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Each presentation is available at the member price of $45 and awards 0.2 education
points for completion. To receive your points, you must return the evaluation form after completion of the webcast.
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- Digital Photography Instruction & Lab
John R. Johnson
When you enroll in this instructional webcast, you’ll get the lab event, too.
Two-time National Golf Photographer of the Year John R. Johnson geared the first
event to provide “how-to” ideas to make your film or digital camera
perform better, with specific tips on:
- What do those little picture settings mean?
- Megapixel – What does that do for my photos?
- Pocket camera vs. real SLR camera
- Light – How to use it
- Depth of field – How to achieve it
- Composition – Shoot like a pro
- Filters – What can they achieve?
Johnson heavily uses actual photo examples to "show" you the “what”
and “how” behind the outstanding photos that have become the staple
of his career. You'll learn and have fun doing it.
The second part of the photography series is the “lab,” where Johnson
reviews the assignment photos submitted by participants after the instructional
webcast. Johnson leads the lab to explore these images for everyone to learn and
hear how these student-created images could be used, improved or applied to the
Original presentation date: November 2008
- Expect the Unexpected: Plan Now to Minimize Your Risks
What risks are posed by hazardous and nonhazardous materials at the maintenance
facility and on the golf course? You need to plan now to minimize or eliminate those
risks. Learn how to develop standard operating procedures for identification and
reduction of risks. Debra Swartz provides instruction on creating spill response
and training plans to help meet state and federal requirements.
Original presentation date: Dec. 1, 2010
- Managing Nutrient Budgets in the Face of Rising Prices
Jason Kruse, Ph.D.
This webcast focuses on the cause of rising fertilizer prices, use of soluble and
controlled-release fertilizers, and how fertilizer programs can be adjusted to reduce
expenses while maintaining turfgrass quality. Jason Kruse, Ph.D., discusses making
the right decision based on individual budgets and overall goals for fertilization.
Original presentation date: Oct. 12, 2010
- Planning for Replacement: How Long Does this Stuff Last?
Tom Marzolf and Bob Lohmann, ASGCA
Does your course have a master plan? A master plan should include a detailed analysis
of the age and condition of the course and the entire facility. It is also a review
of the age of the component parts of the golf course, with an understanding of their
expected lifespans. Tom Marzolf and Bob Lohmann, both past presidents of ASGCA,
team up during this 90-minute webcast to educate superintendents, owners and others
in the golf industry on the timeframes of various components of a facility and how
long things normally last. You can use this information to be prepared and know
how to prioritize your budget.
Original presentation date: Nov. 30, 2006
- What You Need to Know Now about Equipment Maintenance
This 90-minute webcast looks at the management of the golf course maintenance facility
including the organization and cleanliness of the facility as well as the maintenance
and repair of the equipment. Yarick will discuss record-keeping responsibilities
and scheduling matters related to the maintenance, repair, evaluation and periodic
replacement of equipment.
Original presentation date: Nov. 11, 2010
All webcasts in this category were presented by Tracy Adair Derning, GCSAA
Spreadsheets are some of the most powerful tools we have on our computers, and Microsoft
Excel is the gold standard of spreadsheet applications. This advanced program teaches
you how to take advantage of this powerful spreadsheet application to work smarter,
not harder! Topics included are:
- Creating compound formulas
- Using Excel's built-in functions
- Taking advantage of Excel's list functionality
- Building and improving charts and graphs
- Time-saving tips and tricks
Experience with Microsoft Excel is required.
Original presentation date: Jan. 6, 2009
- Excel: Chart & Graph Development to Enhance Your Budget
If a picture speaks a thousands words, will charts and graphs help you sway decision-makers
during your annual budget presentation? Absolutely! Learn how you can quickly make
accurate visuals to help strengthen your case in getting the critical dollars you
need. Tracy Adair Derning focuses this webcast on how to use the power of Excel
to your advantage. Whatever your skill level in Excel, you’ll get pointers
you can use during your next presentation.
Original presentation date: Mar. 13, 2008
- Excel Tips for Your Budget – Using Excel to Enhance Your Operation
Let the power of Excel work for you! Tracy Adair Derning shows you spreadsheets
created by a working superintendent. You'll see the technology and benefit from
the combined technical and practical experience. Also, you'll have access to samples
to download and customize for your own situation. This webcast uses the 2007 version
of the application.
