Turf Industry Pros Further Water Conservation Efforts

Recently, I was channel surfing one evening and came across In Play with Jimmy Roberts on The Golf Channel. This was the first time I had ever seen or heard of this show. The first story on this particular episode was about water conservation in the golf industry. The piece started off with the following statement: “Water is now oil in the industry.” Water is now oil in the industry — Pretty strong statement in my opinion. As I complete my 20th season being involved in the green industry, it seems as if the industry is under more scrutiny than ever before when it comes to water conservation. But, should it be? I believe the common public perception still today is that golf courses dump copious amounts of water on their sites to keep everything emerald green, when in reality that perception could not be further from the truth. The general public, more times than not, is unaware of what repercussions can result from over watering turf, not only from an agronomic standpoint. In some parts of the country using too much water can come with a stiff fine and many courses are even forced to buy water each year, so they have a vested interest in not buying more than they need. Instead of being scrutinized, our industry should be looked upon as stewards of water conservation. I tip my cap to golf course superintendents today and their efforts in maximizing water conservation. Many superintendents that I know and have worked with in the past are constantly tweaking their irrigation systems daily, if not more often, to maximize...

Watch and Learn: How to Comply with the New Pyrethroid Label Guidelines.

You’ve probably heard by now about the new EPA labeling for non-crop uses of pyrethroid products. These pyrethroid regulations and labeling requirements affect how turf professionals use liquid and granular pyrethroid insecticides. FMC Professional Solutions is in the process of making the changes to our pyrethroid product labels and we know how confusing it can be as you determine how to incorporate the changes into your day-to-day operations.To make the process easier for you, we have developed two “how-to” videos that help explain what the new guidelines mean. The videos – each three to four minutes long – take you step-by-step through the changes, showing you how to interpret the EPA wording and covering the following topics: These videos can also be found on the FMC Turf YouTube Channel. At FMC Professional Solutions, we’re dedicated to providing products, services and support that make turf care easier and more effective for our customers. Want to be the first to know when a label has changed? Sign up for the FMC Label Notification Service. It’s fast, simple and totally...

Pesticide safety tip: dispose of products properly.

Proper product disposal is not only key to finishing a job right, it’s critical to ensuring pesticide safety and to protecting our environment. This is especially true when pesticides are involved, and it is important that the professionals who use them are educated on how to correctly dispose of empty containers. Plastic containers should be triple rinsed, squeezed and punctured before being taken to the nearest recycling center. Visit the Ag Container Recycling Council website for more information. Recycle empty aerosol containers and contact your local hazardous waste facility for safe disposal of containers that are not completely empty. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in our latest Stewardship...

Applied Knowledge™: a commitment to our customers and our planet

FMC Professional Solutions is dedicated to developing new and improved solutions to help our customers meet the evolving demands of our industry. An absolutely paramount part of our mission is stewardship. In order to maximize benefits and minimize risks, FMC takes a life-cycle approach to stewardship, overseeing every product from discovery and development to use and final disposal. In addition to the creation of new and better solutions, we also strive to ensure our customers have all the information and support they need to use these products safely and responsibly. In an initiative we call Applied Knowledge™, FMC will be covering best practices regarding the use of professional products. It is our hope that through education, we can ensure that our customers achieve the best possible results in a way that promotes sustainability and public health. Each month, we will be sharing tips for successful and responsible work habits, from preparation to disposal and cleanup. If there is a topic you’d like to see covered, please contact us or send us a tweet. Remember, if you ever require emergency assistance during application — even if you’re not using our products — you can call FMC at (800) 331-3148. On behalf of everyone at FMC Professional Solutions, we hope that Applied Knowledge helps you achieve the highest level of success and safety on the job. Stay...