Pesticide safety tip: wear proper Personal Protective Equipment.

Today’s market offers a wide range of pesticide options with various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements to encourage pesticide safety. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that all pesticide product labels contain instructions regarding the necessary PPE to be worn when handling, preparing, mixing and applying pesticides. While pesticides can come into contact with the human body several different ways, most exposure comes via contact with the skin. Wearing the proper PPE for each and every interaction with pesticides not only helps to guarantee individual safety and protection, it’s required by law. At the end of each workday, ensure continued protection by discarding disposable gloves and washing PPE while verifying that it is in good condition. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in the new FMC Stewardship...

Product Spotlight: Talstar® XTRA Featuring Verge™ Granular Technology

For years, turf care professionals have trusted Talstar® EZ granular insecticide for lasting protection against outdoor nuisance pests. FMC is proud to announce that the sure-fire dependability of Talstar EZ is now available with the addition of some very exciting benefits without any additional cost. With new Talstar XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology, all of the XTRAs come standard! XTRA SPEED: With the addition of zeta-cypermethrin, Talstar XTRA provides accelerated knockdown and kill of target pests, like chinch bugs, fleas, ticks, crane flies, scorpions, earwigs, mole crickets and even dangerous fire ants. In fact, Talstar XTRA is proven to control fire ants in fifteen minutes or less! Also formulated with bifenthrin, Talstar XTRA featuring Verge delivers the dependable residual the industry has come to expect from the Talstar brand, remaining effective for up to four months. As these results indicate, Talstar XTRA controlled fire ant colonies faster than the competition without having to sacrifice any residual protection. XTRA CONSISTENCY: Formulated on the advanced, clay-based Verge granule, Talstar XTRA offers unique application benefits over many other granular solutions. These granules are uniform in size and shape for improved ballistics, so they are distributed from spreading equipment more consistently. This means the active ingredient is more evenly distributed throughout the application area. Talstar XTRA featuring Verge granule technology is virtually odorless and non-staining. The granules disintegrate rapidly without creating an unsightly mess. Talstar XTRA granules also produce significantly less dust — up to 137 times less dust than competitive granules. NO XTRA COST: By achieving impressive results at low application rates, Talstar XTRA featuring Verge granule technology is an ideal choice...

FMC Turf Wire Top Tweets

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past two weeks, including Pythium blight identification and broadleaf weed control. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for turf care industry news, expert advice and the very latest turf product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. #Turfgrass science was used to create these stunning lifelike portraits on live grass: ow.ly/cr9lP — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 23, 2012 Think that brown spot in your #turfgrass might be Pythium blight? Here’s how to find out: ow.ly/cuS8m — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 26, 2012 Tips on treating exposure to Mother Nature’s most dreaded plant. ow.ly/cmcaM — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 19, 2012 FMC Professional Solutions is excited to announce two new hires! ow.ly/cgI5s #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 16, 2012 Photos and treatment recommendations for nearly 50 of the toughest weeds!ow.ly/cwOIM — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 26, 2012 @GCImagazine talks to #turfgrass professor Peter Landschoot about “The Problem with Pythium:”ow.ly/cwHzx — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 26, 2012 Got warm-season #turfgrass? FMC has a solution for tough broadleaf weeds, nutsedge and kyllinga. ow.ly/crjZm — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 24, 2012 Every promotional offer currently available on FMC products, all in one place. ow.ly/cmcuQ #turfgrass #lawncare — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 19, 2012 #Turfcare pros: here is some helpful information on two common summer weeds: dollarweed and doveweed. ow.ly/civEW — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 17, 2012 Don’t miss your chance to save up to $60 per case on Solitare #herbicide! ow.ly/cgKYp#turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) July 16,...

Shining Some Light on Pythium Blight

Also known as cotton blight or grease spot, Pythium blight appears in turfgrass with a variety of symptoms (hence the multiple nicknames). While it typically appears as small, sunken circles of straw-colored grass, Pythium blight can also make grass leaves appear dark, slick and greasy. Gray, cottony mycelieum can be observed in the morning, making infected turf appear fuzzy. Because the fungus can spread easily in water or equipment traffic, Pythium blight may also appear in streaks that follow the direction of water drainage or mowing patterns. Pythium blight (Pythium aphanidermatum) poses a threat to both cool-season and warm-season turf and thrives in hot, humid weather. The spores that cause Pythium blight are commonly found in soils, diseased grass tissue and thatch, waiting for the moment to strike. When the conditions are right (typically when nighttime temperatures are higher than 65 degrees and the turf is consistently wet), these spores germinate and infect the grass plant. If optimal growth conditions continue and nothing is done to stop Pythium blight, it can create costly damage. In fact, a Pythium blight infection can kill large areas of turf in just days — and if temperatures are high enough — hours. Creeping bentgrass, annual bluegrass and perennial ryegrass, as well as some varieties of bermudagrass are particularly vulnerable to turf stand damage from Pythium blight. Warm temperatures and high humidity mean that conditions are ideal for a blight outbreak. To help manage Pythium blight, it is important to provide good air movement and adequate soil drainage. Irrigation management and reducing nitrogen levels can help make turf less susceptible. Be sure to vigilantly...

Guest Post: Dealing with Doveweed

Denise Wartan is the General Manager of Trad’s Pest & Lawn Services in Jacksonville, Florida. An avid runner and compulsive reader, she is the mother of two teenage girls and a self-professed lover of chocolate. As General Manager of Trad’s Pest & Lawn Services, I handle a little bit of everything here in north Florida. I started as the bill collection lady for my parents’ garden center in 1989, then morphed into working in lawn care and pest control. Since then, I’ve done plenty of field –work — both indoors and out. I still go out once a week and ride with the guys, mostly for quality control. About 85 percent of our business is lawn and ornamental care. From there, we’ve branched out into general household pest management and termite work. Approximately 95 percent of our accounts are residential customers in the greater Jacksonville region. Doveweed has been a particular problem for lawns in our area. It germinates later in the growing season than most summer annuals and has fleshy, creeping stems that root at the nodes. Our six-treatment program includes a preemergence application in early spring, but doveweed often resurges later in the summer. Our FMC Market Specialist, Bruce Ryser, introduced us to new Blindside® herbicide last year. It’s a postemergence product with long-term residual, which is unusual. We found that it really smokes the doveweed! We’re getting long-range control of doveweed, dollarweed, buttonweed and other weeds that we used to keep hitting over and over again. As a result, we don’t have to go out every month like we used to. With dollarweed, we used to...