Turf In Focus: Mole Crickets Emerge on Golf Courses

This month’s Turf In Focus features a series of mole cricket themed images. The first image shows a mole cricket captured by superintendent Anthony Hooks of Due Process Stables Golf Course in Colts Neck, New Jersey. The second picture, showing a dead mole cricket, was taken by superintendent Kasey Kauff of The Country Club of Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The third shows a “mole cricket cavalry” and was taken by assistant superintendent Dylan Stafford of Eagle Landing Golf Club in Jacksonville, Florida. A pervasive and destructive turfgrass pest, mole crickets can be controlled through proper application of turf insecticides such as Triple Crown® Golf insecticide.* Are you kidding me?? Found a mole cricket in my pitfall trap! I’m in central NJ!! pic.twitter.com/yHqoVXCttJ — anthony hooks (@AhooksHooks) April 21, 2014 You’re down in the dumps and think nothing could possible cheer you up, then a dead mole cricket saves the daypic.twitter.com/58SBVGC0nE — Kasey Kauff (@KaseyKauff) March 21, 2014 Mole cricket calvary in town today. Slicing and dicing. pic.twitter.com/bU0WxmOICA — Dylan Stafford (@Sneaky_short) March 26, 2014 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as these 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...

Getting to Know Allan Dufoe

A New Hampshire native who considers himself a “Science Guy,” Allan Dufoe was recently named FMC Turf & Ornamental Key Account Manager. He will focus on providing support and growing the presence of FMC in the nursery/greenhouse market. Most recently, Allan was a Market Specialist for FMC, covering the professional Turf & Ornamental market for the northeast U.S. Now based in Annapolis, MD, Allan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology from the University of New Hampshire and anticipates earning a Master of Science degree in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 2014. But just who is Allan Dufoe? To find out, FMC Turf Wire recently asked him some probing questions: Q: How did your interest in entomology develop? A: I took a science course in college called “Insects and Man” and learned that insects are really quite fascinating! The professor who taught the course became my mentor and through him I made contacts that led me to urban entomology, which I pursued as my career. My exposure to entomology was a springboard to learning about all biological organisms – plants, diseasepathogens, etc. Q: What do you see as your greatest strength in serving the Structural Pest Management, Turf Management and Nursery/Greenhouse industries? A: I have a strong commitment to training and a passion for improving the professionalism of the industry. By helping customers learn how to optimize the use of our products I feel we can help customers grow as companies and sustain satisfied customers. Q: What are the biggest challenges facing the nursery/greenhouse market today? A: How to best control labor,...

Turf Advisor by FMC: Mobile Technology for Turf Management Pros

Anyone who knows me realizes how much I appreciate technology. I’m never without my smart phone and I’m not afraid to use it! That’s one reason I am excited to announce the launch of an extremely useful microsite from FMC: Turf Advisor™ by FMC. With it, you can access a wealth of weed and herbicide information — all from your smart phone or mobile device. This new mobile-optimized tool allows turf professionals to identify weeds, find instant solutions to weed problems, search the FMC herbicide database and connect with regional FMC Market Specialists and distributors without having to look at a laptop. To access Turf Advisor by FMC, simply visit www.FMCturfadvisor.com. There, you can easily navigate through the five tabs: Identify a Weed Herbicide Solutions Finder Products, Labels and MSDS Current Promotions Contact Us I’m proud that FMC was an early adopter of social media. We were among the first turf industry manufacturers to start a blog, FMC Turf Wire, a Twitter feed; @FMCturf, a YouTube channel; FMCTurf, and a Facebook Page; FMCturf. Providing optimized mobile access was a logical next step! As always, you can visit the FMC website to find out more about FMC and its products. Turf Advisor by FMC works best on a mobile device! Check out these tutorials for information on how to add Turf Advisor to your iPhone or Android...

Top Tweets: Turf Advisor by FMC Brings Mobile Tech to Turf Management Pros

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past two weeks, including information about the newly-released Turf Advisor by FMC, a new innovation for turf management professionals to identify weeds, use our Herbicide Solutions Finder and more all from their mobile device! In addition, popular topics were how turf management pros in baseball repair their fields from winter damage and how a handy timer can help with your preemergence herbicide applications. 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. Time your preemergence herbicide application perfectly with this handy timer! http://t.co/iFxHTi1HvC #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 4, 2014 We are thrilled to unveil the latest in our digital #turfgrass efforts, FMC Turf Advisor! http://t.co/Ejd1zzwxA7 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 7, 2014 Thank you to @BearTraceHB for this awesome photo of burning #turfgrass featured in #TurfInFocus! http://t.co/9ajuGpU7Ie — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) March 31, 2014 Blog: The superintendent of an ocean-side #golf course found a way to get his sedge problem under control: http://t.co/hQJqgj9V51 #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 9, 2014 QuickSilver herbicide: The ultimate tank mixing weed control performance enhancer. http://t.co/iorlTRuhzI — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 4, 2014 Triple Crown T&O is the perfect way to take out above- and below-ground #turf pests with one product! http://t.co/jogZSSm0Yt — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 4, 2014 Not sure which herbicide is right for your #turfgrass? We can help! Check out our Herbicide Solutions Finder: http://t.co/J3sEXcl1U6 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 4, 2014 Great customer resource! “How much do you know about your lawn’s...

Sedge Control that Works, Even After the Storm

Hurricane Sandy came onshore 50 miles north of Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin, Md., in late 2012. With almost two days of 80 mph prevailing west winds, the storm hit the 36-hole facility pretty hard. “The way our golf course sits between the bay and the coast, it was like a Perfect Storm for us,” says Mike Salvio, CGCS, superintendent for the past three years. “I had three feet of water in my office and in the shop. More than a year later, I’m still finding equipment with salt water damage.” But the worst part was debris that washed onto the golf course from the marshes. Dead grass, garbage and extraneous foliage littered the entire area. Nonetheless, at least 27 holes were passable and two days after the storm, golfers were back on the greens. “Cleanup was really tough,” adds Salvio. “Probably the biggest challenge of my career was staying positive for my crew. I focused on the things that were going right and encouraged them to do the same. If you are the leader, people feed off you. They watch you and take on your attitude.” The first golf course in the Ocean City area, the Ocean City Golf Club encompasses the Seaside course, built in 1959, and the Newport Bay course, which began play in 1998. “Seaside is more traditional — tree-lined and park-like, while Newport Bay has all the bells and whistles – water carries, back bays and water chutes,” adds Salvio, who is incoming president of the Eastern Shore Golf Course Superintendents Association. Sedges have traditionally been a problem on the Seaside course, which...