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 Tom Penning, president of Irrometer.

Q: 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?

A: In areas with severe drought conditions, players are aware that appearance may suffer a bit in order to help conserve resources. Superintendents have to manage the water conservatively in order to maintain acceptable playability.

Q: 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?

A: With 64 years of experience providing water management solutions, we’re very confident in making such recommendations.

Q: Many superintendents strive to present golf course turf that’s firm and fast, yet green. Any advice for them on how to achieve this?

A: The more information that a superintendent has on the conditions, the better he is positioned to make appropriate decisions for his course for the tradeoff between appearance and playability.

Q: Why should superintendents use your company’s products to help them irrigate more efficiently and effectively?

A: Our Watermark soil moisture sensor offers an affordable and easy-to-use solution to help them understand their turf’s water requirement. Then irrigation can be scheduled to match plant demand.