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About: Rob Cooper

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  • Biographical Info : Rob Cooper is Managing Director of Living Turf, a business he started in 2003 with the aim of developing a technically competent and customer focused product distribution service for professional turf managers. With a practical background in sportsfield curation (North Sydney Oval), Rob has achieved tertiary qualification in Agrictulture (M. Ag 'Turf Mgt') and Business Administration (MBA) before starting Living Turf. Having experienced 10 years of international business with The Scotts Company (1994-2003), Rob has established a world wide network of professional contacts which helps to position Living Turf as thought leaders in a market that is so susceptible to challenges of a changing environment.

Stress less about disease

In recent times, Bayer have introduced an additive to new fungicide products they call StressGuard™.  With a characteristically green pigment, StressGuard™ is shown in university studies to impart plant health benefits including but not limited to increase in drought tolerance, improved root function/nutrient uptake, increased root mass, increased tiller density, UV protection, increased chlorophyll production in low light conditions and better overall stress resistance in treated plants. The latest product from Bayer to include StressGuard™ is Interface®.  A dependable dual active fungicide, Interface is registered for control and protection against Dollar Spot, Brown Patch, Fusarium , Helminthosporium, Rust and Grey Leaf Spot.  In addition to StressGuard™, Interface® contains a powerful combination of active ingredients (Iprodione… ...Read More

New – Spinner Insecticide

This month Syngenta launched Spinner®, a new and useful insecticide for damaging turf pests including soil feeding grubs, stem boring weevils and surface feeding caterpillars. Containing two active ingredients (cyantraniliprole and thiamethoxam), Spinner® controls pests with a dual mode of action, making it an extremely fast acting curative and also preventative treatment for damaging turf insects. This is the first insecticide to hit the market containing cyantraniliprole, an insecticide that shares the same family as chlorantraniliprole (Acelepryn®), the anthranilic diamide family. While the mode of action is the same, the key difference between the two chemistries is that cyantraniliprole works faster to… ...Read More

Living Turf Update

The vision for Living Turf has always been to build a business infrastructure where the best turf sales agronomists would gravitate to ply their trade. Underpinning that vision has been a decade of developing intellectual property including but not limited to My-Results®, new and useful products, My-Climate® and various technical support resources designed to add value to every sales transaction. The success of this strategy is self-evident with the quality of sales professionals we have on the road representing our business. September 2014 marks one of our most significant recruitment initiatives, with Ashley Neuendorf and Max Whatman joining our Queensland business unit. I am… ...Read More

Targetting Turf Mites

Couch mites have been responsible for significant damage to sportsfields, tees and cricket wickets in recent years.  At the Gold Coast AGCSA conference, Syngenta launched Hygran® (diafentiuron) as a rotational chemistry to be used in conjunction with Abamectin (Active Ingredient – found in Thumper®, Gymnast®). Hygran® represents a significant opportunity for couch turf managers to extend the longevity of mite control and to prevent resistance that is sure to develop due to their short life cycle and multiple generations per season. The strategy recommendation for couch mite is to treat regenerating couch early in the growing season with Abamectin. A fast… ...Read More

Control Poa, with Shortstop 200SC…

The degree of wintergrass control achieved will be influenced primarily by the rate and frequency at which SHORTstop 200SC is used. Most temperate research shows that a ‘little and often’ application strategy is the most effective means of suppressing wintergrass competition in a bentgrass greens (see your tech rep for more info). The Turf Growth Regulator (TGR) ingredient in SHORTstop is root absorbed and needs to be watered in to take effect. After irrigation, SHORTstop binds to organic carbon and therefore settles at the very top layer of soil, where wintergrass roots congregate due to their shallow habit.  Because bentgrass and other cool season grasses (when healthy)… ...Read More

Stop Poa Seed in it’s tracks…

INTERCEPT® 480SL is a powerful means of preventing the population explosion that results from the annual flush of wintergrass (Poa annua) seed.  Wintergrass is a prolific weed of cool season turf, especially bentgrass golf greens. While the vegetative growth stage of wintergrass produces a desirable turf surface, the onset of seed head causes a lank and open habit, the proliferation of seed stalk and an unsightly frosting of viable seed. In December 2013 the APVMA approved a 4 hour re-entry period for INTERCEPT 480SL, the first registration of its’ type for Australian turf.  This is music to the ears of… ...Read More