toro hardware

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Frost Services: Kubota/Ninja GPS sprayer

Frost Services: Kubota/Ninja GPS sprayer

Stop by Booth 1131 and speak to Ken Rost of Frost Services about the new Kubota/Ninja sprayer package being displayed at GIS2019.  Mounted on a Kubota RTV-X1140 4WD utility vehicle, the Ninja sprayer has 200 gallon elliptical tank with drain sump 20’ Electric X-fold boom Stainless steel hydraulic centrifugal pump 15 gallon tank rinse system Titan hose reel with 100′ of 5/8′ hose and gun Blue LED spray lighting system Controls include

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Hunter Giveaway: 20 new TTS-800 rotors

Hunter Giveaway: 20 new TTS-800 rotors

Hunter Golf is giving away 20 of their new TTS-800 series golf rotors, total value $8,000.  Stop by booth #1638 to enter to win. TTS-800 Series rotors utilize high-torque gear drives to mitigate the challenges of reclaimed water use or poor water quality. An extra-large, fast-access flange compartment easily accommodates wire connections and other components. Total Top Serviceability (TTS) means leave your shovel in the truck. TTS-800 series rotors include Exclusive Press

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

New at Toro: Electric TriFlex greensmowers

New at Toro: Electric TriFlex greensmowers

Toro has jumped into the all-electric triplex greensmower market with the introduction of the Toro Greensmaster eTriFlex Series. The new eTriFlex has no hydraulic fluid and utilizes all-electric components for traction, steering, lift and cutting units. The two new all-electric Greensmaster eTriFlex models are built on the TriFlex platform and include: The Greensmaster eTriFlex 3360, powered by a Kawasaki engine/generator The Greensmaster eTriFlex 3370, powered by a lithium-i

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

New at Baroness: LM551 fairway mower

New at Baroness: LM551 fairway mower

Baroness is highlighting their new LM551 contour-following mid-weight fairway mower at GIS2019.  Fully configurable to meet the needs of any golf course, the LM551 five-plex has traditional 22" cutting units but with a forward/backward slide function on the rear units along with a unique tension support and down pressure features to increase contour-following on undulating surfaces.. A choice of 5" or 6.4" reels is available. Each cutting unit has the option of 9 or 7 blades and can be fitt

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Generat10n Turf is the buzzword at BASF

Generat10n Turf is the buzzword at BASF

BASF is celebrating ten years of Intrinsic brand fungicides and launching "the next generation of groundbreaking science" at GIS2019.  Dubbed Generat10n Turf, the festivities in Booth 1939 include:  breakfast tacos from 10-11AM on Wednesday a panel discussion at 11:00 Wednesday on Exploring New Fungicide Technology with Drs Rick Latin, Bruce Martin, Jim Kerns and Kathie Kalmowitz - and hosted by none other than the ubiquitous PAT JONES at 1:00 Wednesday, a panel discussion

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Not to be outdone: TurfNet is 25!

Not to be outdone: TurfNet is 25!

While Toro and Turfco celebrate their centennial anniversaries in the golf turf business, why not note the 25th anniversary of the perhaps more improbable success story: TurfNet? You'll have to catch Jon Kiger or John Reitman on the fly at the trade show, as they have places to go and people to see. Maybe you can buttonhole one or the other for a souvenir TurfNet25 coaster from last night's Beer & Pretzel Gala (our 23rd) at the Half Door Brewery. Read about TurfNet at 25 here. 

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Toro celebrates 100 years in golf turf

Toro celebrates 100 years in golf turf

There must have been something in the water (or the grass) in the Twin Cities 100 years ago for the Cities to spawn two major players in the turf industry, The Toro Company of Minneapolis and National Mower Company/Turfco of St. Paul (see Turfco 100). Toro was actually founded in 1914 but spent the first five years of its existence manufacturing engines for the Bull Tractor Company and other tractor and truck companies, and developing the first Toro-designed piece of farm equipment – the po

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Turfco and the Kinkead family celebrate 100 years in the turf business

Turfco and the Kinkead family celebrate 100 years in the turf business

Stop by Booth 1629 and say hey to George and Scott Kinkead, the third generation of the Kinkead family to lead a family business in the turf industry. With a lineage that started with the National Mower Company of St. Paul, Minnesota 100 years ago, George (president, right in the photo) and Scott (EVP) continue the family tradition of innovation, leadership and service to the golf turf industry. National Mower was founded by George and Scott's grandfather, Robert S. Kinkead, shortly after W

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Tech: Reboots, Tests, and Lessons Learned

Tech: Reboots, Tests, and Lessons Learned

I haven’t delved into technology posts lately on this blog, instead focusing on career topics. It’s been due to not having enough time to offer quality advice in a field that constantly changes. Why, you might ask? Well, I have been working for the last 18 months on a new project for the industry that occupied any free time I had. And it’s finally done, at least version 1.  I don’t usually speak directly on this blog about our products, but I think this service is beneficial to both your op

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

What Golf Can Really Do

What Golf Can Really Do

Amy Bockerstette. I am 128% confident that you do not know that name. So, stop right now and hit this link. Do not read on until you have. Period. As soon as your eyes dry, I appreciate you reading on. As many thousands of us prepare to roll into San Diego for the 2019 GIS, there is one thing that is very clear to me...Golf Does Great Things. Of that, there is not a question in my mind. Lets take the video you just watched and do a little deconstruction. Amy, gifted with Down Syndrome

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

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