Executive Director, AGSA Inc.
2500 Castle Dr
T: +216 (0)40 3629 4753
Topic: Using Compost to Help Prevent Wear Damage on High-Traffic Areas
Description: The objectives of this discussion will be for turfgrass managers to greater understand how compost topdressing can be used in their turf management program. The talk will review a three-year compost topdressing study performed at the Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre in Olds, AB; and a demonstration trials on in-use play fields in Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge, Alberta. Attendees will gain further insights into:
Topic: New Insights on Snow Mould Management
Description: Environmental factors play a huge role in the success of your snow mould management program. In this presentation, attendees will learn how the sudden shifts in weather conditions can influence the behavior of snow mould pathogens and the fate of your plant protection materials. Additionally, attendees will gain new perspective into the past, present, and future of snow mould management and how they can successfully navigate these new regulatory waters moving forward.
Topic: Extracting the Value From Your Fertilizer
Points Available: NB - 1 Continuing Education Credit
Description: Fertilizers are not all created equal. Understanding what’s in the bag is critical in making the best decisions surrounding your approach to turfgrass fertilization. Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers help deliver more nutrients to the plant, while limiting losses to the environment. But different EEFs work differently, so it’s important to match the technology with your objectives. In addition, the way your fertilizer blend is built can have a big impact on your bottom line, and it may not be what you think. Consider not just the price, but the technology, blend quality, and long-term value of your fertilizer before you make your fertilizer programming decisions.
Topic: Optimizing your Irrigation Control System
Description: Is your irrigation control system operating at peak efficiency? This talk will outline steps to optimize your system including hydraulic setup and applying water based on amount versus runtime to provide high quality turf and save water. The latest technology influencing the irrigation industry will also be discussed.
Description: A detailed look at how nozzles work and which nozzle is best for your application. Discussion on how droplet size affects coverage and off target drift. What affects distribution and how to calibrate for different applications.
Topic: The plan may change but never the goal
Description: Jamie will discuss how things have changed for equipment technicians and how they prepare and operate through the year. New techniques may change how you do things but not what you want to achieve in doing them.
Turf Disease Management in the era of reduced fungicide use
Description: The increasing restrictions on the use of conventionalsynthetic fungicides show a need for effective alternatives. Some ofthese alternatives include cultural controls, low-risk products,biological control agents, and activated resistance against diseases.Attend this seminar to learn about viable strategies for turf diseasemanagement with reduced use of conventional fungicides, and to assess ifyou would suffer withdrawal symptoms. This presentation will alsoprovide application rates and safety information of some of thealternatives.
Biology and Management of Common Turf Diseases in the Maritime Region
This presentation focuses on several major turfgrassdiseases that can be found in the Maritime Atlantic Provinces of Canadaincluding Microdochium Patch, Snow Molds, Fairy Ring, Dollar Spot,Take-All Patch among others. The biology of each of these diseases willbe presented, as well as fungicides and rates which have been found tobe effective for controlling them, and the best way to find this type ofinformation, including labels and efficacy.
The presentation will end with a discussion of Pesticide Application and PPE which includes a short funny video.
This seminar will delve into the complex relationship between having a successful career as a golf course Superintendent and a personal life filled with meaning and presence. We will discuss the following:
- The various pitfalls and traps that foster poor decision making and lead to burnout
- Ways to build resilience and promote well being
- How these factors influence one's leadership style
- How these factors in turn work to build a workplace culture that thrives.
This will be an interactive afternoon where the attendees will be encouraged to reflect on their own journeys, discuss themes in a group setting, and share if they feel comfortable doing so.
Just Enough: Renovating Fox Meadow
Golf architect Jeff Mingay and course superintendent Paul MacCormack discuss their approach to renovating Fox Meadow Golf Course, in Stratford, P.E.I. Driven by the necessity of carrying out remedial work at this 20+ year old layout, Mingay and MacCormack used the opportunity to also make relatively minor architectural changes that have placed Fox Meadow on a more sustainable trajectory into the future. The purpose of every bunker was analyzed prior to renovation, which resulted in a 47% reduction of sand square footage throughout the course. Tee surfaces were enlarged, not only to more effectively deal with wear but offer more diverse set-up opportunities for golfers of all abilities. Fairway areas have been expanded off the tees and around the greens to enhance playability and create more short game interest. As a result, maintenance operations have been simplified and the course presents itself as unique amongst others on the island.
What is golf architecture relative to improving your course?
With two decades of experience working to improve aged courses, golf architect Jeff Mingay talks about how he sees/analyzes existing layouts relative to making recommendations for improvement. Jeff also explains how golf course superintendents can employ the same lense and criteria to determine what's required to genuinely make their own golf courses better. Jeff will discuss opportunities at the teeing areas and why short grass always trumps rough, while also explaining that sand bunkers are overrated and only trees in the right places are necessary.
Sharing for Strength: What’s Working Around the Maritimes?
The best part of this industry is superintendents willingness to share information. As a sales representative, I get a unique opportunity to see successes, and sometimes failures, during my travels. This session will aim to share some of those stories with the hopes of helping attendees leave with some new ideas that they can put to use at their own facilities.
NS/NL: 3 points in total are available
February 22: Joel Williams - Managing Turf Immunity - 1 Pest Management Credit
March 1: Wray Mason - Nozzle Selection & Calibration - 1 Application Technology Credit
March 9: Jesse Benelli - New Insights into Snow Mould Management - 1 Pest Management Credit
NB: 11 CECs available in total
February 22: Joel Williams - Full seminar - 4 CEC
March 1: Full day (4 hours) - 3 CEC
March 9: Full day (4 hours) - 3 CEC
March 16: Eric Miltner - Extracting Value from your fertilizer - 1 CEC