Original presentation date: Nov. 5, 2009
- Birdies & Bees – Pollinator Habitat Improvement
Faith Kuehn, Ph.D.
Honey bee and native bee populations in the United States have been declining over
the past few decades. Should you encourage bees to inhabit your golf course? The
answer is yes, because your property can be managed to make a significant contribution
to the conservation of pollinators, especially bees. Pollinator conservation is
a goal of the USDA, EPA and many environmental groups, so advertising your green
practices can contribute to a positive environmental image for your golf facility.
In this webcast, Faith Kuehn, Ph.D., highlights the identification and habits of
some of the most common native bees. The program’s focus is on the three principles
of bee conservation: flower choice, the provision of nesting sites and pollinator-friendly
maintenance. In addition, the ever-present concern, "the sting," is also discussed.
Original presentation date: Jan. 7, 2010
- Environmental Management Systems
You’ve heard about EMSs, but how much do you know about implementing a system?
Can it really help in your situation? You can work smarter, not harder, to accomplish
your environmental protection goals. EMSs can help you reduce environmental impacts
and increase operating efficiency propertywide. In this 90-minute webcast, Deb Swartz
outlines the basic elements of an EMS and demonstrates how a formalized set of processes
and practices can help improve the financial and environmental bottom line at your
facility. Special guest Terry Muir discusses some of the features of e-Par, an EMS
Original presentation date: Feb. 25, 2009
- Going Green for Groundwater
Jennifer Wemhoff and Jamie Oltman
The Groundwater Guardian (GG) Green Site program recognizes the groundwater and
environmental stewardship of highly managed green spaces, such as golf courses,
ball fields, parks and campuses by encouraging site managers to implement, measure
and document their groundwater-friendly practices. The program publicly recognizes
sites for their efforts on behalf of water resources and encourages their sustainable
implementation, while providing an opportunity for superintendents and managers
of highly managed green spaces to educate themselves, site staff and site visitors
about the important resource of groundwater. Designation as a GG Green Site is based
on the completion of an application and earning at least 70 percent of total applicable
points based on current practices on pesticide and fertilizer use, water use, managing
sources of pollution, protecting water quality and environmental stewardship.
Original presentation date: Jan. 15, 2009
- Harnessing Renewable Energy on Your Golf Course
Ruth Douglas Miller, Ph.D.
As energy prices continue to fluctuate, consumers are starting to look at ways to
be more energy efficient. Your course maintenance budget has likely been impacted,
and you may be wondering what you can do to east the pressure. This webcast looks
at the power of wind and solar energy. Ruth Douglas Miller, Ph.D., explains issues
involved with finding locations on the golf course where you might want to place
a wind turbine to collect and then use that energy. She also presents tips on the
practical use of solar power. Find out what might work well for the specific characteristics
of your facility.
Original presentation date: Jan. 27, 2009
- Making the Most of Your IPM Plan
Wendy Gelernter, Ph.D. and Larry Stowell, Ph.D.
To help support superintendents in their efforts to successfully develop IPM plans
that meet their specific needs, the GCSAA has funded development of an IPM Planning
Guide. The Guide provides the tools you will need to complete an IPM plan, including
written procedures, pest identification and management guides, agronomic guidelines,
spreadsheets, record keeping forms and planning calendars. In this webcast, we will
walk you through the main features of the IPM Planning Guide, illustrate how it
can be customized to meet your specific needs, and show you examples of how superintendents
from around the country have used it. No matter where you are in IPM adoption at
your golf course – whether you have been incorporating new approaches every
year to build a comprehensive, course-wide plan, or whether you are just starting
out in your IPM planning process – this webcast can help you to take IPM to
the next level at your facility.
Original presentation date: Nov. 18, 2010
- Organic Matter – Why It Matters Now
Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D.
Successful organic matter management on golf greens has become a critical, daunting
and often controversial task. Conclusion of more than 10 years of research on creeping
bentgrass will provide a conclusive and simple solution to organic matter accumulation
Original presentation date: Oct. 21, 2009
- What's the Scoop NOW on Organic Fertilizers?
Beth Guertal, Ph.D.
