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Dave Wilber goes hard at it and never pulls any punches when it comes to agronomy.

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Spring Symposium, Joel Simmons

I can't find a decent picture anywhere of Joel Simmons and it's too dark to take a good picture, so this will have to do.    Joel is on a mission. He's good at it and he's taken way to much crap for understanding and going all in for a great thing. He's saying things like "Give Me Humus or Give Me Death" and if you've followed anything that I've done or said over the years, you know that I believe in this and I live it as well. Joel and I have put our work into play at some pretty cool places

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Spring Symposium, Dr. Frank Wong

I can’t hold it against him. Dr. Wong wanted to be with his wife in the DC area and well let’s face it, The University of California system is pretty much on life support. So now, Dr. Wong takes up residence in the DC area and he finds himself working with Bayer Environmental Sciences. Guess what? Good fit. Good for us all. I love Dr. Wong. He’s an amazing guy and whatever he is doing he is going to be great at it. Really great.   So today Dr. Wong is doing his job and talking about Bayer pro

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Spring Symposium, Dr. Frank Wong

I can't hold it against him. Dr. Wong wanted to be with his wife in the DC area and well let's face it, The University of California system is pretty much on life support. So now, Dr. Wong takes up residence in the DC area and he finds himself working with Bayer Environmental Sciences.   Guess what? Good fit. Good for us all. I love Dr. Wong. He's an amazing guy and whatever he is doing he is going to be great at it. Really great.   So today Dr. Wong is doing his job and talking about Baye

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Dave Wilber

Spring Symposium, Dr. Fred Yelverton, NC State

It’s clear that Dr. Fred isn’t from around here. The accent is like smooth Carolina sweet tea. But the only Tea he’s talking about today has to do with Plant Growth Regulators. (sorry Dr. Fred. No picture here….we’ve got the room to dark and I don’t wanna be beaten down by using my flash…plus the iphone flash is like…well…a phone flash) Dr. Fred is working with a lot of PGR timing. And it’s clear that one of the things I’ve been saying about timing is key. Check out this past Zealot Post. Dr.

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Spring Symposium, Dr. Fred Yelverton, NC State

It's clear that Dr. Fred isn't from around here. The accent is like smooth Carolina sweet tea. But the only Tea he's talking about today has to do with Plant Growth Regulators.    (sorry Dr. Fred. No picture here.we've got the room too dark and I don't wanna be beaten down by using my flashplus the iphone flash is likewella phone flash)   Dr. Fred is working with a lot of PGR timing. And it's clear that one of the things I've been saying about timing is key. Check out this past Zealot Post.

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Dave Wilber

Spring Symposium, Dr. Clarke of Rutgers

Dr. Bruce Clarke of Rutgers talks about Fairy Ring and Pink Snow Mold. Big take away is that Bayleton very effective on Fairy Ring. Products applied before symptoms make for good control as long as soil temps are low (50-60 degrees F). Two apps 21 days apart as long as you are at those soil temps and then water in those apps with .25 inches.

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Spring Symposium, Dr. Clarke of Rutgers

Dr. Bruce Clarke of Rutgers talks about Fairy Ring and Pink Snow Mold. Big take away is that Bayleton very effective on Fairy Ring. Products applied before symptoms make for good control as long as soil temps are low (50-60 degrees F). Two apps 21 days apart as long as you are at those soil temps and then water in those apps with .25 inches.

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

Sierra Pacific Spring Symposium Live Blog Begins!

I’m excited. I haven’t slept in a couple days. My biggest event of the year is finally here. Months of organizing coming down to my printing name tags early this morning and driving the hour and a half to our venue, the amazing Cache Creek Casino and Resort and their fantastic golf course, Yocha-De-He. I’m sure this means Monkey Creek in some Native American language. Or not. There’s a pool and a pond. The pond is best for me, I think.   Dr. Bruce Clarke from Rutgers is first up for education.

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Dave Wilber

Sierra Pacific Spring Symposium Live Blog Begins!

I’m excited. I haven’t slept in a couple days. My biggest event of the year is finally here. Months of organizing coming down to my printing name tags early this morning and driving the hour and a half to our venue, the amazing Cache Creek Casino and Resort and their fantastic golf course, Yocha-De-He. I’m sure this means Monkey Creek in some Native American language. Or not. There’s a pool and a pond. The pond is best for me, I think.   Dr. Bruce Clarke from Rutgers is first up for education.

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Water and soils management: to flush or not to flush

In most of my travels where water is an issue or drought is ruling or where reclaimed is the coming possibility, we have to deal with management of salts. So that can be the #1 driving force in deciding to flush to rid us of conductivity. The second thing is that a majority of the modern courses built in the last many years have a form or another of a perched water table-oriented sand-based system. And that is it’s own animal, requiring some technique in water application to infuse air into the

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Water and soils management: to flush or not to flush

In most of my travels where water is an issue or drought is ruling or where reclaimed is the coming possibility, we have to deal with management of salts. So that can be the #1 driving force in deciding to flush to rid us of conductivity.   The second thing is that a majority of the modern courses built in the last many years have a form or another of a perched water table-oriented sand-based system. And that is its own animal, requiring some technique in water application to infuse air into t

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

There Is Stuff To Be Thankful For And Stuff To Loathe

This is the time of year when people find reasons to list what they are thankful for. I’ve never been much for doing what everyone does. And I’m not real big on lists either. The creative types and Perez Hiltons of the world are apt to take the opportunity to list what they aren’t thankful for. Some of them don’t seem to be thankful for much of anything. In further evolution of the species, a lot of people seem to be thankful for is the ability to miss the annual family show down. The option

