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Editor's note: This post is the “Verdure” column by Beth Guertal, Ph.D., as seen in the October 2014 issue of GCM. Foliar fertilization is widely used in the green industry to apply a small amount of nutrients directly to the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From the desk of GCM
Editor's note: This post is the “Verdure” column by Beth Guertal, Ph.D., as seen in the September 2014 issue of GCM. Several years ago, in hot and humid Auburn, Alabama, we had the pleasure of having the National Turfgrass Evaluation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Editor's note: This post of the “Verdure” column by Beth Guertal, Ph.D., was published in the August issue of GCM. Reptiles, spring-break undergraduates and hybrid bermudagrass ⎯ they all really like sunshine. In fact, all three of those groups would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Editor's note: This post is a slightly longer version of the July “Verdure” column by Beth Guertal, Ph.D., as seen in GCM. The year was 1993. Lee Janzen had won the U.S. Open, and the Dallas Cowboys were Super Bowl... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Editor's note: The June Verdure column by Beth Guertal , Ph.D., as seen in GCM. Just so we all start out at the same place: the hybrid bermudagrasses [Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. × Cynodon transvaalensis Burtt Davy] we grow on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Editor’s note: GCM is proud to announce that Beth Guertal, professor in the department of agronomy and soils at Auburn University, is writing a new column for the magazine. Among her many achievements, Dr. Guertal was a Fulbright scholar to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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GCSAA's Closing Session had a lot to offer, but, for many, the announcement of the winners of GCSAA's 20th Collegiate Turf Bowl competition was undoubtedly the highlight. Below is a list of the 10 winning teams and the prizes they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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GCSAA's General Session featured the USGA Green Section, its technical director, Dr. Matt Pringle; its director of education and outreach, Jim Moore; and USGA agronomist for the Southeast Region, Chris Hartwiger. The speakers all focused on pace of play and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
At its meeting at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association announced it is celebrating its 25th anniversary by establishing the TOCA Hall of Fame to honor those who have "made outstanding contributions to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
What killed your grass? Was it Col. Mustard in the kitchen with a knife? Was it suffocated by goosegrass? The victim of a fungus? Did it die of thirst, or did it drown? Was it rolled too much or not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Maybe your greens are just old push-up greens that aren't working anymore. Maybe the grass is wrong for the climate. Maybe the drainage is bad. There are numerous reasons to renovate or reconstruct golf course greens, and the panel of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Monday morning’s Turfgrass Talk Show, a session offered annually as part of GCSAA’s Education Conference, had a full house ready to get the dirt on aerification. Host Thom Nikolai, Ph.D., from Kyle Sweet presented each of his co-panelists a coconut... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
At the annual meeting of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), the Turfgrass Science Division of the society (also known as C5) honors graduate students for their scientific research, which has been presented at meaning as a poster or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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Each year the Turfgrass Division of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) presents the Chris Stiegler Turfgrass Science Student Travel Award. Stiegler was an assistant professor of turfgrass ecology and physiology at Texas A&M University when he and his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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NTEP is in the process of planning a new fineleaf fescue evaluation trial and two new bentgrass evaluation trials (one to be managed as a putting green, and the other to be managed as a fairway or tee). All trials... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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At the Crop Science Society of America annual meetings, Sunday means it's time for a turf tour, and this year's participants discovered some unusual aspects of life in central Florida. Technologically advanced farming operations, a planned community, a polo club,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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As a discipline, turfgrass entomology is probably on a par with urban geology and marine archaeology, a subject that sounds like a marriage of two seemingly unrelated topics. Golf course superintendents, however, are keenly aware of turfgrass entomology and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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After 33 years of service to the state of California and golf course superintendents, sports turfgrass managers, landscape professionals and homeowners throughout the U.S and in many other countries, Ali Harivandi, Ph.D., is retiring from the University of California Cooperative... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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Honey bees are clearly a hot topic, mainly because of their devastating population losses, which scientists call Colony Collapse Disorder. As many GCM readers may recall, last month's issue of GCM featured two stories on honey bees, one by superintendent... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D., professor and head of the department of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, is a busy man. When the GCM staff learned a few months ago that Dr. Gaussoin would no longer be writing a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
Move over Leno and Letterman. Thom Nikolai and the Turfgrass Talk Show have come to town! Backed by the jazz trio Mirage, Nikolai led a discussion on sustainability with guest celebrities Michael Morris, CGCS, Crystal Downs Country Club, Michigan; Nick... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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The 19th annual GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition presented in partnership with John Deere took place Thursday morning at GCSAA’s Education Conference in San Diego. Two-hundred forty-seven students divided into 68 teams representing 35 schools took part in the competition.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
Superintendents must love detective stories because there was a standing-room-only crowd waiting to learn the name of the culprits that killed the grass. Only the crime stoppers could uncover the causes of death: turf detectives Larry Stowell, Ph.D., Pace Turf;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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Diseases are generally considered more damaging to turf than insects, but on Monday five turfgrass entomologists gathered a crowd that was anxious to learn about the latest in turfgrass insect control. The panelists were David Held, Ph.D., Auburn University; Ben... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at From the desk of GCM
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The Turfgrass Science Division (C-5) of the Crop Science Society of America held a charity golf tournament on Oct. 21at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Ted White, a 23-year member of GCSAA, is the superintendent. The tournament cleared... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at From the desk of GCM