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AGCSA Conference 2017 Twin Waters


I apologise this went out a bit late as we had a few IT issues last week.

The 2017 conference is on right now as I post this and I hope everyone is enjoying themselves. Congratulations to Brett Woodward for winning the AGCSA golf championships @ Pelican Waters well deserved.

The conference is back at Novotel Twin Waters on the sunshine coast in Queensland- sorry Jason Haines it would be great to be on your sunny coast.

They are some great talks this week. I really like the one with keynote speaker Dr Mike Richardson, David Warwick and John Neylan on effects of shade. There is some really good ground breaking stuff here with the work Avondale Golf Club is doing. As well some good workshops on herbicide resistance and poa management which are very topical at the moment.

For the trade we will be there and we will be close to two of our major agents Fernland Agencies and Greenway Turf Solutions.

This year will be showcasing our new fungicide Emerald. A brand new contact Fungicide for the control of dollar spot, helmo, anthracnose and gray leaf spot. At this time registered is pending and subject to APVMA approval. However that should not be too far away.


As well we will be there to answer any questions you have. Please come by and see us.

For all your social media needs keep up to date with #33ATC.

You can also read Turfmate article on the conference here http://www.turfmate.com.au/article/5963/2017-agcsa-conference-exhibition

See you all there.


GIS 2017 Orlando Florida summary

I’m back from the US from the Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Orlando. I attended as usual the education conference on Monday and Tuesday and then the trade show the other days. My week concluded with a visit to the University of Florida to visit Dr Phil Harmon and Dr Carrie Harmon along with their lab technician Jeremy. I visited the university as we have done some disease diagnosis and resistance testing in the past with them (where I showed resistance in Sydney to the DMI class of fungicides to dollar spot). We discussed issues in the area and compared to Australia QLD is similar with all the warm season grasses.

I was shown around the lab where they take extra protocols with international samples. Everything has to be spot on especially receiving foreign materials. The process is the same as the local samples but the extra care has to be done.One thing I was impressed with is that a simple test is not so simple when the diagnosis becomes difficult and further analysis is done to get an accurate diagnosis for the client. I was also intrigued by all thre parts of the world where samples have been sent from, they truly are an international diagnosis lab.

Myself and the University of Florida team (Phil, Carrie, myself & Jeremy). Thank you so much everyone for taking out the time and look forward to working with you in the future.

I was very active on social media and many of you may have seen the videos of each day I did. If not here they are which give a good summary of the week. I will post more on the education seminars down the track. However if you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact me.






Stats from the show:

13,600 people attended across the week

5800 people went to the education seminars

Whats new?

Well not alot to be honest, but the most exciting thing was the GPS spray units now commonly available. Hopefully we will see these at our show from Jacobsen and Toro.These units will make spaying more efficient and changes on the go will be done in an instance- which will reduce the need to change your nozzles or water pressure all of it is done automatically.

I have been getting a few messages on digital job boards. I was at a presentation during the show from Jason Haines form Canada who i speak to regularly on twitter. He is an expert in this field and runs one for his 9 hole course for 3 staff. It is very simple to setup. For more information visit his digital job board blog www.turfhacker.com

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed my social media posts while I was over there. As well it was great to catch up with friends and make new ones.


i will post on the education seminars lately but in the meantime enjoy the pictures form the show.













Disease and Mite Seminar 2016

In November ourselves and K&B Adams had the pleasure of presenting two of the top turf minds in Australia. Dr Percy Wong and Professor Peter McMaugh in Adelaide.

The day started off with a supers forum with Percy where new diseases that have been identified were discussed. A number of these had been seen in South Australia and are a concern that not much is known about them and research fund are needed to learn more as well as come up with plans to combat them. Percy also spoke about the need for accurate diagnosis. Just because it has certain symptoms its doesn’t mean that that disease is present and a good disease turf testing lab can help here.

I went on and spoke about a new fungicide we have coming in March next year. This is a brand new active ingredient with a broad range of disease control including dollar spot, anthracnose,algae and helmo and grey leaf spot.. More information to follow in the new year.