"Organic." We are all familiar with the word, and its use conjures up
certain descriptive words: "wholesome," "natural," "healthy"
and "brown," for example. But exactly how do organic fertilizers work,
and what they might bring to your golf course that would be different from inorganic
fertilizers? This webcast will discuss different types of organic fertilizers, material
sources for these products and agronomic differences due to sources. Rates of nutrient
release, fertilizer behavior over time and secondary benefits of organic fertilizers
are also covered. Current research in the area of organic fertilizers for turf is
Original presentation date: Nov. 19, 2009
- Coaching Your Team with Positive Feedback
Bob Milligan, Ph.D.
Performance is influenced the most by consequences. One way, if not the best way,
to improve as a supervisor and coach is to increase the quantity and quality of
positive feedback provided to employees. Quality refers to relating the feedback
directly to performance and selecting the appropriate type of feedback – positive,
redirection or negative. This webcast presentation helps you make the most out of
your interactions with staff to develop a highly informed and motivated team.
Original presentation date: Nov. 3, 2009
- Communicating Strategically to Get Your Way
Think about communication in a new way. Start with this rule: Your value is determined
by the amount of information you obtain, rather than by the amount of information
you present. Bernie Cronin of the Sandler Sales Institute presents material that's
designed to help you learn how listening and questioning can help you get your way.
In addition to a brief discussion about different styles, he covers:
- 10 steps to becoming a better listener
- Reversing technique
- Rule of three plus
- Softening statements
- Matching & mirroring
Enroll now to learn more – your time will be well spent.
Original presentation date: Feb. 20, 2008
- Improving Management & Communication for Your Facility's Success
Bill Maynard, CGCS
If you're being asked to control expenses more than ever before (labor, equipment,
chemical inputs, etc.), you need to be able to explain the impact of the choices
being made on conditions and golfer satisfaction. In this webcast, Bill Maynard,
CGCS, explains ways to further develop the management and communication skills you
need to stay on top of your career and take your facility to the next level. Skills
- Budgeting to control costs and manage expenses to match declining revenue.
- Building successful and credible relationships especially within your facility.
- Strengthening your communication skills for a variety of situations and audiences.
Practical examples provide a big portion of this discussion, and you'll learn new
ways you can be more successful with less stress.
Original presentation date: April 29, 2010
- Spring Cleaning for Your Resume
Tracy Adair Derning
If you’re not actively looking for a new position, your resume is very likely out
of date. Before the hectic golf season gets under way, take some time with Tracy
Adair Derning, GCSAA software trainer, to learn more about what to include. She
discusses not only the mechanics of creating a strong resume using Microsoft Word,
but also the key points to communicate to potential employers. Do's and don’ts for
cover letters, as well as ideas about using your own web page, are also covered.
Original presentation date: Apr. 7, 2010
- Working with the Rules of Golf
Don Cook, PGA
The purpose of this course is to create a better understanding of the Rules of Golf,
which will enable you to better communicate with staff and committee members. The
goal of this course is to provide a basic familiarity with the importance of the
rules, and provide you with the necessary information and practices for utilizing
the rule book. The PGA's Don Cook leads this 90-minute webcast event. You'll want
a copy of the
Rules of Golf for this event.
Original presentation date: Dec. 3, 2009
Erwin McKone, CGCS
In this 90-minute journey through the photosynthetic zone of problematic ponds,
you'll learn the inner workings of the algae cell, the distinguishing characteristics
of different algal types, and how algae survives (lifecycle). Classic and alterative
treatments of algal blooms are examined. Erwin McKone, CGCS, leads a review of the
role of algae in the aquatic ecosystem, including algae as the initial part of the
aquatic food chain. Discussion also covers factors that make for predictable algal
blooms and what can be done to minimize the input of excessive nutrients and sediments.
Original presentation date: Dec. 2, 2009
- Addressing the Challenges of Winter Injury in Northern Climates
Kevin Frank, Ph.D., and Brian Horgan, Ph.D.
If winterkill is a challenge on your course, you'll benefit from this webcast. Kevin
Frank, Ph.D., and Brian Horgan, Ph.D., present an overview of the different causes
of winterkill, a variety of management approaches and recent research to facilitate
recovery. The event wraps up with a discussion of communication strategies to enhance
public relations during recovery.
Even if your current facility isn’t located in an affected climate, you may
need this information in the future. Broaden your knowledge base by enrolling in
this information-packed webcast.
Original presentation date: Mar. 12, 2009
- Being Old Tom Morris: "Greenkeeper" and Golf Course Architect
Bruce Charlton, ASGCA
Old Tom Morris was a triple threat: pioneering superintendent, professional golfer
and golf course designer. How can you take the knowledge base and skills you've
developed as a superintendent and apply them to golf course design? Bruce Charlton,
ASGCA and designer of Chambers Bay (the course recently awarded both the 2010 U.S.
Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open), gives you a crash course in the evolution of golf course
architecture and techniques for its practice. Beginning with the roots of the profession
in Scotland, following its evolution during the "golden age of golf course
architecture" in the 1920s, and into today's challenges with technology and
environmental sensitivity, Charlton describes design theory and talks about what
today's architects tackle.
Original presentation date: Apr. 22, 2008
- Bermudagrass Greens Water Management
John Cisar, Ph.D.
With increased water use restrictions, efficient management of water for greens
is becoming a focus for today's superintendent. John Cisar, Ph.D., discusses water
use and irrigation management of C-4 bermduagrass turf, with limited roots grown
in highly permeable sand-based root systems. Associated topics on water quality,
and nutrient and pest management factors that affect water use are discussed. Technologies
to help monitor water status of the turf environment are also introduced.
Original presentation date: Feb. 21, 2008
- Best Management Practices for the Control of Anthracnose
Bruce Clarke, Ph.D., and Jim Murphy, Ph.D.
Controlling anthracnose is more than just spraying fungicides. It requires good
cultural practices, such as providing adequate fertility and irrigation quantity,
adjusting mowing heights and frequencies, rolling, topdressing, and using plant
growth regulators to reduce seedhead formation and improve stress management, as
well as utilizing proper chemical control strategies. In this webcast, Jim Murphy,
Ph.D., Bruce Clarke, Ph.D., and their graduate students discuss the latest research
that has been used to develop the most current set of best management practices
for the control of anthracnose on annual bluegrass greens.
Original presentation date: Nov. 10, 2009
- Bringing More Golf to Your Community
Dwayne L. Dillinger, CGCS
Growing the game can happen in any number of ways. In this webcast, Dwayne L. Dillinger,
CGCS at Bell Nob Golf Course in Gillette, Wyo., presents a case study of his experience
in bringing golf to kids in his community. Dillinger will detail the process, from
applying for a grant, to involving the community, to getting vendors to make donations,
all the way to opening day. This 90-minute event offers some real-world tips on
making golf happen.
Original presentation date: Dec. 16, 2008
How important is bunker sand? After all, the bunker is just a hazard. Sand selection
for the bunkers on your course can be a critical factor in your golfer’s satisfaction.
This newly developed webcast focuses on one single aspect – sand selection.
Partial shape and size, chemical makeup, overall playability and more are addressed
by Bob Oppold during this 90-minute event. Learn why purchasing cheap local sand
may just be giving you what you’re paying for and why you might want to rethink
Original presentation date: Feb. 25, 2010
- Calibrating Your Sprayer and Selecting the Right Nozzles
Aaron Patton, Ph.D.
Calibrating is often a dreaded task that is usually skipped or performed infrequently
by many turf managers. Calibration is not as difficult as it may initially seem.
This webcast covers the basic principles of calibrating various types of sprayers
and discusses nozzle selection and how it can affect drift, as well as pest control.
Original presentation date: Jan. 28, 2010
- Can You Convert Without Closing?
Mike Goatley, Ph.D.
Recent releases of cold-tolerant, high-quality vegetative and seeded bermudagrasses
offer exciting new options for golf turf throughout the transition zone of the U.S.
This webcast details ongoing research at Virginia Tech that is evaluating low-impact
conversion programs from cool-season turf to improved bermudagrass varieties. By
using various forms of pre-plant growth regulation treatments on the cool-season
turf, the premise is that areas such as golf course fairways would only be restricted
from traffic for approximately two weeks during the initial heavy irrigation programs
required for sprig establishment from row-planting bermudagrasses into the existing
sod. The webcast also details research results when establishing seeded bermudagrass
blends containing various percentages of unimproved, lower-quality varieties with
a better adapted, higher-quality variety such as 'Riviera.' Appropriately selected
blends for the transition zone offer the potential for significant economic savings
at establishment, while still providing a high-quality turfgrass surface that is
dominated by the better adapted variety over time.
Original presentation date: Apr. 2, 2009
- Critical Eye for The Turfgrass Guy
Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D.
