July 25, 2017
Dr. Frank Wong of Bayer Environmental Science and Paul Robertson, the superintendent at Victoria Golf Club, are all set with their presentations for the 71st edition of the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, set for Oct. 1-3 at Suncadia Resort in the mountains of Central Washington.
Dr. Wong will give a presentation on “Protecting Pollinators in Managed Turf: Best Management Practices and Pesticide Stewardship” on Monday morning, then give a talk Tuesday titled: “Rapid Turfgrass Disease Identification: Using Signs, Symptoms and Weather to Figure Out What’s Gone Wrong.”
Robertson is gaining fame for the innovations he’s put to use on his course in the capital city of British Columbia. His Monday talk will be, “Drones and Robots—Leverage Your Time,” and on Tuesday, his talk will be, “Turf Metrics and Management on the Wet Coast.”
Click here for the complete schedule of the conference. The traditional portion of the conference is all set while we’re still putting the finishing touches on the new Sports Turf Track of the conference schedule. Dr. Alec Kowalewski from Oregon State University and other leading researchers from the Northwest also will be sharing their latest projects.
The $690 registration rate is based on double occupancy. If you don’t have someone in mind to be your roommate, go ahead and fill out the registration form and Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, will help set up your lodging arrangements.
Sponsorships for the conference are still available, and the breakdown of opportunities is available by clicking here.
May 22, 2017
Dr. Frank Wong, who recently was named the Environmental Communicator of the Year, will be one of the main speakers at the 71st annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, which is set for Oct. 1-3 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.
The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association announced in early May that Wong, a senior regulatory affairs consultant for Bayer Crop Science, had won the award, which recognizes individuals in the green industry for outstanding communication efforts regarding environment issues.
Wong has been with Bayer since 2011, and before that was teaching and doing research work at the University of California, Riverside. He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from California-Davis, and a doctorate degree in plant pathology and horticulture from Cornell.
Another main speaker for the conference at Suncadia will be Paul Robertson, the superintendent at Victoria Golf Club in British Columbia, who is on the leading edge in using robotics and drones in his course maintenance program.
Presentations also will come from various researchers at Northwest universities who have received research grants from the NTA. This year, the NTA also is planning a separate track of speakers for sports turf managers.
Complete registration and schedule information will be available in the coming weeks.
The conference will open with golf Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Rope Rider course at Suncadia. Golf also will be held at Tumble Creek on Monday. Dinners will be held Sunday and Monday nights and education on Monday and Tuesday mornings.
May 31, 2017
The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $41,000 to worthy turfgrass research and education programs in 2017 as it continues to be a leading benefactor for the golf industry in the Northwest. Over the past three years, the NTA has donated more than $150,000 to various turfgrass programs.
Two separate grants of $15,000 led the way in 2017 for research being done at Oregon State University for Fungicide Alternative Management of Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose, and at Washington State University in Pullman on Biological Control of Poa Annua. This is the second consecutive year that the NTA has donated this amount to these ongoing studies.
In all for 2017, five different programs in the Northwest were supported through the grants, which were decided by the NTA Board of Directors after recommendations from the Research Committee.
The grants from the NTA are made possible through the numerous and generous contributions from clubs and individuals throughout the Northwest.
For 2017, after extensive consideration and recommendations from the NTA Research Committee, the Board of Directors awarded the following research and education grants:
Fungicide Alternative Management of Mircodochium Patch and Anthracnose
Oregon State University—$15,000.00
Biological Control of Poa Annua in Fairways
Washington State Universit —Pullman $15,000.00
Investigating Alternative Irrigation Strategies
Oregon State University—$5,000.00
First Green Links as Labs
First Green Foundation—$5,000.00
Bill Griffith Turfgrass Management Scholarship
Walla Walla Community College—$1,000.00
February 27, 2017
Dr. William Johnston and Charles Golob from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University have prepared a research report on their study on “Biological Control of Poa Annua in Fairways.”
The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $15,000 toward this research in 2016.
The Turfgrass Management Program at Oregon State University—namely Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Brian McDonald and Clint Mattox—has prepared updates on its research on Fungicide Alternatives Management of Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose.
The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $15,000 toward this research in 2016 and $40,000 toward similar research in 2015.
Clint Mattox has completed his masters’ dissertation at Oregon State University and his research is available to you, thanks to the donations the Northwest Turfgrass Association has made to the turfgrass management program at Oregon State.
“Managing Microdochium Patch Using Non-Traditional Fungicides on Annual Bluegrass Putting Greens” is available by following this link: http://hdl.handle.net/1957/57194
Here is a brief description of the research:
Currently, fungicide applications are the predominant method of control for the cool-weather pathogen Microdochium patch. Increasing pesticide restrictions have generated concern regarding management of Microdochium patch. Three separate field trials exploring non-traditional fungicides were conducted between 2013 and 2015 on an annual bluegrass sand-based putting green at the Lewis Brown Horticulture Farm in Corvallis, Ore. The objective of the first project was to evaluate the effects of the cultural practice of rolling in combination with mineral oil and fertility on Microdochium patch incidence. The objective of the second trial was to quantify the effects on Microdochium patch incidence using biological control products in combination with rolling. Finally, the objective of the third experiment was to quantify the effects of different nitrogen and iron sulfate rates in combination with simulated golfer traffic on the effects of Microdochium patch incidence as well as turfgrass recuperation.
Mattox currently is working on his PhD at Oregon State and is continuing his exploration of “Alternatives to Non-Traditional Fungicides.”