As well Monstar update is for full registration February 2017

Afterwards Peter spoke about mites and the work he has done and the work he is doing in correct identification of the mite as there are number of mites out there which effect different grasses. Alot of research has been done by Peter and counterpart Don Loch but plenty of work needs to be done and research dollars are needed.

I’d like to thank the following of helping with the day. Without associations and passionate individuals we would not be able to put these  pure education days:


  • K&B Adams (Sam Sherriff) in partnering with us to put this on and make it all possible

  • Turfwise Consulting

All notes have been sent out to the delegates.

The day has been nicely summed up form Ivan Swinstead from Tea Tree Gully Golf club

“ Listening to Dr. Percy Wong and Peter McMaugh, two of our industries leading experts, talk about fungal diseases and Couch Mite in turf, demonstrated to me the issues that we can potentially face in maintaining Couch playing surfaces at our facility. Having Wintergreen Couch fairways at our club for twenty plus years now, Couch Mite and fungal disease are problems that our club has to deal with each year. It was interesting in hearing the options for control in both areas.”

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Kicking it in to high gear- Grand Final Weekend 2016

I apologise for the lack of posts since the AGCSA conference. I have been traveling around the country getting to a bunch of seminars where we have sponsored them and given talks at some.

To give you an idea after the AGCSA conference I attended the following:

  • VGCSA Country meeting at Rich River
  • VGA Bendigo annual seminar
  • TGAA Corowa annual seminar
  • TGCSA annual seminar
  • SAGCSA conference
  • STA NSW Cricket Wicket 101 course (where i was an assessor for the day)

So as you can see it was fairly full on and the airline and rental car companies know me on a first name basis now. If you are on Twitter or a couple of the Facebook turf pages you would have seen a few pictures I posted as well. Let me just say if you haven’t had a chance to get to any turf turf seminars this year JUST DO IT. The information is first class and networking opportunities are endless.

Enough of that and onto the season. Well a wet start for most. Can someone turn the taps off please for a week or so. Plenty of weeds have been coming up as well and germinating quicker than usual. Get on top of this sooner rather than later.

One thing with the wet weather at least you can identify drainage areas that need to be worked on. If this is something you have in the back of your mind map it on paper so you can easily come back to it when you can.Skitch is a great app here where you can draw on pictures taken from your tablet.

As I write this we are still reasonably cool around Australia besides QLD (I don’t think they had winter this year) but it is about to heat will heat up i Sydney anyway around Grand Final time (Go the Swannies, not sure on NRL as my team is out). So here a few tips to prepare your turf:

  • Use turning boards for mowers, reduce victory lap cuts
  • Maintain adequate soil moisture throughout stressful times.
  • Keep a balanced soil profile (get a soil test do not guess)
  • Improve air flow – cut down trees/branches
  • Communication with the club management and members
  • Promote a healthy growing environment
  • Nutrition (Don’t be afraid to apply N – just know how much and what source)
  • Removing dew to reduce leaf diseases
  • Roll greens instead of mowing – alternate each day
  • Raise mowing heights (even by a 0.5 mm makes a difference)
  • Utilise bio stimulant products during the growing season such as kelp (proven to increase root mass), amino acid (heat stress), humic/fulvic acid products. For any bio stimulant look at what’s inside it and see how each component helps the plant- ask questions to those selling them.
  • Hand water with wetting agent tablets especially for drier areas

Weather for the week coming puts temps higher than they have been so far as you can see:






















Lastly 2 things the Monstar permit has been renewed please download the latest permit here

Also I have and event coming up in Adelaide in conjunction with K&B Adams, SAGCSA and Turfwise Consulting featuring 2 great Australian turf professors:

Percy Wong (Plant pathologist)

Peter McMaugh (turf and mite expert)

I will post more later but see all the information here


Good luck everyone hope you can get some downtime during the weekend. Feel free to contact me with any help needed





AGCSA Conference 2015 – Live Blog

As an added bonus this year I will be running a live blog with help from my mates Turf Republic

In this live blog you will see updates form the week with information and pictures from the

  • conference dinner
  • tradeshow setup
  • tradeshow general
  • various social activities from the week