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There Is Stuff To Be Thankful For And Stuff To Loathe

This is the time of year when people find reasons to list what they are thankful for.   I've never been much for doing what everyone does. And I'm not real big on lists either. The creative types and Perez Hiltons of the world are apt to take the opportunity to list what they aren't thankful for. Some of them don't seem to be thankful for much of anything.   In further evolution of the species, a lot of people seem to be thankful for is the ability to miss the annual family show down. The

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Dave Wilber

Sometimes You Gotta Stink Up The Joint

I’m convinced that one of the main reasons that Turfheads dont embrace the concept of application of Organic Fertilizers is pretty simple—It Stinks. Seriously. Who really wants to offend the olfactory senses of the Tuesday 9-Hole Ladies Group after a wonderful application of decomposition on Monday? It’s a pretty easy answer, that one. We’ll get to the should you or should you not use and how to use organics later. For now, a few tips on dealing with the assault on the nose that stops people fr

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Sometimes You Gotta Stink Up The Joint

Im convinced that one of the main reasons that Turfheads dont embrace the concept of application of Organic Fertilizers is pretty simpleIt Stinks.   Seriously. Who really wants to offend the olfactory senses of the Tuesday 9-Hole Ladies Group after a wonderful application of decomposition on Monday? Its a pretty easy answer, that one. Well get to the should you or should you not use and how to use organics later. For now, a few tips on dealing with the assault on the nose that stops people fro

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

Another Tip of The Cap Mangum from Feherty

There are times when it is just too much fun to get some credit and by goodness we don’t get enough. When everything and everyone does what they should in event golf, then a lot of people nod their heads and say, “Yup, that’s what was supposed to happen”. That’s not true. If you’ve ever seen what goes on at a huge golf event, then you understand that really just about every decision is about keeping something from going wrong or keeping someone from jacking something up. What is supposed to hap

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Another Tip of The Cap Mangum from Feherty

There are times when it is just too much fun to get some credit and by goodness we dont get enough.   When everything and everyone does what they should in event golf, then a lot of people nod their heads and say, Yup, thats what was supposed to happen. Thats not true. If youve ever seen what goes on at a huge golf event, then you understand that really just about every decision is about keeping something from going wrong or keeping someone from jacking something up. What is supposed to happen

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Dave Wilber

Hats Off To Atlanta Athletic Club In The Race To Beat The Tweeters

My twitter feed started going off and then emails and then texts. All of it about AAC and reports, big ugly reports of big ugly damage. It was this tweet that seemed to be at the heart of it all: Now, you know you love Kelly. Everyone does because she got her job because of that great radio voice of her’s, right? And when Kelly tweets, a lot of people listen. And the word spread. Quickly, because that’s what this new viral social monkey media does. It broadcasts all kinds of crap that peop

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Roll Your Greens, Mow The Clubhouse Lawn

I’m a huge fan of rolling and it’s time, you monkey, to roll! And I think that this time the art of doing something that a lot of us have said was good is actually going to be backed by the Science. At the Sierra Pacific Spring Symposium 2011 (where Herr Maestro Mac was the Keynote Speaker), Oregon State’s Dr. Rob Golembiewski (aka G11) talked about his work with rolling. Yes, Frank, we have Turf Schools out west with running water and indoor plumbing and everything! You can see a presentation

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Roll Your Greens, Mow The Clubhouse Lawn

Im a huge fan of rolling and its time, you monkey, to roll!   And I think that this time the art of doing something that a lot of us have said was good is actually going to be backed by the Science. At the Sierra Pacific Spring Symposium 2011 (where Herr Maestro Mac was the Keynote Speaker), Oregon States Dr. Rob Golembiewski (aka G11) talked about his work with rolling. Yes, Frank, we have Turf Schools out west with running water and indoor plumbing and everything!   You can see a presentat

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

Flushing the Faux Flush

For the sake of discussion spanning geography, lets just assume that in most climates, at some point, push-up or all sand greens need to be flushed. Today I’m thinking about the word Flush and what it means to different people at different times. In the field, if I ask 10 supers how much water a flush means to them, I’ll get 10 answers ranging for 10 min to 10 hours. Seriously? The math is pretty easy in the simple form so lets do it together. Lets say we have 5,000 square feet of a 12 inch roo

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Flushing the Faux Flush

For the sake of discussion spanning geography, lets just assume that in most climates, at some point, push-up or all sand greens need to be flushed. Today Im thinking about the word Flush and what it means to different people at different times. In the field, if I ask 10 supers how much water a flush means to them, Ill get 10 answers ranging for 10 min to 10 hours. Seriously? The math is pretty easy in the simple form so lets do it together.   Lets say we have 5,000 square feet of a 12 inch ro

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

Fairway Stress Conditioning: Primo Edition

I’ve got some definite ideas as it comes to pre-stress and early-stress conditioning of fairways. The first of these ideas is to use a growth regulator. If you’ve never done this or fiddled with doing it, it can be some of the best money spent for a dramatic result. Primo Maxx is my personal favorite first step. I realize that there are as many ways to use this material as there are breeds of monkeys, so for you creative monkey breeders out there, hang with me. You might see an organ ground by

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Fairway Stress Conditioning: Primo Edition

I've got some definite ideas as it comes to pre-stress and early-stress conditioning of fairways.   The first of these ideas is to use a growth regulator. If you've never done this or fiddled with doing it, it can be some of the best money spent for a dramatic result.   Primo Maxx is my personal favorite first step. I realize that there are as many ways to use this material as there are breeds of monkeys, so for you creative monkey breeders out there, hang with me. You might see an organ gro

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

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