Welcome Aboard, Alea Miehls!

Meet Alea Miehls, the new FMC Turf & Ornamental Market Specialist for the Western U.S. Born and raised in southern California, Alea currently lives in Anaheim. A recent graduate of the University of California – Riverside, she holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in plant biology. Since Alea’s territory covers the entire West Coast, including Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Hawaii, she is prepared to do a lot of traveling and is excited to be visiting new places. Recently, FMC Turf Wire tried to get to know her a little better: Q: What influenced you to pursue career in plant biology and turf management? A: One of my favorite classes as an undergraduate was Plant Biology and my professor inspired me to study plants for my master’s degree. That led to my interest in turfgrass management. My main focus was salinity and water management, but I also conducted field research trials evaluating herbicides and fungicides on warm- and cool-season turf. Q: You did your master’s thesis on water management and ryegrass – how important is this issue to both lawn care and golf? A: Water management is an extremely critical component of turf management, especially in southern California where fresh water usage is restricted on many golf courses and home lawns. I am very interested in educating turf managers and the public about water management and finding solutions to their pest and weed control problems. Q: Speaking of water, how cool was it growing up in Southern California? A: Actually, it was a blast! The best part was being in a location where I could...

Turf In Focus: Floods Bring Unique Challenges for Turf Management Professionals

This month’s Turf In Focus features a strange situation that a turf management professional found himself in after a flood. Superintendent Galen Evans of Laytonsville Golf Course in Gaithersburg, MD, found a large fish stranded on the turf after flood waters had receded. Though finding a fish on the fairway may not be typical, turf management professionals expect the unexpected when they go to work! A victim of yesterday’s flooding found near 4 fairway. pic.twitter.com/Moco2fIw8b — Galen Evans (@turfmanPSU) May 17, 2014 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as this 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...

Q&A on Triple Crown® Golf Insecticide

We launched our new triple-action insecticide, Triple Crown® Golf insecticide* at the Golf Industry Show in February and golf course superintendents are using it for the first time this spring. We’re excited about this new triple-action product and wanted to answer a few questions about it: What is Triple Crown® Golf insecticide? Triple Crown is a multi-action solution designed to protect your course from damaging turf pests. It features a multi-action formulation for fast-acting, long-lasting**, broad-spectrum*** control of above- and below-ground turf pests. What are the active ingredients in Triple Crown? Triple Crown is a unique combination of FMC bifenthrin, zeta-cypermethrin and imidacloprid. Because of its unique combination, Triple Crown controls above- and below-ground turf pests with multiple modes of action, providing protection for your course. What pests does Triple Crown control? Triple Crown controls more than 30 turf pests, including masked chafer grubs (Northern and Southern), European chafer grubs, fire ants, chinch bugs, annual bluegrass weevils, ticks, billbugs, mites and more. How does Triple Crown work? Triple Crown Golf insecticide works through contact, translaminar and systemic activity, making it a valuable tool against sucking pests that feed on a plant’s vascular system, as well as foliar-feeding turf pests. It provides protection both above and below ground. Looking for more information on Triple Crown? Check out this blog for data on Triple Crown’s performance against turf pests compared to competing products. *Triple Crown Golf insecticide is a restricted use product. **As tested in field trials in 2013 versus competitive products on annual bluegrass weevils, lasius ants, chinch bugs, bluegrass billbugs, masked chafer grubs and mole crickets. *** Label has...

Top Tweets: A Disease Challenges Turf Management Professionals

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past two weeks, including information about a turfgrass disease found in ultradwarf bermudagrass, the importance of understanding the risks and benefits of tank mixing and more on Turf Advisor by FMC, our latest innovation in turf management technology. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for turf management industry news, expert advice and the very latest turf product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. What We’re Reading: A new challenge for supers managing ultradwarf bermudagrass. http://t.co/8Uc43jjubw Via @TurfDiseases #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 24, 2014 It's important to understand the benefits and risks of tank-mixing before you make an application. http://t.co/NjmqFkJoaz #lawncare — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 29, 2014 For weed identification tips, herbicide solutions and more, check out our on-the-go #turf tool Turf Advisor by FMC! http://t.co/9pX5CZnYDS — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 24, 2014 “Winterkill: March Unknown Turns into April Nightmare” http://t.co/RHoqGwM6MC Via @TurfDiseases #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 24, 2014 Having answers to these questions will make you look more professional to #lawncare clients. http://t.co/NTUtl4YjNx Via @LawnLandscape — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 28, 2014 Learn how to use hashtags effectively in this #turfgrass #socialmedia tip! http://t.co/J8uNO24T7k — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 30, 2014 Take control of both above- and below-ground #turfgrass pests with Triple Crown T&O! http://t.co/Py1P84UDQD — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 30, 2014 Start off your weekend by checking out the three awesome photographs featured in this month’s #TurfInFocus: http://t.co/7cWd9JmN4i — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 25, 2014 Does your #lawncare job have you constantly on the go? Take #turf technology with you with Turf Advisor by...