Turf managers are inundated with product claims and testimonials that seem too good
to be true. What does a turf manager need to know to critically evaluate the wealth
of products available? Although the science of statistics can be cumbersome, a basic
understanding will go a long way in helping turf managers make the most agronomically
and economically sound decisions. This presentation will take a look at product
claims and help superintendents discern between great products and the not-so-great
Original presentation date: Feb. 9, 2006
- Establishing Warm-Season Grasses from Seed
Aaron Patton, Ph.D.
As costs continue to rise, you find yourself working to stretch your budget dollars.
Recent research has demonstrated that seeded warm-season grasses can be successfully
established when using the correct procedures and techniques. Bermudagrass, seashore
paspalum and zoysiagrass can all be established by seed and are discussed in this
webcast. The high cost of sod may have prevented you from renovating to new and
improved cultivars. Planting using seed costs approximately 10 percent of the total
cost of planting sod, but until recently, seeded varieties of warm-season grasses
and their establishment procedures for golf courses have not been available. Aaron
Patton, Ph.D., covers appropriate establishment strategies and appropriate herbicides,
based on seedling development for each of the turfgrasses covered.
Original presentation date: Feb. 19, 2009
- Everything You Want to Know About Nitrogen
Kevin Frank, Ph.D., and Brian Horgan, Ph.D.
In this webcast, Kevin Frank, Ph.D., and Brian Horgan, Ph.D., want to challenge
what you thought you knew about nitrogen and turfgrass management. Most superintendents
think soil tests are unreliable for predicting nitrogen needs in turfgrass, and
that nitrogen does not leach from "native" soil turfgrass systems. This
is not necessarily true anymore. A new soil test is being researched to determine
its reliability for predicting annual nitrogen needs in turfgrass. In addition,
mature turfgrass systems growing on "native" soil may have a higher leaching
potential than originally thought.
Original presentation date: Nov. 18, 2008
- Fine Leaf Fescues for Your Secondary Rough: Effective Selection & Management
The utilization of naturalized rough areas (also known as nonmow roughs, secondary
roughs or low-maintenance roughs) is growing on golf courses as economic factors
weigh heavily on maintenance budgets. Environmental considerations are also an important
factor driving their use. When this topic is broached, most people think of native
plants. However, in practice, these areas are generally composed of turf-type fine
leaf fescues that are seldom mown. Efforts by superintendents to establish naturalized
areas often fail due to improper plant selection or lack of weed control technology.
Those areas that are successfully established often become overrun by weeds or other
pests and lack the aesthetic value required by modern golfers. This webcast focuses
on the management of sustainable fine fescue grasses. The main topics covered include:
renovation, establishment, management, species selection and new techniques and
products for pest control in secondary roughs.
Original presentation date: March 18, 2010
- Fine Tuning Agronomic Programs for Putting Greens
Aaron Patton, Ph.D.
Your busy lifestyle may prevent you from taking a step back to analyze and evaluate
the agronomic programs used at your facility. Yet, an analysis of your current agronomic
program could help you save money and improve the playing conditions on your course.
This webcast will cover information on how to assess golf course putting greens
and create an agronomic program that takes into consideration fertilization, soil
tests, topdressing, cultivation, pests (insects, disease, weeds), PGRs, wetting
agents and more. Whether you want to create a new program for your putting greens
or you want to take a fresh look at your current program, this webcast will help
you fine tune your maintenance practices.
Original presentation date: Jan. 11, 2011
- Foliar Fertilization & Your Putting Greens Management
Cale Bigelow, Ph.D.
This webcast will help you learn how to determine the nutrient needs of the putting
greens at your course. Which plant nutrients are actually necessary? How do nutrients
move in the plant? Can you improve the CEC of your sand rootzone? Cale Bigelow,
Ph.D., will facilitate a discussion regarding the major considerations in the development
of a putting green fertility program. The basics of nutrient source selection, as
well as when and how to apply fertilizers, are included. In addition, best management
practices to optimize your fertilizer program will be addressed.
Original presentation date: Dec. 10, 2009
- Foliar Nutrition – A Splash on the Grass
Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D.
Managed turfgrass, especially golf greens, often require specialized strategies,
such as foliar nutrition, to enhance playability and agronomic performance. How
easily are nutrients absorbed by the plant? Foliar uptake is well-documented in
crop plants, while information about turfgrass performance is more limited. This
90-minute webcast by Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D., explains why the turf system reacts differently,
and how temperature, application spray volume, season and other elements impact
efficiency. Learn more about efficient strategies that give your facility better
Original presentation date: Sept. 25, 2008
- Fungicides, Resistance & Disease Control
Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Do you know your fungicides? Are you aware of all of the premixes that are available?
