Jim Riopelle wrote an excellent article in the January/February issue of Turf & Rec magazine.
You’ll want to read the full article. Here are a few quotes:
I’ve experienced the good times in our industry but more recently have seen a beleaguered industry, as our core players age, younger people don’t play, and revenues struggle to keep up with expenses …
Most of you will be familiar with the GreenKeeper App. It is a decision support tool for turfgrass professionals that includes pest outbreak models, product (and growing degree day) tracking, weather reporting and much more.
This conversation keeps happening more and more, about which products are really required to produce the desired surfaces.
There’s an interesting discussion on this topic between Frank Rossi and Chris Tritabaugh in this TurfNet Frankly Speaking episode.
“The flagrant merchandising of nostrums and unapproved seeds and materials must be attacked vigorously from every quarter.”
That exhortation was given by the Turf Committee in their report at the 1952 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy.
Danny Vandecoevering wrote with this interesting email. I thought it was worth sharing here:
A couple weeks ago I asked you a question on twitter [his question was in response to this post] regarding what variation in day to day clipping volume would be considered statistically relevant.
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.
I’ve thought about and described turfgrass management in three different ways. I use all of these, but they are all slightly different, and each is at a different level of abstraction.