A Granular Insecticide With XTRA Chemistry

If you’re an avid reader of FMC Turf Wire, you’ve probably already seen our recent features about the XTRA consistency, XTRA versatility and XTRA speed that make Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granular technology a fully-equipped granular insecticide. But it’s the product’s XTRA chemistry that helps Talstar XTRA go above and beyond what a typical granular insecticide can do. Over the years, Talstar has become one of the turf industry’s most trusted brands of insecticides. Like all Talstar products, Talstar XTRA has been formulated with FMC bifenthrin for dependable performance and up to four months of residual protection. Talstar XTRA also features zeta-cypermethrin which enhances the speed and knockdown of this granular insecticide.The combination of FMC bifenthrin and zeta-cypermethrin enables Talstar XTRA to deliver fast-acting and long-lasting pest control performance against many lawn pests, including chinch bugs, fleas, ticks, mole crickets, earwigs, crane flies and most ants (including fire ants). As you can see from the chart below, Talstar XTRA delivers reliable residual control of fire ants plus unsurpassed speed. Interested in learning more about the many XTRAS that come standard with Talstar XTRA featuring Verge granular technology? Contact your FMC Market Specialist for more information on this revolutionary granular...

Turf Professionals, Get Organized with Twitter Lists

When used correctly, Twitter can be an invaluable marketing and branding tool for any business and the turf industry is no exception. With social media platforms like Twitter, turf pros have the ability to talk to peers and reach out to their customers directly to become an active part of the conversation. Twitter allows turf pros to comment on and share timely turf industry news, spread product awareness and provide customer service. In our four-part blog series, we will introduce several simple social media tips for Twitter that will enable turf pros to enhance their online presence. Get Organized With Twitter Lists As in every business, the turf industry is composed of many individuals that play different yet essential roles. From customers to competitors to turf industry publications, there will be distinct groups of turf industry focused people that a turf pro may want to follow on Twitter. For example, if you are researching how other turf pros are dealing with crabgrass on Twitter, you probably would not be interested in what your favorite publication has tweeted. A helpful social media tip is to create and update lists in order to organize and sort your followers and their updates. For example you can create separate lists to designate groups of followers based on interest; one for turf industry professionals, one for turf publications and one for turfgrass researchers and maybe even one for your family and friends so that you can look at the tweets from each group separately and easily navigate updates from turf industry thought leaders vs. your friends. To create a list, simply click on the...

Six Questions for Robin Slatter, Director of Product Development for FMC Professional Solutions

As the new Director of Product Development for FMC Professional Solutions, Robin Slatter faces a host of responsibilities. In addition to overseeing development of new products for the U.S. pest, turf management and nursery/greenhouse industries, he will provide leadership and develop strategy for the entire division. A native of England who holds a degree in applied biology from the University of Hertfordshire, Slatter has 35 years experience in product development, technical service, sales, marketing and strategy. But just what makes him tick? We asked him a few questions to find out. Q: What was your greatest influence in pursuing a career in applied biology/product development? A: I had a childhood interest in wildlife — especially insects — so it was somewhat of a natural progression. Q: We know you are British, but have lived in America for many years. What do you still miss about life in England? A: Football (the one played with the foot) and warm beer! To be fair, not only is it as easy to see English football on TV here as it is in the UK now, but with my son I am now a season ticket holder to New York Red Bulls soccer team in MLS. There are also lots of microbrews now in the U.S., although beer is still served too cold! Q: Given your previous experience in the pest/turf management industries, what do you see as the biggest challenges for these industries in the next few years? A: The greatest challenge is to provide applicators sufficient tools to control a broad spectrum of pests/diseases, in an environment where costs of introducing...

Top Tweets: Sedge Control and Strange Golf Courses

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past few weeks where our own Ken Hutto talks sedge control and why nutsedge has been so problematic this year. Also check out lists of both the toughest and the most unusual golf courses in the country. 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. Not only is it good for #turf, mowing has been found to be beneficial for mental health. http://t.co/WmyeUWKfEe — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) September 4, 2013 Talstar XTRA: you know it’s effective, but is it fast? See the data for yourself: http://t.co/kqLX8Y2ine #turf — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 22, 2013 Are your trees exhibiting fall foliage already? Many maple trees in Michigan are. Read why here: http://t.co/12qgBJhtlB — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 26, 2013 “Mowing After Hours Could Be Costly.” http://t.co/WAHsMqNGwe Via @TLCmagazine — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) September 9, 2013 Has anyone played on one of the 75 toughest #golf courses in America? http://t.co/uKLzBPnqQK Via @GolfDigestMag — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) September 5, 2013 .@Forbes lists the top 10 most unusual #golf courses in the country. Anyone played them all? http://t.co/6MPE6wbfSn — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) September 3, 2013 #Turf tip: darker aquatic dyes make #golf course water elements reflect well. http://t.co/DCVm0nc9tu Via @GCImagazine — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 22, 2013 Yikes! Perfect example as to why customers should always hire a #turf professional: http://t.co/33L2Y88KIK — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 20, 2013 “8 Ways to Get More Bang for Your Seeding Buck:” http://t.co/crfLVpDyOw — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) August 21, 2013 Our...

Blazing a Trail in the Turf Industry

As a woman working in a man’s world, Kimberly Bohn has navigated her own path through the turf industry. She earned a turf management degree from Penn State University, worked in the golf industry, and spent time as an industry distributor sales rep. In 2009, she became lawn care manager of Blades of Green, a full-service lawn care and pest management firm in Harwood, Md., just south of Annapolis. “In the last four years, I’ve done a little bit of everything,” notes Bohn. “When I started, I was out in the field a lot more. But we’ve hired five new technicians and five new office staff. Now I’m focused more on management and training.” Blades of Green’s lawn care division handles mostly residential customers, offering a five-step lawn care program, as well as tree and shrub care, flea and tick control, deer reduction service and mosquito control. Training is the Backbone of Business Bohn holds an intensive training session at the beginning of each of five rounds, in addition to weekly sessions on Tuesday mornings as a refresher for the current round and to cover any new issues. This year, those issues included major chickweed problems in Round One and Round Two, when Blades of Green applies preemergence herbicides and liquid fertilizer. Round Three issues usually include nutsedge, ground ivy and crabgrass breakthroughs. But Bohn began using Solitare® herbicide from FMC Professional Solutions about three years ago and now obtains excellent postemergence weed control. “Solitare controls nutsedge, violets, clover, dandelion and just about any weed problem we get at that time of year,” explains Bohn. “Having the ability to...