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By John Reitman

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Oregon State taps ABAC professor to fill post

b29c75c5496b01681f7f8c26b07995c9-.jpgAlec Kowalewski, Ph.D., has been named the new turf specialist at Oregon State University.


Most recently an assistant professor of turf management at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Georgia, Kowalewski replaces Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., who left Oregon State last year for a position with Bayer Environmental Science.


A Michigan State alumnus, Kowalewskis position is funded in part by an endowment created by the family of OSU alumnus Nat Giustina. He will be aided by research assistant Brian McDonald.


Among some of the research projects he is considering at Oregon State include performance of low-input turfgrasses as well as organic pesticides.


Nufarm buys Cleary


Nufarm Americas recently acquired Cleary Chemical Corp., the Dayton, N.J.-based marketer of fungicides, insecticides and plant growth regulators to the turf and ornamental horticulture industries.


The acquisition, which closed December 31, 2012, will  expand the portfolio of Nufarm, which will continue to offer the entire line of Cleary-branded products. Nufarm is telling customers to continue to contact their Cleary representatives for information on that product line.


According to Nufarm, Cleary had sales of about $11 million last year.


For more information, visit www.nufarm.com.


Florida OK's Arystas XONERATE


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has approved Arysta LifeSciences XONERATE herbicide for sale and distribution.


A total of 45 states have approved label registration of the herbicide that contains the active ingredient amicarbizone for control of annual bluegrass on golf course and athletic turf.


Available in a water-dispersible granular formulation, XONERATE can be used on warm-season grasses such as Bermudagrass and Seashore Paspalum.


For more information, visit eliminatepoa.com.


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