Have you ever experienced lack of control with certain fungicides? What are the
best approaches for managing turfgrass diseases? This presentation will provide
a thorough review of fungicides and the basics of fungicide resistance, and cover
problematic golf course turfgrass diseases. Current information pertaining to fungicide
recommendations and research aimed at better understanding and controlling specific
diseases will be covered.
Original presentation date: March 5, 2008
- Got It Covered – Using Turf Blankets
Mike Goatley, Ph.D.
Turf blankets now come in a variety of materials, and what you select should depend
upon your purpose for using them in the first place. Do you want to protect against
desiccation or frost? Are you looking are early green-up in the spring? In this
90-minute webcast, Mike Goatley, Ph.D., discusses results from several studies,
including one at the Mississippi State University Golf Course where covers were
applied at the discretion of GCSAA member Pat Sneed, CGCS.
Original presentation date: Nov. 4, 2008
- Herbicide-Resistant Poa annua – Real or Imaginary?
Scott McElroy, Ph.D.
Poa annua is the most difficult to control weed problem in all of turfgrass.
Many attribute the lack in success in Poa annua control to resistance to
commonly used herbicides. While instances of Poa annua herbicide resistance
have been detected, other factors are at play regarding control success. In this
90-minute webcast, Scott McElroy, Ph.D., covers herbicide-resistant Poa annua
populations that exist today, how and why these populations arose, and how you can
prevent the development of herbicide resistance.
Topics covered include:
- What is true herbicide resistance?
- Current reports of Poa annua herbicide resistance
- Biological and ecological factors that mimic herbicide resistance
- Managing and halting herbicide resistance
After this webcast, you'll be versed in the ecology of herbicide resistance, biotypes
vs. ecotypes, and herbicide modes of action. You'll also be better prepared to manage
Poa annua and will understand why the best-laid plans sometimes fail.
Original presentation date: Dec. 9, 2008
- How to Read Your Soils Report
Elizabeth Guertal, Ph.D.
Knowing more about the soil on your golf course may help you manage your turf and
ornamentals more effectively. Understanding the details on the soils report you’ve
received from the lab may not be as simple as it sounds. Learn more about how to
correctly read your soils report during this 90-minute webcast with Beth Guertal,
Ph.D., who shows examples of various documents and provides key details on how to
use that information on your golf course.
Original presentation date: Jan. 26, 2011
- Integrated Management of Dollar Spot
John Kaminski, Ph.D.
Dollar spot may well be the most problematic disease of fine turf throughout the
United States. Where the disease was once a nuisance, it is now becoming thought
of as a year-round problem and more difficult to control. Golf course superintendents
can help reduce the severity of the disease by using a programmatic approach. John
E. Kaminski, Ph.D., will address some of the key issues faced by turfgrass managers
when dealing with dollar spot in this 90-minute webcast. Turf managers will learn
to identify the key factors for managing the disease, including cultural and chemical
management strategies, fungicide resistance issues, autumn disease resurgence and
the integration of management techniques to assist in season long control of the
Original presentation date: Dec. 2, 2010
- Irrigation: Science, Art and Measuring for Success
Thom Nikolai, Ph.D.
Fortunately for superintendents, the frequency and timing of irrigation and the
amount of water to apply on a golf course is never cause for concern, frustration
or argument. What?? Obviously, if you agree with that first sentence you shouldn't
sign up for this webcast, which weaves basic soil science concepts, including field
capacity, saturation, plant available water, soil moisture content, histosols and
subsidence, and relates them to real-world techniques used to determine proper irrigation
replacement. To help make these connections, field research with wetting agents
and greenhouse experiments with soil amendments is covered. While Nikolai is known
worldwide as the "Green Speed Doctor," it is important to note that he
has taught both a soil science class and a golf course irrigation class for nearly
a decade. He makes the class as informative, thought-provoking and entertaining
Original presentation date: Jan. 27, 2010
- Landscape Planning Gates to Greens
Kim Todd, RLA
Make certain visitors to your facility, whether golfers or other patrons, notice
your landscaping as a positive – not as unruly or unkempt. Learn to use visual
and physical cluse in your environment as the basis for developing design, implementation
and management strategies to integrate entrances, drives, walks, the clubhouse and
other non-golf facilities that are an integral part of the golf experience. Kim
Todd, RLA, will explain how you can make low-input, high-impact, sustainable landscape
recommendations to enhance special events. Ways to anticipate and plan for short-term
and long-range landscape changes will also be discussed.
