FMC Welcomes Jay Young as Herbicide Product Manager

We are excited to announce that Jay Young was recently named Herbicide Product Manager for the FMC North America Professional Solutions segment. A Missouri native with hands-on experience  as a golf course superintendent, Jay also has valuable experience in golf course construction.  From 2003 to 2006, he was Director of Agronomy at Blessings Golf Course, in Fayetteville, Ark., where he managed construction and agronomic operations of a new, private golf facility. Prior to that, he was assistant golf course superintendent at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, where he had tournament experience with both the USGA and PGA tours. Most recently, Jay spent four years as Midwest Market Specialist for FMC North America Professional Solutions, covering 13 Midwestern states. Prior to that, he was as a Territory Manager for Harrells, LLC, based in Virginia, for four years. While there, he established a new, viable territory in a competitive technical environment. Jay has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and soils from Auburn University and will complete a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University this spring. In his new role, he will manage all marketing activities for the company’s extensive line of herbicide products for the lawn and landscape, golf, sports turf and nursery and greenhouse markets. Jay’s background in agronomy, distribution and golf course management and maintenance dovetail perfectly with his new responsibilities at FMC. As FMC continues to build its portfolio of turf and ornamental products, Jay’s skill set will be extremely beneficial to the marketing...

FMC’s Bobby Walls Honored with Southern Weed Science Society’s Highest Award

We are very pleased to announce that our own Bobby Walls recently received the Southern Weed Science Society’s highest award — the SWSS Fellow Award, which recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the Southern Weed Science Society. In his role at FMC, Dr. Walls works with researchers in the development of new products and technologies to solve weed problems in turf and landscapes. His career has focused on agricultural research to discover and develop new products and technology to improve production of food, fiber, materials for shelter and aesthetic value of the landscape. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Walls holds five patents for currently used herbicides. His work has concentrated on development of products and technologies in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. In addition, he is a Certified Crop Advisor and Certified Professional Agronomist by the American Society of Agronomy. Dr. Walls’ service to the Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) includes: Chair of Membership, Necrology, and Continuing Education Committees Chair of Agronomic Section Member of Local Arrangements, Public Relations, Legislative, and Graduate Student Committees. Session moderator numerous times Graduate student contest judge Additionally, Dr. Walls has published 38 abstracts in the SWSS proceedings, focusing on weed science and pest management in Agronomic and Horticultural crops. To be eligible for the award, SWSS members must have contributed substantially to the success of his/her company, university or government agency and have advanced the discipline of weed science in the Southern Region.  He or she must have been active in the organization for 20 or more years “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than...

The Rewards of Working on a ‘Living Lab’ Golf Course

Most golf course superintendents would consider Matt Gourlay, CGCS, a lucky guy. Since his Colbert Hills Golf Course serves as a “living lab” for nearby Kansas State University’s Turfgrass Management program, he sees first hand which products work well … and which ones don’t. Part of the overall 27-hole golf complex, the experimental nine-hole Par 3 course features eight different varieties of bentgrass on greens, including Penncross, Crenshaw, L-93, G-2, A-4 and SR1020, as well as eight varieties of tall fescue, bluegrass, zoysiagrass and bentgrass on tees. “K-State has one of the best turfgrass management programs in the country, and uses our course as a testing ground for university research projects,” adds Gourlay, who has been superintendent for eight years. “We provide mowing, water and other labor. Their professors and students do all the research. We had five plots this year, including herbicides, turf colorants, fungicides and naturalized native areas.” When Colbert Hills opened in May 2000, Gourlay was there as a 14-year-old cart boy. He progressed to the maintenance team a year later and has remained at the course in some capacity ever since. “I fell in love with golf courses,” says Gourlay, who holds a bachelor’s degree in golf course management from K-State. “My dad and grandfather were both superintendents and my mother owned a soil testing company. It’s in my blood.” Designed by golf course architect Jeff Brauer and professional golfer Jim Colbert, Colbert Hills is owned by Kansas State Golf Course Management Research Foundation, a philanthropic organization for the university. “We are the Number One daily fee course in Kansas,” notes Gourlay. “Anybody can come...