RISE Honors Wendell Codner with Award for Volunteering

Congratulations to our own Wendell Codner, who was awarded the Committee Chairman's Service Award from Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) in early January 2014. Wendell was honored for his eight years on the Programs and Membership Committee, two of them as committee chair. We spoke with Wendell about the importance of volunteering: First, you have an accent. Where are you from? I grew up on a farm in St. Ann, Jamaica. I came to the United States for college and then joined FMC. What’s your role at FMC? Currently, I’m the Business Manager for Consumer Solutions for our Professional Solutions division. We sell active ingredients to consumer marketers like Scotts and Central Garden & Pet who in turn sell their branded products to the consumers through stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart. Why did you start volunteering with RISE? I started working with RISE in 2006 after hearing a former president speak at an FMC meeting. I started on the Programs & Membership Committee, which works on member recruitment and retention as well as designing the program and speakers for the annual meeting. Now, I am co-chair of the Strategic Oversight Council, which has responsibility for the development and implementation of the RISE strategic plan. Why is involvement important? As an industry we have a message that needs to be heard so that everyone — regulators, lawmakers, the public — can be better educated about the chemical industry and its associated benefits. And we have to keep at it day after day, year after year. In this country, if you don’t get in front of the...

Safety Share: Gators, Golf Courses and When to Let the Ball Go

Sometimes it’s best to let that golf ball go. I took this picture in Charleston, SC last year at a customer golf outing after my tee shot went a little far right. Instead of trying to recreate a scene from “Happy Gilmore” I chose to let this guy have my Top Flight. I was unaware that alligators lived that far north and if my partner had not pointed this out I would have likely walked up on him without noticing. This is a good example of why, when planning any trip, you should look over the local climate, forecast and, in this case, wildlife you may encounter. You should also keep a constant eye on your surroundings so as not to stumble into a dangerous situation. Looking for more safety tips? Check out our collection of FMC Safety Shares! If you like seeing interesting or unconventional happenings on the golf course, there are plenty more in our Turf In Focus...

Safety Tips to Prevent Slip and Fall Injuries

As we approach the end of winter, safety tips are still as important as ever. Taking the proper precautions can mean the difference between arriving to your destination safely and a slip and fall injury that could have been prevented. In the past 2 weeks, I have witnessed three separate slips/falls. While commuting to work, one person fell on the steps leading from the train platform up to Suburban Station, and another fell off the snowy/icy train steps as they were exiting the train. The person exiting the train was injured, and was assisted by fellow commuters. At home, I slipped on black ice when I was hurriedly carrying heavy garbage cans down our driveway in the dark. The way I worded that, you get the sense I now know what I was doing wrong. Below are some winter slip, trip, and fall safety tips from our friends at the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Slips and falls account for 300,000 serious injuries and 20,000 deaths a year. With winter and cold temperatures still lingering, it is important for you and your family to be aware of slip and fall prevention safety tips: Although your hands might be cold, don’t put them in your pockets when you are navigating wintry stretches. If you slip, you will need your arms to restore balance. If you fall, your arms will help you to break your fall and land safely. Wear the proper footwear. Although it may not be glamorous to wear a pair of boots, it will give you traction, not to mention keep your feet warm. If you want to wear...

The Responsible Care Global Charter Drives Globally Responsible and Safe Turf Care Product Production

A lot of what we do at FMC Professional Solutions involves a great deal of chemistry. We’re continuously researching new and innovative ways to create products that meet the growing needs for the turf care industry. Beyond that, we strive to implement safe production of chemicals as well as promote responsible product stewardship and sustainable development to the turf management community. Among other international companies, former FMC Corporation President and CEO William Walter put his signature on the Declaration of Support to the Responsible Care® Global Charter, one of the driving forces behind the globally responsible and safe production and distribution of our turf care products. Launched publically in 2006 at the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-1) by the International Council of Chemical Associations, the Responsible Care Global Charter focuses on improving performance, communication and accountability to the companies involved. Responsible Care is a major contribution to the industry in achieving sustainable development by committing companies to work together to continuously improve the health, safety and environmental performance of their products and processes. The Responsible Care Global Charter contains nine key elements and employs a system of checklists, performance indicators and verification procedures to guide the companies involved towards their global commitment. This initiative has driven a transformation in the way that companies operate: from being secretive and defensive about their activities, to being more open, honest and actively seeking dialogue and partnerships with stakeholders. Through Responsible Care, the industry can operate more safely, profitably and with care for future generations. The Declaration of support to the Responsible Care Global Charter requires the close co-operation of everyone involved...

Turf Professionals: Follow These Fire Safety Tips This Summer

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, one of my favorite things to do while at home is to start an outdoor fire in my backyard fire pit. After Hurricane Sandy last fall, I spent several hours (days if you ask my wife) hauling wood from a downed tree in my neighborhood and subsequently splitting it. It’s still not quite ready to burn, but I definitely have a good stockpile of wood for future backyard fire pit festivities. One of my family’s favorite things to do once the fire is good and ready is to roast marshmallows and eat s’mores. My boys like to try and roast (who am I kidding… burn) the marshmallows, but they would just as soon eat a raw marshmallow. So, for the spring and summer campers and other turf professionals who like to enjoy a backyard fire pit, please consider these important fire safety tips:   Never pour flammable fluids onto a flame or source of heat. The fluid can ignite and the flame can (and probably will) run right up the stream of fluid to ignite the container in your hand, with explosive and extremely harmful (if not fatal) results.     Never try to extinguish a grease fire with water. This was the last lesson learned by quite a few people cooking in their kitchen. Adding water to a grease fire results in a shockingly large fireball. You are not likely to survive the results of pouring water onto a pan full of burning grease over your campfire.     Never leave a fire unattended in any stage between...

Know the benefits and risks of tank mixing before you make an application.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to turf management. Sometimes a product does the job on its own, and in other cases, a tank mix is preferred. Tank mixing is a common practice turf professionals use that can provide many benefits to their turf management program and business. However, tank mixing can also lead to a variety of mishaps if not done correctly. Being aware of the benefits and risks while following the proper guidelines is critical to ensuring the success of any tank mix procedure and application. Tank Mixing Benefits: Speed of Control: In some cases, tank mixes can increase the speed of control on certain pests, turf diseases and weeds. QuickSilver® herbicide is a very common product that turf professionals add to common three-way broadleaf herbicides to increase speed of control. Furthermore, use of QuickSilver can lead to the next benefit, enhancement, by enabling lower application rates of the broadleaf tank mix partner. Enhancement: Combined treatments can deliver greater efficacy than if the treatments were applied individually and may also allow for lower application rates to be used. Convenience: Tank mixing can save your business time, labor and money by combining two or more products into a single spray solution and making one application as opposed to multiple applications. Broad Spectrum Control: By combining complementary products, a wider variety of pests, turf diseases or weeds can be treated in a single application. Improvement: Sometimes, a product may deliver good performance with some undesirable side effects, like bleaching. Certain tank mixes for example, QuickSilver + Syngenta’s Tenacity™ herbicide, can be used together to reduce the occurrence...