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Get a Jump Start on 2015 with the FMC Early Order Program

Now, through December 12, you can purchase popular FMC products at current pricing but defer payment on select products until June 10, 2015 with the FMC Early Order Program. That’s huge!

With more products and incentives than ever before, the FMC 2014 Early Order Program offers significant savings, a Build Your Own Bonus program and extended terms on its most popular turf and ornamental products. The program features an amazing early incentive that grants participants an additional rebate of 50% more than the base rebate for purchases of qualifying products from September 15 to October 31, 2014. The base rebate is still competitive in November and December, too.

Popular FMC products included in the program are Dismiss®, Dismiss® South, Dismiss® CA, Blindside®, Echelon®, Solitare®, QuickSilver® and SquareOne® herbicides, Onyx®, OnyxPro®, Aria® and Talstar® insecticides; and — new this year — Disarm® fungicides, Triple Crown® insecticides and Xonerate® herbicide.

IMG_2599In addition to the early incentive, participants are eligible for a new B.Y.O.B. — or Build Your Own Bonus — program this year. When participants purchase combinations of qualifying products from any two or all three FMC product lines (fungicides, herbicides or insecticides), they can multiply their entire base rebate by a corresponding percentage. To be eligible for the B.Y.O.B. Bonus, participants need only purchase a minimum of $500 of FMC herbicides or insecticides or $1,000 of FMC fungicides.

For an example of the B.Y.O.B., if your base earned rebate falls between $200 and $999, you can earn an additional 5% of your entire base rebate if you purchased two product lines and 10% if you purchased all three product lines. If your base rebate earned is more than $2,500 — the highest tier level — you earn 20% more if you purchased two product lines and 25% more if you purchased all three product lines. By achieving the top rebate level of $2,500+, you qualify to earn the November to December Base Rebate per unit on all future purchases through June 30, 2015.

In a nutshell: Our Early Order Program offers more flexibility than any other program while capitalizing on the full FMC portfolio of turf and ornamental solutions. With our new B.Y.O.B. Bonus program, you can earn between 5 and 25% of your base rebate just by purchasing more than one product line.

FMC 2014 Early Order Program rebates range from 6-10% during the Amazing Early Incentive period and 4-7% during the November to December period. With the B.Y.O. B. Bonus, rebates could be as high as 13%. A minimum rebate of $200 is required to participate, which is only an initial purchase of $2,000 to $2,500 of these popular FMC products. Then, submit a rebate form online at www.fmceop.com no later than January 16, 2015. The more you buy, the more you earn!

Don’t wait to start saving big. Early planning gets your season — and your budget — off to a good start. Get a jump start on 2015 now with the FMC Early Order Program.

Jumping on the Pigment Bandwagon — Lower Costs and Better Weed Control

Tray Maltby used to overseed all three of his Florida golf courses wall-to-wall six months of the year. But now he’s rethinking that model.

“Northerners want to play on green grass,” notes Maltby, director of golf course grounds at Reunion Resort near Orlando, Fla. “In central Florida, we can get a freeze and/or heavy frost where bermudagrass will go off-color, so we want to make sure it stays green.”

Tray Maltby

Tray Maltby, director of golf course grounds at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Designed by legendary golfers Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, the Reunion courses, like their creators, each have their own distinctive style. But they have at least one thing in common – their turfgrass varieties. They all feature Tifeagle bermudagrass greens, Tifdwarf bermuda collars and approaches and 419 bermuda on tees, fairways and roughs.

Traditionally, Maltby planted perennial ryegrass on tees and fairways and Poa trivialis on greens, collars and approaches each October. “It costs roughly $40,000 to overseed all 90 acres of turf — and that’s just to get the seed here, before I’ve even opened a bag,” he explains. “When you add in fertilizer, herbicides, fuel costs and labor, it jumps up to more than $100,000.”

Liquid Overseeding Trial

With the advent of “liquid overseeding” — coloring the turf with pigments through winter months — Maltby feels he may have found a lower-cost solution to keeping his grass green, as well as accelerating his weed-control program.

“We chose not to overseed the Nicklaus course greens this year and sprayed a few different pigment products as a trial instead,” he adds. “It’s turned out really well for us so far. For starters, it costs about one-third less than traditional overseeding. Plus you don’t have to deal with transition, which can get ugly — and costly — in the spring.”

 Signature View:  Looking from Hole No. 7 on the Palmer Course toward the 11-story resort hotel on the Reunion Resort property.

Signature View: Looking from Hole No. 7 on the Palmer Course toward the 11-story resort hotel on the Reunion Resort property.

In fall 2013, Maltby put out several different pigments mixed in foliar 12-0-0 fertilizer with iron, manganese and magnesium. He came back roughly every two weeks to reapply the products. “I’ve stretched it a little longer sometimes,” he adds. “If the grass isn’t growing, the pigment stays on the leaf blade. But if it’s growing and you are mowing, you’ll have to reapply sooner.”

Annika Sorenstam calls Reunion Resort home base with an impressive on-site golf academy.

Annika Sorenstam calls Reunion Resort home base with an impressive on-site golf academy.

One of the big pluses to liquid overseeding is that Maltby can start spring grooming practices to improve turf health much earlier than he could with traditional overseeding. In addition, he can be much more aggressive in applying postemergence herbicides to battle spring weeds.

“We use Echelon herbicide as part of our preemergence program in the spring and it works very well,” he says. “We’ve found it to be very effective in areas where we’ve perennially had problems with sedges and other tough-to-control weeds. Sedge tubers are like little nuts in the soil that are very difficult to control. We’ve used other preemergence products, but Echelon does a great job on them. This year, we used it on all three golf courses — not just where we didn’t overseed.”

Because of the way bunkers on all three courses are designed, weed control is difficult in those areas. “There are no round flat bunkers anywhere at Reunion,” he notes. “They have lots of undulations with pits and pockets of grass and it’s hard to get a good coating of preemergence herbicides around them. So we’ve mixed Echelon into our spray rigs and actually applied it with a handgun — similar to how the home lawn guys do it. We have all types of sedges here and Echelon has been very effective in helping us control them.”

With one year under his belt using liquid overseeding, Maltby is poised to try it on the other two Reunion courses next year. Most of the golfers can’t tell the difference between the pigment and overseeding, he says.

“In May, when we start our spring transition, the Nicklaus greens will already be leaps and bounds ahead of the Palmer and Watson greens,” he adds. “I think it’s a win-win for us.”

Note: A version of this story appeared as an online exclusive for Golfdom in May 2014.

Tray Maltby, center, with golf course superintendents Robert Guerra and Ron Sharps.

Tray Maltby, center, with golf course superintendents Robert Guerra and Ron Sharps.

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