Bright Ideas: Mole Crickets Meet their Match

Mole crickets are tough. And the ones on Daufuskie Island just might be the toughest. I’ve seen them burrow through sand, turf, rocky soil, even ice. They are the worst pest we have out here… they are a constant problem. My usual defense is a wall-to-wall spring application of imidacloprid coupled with spot treatments of bifenthrin. This year, though, I tried a new liquid product, Triple Crown® Golf insecticide* from FMC, on the holes hit hardest by mole crickets. I chose Triple Crown because it offers a formulation of my usual go-to active ingredients—FMC bifenthrin and imidacloprid—plus a little something extra. That extra is FMC zeta-cypermethrin, an active ingredient developed by FMC that brings incredible speed of kill. In early May 2014, I sprayed the green slopes of a few holes with heavy cricket pressure to create a barrier around the greens. Within a week, the length of time for new mole crickets to emerge and begin their damage, the crickets were gone. But even better, Triple Crown works on contact as well as translaminar and systemic activity, providing protection against sucking pests that feed on a plant’s vascular system as well as foliar-feeding insects. This means I kill not only mole crickets but other pests like fire ants, grubs, billbugs and more. Today, six weeks after I sprayed, the mole crickets are still gone. It’s been nice to not have to worry about them. Now I can move on to my other constant headache—salinity. *Triple Crown Golf Insecticide is a Restricted Use Product (RUP).   Nick Bright is the superintendent at Melrose Golf Club in Daufuskie Island, SC....

FMC Supports Project EverGreen’s Revitalization of The 9/11 Memorial Grove Green Space on Liberty Island

The Project EverGreen team drove into Ellis Island through a narrow, metal-paved bridge that connects the island to the New Jersey mainland. This passage-way is little known by tourists looking to visit the Statue of Liberty because it is only open to Ellis Island essential personnel and workers. On Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30 AM we drove through that bridge because everyone on the Project EverGreen team was considered essential personnel. More than forty volunteers from the Project EverGreen advisory council and its industry partners came together on Liberty Island to inaugurate a much anticipated revitalization of the 9/11 Memorial Grove. After Hurricane Sandy many trees were destroyed and the soil in the surrounding area was left ineffective for new plantings. Bill Vogel, President of the organization explained, “Project EverGreen is an organization with the mission to preserve and enhance green spaces in our communities where we live, work and play and we believe the 9/11 Memorial Grove on Liberty Island is a site where we can make a strong difference.” The site can hold a couple hundred people and has a direct line of sight to ground zero, making this an ideal location to remember 9/11 and its victims. A renovated and beautiful green space will once again allow people to honor and celebrate the perseverance and strife of those affected by the tragedy. As soon as we arrived on site we saw 12 London Plane burlap–covered trees set out ready to be planted. In addition, more than 70 mulch bags had been delivered next to all existing trees in the area. We had our work cut out...