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8/28/2014 - A More Sustainable Variety

Superintendents in the transition zone who are forward thinkers and on the leading edge are turning to Champion to replace their courses' bentgrass greens, Champion's Mike Brown says.
Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
Editor's note: The June issue of Superintendent magazine features a special supplement on golf and sustainability. We were fortunate to have several advertisers/sponsors involved in the supplement to make it possible and to help educate superintendents about sustainability. We asked the sponsors to share their philosophies about sustainability as it pertains to their products. It's clear these companies...


8/27/2014 - Jacobsen Offers Tractor-Mounted Hydraulic Mower

MH5 provides productivity and versatility, company says
Jacobsen has launched the MH5 five-reel tractor-mounted hydraulic mower, which provides a reel-quality cut and excellent ground following on a variety of turf areas including golf roughs, surrounds, fairways, driving ranges, sports fields, parks and roadsides, according to the company. In addition to mowing versatility, the MH5 has the power and flexibility to easily handle verticutting and scalping...


8/27/2014 - Green Industry's Schlossberg Honored by RISE

President of Pro-Lawn-Plus receives Grassroots Excellence Award
During its 24th annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona, this week, RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) recognized Mark Schlossberg, president of Pro-Lawn-Plus, with the 2014 Grassroots Excellence Award for his work on the front line in Maryland's legislature and his advocacy for the industry on the local, state and federal levels. As this year's honoree, he has been the catalyst for...


8/27/2014 - Aquatrols Appoints Bywater

Veteran is new international accounts manager in the Pacific Rim
Aquatrols named Matthew Bywater as its international accounts manager in the Pacific Rim. Bywater joins the Aquatrols team with many years of experience in the turfgrass industry. He previously served in sales and marketing positions with the Australian Turfgrass Institute, Rhône-Poulenc, and Nuturf. Most recently, he founded and operated his own promotional products company, 4promote. Australian...


8/27/2014 - The Long Run

Pellant celebrates 35 years at Topeka Country Club
The Topeka (Kansas) Country Club (TCC) is congratulating Leo Pellant, its golf course superintendent for 35 years. On Aug. 12, 1979, Pellant started his career at The Topeka Country Club as assistant superintendent. He had recently graduated from Kansas State University with a bacherlor's degree in landscape horticulture with an emphasis in turfgrass Science. In 1997, Leo he was promoted to superintendent. ...


8/27/2014 - Second Term

McHugh returns to Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club
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Let It Bee - McKone adds beekeeping to his superintendent duties - Like a lot of golf course superintendents, Erwin McKone...

8/27/2014 - Let It Bee

McKone adds beekeeping to his superintendent duties
Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
Like a lot of golf course superintendents, Erwin McKone is an environmentalist at heart. So when a member of Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville, Indiana, where McKone is director of golf course operations, suggested the course would be an ideal site for a honeybee hive, McKone was all for it. McKone took the idea to the club's board of directors, and they liked it. While some members were...


8/27/2014 - Koch Adds "Innovative" Products

Two nitrogen stabilizers now part of AGROTAIN product line
Wichita, Kan.-based Koch Agronomic Services LLC added two new innovative nitrogen stabilizers to the AGROTAIN product family - AGROTAIN ADVANCED and AGROTAIN DRI-MAXX. AGROTAIN ADVANCED stabilizer is a patent-pending, concentrated liquid formulation. Based on laboratory and commercial-use trials, AGROTAIN ADVANCED stabilizer has improved performance at a reduced use rate which minimizes the potential...


8/15/2014 - It Was a Happy Honey Bee Day

Bees are rebounding in numbers, according to Bayer Bee Care Program
Aug. 16 was National Honey Bee Day and the Bayer Bee Care Program says it's celebrating the recent good news about honeybees, which suggests bees are rebounding when compared to previous years. Honeybees have a tremendous impact in our lives, backyards and communities, including pollinating many of the fruits and vegetables we love to eat. Without them, feeding our families and growing beautiful gardens...


8/14/2014 - FMC Will Develop, Market DISARM and XONERATE

Company signs license agreement with Arysta LIfeScience
FMC Corp. and Arysta LifeScience North America have signed an exclusive licensing agreement in which FMC will develop and market two key turf and ornamental products - DISARM Fungicide (fluoxastrobin) and XONERATE Herbicide (amicarbazone) - in the U.S. and Canada from Arysta LifeScience. The agreement is effective immediately. "This exclusive agreement unites two complementary product lines,...


8/13/2014 - Reversible Course

Tom Doak to design Forest Dunes Golf Club in northern Michigan
After two decades spanning the globe from New Zealand to China designing golf courses, Traverse City, Michigan, resident Tom Doak is coming home to create a course at Forest Dunes Golf Club in northern Michigan that legendary golf architects could only dream of doing. Doak and his Renaissance Golf Design team will design and build a reversible course - two distinct layouts using the same greens...


8/13/2014 - Toro Honors Reinders

Company names 2013 Partner in Excellence for Best in Parts
The Toro Company presented Reinders, Inc. of Milwaukee with two awards at Toro's recent 100th-anniversary celebration in Bloomington, Minnesota. Mark Robel received the 2013 Green Blazer award and Reinders was named the 2013 Partner in Excellence for Best in Parts. Robel's award recognizes his accomplishments in customer-focused sales and service programs in the turf equipment market. The prestigious...


8/13/2014 - Proper Pesticide Application

Videos from FMC show proper guidelines
FMC Corp. is reintroducing three videos showing proper guidelines for liquid pesticide applications. The videos take viewers step-by-step through applications of Talstar for outdoor spot and perimeter treatments, as well as indoor applications. Live on the FMC Turf YouTube channel are, "How to Properly Apply Liquid Pesticides" (http://bit.ly/1rT6tep) and "How to Properly Apply Talstar Professional...


PBI-Gordon Goes to Washington - Company representatives volunteer landscaping services at Arlington National Cemetery and ...

8/13/2014 - PBI-Gordon Goes to Washington

Company representatives volunteer landscaping services at Arlington National Cemetery and then meet with members of Congress as part of industry legislative day
Representatives of PBI-Gordon recently traveled to the nation's capital to participate in two annual events coordinated by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national trade association for landscape industry professionals. The outreach included the Renewal & Remembrance volunteer cleanup and maintenance event at Arlington National Cemetery and a Legislative Day on Capitol Hill. Gordon's...


8/13/2014 - Syngenta Launches Ference

Insecticide controls ABW
Syngenta has launched Ference insecticide to help golf course superintendents systemically control annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) at all larval stages (one through five). Ference offers increased control of ABW through the enhanced Syngenta Optimum Control Strategy found on GreenCastOnline.com/Ference. The active ingredient in Ference, cyantraniliprole, will control larvae inside the stem (first...


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