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About: David

  • First Name : David
  • Last Name : Worrad
  • Website : http://www.livingturf.com
  • Biographical Info : David is a senior sales Agronomist with Living Turf and widely recognised as one of the most respected turf professionals in Australia. With a Bachelor of Science from Sydney University and over 30 years at the cutting edge of product and technology developments, David plays a leadership role for his colleagues at Living Turf and is a trusted adviser for a large and impressive client portfolio. David started his turf career at The Australian Turfgrass Research Institute (ATRI) embarking on a commercial career that has seen him build and sell his owns business (Turforce) and serve in senior management roles before moving back into a field agronomy role with Living Turf.

Terreplex unlocks bound nutrients

Terreplex® is a unique organic acid, derived from lignin with a pH of 2.5 but completely non corrosive and will not burn. Terreplex performs 2 key functions to benefit turf health: 1. Terreplex® dissolves bicarbonates, frees up calcium, magnesium and potassium, and aids removal of unwanted sodium. Therefore an application of Terreplex® before renovation releases nutrients bound up over summer and ensures the turf has fully available access to these key nutrients. Terreplex® provides the opportunity for free calcium to then move onto exchange sites and help with long term soil structure and air flow. 2. Terreplex®, due to its unique organic base, actually… ...Read More

NSWGCSA awards management of low quality water

The NSWGCSA annual awards in turf management were announced at the AGM at Pennant Hills Golf Club recently on 18th of November.  Congratulations to Martyn Black on receiving the 2014 NSW Excellence in Turf Management award, former recipients of this award include Norm Foord, Michael Bradbery and Mark Parker. This award recognises Superintendents who have consistently produced high quality surfaces over an extended time and contributed in a broader sense to the betterment of the turf industry. Congratulations also goes to Mark Crittenden from Cumberland Golf Club who was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award, with Brad Huender from Gerringong Golf Course having received… ...Read More

Anthracnose issues?

Anthracnose is a disease common in Poa golf greens throughout summer. It attacks weakened Poa and can lead to turf death. It commonly follows drought stress and is favoured by high humidity. Preventive fungicide treatment is essential as recovery of Poa from damage in mid-summer can be very slow. A recent presentation from Dr John Kaminski of Penn State University highlighted the latest research on Anthracnose control. Key points : Regular, light nitrogen apps equivalent to 1-2 bags Nutrite Bentgrass Soluble per ha monthly is essential. It is actually preferable to apply fertiliser biweekly at 0.5-1 bag. Cutting greens with… ...Read More

A fresh look at turf mites

These days turf mites rate as a major economic pest, and are credited with severe restriction of couch regeneration in Spring!  Mite populations build quickly as new shoots are produced in early spring, providing an inviting food source for this difficult to control pest.  Modern thinking suggests that protecting this early season tissue from mites with a rotation of control products will go a long way to establishing season long control. This year Living Turf's accredited spray service has been busy supplying and applying programmed applications of Thumper® and Higran® (detailed below), with truly astounding results.  Scores of couch sportsfields… ...Read More

Argentine Stem Weevil this summer

In 1986 Michael Gibian completed research on Argentine Stem Weevil (ASW) as part of his BScAgr degree.  Since then the ASW life cycle has been observed during insecticide registration work by various people including Jyri Kaapro and Albie Leggett. In summary we can confirm; Over the past 30 years the period over which ASW poses a threat has widened from about 3 months to 6 months as the climate warms. Egg laying, which used to commence in early September, now starts in July with larvae found at Avondale GC on 5 August after a bifenthrin application. Larvae last for an… ...Read More