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At the onset of this micro learning event, Beth Guertal, Ph.D., explains, “A soil test report is supposed to give you an idea of what the nutrient status is of various soil nutrients in your soil and then give you a recommendation for how much you need to see your plant through the next cropping season.” She then proceeds to use BEER as an example to help you better understand the nuances of soil reports. Take a look to learn more about the differences between labs and how that impacts the report you receive.
In order for trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines and other ornamentals to be successful on the golf course, they must be well sited, planted properly and provided with the initial appropriate care. In this 60-minute webinar, John Fech covers many components to providing a good start.
Maintained turf is critical to the playing field of golf and provides a valuable green space in urban environments. There are other elements to the golf course that can provide pollinator and wildlife habitat. You can learn more about it and what you can do from Jay McCurdy, Ph.D., as he covers interesting aspects of sustainability in this 40-minute presentation.
The Annual Bluegrass Weevil (ABW) has a known destructive preference for annual bluegrass. Can this be harnessed for good? Researchers evaluated withholding ABW control; in this 40-minute webinar, Katie Diehl explains.
Facility BMP Plans provide many benefits for the superintendent, the superintendent profession, the golf facility and the golf course industry. GCSAA has received funding from the USGA and PGA Tour, but superintendents must participate in order for the industry to be successful. Join J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., for this hour-long webinar to learn why having a written facility plan is so important.
Among the biggest projects any turf manager may undertake will be a new irrigation system. While many shy away from playing an active role in the system’s design, Ashley Wilkinson explains why and how you should help in planning for such a large construction project in this 90-minute webinar.
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Rick Fredericksen, CGCS, and assistant superintendent Ryan Ebeling share the action plan implemented at Woodhill Country Club to address impacts from COVID-19. Working in partnership with Wayzata Country Club, the team shares priorities established to address both reductions in staff and minimum maintenance practices. This 20-minute event wraps up with Woodhill’s golf pro, Paul Kelly, emphasizing the importance of communication during times of crisis and beyond.
This event is available to all at no cost.
The need for state-level best management practices (BMP) programs is greater than ever. Many golf courses in urban environments are seen as much less than the positive green spaces we know them to be. In this 90-minute webinar, J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., and Stacey Kingsbury will cover the nuts and bolts of BMP planning and development.
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Soil aeration is key to growing healthy turf that is better able to withstand biotic and abiotic stressors. The ever-increasing pressure for pristine conditions coupled with recent advances in technology have prompted golf course superintendents to rethink their aeration practices. In this 90-minute webinar, J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., discusses the principles behind good soil aeration and shares some novel approaches, too.
As a turfgrass professional, you understand just how much the quality of cut affects the quality of turf. Your golfers want a stellar playing surface and you want to provide the best conditions. Greg Turner and Jim Nedin provide unique insights in this recording from a seminar held at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando in Jan. 2020, where they explore the vital relationships between reel mower applications, quality of cut and after cut appearance.
There are 3 chronic issues in turfgrass management:
Drainage, Air movement, Shade
This second in the series of one-hour webinars is Air Movement with Bud White. This series was Live Captioned as presented.
En la presentación, de carácter práctico, se estudiará cómo afecta el ciclo del agua y su calidad en nuestros campos de golf. Conocida la calidad del agua a partir de un programa de análisis, primero ponderaremos el peso de los contenidos en sales y nutrientes, y posteriormente, calibraremos la repercusión de sus características en el manejo del cultivo del césped. La relación de las medidas correctoras y ajustes se establecerá para las situaciones de manejo más comunes.
Soil reaction (aka soil pH) is frequently managed to improve turfgrass health. Many golf course superintendents submit soil samples to soil testing laboratories for routine pH analysis in an effort to determine and implement pH management strategies. In this 90-minute webinar, Lee Berndt, Ph.D., provides information on how to submit soil samples for analysis, how soil testing labs actually measure pH of samples, and how to interpret the results of pH analyses.
Sand topdressing putting greens has proven to be a valuable management practice that yields several benefits, both agronomic and from a playability perspective. As putting green grasses have become denser and finer-textured, it is often a challenge to incorporate topdressing sand into the putting green canopy. In this 90-minute webinar, Douglas Karcher, Ph.D., focuses on the major objectives for your putting green sand topdressing program.
In this 60-minute webinar, Michael D. Richardson, Ph.D. shares results from the University of Arkansas’ research group. They have been investigating early-spring bulbs and summer-blooming perennials as a means of enhancing turfgrass sites that do not require pure stands of turfgrass. Performance, persistence, and pollinator preference of various flowering plants are discussed.
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Many operations that occur at the turf care center can have environmental impact. In this 90-minute webinar, Gary Bogdanski, equipment manager at The Sharon Golf Club, examines some of these activities and how to apply best management practices for reducing their impact. Bogdanski discusses storage and handling of chemicals, waste handling, fueling operations, equipment washing, pollution prevention, and employee safety with these procedures.
Ron Hickman, PGA Master Professional, provides some examples of best ways to mark hazard and out-of-bounds areas in this 90-minute webinar.
Let’s explore what stormwater is, where it comes from, and how it fits into the GCSAA BMP Manual. Stormwater management has many different places it can fit throughout the BMPs. During this 90-minute webinar, Gary L. Hawkins, Ph.D., explores some of these places, explains and reviews how managing stormwater can benefit your golf course. Listen in to get tips you can use right away.
Join J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., and Stacey Kingsbury as they guide you through GCSAA’s online BMP Planning Guide and Template. Learn important aspects of the planning process, from working with the steering committee and stakeholders to editing the best management practices (BMPs) during this 60-minute webinar.
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