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Micah Woods
Interests: turfgrass science
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I've been cutting back on the potato chips recently, and doing a bit of running. Last weekend I was up early on Sunday to join a large crowd in Surat Thani province for a 30 km run through the beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Micah Woods Official Site
I made this map to show some of the places I've traveled to over the past few years. This is a test to see if it displays here. In other news, when I arrived in Thailand on a recent trip,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at Micah Woods Official Site
Lay's Thailand continue their periodical release of new potato chip flavors. I was in Bangkok earlier this month and tried the crab curry flavor. I saw the extreme hot chili flavor and didn't bother trying it. Then I went to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Micah Woods Official Site
The Football Association of Thailand and the Thai League are putting on a full day workshop for sports turf managers on August 5. The workshop is organized by Golf Course Specialists. With the generous support from these groups, the workshop will be free to attend. The focus of this day is pitch performance in Thailand, Japan, and England. How does one assess the performance of a pitch? How does one achieve the desired standard? What are the standards? What are the current conditions of football pitches in Thailand? Those are the primary topics for this intensive one day event, to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Asian Turf Seminar
Regular readers of this site will know that when I visit Thailand after a long absence, one of the first things I do is check the new potato chip flavors. There have been some intriguing ones over the years. Last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Micah Woods Official Site
that this is the best one yet. It was quite a birdie. And, considering how I'd played the previous 14 holes, a genuine stunning one as well. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Micah Woods Official Site
On a recent visit to Thailand, there was this new flavor. That was impressive. I didn't think it could get any better. And then, today I discovered these limited editions with a cooling sensation. I thought I might have posted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Micah Woods Official Site
I've had lots of inquiries about the March conference, and am pleased to share this information about the conference organized by the Thai Golf Course Superintendent Association (TGCSA) and the Sports Authority of Thailand. For more details, please contact the TGCSA at ATC is not involved with the organization or registration for this conference. Please direct all inquiries to the TGCSA at Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Asian Turf Seminar
[Joe Gulotti]( had me as a guest on his [The Talking Greenkeeper]( show this week. We talked about elephant footprints, the MLSN soil nutrient guidelines, measuring clipping volume, my book [*A Short Grammar of Greenkeeping*](, the temperature-based turfgrass growth potential,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Micah Woods Official Site
Anyone else thrilled to see the new Thomas & Friends X J.League collaboration? That's an official collaboration. Then there are just good ideas. Like the Lobster Hot Plate flavor from Lay's Thailand. And the Thai Tea ice cream cone from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Micah Woods Official Site
If you like ketchup-flavored potato chips, I would like to recommend the lasagna flavor now available in Thailand. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Micah Woods Official Site
I'm a big fan of collaboration. These are some of my favorites. There was the SAPPORO X ROYCE' collaboration some years ago. The idea was brilliant. Two of my favorite brands. Collaborating. On a chocolate beer! I bought one at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Micah Woods Official Site
On July 25, there will be a full day seminar about football pitch maintenance in Thailand. This seminar is free to attend, and will be held in the Sport Science Center Building at Bangkok Thonburi University. Registration form and additional details in these files: Registration form Seminar brochure Seminar schedule Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Asian Turf Seminar
Do you recall my assertion that the Sam Khok diet had run its course? That the Sam Khok diet was dead as a door nail? That I had given up all hope of finding fried baby frogs the size of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Micah Woods Official Site
Writing is difficult. This week it has been especially so, and I've been reading instead. This is what's on my desk tonight. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Micah Woods Official Site
The TGCSA have announced the details of the 2018 conference. It will be at the Dusit Thani Pattaya and at Laem Chabang International Country Club. 2018 programme Registration form TGCSA website Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Asian Turf Seminar
Last week I had a chance to stay at the Onyria Palmares Beach House Hotel. I don't often have the chance to stay at such a nice hotel. The views were so good, and as the light changed I often... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Micah Woods Official Site
I counted all the flights I've been on since mid-October of 2008. That's a little more than nine years' ago, and it came to 760 flights in 3,317 days. This table shows all the routes, arranged in order of frequency.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Micah Woods Official Site
The article by Aman Misra in the September issue of Bizgolf is about me, turf, and my work. You can browse the entire issue, or download the article as a pdf here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Micah Woods Official Site
I was recently in Japan for a few weeks. I was traveling most of the time, which is a great way to try lots of different foods. As I was looking through some photos from this trip, I realized that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Micah Woods Official Site
After eight and a half years, and 841 posts, I've moved the blog to []( More details about that at the end. If you are subscribed to this blog by e-mail, and want to continue to receive the new blog by e-mail, [please subscribe here]( If you prefer the RSS feed for the new blog, [it is here]( That first post about Banyan GC in Hua Hin sure seems like a long time ago! What's going to happen with the 841 posts that are here now? I'm going to leave them just as they are, for now. I may migrate... Continue reading
The program for the Thailand Golf Travel Mart 2017 in Khao Yai includes an interesting session that is about more than just travel and tourism. On July 25, the Thailand Golf Paradise Seminar will include sessions on golf course design, maintenance, and renovation. Hear from Pirapon Namatra of GolfEast about the golf courses of Thailand and their design, from Neil Cleverly, the well known superintendent from Rio de Janeiro's Olympic course, Chris May and Jon Tomlinson from IMG, and others involved with golf course operations in Thailand. I (Micah Woods) will be speaking about The best playing conditions with the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Asian Turf Seminar
Three points about [turfgrass roots and fertilizer]( Frank Rossi, Dan Dinelli, and Roch Gaussoin on [TurfNet Radio talking organic matter]( Zoysia growing into bermuda at [6.8 cm per month]( Matee Suntisawasdi with photos of [zoysia greens in Thailand]( Zoysia grass on putting greens at Bang Pra GC. Chonburi Thailand. Mowing height 3.0 mm. speed 9 ft. 6 inch.— SUNTISAWASDI (@mateepto) June 21, 2017 Predictions about turfgrass and climate change in [a new paper by Jerry Hatfield]( How much nitrogen [is in rain and snow?]( The Asian Tour was in Samui for the [Queen's Cup]( No complaints about the workplace... Continue reading
This question came some months ago: > "I'm just pondering something about MLSN levels for Bent vs Poa and so hopefully you can clear it up. > Having seen a bit of research coming out about k levels affecting disease pressure differently for poa and Bent does that not mean there should be two different MLSN's for the two species? > Sorry if this is a rubbish question, I might have missed something somewhere." That is not a rubbish question. There are three general points I'd like to make about this. 1. MLSN is a method for interpreting soil tests... Continue reading
After Paul Robertson [asked if anyone is using a Pelzmeter](, a long discussion followed, and the notifications on my Twitter account blew up. I think the conversation is still happening. My only contribution to that conversation was to [share a link]( to an article by Richards et al. that shows the Pelzmeter and the Stimpmeter give the same results with "no differences in measurement repeatability." The conversation kept going, eventually touching on the quantity of clippings mown from the turf, which is some indication of how much the grass is growing, and the green speed. I was reminded of a... Continue reading