Archive for October, 2014

a photo of Dr. James B Beard

Dr. James B Beard

If you are in turf, you better know him. Dr. Beard – author, researcher, teacher, lecturer, mentor and consultant in all things “turf” has just published a new book that was 40 years in the making called “Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports and Golf”. It chronicles the evolution of turf as a lawn, a playing surface for all things sporty and of course, last but not least, golf. Then there is the history of turfgrass research, turfgrass science education, sod production and more. Lastly there is a comprehensive bibliography of turf books, research publications,turf conference proceedings and trade publications. The beauty of this book is that in the digital age, it is difficult to find documentation of anything much prior to the mid-2000’s. Due to Dr. Beard’s efforts, all of this information is in one place, in a format that will not be lost if your computer hard drive crashes or if you don’t have access to the internet. This book is available through the Michigan State University Press http://msupress.org/books/. You will need access to the internet for that.

If this accomplishment wasn’t enough, Dr. Beard will be receiving the 2014 Crop Science Society of America Presidential Award at their 2014 Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California next week. Bravo Dr. Beard!

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leatherjacket in matted grass

leatherjacket in matted grass

If you noticed lots of adult crane flies flying about a month or six weeks ago, now is the time to control the next generation leatherjackets.

On golf courses and sod farms, there is still time to apply a preventative or early curative insecticide applications for leatherjackets. For products registered for control of leatherjackets refer to http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/pub384/pub384.pdf “Protection Guide for Turfgrass”.

For homelawn turf, the best treatment that we have so far is to use insect parasitic nematodes. The timing for applying nematodes is in mid-October to early November after all of the eggs have hatched. Unfortunately, our results with nematodes have been variable from season to season. The best recommendation to date is a 50/50 mixture of Hetehorhabditis bacteriophora and Steinernema feltiae. Follow the best management practices for applying nematodes to insure the best possible control.

Best management practices for nematode use are:
– purchase the correct species for the target insect
– keep nematodes cool (5C)
– use within 4 weeks of purchase
– use nematode mixture within 2-4 hours of mixing
– apply in the morning or evening or on a cloudy day and water in immediately
– keep the nematode mixture stirred prior and during application

Also, if you would like more information on European crane fly there is a OMAFRA factsheet available at the following link http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/13-023.htm.

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The Guelph Turfgrass Institute is hosting a free Field Day on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 9:30 am to noon. This event will highlight current research being conducted by University of Guelph and OMAFRA researchers including new turf species and cultivar evaluation, turf disease management strategies, fertility trials, drought tolerance and water conservation, biological control of weeds and diseases, new formulations and management strategies for low risk herbicides in lawn care, improving golf course winter hardiness, tree disease management and the annual and perennial trial garden. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet current students in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management program to discuss internship and employment opportunities for the 2015 season.

Following the event an optional industry lunch and golf networking event will be held at the new Victoria Park Valley Golf Club. The $50 registration fee collected by the club includes lunch, golf and cart with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation to help support future research.

For more information about the 2014 Research Field Day and to confirm your attendance, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/gti-research-field-day-tickets-12753001571, email gti@uoguelph.ca or call 519-824-4120 ext 52784. Please call 519-821-1441 to register for the lunch/golf event at Victoria Park Valley Golf Club (www.victoriaparkvalley.com).

 Event Calendar Information:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

 2014 Research Field Day

9:30 am – noon

Guelph Turfgrass Institute

328 Victoria Road S., Guelph, ON

Free Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gti-research-field-day-tickets-12753001571

 Lunch & Golf Networking Event

12:00 noon Lunch – 1:00 pm Shotgun Start

Victoria Park Valley Golf Club

7660 Maltby Road E., Guelph, ON

Registration: 519-821-1441

$50 registration includes lunch, golf and cart



Please direct media inquiries to Rob Witherspoon (519) 824-4120 ext 56886

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