Posts Tagged ‘Spring Symposium’

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 products and Stress-Gard formulations and how the plant physiology works in the role of radiation management. I think we are going to hear a lot about pigments and radiation management. We are definitely seeing a lot of folks bring this “green” technology to the marketplace. Bayer is ahead of the game right now and it’s going to pay for a lot of us to look at this technology and listen carefully to the words of wisdom of Wong and those that are looking at this work. It’s a good thing.

I‘m in. I’ve seen it working in the field and in a lot of cases, the 10% or so better makes a huge difference in overall job health…er….Turf Health.


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. Yelverton is also clearly pointing out the variances in rate having to do with turf type and height of cut. He also has some very good data that says that when you go off the product long enough the “Rebound Effect” is clear and happens and is very real. Point? Go off the material and expect a rebound. So the whole “I can’t sleep because it is summer and I got all superstitious so I quit spraying my PGR” can be a very bad thing.

And going out and making one app is just putting your head in the noose.




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.