Original presentation date: Dec. 15, 2010
- Managing Geese on the Golf Course
Judy Loven, USDA
Canada geese have become one of the most common urban birds in North America, due
primarily to protective laws, refuges, restoration programs and changes in the environment.
Golf courses, especially with man-made ponds, create a habitat that provides both
an irresistible attraction and a protected environment for the geese. Golfers and
maintenance teams are well aware of the variety of human/goose conflicts, including
damage to turf and landscaping, excessive droppings accumulations, aggressive behavior
and transmission of disease. This 90-minute webcast investigates some common Canada
goose problems and reviews available management tools and methods to help superintendents
resolve human/goose conflicts in a biologically/environmentally sound manner. Permits
are required for some management actions, and the process to obtain permits are
Original presentation date: Oct. 29, 2009
- Nine Shrubs for the Front Nine
John C. Fech
You know turf, but landscape plants are a different challenge. John C. Fech, extension
educator in horticulture and ISA-certified arborist, helps you learn more about
these top nine woody plants for the golf course. He discusses what makes them great
choices for golf courses in the transition zone, Northeast, Midwest, Great Lakes,
Pacific Northwest and mountain states . . . really, anywhere other than Florida,
Texas, Arizona and Southern California! This presentation offers many practical
tips you can use.
Original presentation date: March 3, 2010
- PGRs for Turf: What do you want to do?
Ron Calhoun, Ph.D.
Golf course superintendents are constantly trying to regulate/manage the growth
of the grass on their greens, tees and fairways. Weather patterns, seasonal growth
fluctuations and a bevy of other factors influence the growth of the turf. Applied
plant protectants can also have direct and indirect effects on plant growth. For
twenty years plant growth regulators (PGRs) have become a more and more common component
of turfgrass management programs. Although initially developed for reducing mowing
frequency, the uses of PGRs today are varied and sometimes subtle.
Do you have specific measurable outcomes for your PGR program? How does your PGR
program interact with other products you're applying? Why do bananas turn yellow
as soon as I get them home? In this webcast, Ronald Calhoun, Ph.D. from Michigan
State University, discusses current uses of the six most common PGRs used in turf.
Original presentation date: Nov. 10, 2010
- Poa annua Control – Old and New
Poa annua continues to be a problematic weed to manage in cool-season golf
course turfs. Superintendents continue to explore new control tactics with cultural
and chemical practices. This webcast covers traditional methods that have worked
under green, tee and fairway conditions, as well as looks at current and potential
future methods for preventing this weedy grass. An overview of current control options
rounds out this 90-minute webcast presented by Steve McDonald and helps you create
a strategy for managing Poa annua at your golf course.
Original presentation date: Nov. 17, 2009
- Poa annua Green Speed Management
Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D.
Overwhelmingly, green speed research to date has focused primarily on creeping bentgrass.
A variety of cultural and chemical practices have been implemented by superintendents
in a quest for the "perfect" firm, fast putting greens. Some of these practices
include lowering mowing heights or increasing mowing frequency, reducing irrigation
and fertilizer amounts to limit plant vigor, applying plant growth regulators to
limit vertical growth, or employing the use of other devices like rollers. One,
some, or all of these practices may be implemented at any one time to optimize putting
green speed. This 90-minute webcast focuses on the effects of various mowing and
rolling regimes, application strategies of Primo Maxx, and the impact of gas vs.
electric rollers on Poa annua green speeds.
Original presentation date: Oct. 7, 2010
- Phosphorus Fertilizers and Pollution – What Turf Managers Need to
Brian Horgan, Ph.D.
Are phosphorus fertilizers applied to turfgrass polluting our surface water bodies?
Increasingly, fertilizers applied to turfgrass are being regulated across the United
States. Minnesota is the first state to restrict the use of phosphorus fertilizers
applied to turfgrass. While there have been some positive outcomes from this legislation,
there was no detailed look at the literature prior to enacting this law. In this
webcast, Brian Horgan, Ph.D., takes you on a journey through the literature, presents
new data on the topic and lets you decide the merits of such legislation.
