What we talked about
Morning topics from stimpmeter team B at the 2016 Ryder Cup
Maybe you saw this from Jeff Johnson a couple days ago.
He’s not kidding. Ok, maybe he was kidding, but we sure had a great time. Alejandro Reyes, the golf course superintendent at Le Golf National for this week’s Ryder Cup, was kind enough to document our discussions in 2016.
28 September 2016
Leaf nutrient analysis, or tissue testing, and #MLSN
The topic of the morning: tissue analysis discussion #mlsn OMG @fsr3 @asianturfgrass @rydercup @legolfnational @Hazeltine @ct_turf pic.twitter.com/XcxtZgcUv8— Alejandro Reyes (@Reyes_golf) September 28, 2016
29 September 2016
Morning topic: clippings measure after mowing, it is worth to? Practical to do daily??? @asianturfgrass @drumcturf @Greensideup17 @ct_turf pic.twitter.com/O68VascKP4— Alejandro Reyes (@Reyes_golf) September 29, 2016
30 September 2016
Disturbance theory, and favoring fescue or bent or poa
Morning topic: Fescue/Bent/Poa dominance-disturbance @drumcturf @asianturfgrass @MinikahdaTurf @SintornKim @ct_turf #RyderCup #GoEurope pic.twitter.com/5VFG7Pe89j— Alejandro Reyes (@Reyes_golf) September 30, 2016
1 October 2016
Coring, is it really necessary?
Morning topic: coring, it is really necessary? OM is the key @asianturfgrass @MinikahdaTurf @drumcturf @SintornKim @czugel @ct_turf pic.twitter.com/1EpC4wxW7R— Alejandro Reyes (@Reyes_golf) October 1, 2016
2 October 2016
What’s the best paella?
Morning topic: Paella (as a good Sunday) @asianturfgrass @drumcturf @Lara__Arias @MinikahdaTurf @SintornKim @ct_turf #RyderCup pic.twitter.com/tsmL788RQw— Alejandro Reyes (@Reyes_golf) October 2, 2016
Those were some heavyweight topics. What would I add to that list today, if I had more days to talk with these turf legends?
I’d talk about measuring organic matter in the soil, specifically the methods used to collect the samples and then to measure an index of organic matter.
I’d invert the #ClipVol discussion for a day, sort of, to talk about how much N it would take, and I think you’d be surprised at how little it is, to generate a given amount of growth.
This obviously has implications for organic matter production and its management, but we probably don’t need a whole extra day for that.
I’d ask if there were ideas on a way to express all the course maintenance work in a single unit. That is, how can one express all the machines used, hours worked, water pumped, fuel burned, fertilizers applied, etc., in the same unit so that this work can be compared year to year, or place to place, or so that simulations could be done to find what is most likely to happen if certain adjustments would be made?