Turf In Focus: Turf Management Team Burns Native Grass

For this month’s Turf In Focus, we are featuring an image from the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay from Harrison, Tennessee. The turf management team at Bear Trace burned away an area of native grassland in order to rejuvenate the area. Setting fire to turfgrass might sound dangerous, but the crew took the proper precautions to control the fire and to minimize the risk. Looks like a good day for a controlled burn of native areas. #SustainablePractices pic.twitter.com/eID5tGlPnF — Bear Trace @ HB (@BearTraceHB) March 25, 2014 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as this one that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCturf or just add the #TurfInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a turf care professional, you often come across interesting situations. Strange turf diseases. Huge fire ant mounds. And for some of you, even the occasional alligator. Many of you take pictures to document these encounters, and as true turf enthusiasts, we want to see them and share them with the world! That’s why FMC Turf Wire runs Turf In Focus, a monthly feature highlighting some of the most eye-catching photographs captured by turf management professionals on the...

RISE Honors Wendell Codner with Award for Volunteering

Congratulations to our own Wendell Codner, who was awarded the Committee Chairman's Service Award from Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) in early January 2014. Wendell was honored for his eight years on the Programs and Membership Committee, two of them as committee chair. We spoke with Wendell about the importance of volunteering: First, you have an accent. Where are you from? I grew up on a farm in St. Ann, Jamaica. I came to the United States for college and then joined FMC. What’s your role at FMC? Currently, I’m the Business Manager for Consumer Solutions for our Professional Solutions division. We sell active ingredients to consumer marketers like Scotts and Central Garden & Pet who in turn sell their branded products to the consumers through stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart. Why did you start volunteering with RISE? I started working with RISE in 2006 after hearing a former president speak at an FMC meeting. I started on the Programs & Membership Committee, which works on member recruitment and retention as well as designing the program and speakers for the annual meeting. Now, I am co-chair of the Strategic Oversight Council, which has responsibility for the development and implementation of the RISE strategic plan. Why is involvement important? As an industry we have a message that needs to be heard so that everyone — regulators, lawmakers, the public — can be better educated about the chemical industry and its associated benefits. And we have to keep at it day after day, year after year. In this country, if you don’t get in front of the...

Game On: Silvery Thread Moss vs. Putting Greens

Got moss? If you are on a golf course from northern Minnesota to southern Florida – you probably do! A steady decline in golf course mowing heights has led to a dramatic increase of silvery thread moss on putting greens, according to Dr. Jack Fry, professor of turfgrass science at Kansas State University. “Lower mowing heights lead to thinner turf and increased amounts of sunlight reaching the soil surface, which favors moss encroachment,” says Dr. Fry. “In addition, shorter bentgrass roots necessitate more frequent irrigation, which moss prefers.” To add insult to injury, pesticides containing heavy metals are no longer labeled for use on greens. Since moss is sensitive to these products, it proliferates more in their absence. “Silvery thread moss is a plant – and yet it’s not,” explains Fry. “It contains chlorophyll and photosynthesizes but doesn’t have roots and absorbs all of its water and nutrients through foliage. Since it can survive in extreme conditions, most of our efforts are to suppress it, rather than to control it.” Fry notes that his research has shown a few others things about moss: It most likely spreads on greens when you move fragments around through aeration, mowing and verticutting. Mowing heights higher than 0.125 inches will help suppress it. Soluble nitrogen fertilizer applied as a liquid will encourage its growth and so will ammonium sulfate. QuickSilver® herbicide will suppress it without injuring creeping bentgrass when used according to label directions. Topdressing alone helps to suppress moss and is even more effective when used in combination with QuickSilver. Silvery thread moss has had millions of year to adapt to new...

Top Tweets: A New Innovation in Turf Management

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past two weeks, including the latest innovation in turf pest control, one golf course's turf management chores during the winter, indicator weeds and what they say about your soil and the four most commonly made spring lawn care mistakes. 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. New Blog: One superintendent’s recipe to melting the snow on his #turfgrass. http://t.co/JhTd9fJQ3g — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) March 3, 2014 New Blog: We are proud to announce the latest innovation in #turfgrass #pestcontrol technology! http://t.co/B7H4ATFqXd — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) March 11, 2014 What We're Reading: "Indicator Weeds and What They Tell About Your Soil."http://t.co/IFbDa4HJcv Via @SpringGreenLawn #lawncare — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) March 4, 2014 PHOTOS: A #golf course removing snow from a green covered by 2 inches of ice. http://t.co/GYZ3g02Fue — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) February 28, 2014 Did you know that tank mixing QuickSilver with Tenacity reduces bleaching and speeds up control? http://t.co/wKcocsyspI #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) March 7, 2014 VIDEO: The post-aeration process. http://t.co/15SrhgSuC2 Via @PGTurfCare #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) March 3, 2014 The 4 Most Commonly-Made Spring #LawnCare Mistakes” http://t.co/kDyEFbTQWy Via @WeedProOhio — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) March 11, 2014 #FF to the awesome superintendent featured in this month’s #TurfInFocus, @kenlochridge! http://t.co/4yd4gPiMCL #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) February 28, 2014 .@Ganick23 made a list of all the winter #turf tasks accomplished at @HydeParkCC during the winter! http://t.co/MGOWOowySX — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) March 10, 2014 See how Blindside herbicide smoked #dollarweed and #nutsedge in...

Triple Turf Insect Control with Two Fast-Acting New Products: Triple Crown® T&O and Triple Crown® Golf Insecticides

FMC is excited to introduce Triple Crown® T&O insecticide, and Triple Crown® Golf insecticide* – two new, multiple-action insecticides providing fast-acting, long-lasting broad-spectrum control of more than 30 above- and below-ground turf and landscape pests. Both Triple Crown products are an innovative three-way combination of FMC bifenthrin, FMC zeta-cypermethrin and imidacloprid, offering multiple modes of action on key pests including ants, fire ants, grubs (masked chafer, European chafer, and Japanese beetle), chinch bugs, annual bluegrass weevils, ticks, mites, billbugs, mole crickets and more.Among the fastest liquid insecticides now available for turf and landscape professionals, Triple Crown T&O is labeled for broadcast lawn treatments, mound treatments and landscape applications and Triple Crown Golf is labeled for broadcast golf course turf applications. Research among university specialists in various parts of the country has shown that both Triple Crown products deliver fast results against damaging annual bluegrass weevil and billbug adults, chinch bugs, mole crickets and many other insects. Available in an suspoemulsion formulation, the two Triple Crown products are a result of the FMC commitment to Customer-Driven Innovation. Because of their unique multiple action formulations, Triple Crown T&O and Triple Crown Golf eliminate the need to tank mix several products to control pests, so the products help save time, money and shelf space. Both Triple Crown products work through contact, translaminar and systemic activity, providing protection against sucking pests that feed on a plant’s vascular system, as well as foliar-feeding insects. Because of its unique multiple action formulation, Triple Crown is a great product golf course superintendents and lawn care operators now have to protect turf and landscape plants against destructive...