In this series, company representatives comment on water issues and what their products can do to help superintendents be more efficient in achieving healthy turf. First up in Talking Irrigation is Don Spier,
vice president of Precision Labs.
You’ve heard it said that brown should be the “new green” when it comes to golf course turfgrass. What do you think of this approach?
I don’t agree with this approach. The issue isn’t about color; it’s more about the golfer’s desire to experience healthy playing conditions. If superintendents possess the tools to meet their customers’ expectations, while maintaining healthy turf and stewarding resources such as water, then they should strive to do so. As we try to attract new players to the game of golf, we should keep in mind that many of our prospective customers value aesthetics.
More than ever, superintendents are looking to you for answers to help them with water management. Is there pressure that comes with this responsibility? Why or why not?
There’s a certain amount of pressure associated with providing our customers with good water management solutions. We understand that what we propose needs to be innovative, sensible and effective.
Many superintendents strive to present golf course turf that’s firm and fast, yet green. Any advice for them on how to achieve this?
Most superintendents already know how to do this. They’re combining the cultural practices necessary to ensure plant health with the utilization of new chemistries that allow them to prevent disease, fight weeds and insects, and effectively manage water in the spray tank, spray zone, on the leaf blade and in the soil.
Why should superintendents use your company’s products to help them irrigate more efficiently and effectively?
It’s the right thing to do. Irrigation in the U.S. consumes more than 100 billion gallons of water every day. If superintendents can meet the expectations of their customers and reduce the use of water and the energy needed to pump it, why would they not utilize products that allow them to do both?