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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.
Topic: Which should you use, a holder or a penetrant?
Description: What expectations should superintendents demand from their wetting agents? Can adding organic compounds to wetting agents improve performance?
These are some of the points discussed during this entertaining and thought-provoking segment. Wetting agent research from Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, University of Wisconsin, Purdue University, University of Arkansas, and the USGA is highlighted.
Topic: Successful Interseeding
Description: The weather has been changing in Atlantic Canada with hotter, more humid summers and often more open winters so species such as Poa annua suffer and may die. Introducing new species and cultivars with improved genetics may reduce problems and costs. Discussion of species to be used on greens and fairways with genetic advances plus how to introduce new genetics will be covered.
Available Points: NB - 4 Continuing Education Credits for Full 4-Part Seminar
Topic: Introduction to the Soil Food Web - Principles and Practices
Description: Understanding how this works, the benefits of such, including bacterial ratios and how it can help with the management of poa annua as well as tools for managing.
Topic: Compost & Compost Teas and Extracts
Description: Variables and parameters to producing good compost, principles and applications, the hows and whys of application.
Topic: Optimizing Turf Nutrition & Foliar Applied Inputs
Description: Introducing the functions of essential minerals and their interactions, pathways to introducing nutrition by foliar applications including how/when to apply, proper formulations, time of day, etc.
Topic: Managing Turf Immunity
Description: Discussion about plants immune response to pests, disease specifically. Tools to use as part of an IPM approach, specific biological nutrients to achieve turf immunity and how they can induce a positive response. The use of other bio stimulants to support immunity.
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