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7/15/2014 - Ted Horton Joins Audubon's Board of Directors

Consulting superintendent has held a variety of posts
Ted Horton has joined Audubon International's board of directors. Horton is the senior consulting superintendent for ValleyCrest Golf Course Maintenance, director for the California Golf Course Owners Association and immediate past president for the California Golf Alliance. He specializes in environmental stewardship, golf course safety, security and risk management, turfgrass agronomics, and...


7/15/2014 - Engage Agro USA, TAMINCO US Form Partnership

Engage to distribute Defiant
Engage Agro USA has signed a distribution agreement with TAMINCO US INC. to be the exclusive distributor of Defiant (75% WDG Thiram turf fungicide and animal repellent) in the United States. Defiant is a dry flowable Thiram formulation for the prevention of dollar spot, brown patch and fusarium patch in the summer season and pink snow mold in the winter. In addition, Defiant provides protection...


7/15/2014 - Michigan Superintendent Earns Designation

Rockov earns certification in e-par EMS program
Scott Rockov, golf course superintendent of the University of Michigan (U-M) Golf Course has earned certification in the e-par Environmental Management System (EMS) Certified Professional program, which recognizes individuals who have knowledge of systems-based environmental management and the requisite skills to build and implement a comprehensive environmental management system. "We're proud...


7/15/2014 - United Turf Alliance Offers Liquid Azoxystrobin

Highly-concentrated product contains 2.08 AI per gallon
Atlanta-based United Turf Alliance introduces ArmorTech ZOXY 2 SC, a liquid formulation of an azoxystrobin fungicide. Prior to going off patent, azoxystrobin was available to the professional turf management market as Syngenta's Heritage Fungicide. ArmorTech ZOXY 2 SC is labeled for the control of many important turfgrass diseases on golf course greens, tees and fairways. The highly concentrated...


7/15/2014 - Going Once ... Going Twice ...

Rounds 4 Research auction garners $115,500
The first phase of the 2014 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program for turfgrass studies, run by the Environmental Institute For Golf (EIFG), sold more than 600 rounds and yielded $115,500 in the June online auction. The total was a 7 percent increase over a year ago. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GSCAA). The Carolinas Golf...


7/15/2014 - Aquatrols Makes Acquisition

Company purchases Farmura Environmental in UK
Aquatrols Corporation of America has acquired Farmura Environmental. Based in the United Kingdom, Farmura Environmental supplies the European market with turf products and has served as Aquatrols' principal distributor in the UK since the companies first formed a partnership in 2007. According to Aquatrols President Tracy Jarman, the acquisition of Farmura is the result of a natural evolution...


7/15/2014 - Sustainability Is Central

"Our purpose is to foster healthy environments where we live, work and play, and that sets the stage for sustainability," says Bayer's David Wells
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...


7/15/2014 - Deal Finalized

Koch gets POLYON, DURATION and other products from Agrium
Koch Agronomic Services LLC (KAS), an affiliate of Koch Fertilizer LLC, has finalized the acquisition of the turf and ornamental assets, brands and product technologies of Agrium Advanced Technologies, a former business unit of Agrium Inc. The acquired T&O business provides nutrient solutions for the horticulture, turfgrass, consumer lawn and garden and specialty agriculture segments. ...


Bringing Out Their Best - Marriott Golf's Robinson rolls out a challenge for superintendents - The world needs more people...

7/15/2014 - Bringing Out Their Best

Marriott Golf's Robinson rolls out a challenge for superintendents
By Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
The world needs more people like David Robinson, whether they're youth sports coaches, restaurant managers, prime ministers or directors of golf grounds. The world needs more people like Robinson, Marriott Golf's senior director of golf grounds and a certified golf course superintendent, because they aim to get the best out of the people they manage, meaning they often bring out the best in the people...


BASF Branching Out - "The Chemical Company" could soon add "water-use efficiency" products to its repertoire - BASF bills ...

7/15/2014 - BASF Branching Out

"The Chemical Company" could soon add "water-use efficiency" products to its repertoire
Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
BASF bills itself as "the chemical company." In time, BASF may be able to add "the water-use efficiency company" to that tagline. At the 2014 BASF Agricultural Solutions Media Summit in June on the Duke University campus, Nevin McDougall, BASF's senior vice president of North America, announced that BASF will introduce a water-use efficiency product to the agriculture market...


6/25/2014 - FMC Expands Leadership Team

Todd, Thota named to new roles
FMC Corp. named Bethwyn Todd to a newly created expanded role and hired Pramod Thota to lead FMC Professional Solutions (FPS), the business unit within FMC Agricultural Solutions serving the pest, turf and ornamental industries. Todd's role includes leadership of FMC's new BioSolutions and Seed Treatment businesses while retaining executive oversight of FPS as global business director. Among...


6/25/2014 - Dennis and SISIS Appoints Wilson

Named northern area sales manager
Dennis and SISIS, divisions of the Howardson Group, a British manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment, appointed Ewen Wilson as northern area sales manager, incorporating Scotland, Ireland and Northern England. This management restructuring announcement follows the retirement of Alan Ronaldson after twelve years' service with the company. As part of the restructure, Ewen will also continue his...


6/25/2014 - Georgia GCSA Awards Nine Legacy Scholarships

Awards funded by Georgia GCSA in partnershipwith Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation
Nine students were awarded the 2014 Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (Georgia GCSA) Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship offers educational aid to the children and grandchildren of Georgia GCSA members in one of the following classifications: A, SM, C, Retired A, Retired SM or AA Life. The awards are funded by the Georgia GCSA in partnership with Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation. Applications...


6/25/2014 - Pinehurst, Toro Renew Agreement

Toro will supply resort for another 10 years
Pinehurst and The Toro Co. have extended their long-standing relationship for another decade. The new 10-year agreement designates Toro as the preferred supplier of golf course maintenance equipment and irrigation solutions for the Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. Toro's relationship with Pinehurst began in 1922, and it is one of the company's longest standing customer relationships. ...


6/25/2014 - Sustainability Must Start With Golfers

USGA's Davis says it will take time for American golfes to embrace Pinehurst-like conditions
Lawrence Aylward/Editorial Director
In addition to its agrarian native areas, Pinehurst No. 2 sported areas of tan, beige and brown turf, which definitely caught the eyes of many golf course superintendents. For instance, the edges of the No. 2 Course's fairways were hues of brown, which they are supposed to be, even for resort golfers. The hues are also not defined by shape, meaning there's no clean break from the irrigated green...


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