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4/11/2014 - AMVAC Gains Distribution Rights of BASAMID

Granular soil fumigant available exclusively from company
AMVAC Chemical Corp. (AMVAC), a subsidiary of American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) announced that is the sole distributor of the granular soil fumigant product BASAMID G. AMVAC completed agreements to be the exclusive distributor, while Kanesho Soil Treatment SPRL/BVBA continues to be the registration holder of the product. BASAMID G eliminates weeds, grasses, nematodes and disease to give...


4/11/2014 - OMRI Listed

Andersons' product approved for organic use
The Turf & Specialty Group of The Andersons announced its Black Gypsum DG product is now OMRI Listed for organic use in the United States. Previously, the product Humic DG, was also approved for OMRI Listing for organic use. Black Gypsum DG and Humic DG are soil-applied amendment solutions designed to enhance soil microbial activity and increase the uptake of applied nutrients. Patented Dispersible...


4/11/2014 - Golf Courses Commended in Study

University of Missouri says courses "offer a viable habitat for stream salamanders"
There are more about 16,000 golf courses in the U.S. covering more than 2.7 million acres. The ecological impacts of golf courses are not always straightforward with popular opinion suggesting that, environmentally, golf courses have a negative impact on ecosystems. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) have determined that golf courses can offer a viable habitat for stream salamanders,...


So You Want to be the Superintendent at Augusta ... - You could handle the pressure of maintaining Augusta's hallowed grou...

4/11/2014 - So You Want to be the Superintendent at Augusta ...

You could handle the pressure of maintaining Augusta's hallowed grounds?
Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
So you want to be the golf course superintendent at Augusta National Golf Club, home of arguably the greatest golf tournament on the planet, the Masters. Do you have any idea what would be in store if your wish came true? Well, you can assume a few things. You would be paid very handsomely, and you would have a big maintena...


McNerney Joins Bayer - Former superintendent names sales manager for southwest Florida - Environmental Science, a division...

3/25/2014 - McNerney Joins Bayer

Former superintendent names sales manager for southwest Florida
Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, appointed Sean McNerney as area sales manager for the North American turf and ornamentals (T&O) business. In his new role serving the southwest Florida market, McNerney is responsible for driving sales of assigned accounts and distributor branches, as well as building and maintaining relationships with key end users. ...


3/25/2014 - Weevil Trak Gets an Upgrade

Updated platform features a new look including a customized stage notification progress bar
Syngenta has upgraded Weevil Trak, an interactive tool for customized annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) tracking and control recommendations. The newly updated platform features a new look including a customized stage notification progress bar displaying the status of users controlling the first two generations of ABW. Additionally, new monitoring sites were added for better geographic coverage and more...


3/25/2014 - Outstanding!

RISE honors FMC's Wendell Codner
Wendell Codner of FMC Corp. was recently honored by Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) with the "Committee Chairman's Service Award." During his eight-year tenure as a member of the programs and membership committee, including two years as the committee's chair, Codner has spent countless hours helping to recruit new members, design the RISE annual meeting, and communicate...


3/25/2014 - Former Superintendent Joins STEC

Steward named a sales representative for company
Cliff Steward was named a sales representative for STEC Equipment. He'll be based out of the company's Anderson, S.C., headquarters. Steward brings almost 20 years of experience in the golf course maintenance industry, along with a sales background. He holds a bachelor's degree in turfgrass science from Eastern Kentucky University. Most recently, he was golf course superintendent at Gainey Ranch...


3/25/2014 - U of M Embraces Sustainability Program

Golf course implements e-par USA
University of Michigan Golf Course Latest to Work with e-par USA on Sustainability Initiatives The University of Michigan Golf Course is one of the latest golf facilities to commit to working with e-par USA on enhanced environmental management and sustainability initiatives. "E-par is the ultimate resource for golf courses that are striving to be great stewards of the environment," said U-M Golf...


3/25/2014 - Audubon International Names New Leader

Doug Bechtel appointed to post
Aubudon International (AI) has appointed Doug Bechtel as president and CEO of the New York-based organization that works with organizations in 36 countries on environmental sustainability. Bechtel has been serving as associate director of environmental programs for AI. Prior to joining the organization, Bechtel was director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancy's New Hampshire Chapter...


Da Bears Play at His Course - Kregel is superintendent of club owned by former Chicago Bear great Jay Hilgenberg - Golf Co...

3/25/2014 - Da Bears Play at His Course

Kregel is superintendent of club owned by former Chicago Bear great Jay Hilgenberg
Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
Golf Course Superintendent Matt Kregel is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan. You could call him a Superfan, just like the ones from the old "Saturday Night Live" skit. And guess what? Kregel is superintendent of the Club at Strawberry Creek, a private club co-owned by former Bear Jay Hilgenberg, who played center under quarterback Jim McMahon when the Monsters of the Midway won the Super Bowl...


Grow Like Wildflowers - Operation Pollinator aims to reverse the plight of bees and pollinating insects by creating valuab...

3/25/2014 - Grow Like Wildflowers

Operation Pollinator aims to reverse the plight of bees and pollinating insects by creating valuable habitats in out-of-play areas on golf courses
Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
You first notice them on your way to the first tee. You're cruising down the cart path in your golf car when you come upon them - and you're wowed. To the right of the cart path are the wildflowers, waving in the wind, their myriad colors magnified by the bright afternoon sun. You stop the golf car to take in the magnificent view. ...


3/11/2014 - Wiedenmann Names Salesmen and Dealers of the Year

Cornicelli named salesman of the year
Wiedenmann North America LLC held its annual sales meeting at Grand Cypress Golf Course in Orlando Feb. 7-8 during the Golf Industry Show. It was attended by dealers, salesmen, and superintendents from the United States and Canada. The following individuals and dealerships were recognized for their outstanding sales efforts in 2013: . 2013 Salesman of the Year: Shane Cornicelli, A-OK Tu...


3/11/2014 - A Distinguished Career

Bob Bell retires from Smith Turf & Irrigation
Bob Bell retired from Smith Turf & Irrigation on in January after a distinguished 40 year career with the company. After being hired in 1973 as a commercial equipment (Golf) territory manager for then E. J. Smith & Sons Co. in Charlotte, N.C., Bell quickly put his talents to use, traveling the western North Carolina area and forging lifelong customers and friends in the golf and green industry. ...


3/11/2014 - Petro-Canada Recognizes Superintendents

Company awards Changing the Game and Achievement Award winners
You could say that Magic was in the air as CIVITAS presented their Changing the Game and CIVITAS Achievement Awards to outstanding CIVITAS community members during the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Fla., last month. As part of the festivities, 100 honored guests joined the CIVITAS team at the Orlando Magic basketball game where winners took to center court to receive their awards and meet the Orlando...


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