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Plant Health, Root Development and Turf Stress

On a recent trip to Rutgers University in New Jersey, David and I met with Dr. Bingru Yuang, Professor II and Chair in Turfgrass Science at the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology. She is an expert on plant health and bio-stimulants with particular interest in stress management.  Many companies utilise her research program for independent testing of their products.  She was careful not to give away any secrets, but still shared a lot of good information with us.  Just a good conversation on what works, what doesn’t work and the best uses to benefit plant health. Here are some of the interesting discussion points in short… ...Read More

Anthracnose Prevention in Poa annua

Last season Anthracnose was the cause of a number of issues in mixed Poa annua greens.  We thought that the below summary of comments  might be of interest as we approach what promises to be a wet and warm season.  The below obviously depends on the level of desire to maintain the Poa component in mixed greens.  Combining some of the cultural, nutritional and protection suggestions below should see you producing the best possible product for your golfing customers. Please feel free to contact your Living Turf Representative if you would like to discuss Anthracnose and its prevention and control any further. ...Read More

Sports Fields and Player Safety

Player safety is a major concern on sports fields in Australia and around the world and it doesn’t matter if it’s a Quarterback on a $15million contract, NRL star, a local club cricketer or your own child playing in the under 11’s team.  There is a baseline expectation that the playing fields surface will not be the cause of any injury.  Increasingly the issue of player safety is a major pressures on managers of sports facilities. Cameron and I met with some of the world’s leading researchers in sports turf and turfgrass maintenance.  It was consensus that the two major factors influencing the safety of surfaces… ...Read More