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Spring Symposium Day 2, Dr Bruce Clarke and Feast Recap

I love early morning meetings. 7:30 AM and we get hit with words like Systemic Acquired Resistance and Activator Triggers. Its a warm yummy feeling, like maple syrup over bacon and waffles and I couldnt be more happy to be in the front row. Yum Yum Yum. Pass the Pathology, please!! Especially when we are talking about natural plant defenses.   To be smart and fair, I should digress a moment as to last nights activities.  Every year our annual meeting includes a dinner. We turn the 130 or so fo

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

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 and

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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

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

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

Dave Wilber

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.

Dave Wilber

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.

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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Crew Management

Once upon a time, I got fired on Christmas Day. . .  by a mean, grizzled old course owner who waited until I had performed three years worth of course upgrades and redesigns in one year, increased rounds played by 300% and tripled the stimpmeter reading from 2.5 to 7 feet... and then she fired me on Christmas Day, fully aware that my wife was nine months pregnant.   But, hey, it turned out good.  If that hadn't happened, the chain of events that led to my learning I was a crew management geniu

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Golf course "Archie Texture"

Norm, my biological father, (although he often denied it, due to my tendency to go from 5-under to 5-over in three holes and withdraw from junior tournaments at the turn) dragged me all over Europe and the US serving as his personal golf mule. I didnt know I was a caddie for years, because Dad was thrifty. According to Dad, mules worked for food and caddies got paid.   I also served as a migrant golf worker, under the same financial arrangement, a sort of barter agreement, wherein I was allowe

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Influences...

Most artists are quick to respond when asked to reveal the influences that shaped their work.  Musicians, writers, film directors, actors and painters can normally point to someone who had a powerful effect on their style or method; early influence isn't limited to artists, as surgeons, scientists, athletes and even businessmen almost all have someone who played a role at the beginning.   The GCS is a blend of artist and scientist, and I have yet to meet a successful superintendent who cannot

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

I Learn About Tour Golf...

Shortly after the Auntie Grizz incident, Dad packed us into the old Nash and headed for Dallas.  Dad's reason for heading cross-country (remember, this was in the days before interstate highways) involved furthering his golf career by learning the secret of golf from his hero Ben Hogan, who just happened to be playing a tournament down there in Texas.   To this day, I am still convinced that rather than visiting with Ben, Dad was actually endeavoring to escape from Great Grandma Mitty and her

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

My Introduction to Golf

Ive been in golf a long time, but I still remember my first taste of golf.  It tasted like persimmon and brass with a hint of fescue.  It was in my backyard in Tennessee, circa 1958, and Dad was giving Auntie Grizz a golf lesson.  Her real name was Griselda, but Grizz was more fitting, as she was a big, powerful bear of a woman.   I was warned, repeatedly, to beware Auntie Grizz and her vicious backswing, but as I was three years old, I had trouble paying attention to instructions.  I was also

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

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

The New Normal

Mark Twain once said, "climate is what we expect, weather is what we get". The last two seasons are among the warmest on record nationwide. It looks like we getting more than we expect.   These warmer growing seasons demonstrate tremendous departure from the historic averages. It is not uncommon to be two to three weeks ahead of normal for growing degree days, meaning while the calendar states one date, the biological organisms (i.e., your turf) are acting as if it were much later in the seaso

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

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

Dave Wilber

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

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