Original presentation date: Jan. 12, 2010
- Preparation (H)eat: Thinking ahead will prevent next summer's turf decline
Jack Fry, Ph.D.
Turf decline during the summer of 2010 was as bad as we've witnessed in quite some
time. This leads one to ask, "Could I have done something differently?" In this
90-minute webcast, the merit of various cultural strategies in preparing turf for
summer stress is explored. Jack Fry, Ph.D., and professor in the Division of Horticulture
at Kansas State University, shares what his team has learned from this dramatic
Original presentation date: Oct. 21, 2010
- Sending It Down the Drain – Drainage Issues
This webcast focuses on drainage issues in the field in existing greens. It is intended
for superintendents who manage sand-based and soil greens. With respect to soil
greens, the goal is to discuss the benefits and limitations on cutting drainage
into the existing root zones. An overview of new construction issues is included.
It is not necessary to repeat the information available from other sources.
Drainage is an important aspect of water management. As such, it has a direct impact
on turf health and quality. The ultimate goal of drainage is to support the ultimate
goal of maintaining high-quality turf.
Original presentation date: Oct. 15, 2008
- Some New Weapons for a Few Old Weeds
J. Scott McElroy, Ph.D.
Confused about changes in the herbicide and weed control market? New herbicide modes
of action, as well as new herbicides using traditional modes of action, have recently
entered the turfgrass market. This updated webcast compares new herbicides and techniques
with traditional products in respect to:
- Mode of action, turfgrass safety and weeds controlled
- Human safety, potential for environmental contamination and economic cost
- How the new products and techniques fit into your weed management program throughout
Original presentation date: Oct. 14, 2009
- Top 10 Reasons to Lightweight Roll, Plus Superintendent Insights on the
Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D.
This session covers all the reasons that research claims rolling can be good for
your putting greens and also includes practical insights from superintendents from
across the country. A portion of these insights are testimonials that validate research
claims, while other superintendent comments tackle management techniques that address
problems associated with long-term light-weight rolling. Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D.,
covers topics including playability, and agronomic and economic issues, pertaining
to putting green maintenance.
Original presentation date: Nov. 12, 2009
- Top 10 Weeds in the Southeast
J. Scott McElroy, Ph.D.
There are many different weed problems in turf; however, a select few are the most
problematic. Certain weeds are so adapted to turfgrass management practices that
it is virtually impossible to manage them non-chemically. Trying to control these
weeds with herbicides is difficult as well, due to the lack of available material
that is active on the weeds but not the turf.
This 90-minute webcast will tease out the fine details in managing the most difficult
to control weeds. These weeds require an integrated approach that maximizes turfgrass
competitiveness and decreases the invasive ability of the weed species. Discussions
will cover Poa annua, dallisgrass, Virginia buttonweed, turfgrass control
in other species, torpedograss and more.
Original presentation date: Jan. 6, 2011
- Update on Fairy Ring Control
Mike Fidanza, Ph.D.
Courses across the country are seeing more instances of fairy ring. The biology
and ecology of this disease will be the focus of this 60-minute webcast taught by
Mike Fidanza, Ph.D. Learn more about the different types and what strategies for
control might work best for your golf facility.
Original presentation date: Jan. 20, 2011
Jack Fry, Ph.D.
More than 90 percent of all golf course superintendents use wetting agents on the
golf course. These various uses of wetting agents and how they can be most effective
are examined in this 90-minute webcast. Questions addressed include: "Can the
use of wetting agents save water?" "What effect does organic matter have
on the performance of a wetting agent?" "How does a wetting agent make
a water repellent soil wettable?" and the most frequently asked question of
all: "Which wetting agent really is best?" Join Keith Karnok, Ph.D. to
hear his answers.
Original presentation date: Jan. 18, 2011
- Waiting for the Other Limb to Fall: Minimizing Tree Liability
Managing the trees and shrubs on your golf course is more than just making them
look appealing to the members and other golfers. Keeping them healthy is key to
making sure that they stay in the asset column instead of the eyesore - or worse
yet - in the liability column. Nobody wants to be known as the superintendent that
neglected the trees on the course to point that it led to an accident. In this 90-minute
webcast, John Fech focuses on identifying hazardous trees, the process for determining
which trees on the course need immediate attention, documenting inspection and assessment
observations. Also covered are management practices that can extend a tree's life,
procedures that keep trees thriving and help with making the retain/remove decision.
Original presentation date: Oct. 26, 2010