Rock Stars of Research were In the House!

We at FMC were thrilled to host some of the ‘Rock Stars of the Weed Research World’ recently at our FMC Innovation Center in Ewing, N.J. This two-day Researcher Roundtable was a first-time event for us – but it won’t be the last! Inviting some of the top weed researchers to tour our facility and provide input about what’s new in turf weed control was one way of getting closer to our customers – the end-users of FMC products. Much of the Roundtable was focused on maximizing the opportunity with Xonerate herbicide. By getting the researchers’ suggestions about what herbicides work best for which weeds in various areas of the country, we can better develop and formulate workable weed solutions for turf professionals. The Researcher Roundtable participants were: James Baird, University of California – Riverside Bruce Branham, University of Illinois Jim Brosnan, University of Tennessee Travis Gannon, North Carolina State University Steve McDonald, Consultant, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Scott McElroy, Auburn University Jim Murphy, Rutgers University Tim Murphy, Consultant, Georgia Zac Reicher, University of Nebraska Fred Yelverton, North Carolina State University These top turf weed scientists work in the field on a daily basis, studying all aspects of weed control and conveying their results to turf managers in their respective regions. Their input is very important to us and key information as we work toward helping control and suppress weeds in the turf you manage. We appreciated their input!...

Why I Love the Golfdom Summit

We’re back from another year at the Golfdom Summit in Orlando, Fla. Whew! It was three days filled with great people, interesting presentations, engaging conversations and some tough golf …all at a fantastic facility — Reunion Resort. Each year, Golfdom magazine invites 50 qualified golf course superintendents to attend this event, as well as ten – 12 industry sponsors. The goal? Sharing information to help companies help the industry. Here are five things that keep FMC coming back, year after year: One-on-one meetings with knowledgeable golf course superintendents from throughout the country: Getting time to talk to them about what works and what doesn’t for their particular golf course is priceless! We take that information back to the company and use it to improve our existing products and create new solutions for our customers. World-class networking: There’s no better way to stay in touch with the industry than to be surrounded by industry professionals for a full three days. Talking to them, playing golf with them, sharing meals – all lead to a deeper understanding of how they maintain their facilities. Listening to the Pros: We gain knowledge from presentations by turfgrass management experts, such as Dr. Karl Dannenberger and Dr. Clark Throssell, not to mention Jim Rattigan, the Herb Graffis Businessperson of the Year winner. Rubbing elbows with other companies: Making new contacts and finding out what others are offering keeps us up-to-date and better able to provide relevant products and solutions. Golf, golf, golf: It’s all about the game, so getting out to play with other professionals makes it all more meaningful. Over the next several months,...