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Cutting Down on Cutworm Damage

Cutworm control has been an issue for Jackson Reiswig the entire four years he’s been golf course superintendent at Coral Creek Club in Placida, Fla. A very upscale private club on Florida’s central Gulf Coast, Coral Creek features pure TifEagle bermudagrass greens and 419 bermudagrass tees, fairways and roughs. With just over 200 members, Coral Creek Club closes from early July through September during the blazing hot summer days. That’s when Reiswig handles construction projects, aggressive cultural practices and dealing with insect pressures. “Our membership demands excellent conditions during the nine months we are open — and we do our best to exceed them, daily,” says Reiswig, an Idaho native who came to the club in Southwest Florida after attending Lake City Community College. “I’m always looking for a better solution to agronomic problems that sometimes crop up, like cutworms.” Because they feed close to the base of the turf plant — or even under soil level, cutworms will cut turf plants off at the stem, if left uncontrolled. Reiswig has tried many different treatments through the years, but was happy to discover Triple Crown® Golf insecticide last year. Triple Crown combines fast knockdown, lasting residual and broad-spectrum pest control with multiple modes of action. By eliminating the need to tank mix several products to control above- and below-ground pests, Triple Crown helps save time, money and shelf space. It controls more than 30 pests, including chinch bugs, annual bluegrass weevils, billbugs, ants, fire ants, and more. “Triple Crown has been a fantastic product,” he explains.  “I used it originally for cutworm control and got excellent results right away....

Cleaning Up Poa Annua on Collars and Surrounds

As the manager of four golf courses in Southport, N. C., Conrad Broussard, CGCS, always has his hands full. With two bentgrass courses and two bermudagrass courses, he has to cover all the bases in maintaining turf. One thing he no longer worries about is Poa annua on his ryegrass surrounds and collars. “Our older bentgrass course opened in 1991 and had a pretty good population of Poa annua,” says Broussard, Director of Agronomy at The Clubs at St. James Plantation. “They say a Poa seed bank can last up to 10 years or longer, so we were always looking for a way to control it.” Two years ago, Broussard participated in a trial with Xonerate® herbicide on his overseeded ryegrass approaches and fairways. He sprayed the new product twice in April at the rate of 2 oz. per acre. “On fairways, we applied a strip 20 feet wide — and came back again,” he notes. “You could see the line where there was no Poa. It really worked well and gave it a nice appearance. We had enough product to spray on collars and had really good success there, as well. Broussard liked Xonerate so well that he incorporated it into his regular program and has used it for the past two years. “It’s not an expensive program to clean up the surrounds,” he adds. “We were happy to find Xonerate — it’s a great product for Poa!”  ...

Putting Poa in Its Place

This article originally appeared in Sports Turf magazine, February 2015 issue – Ray Cipperly is proud of the baseball field he built with students and maintenance staff 40 years ago on the East Brunswick, N.J., campus of Middlesex County Vocational Schools. As a physical education teacher and baseball coach at the school, he wanted the students to have a better playing experience than they’d been having on the natural lay-of-the-land field behind the school. “We decided where the bases and home plate should be, cut it out with a sod-cutter and picked up all the rocks,” says the now District Athletic Director for five Middlesex Vocational high schools. “Everything went fine until we decided to renovate the field nine years ago.” Cipperly worked with nearby Rutgers University and numerous volunteers to tear out infield grass and foul territory, non-selectively control the outfield grass, re-grade and reseed with five different varieties of Kentucky bluegrass. The field established beautifully. “It looked like a sod farm… at first,” says Cipperly, who took short courses in turfgrass management at Rutgers, as well as assisting two Minor League New Jersey ballparks as head groundskeeper for several years. “Then we started seeing spots of light green grass coming in — Poa annua,” he continues. “We had gorgeous grass and then ugly green patches moved in. Apparently, Poa annua seed was in the soil and we disturbed it while re-grading the field.” An Eight-Year Battle For the past eight years, Cipperly has been battling the stubborn Poa annua, trying “everything under the sun” to eradicate the invasive grass. Head Groundskeeper Ryan Radcliffe joined him in the...

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...