The Live blog Link is:


There will also be a TurfSnap badge available to anyone there. Just download the TurfSnap app See this link for more details)

You can also search for things about the conference using #AGCSA15

You can see plenty of photos from my twitter feed www.twitter.com/campbellturf


I will also be looking to use Periscope to live stream parts of the show. A link will be put out later on for this through my twitter feed www.twitter.com/campbellturf





Its just under 1 week to the AGCSA conference in the Hunter. In this post I am previewing what you will see from us at the show. I will be doing a live blog as well- details to come

Firstly you will see that we have a new label design for all our products which will be phased in over the coming year. Our first such is Liquid Dek a liquid version of our popular mancozeb fungicide.

Liquid DekWe also have Pig Dog our Pigment & Machinery Cleaner which makes your sprayer look like new again after the use of dyes and pigments.

Product pic low resFor more information see my previous post here


Monstar has been submitted for registration for fairy ring and brown patch (rhizoctonia) and we will have helpful information to get the best results with Monstar


Fungicide Program support

Here at Campbell’s we have been working with turf managers to better manage their turf against diseases. Whether you have a adequate or not so adequate budget we can. We can sit down with you and discuss your main issues and tailor a program that best suits your needs utilsiing our extensive product range as well as products that you have used in the past that work well for you.

We look at every aspect of your turf with a strong emphasis on using the right product at the correct point of time.Please feel free to see us at the show or contact us if you would like to discuss this further. I can be contacted via email zreikat@campbellchemicals.com.au


Trade Show Competition

We will also be running a competition to win 1 of 3 prizes. I have a “Keepers of the Green Book” – A history of golf management. Valued at $75

I also have a $20 itunes card to giveaway and 220mAh power bank charger

As usual I am happy to open this competition up to in Australia who cannot make the conference.

To enter is simple all you have to do is fill out a form (like a voting card). Click on the link below and fill the form out then email it to news@campbellchemicals.com.au with subject “AGCSA 2015”.

Competition form

Winners will be notified via email.



Did you know Pennside is turning 30 this year. To celebrate we will be having a cake cutting ceremony during the trade show, details as follows:

Where: Colin Campbell Stand number 38
Date: Wednesday 24th June

We will have a special guest to do the honors

All are invited to celebrate this occasion and have a nice sweet piece of mud cake


Don’t forget to download the conference app as well iphone/ipad or google



One talk YOU MUST attend is Tuesday 3.20pm-4pm


Why because I am presenting. Well not just that but thats a good enough reason. i am teaming up with Gareth Hammond (Assistant superintendent NSW Golf Club) to bring you this talk. The last time I did this type of talk at the conference was back in 2012 in Melbourne (with Robin Doodson) and this is an extension of that with with information you can take back and start using straight away. So please make the effort to come along to this as you will get something out of it. Also bring along your tablets and smartphones and utilise them during this talk.

High to Extreme Disease Alert Sydney – December 2014

Wow after the driest spring on record and a very dry and hot November December has had a u-turn. high temps high rainfall. This is what I saw yesterday on the radar and on the road. Yes it did get worse after I got home (pic taken by passenger). The red on the radar meant very heavy rain.


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As you can see tfrom Monday 1st pythium pressure increased dramatically and is still extreme to high. Recommendation is Proplant as Proplant works in all disease pressure conditions especially known and proven as a strong pythium fungicide

Overnight I was speaking to a few supers on twitter on how much rain they received. There was quite  a difference with western Sydney copping about 45mm of rain while the eastern suburbs only got around 8-18mm which is very surprising since they are the ones who always get a drenching.

What all this means is that disease pressure is very high to extreme (my climate app report) at the moment and will be staying high for the next few days at least. Having a preventative program is the best option however even the best prevention program needs a little fine tuning. Here at Campbell’s we have Proplant available for pythium and is on the of the best products on the market available due to its curative abilities and longest residual over nay other pythium product. Proplant has been a trusted fungicide by meany turf managers for over 10 years now. In our trial work we did with Proplant we compared it against a standard pythium fungicide and found that the standard gave only 7 days residual while Proplant even at both the low and high rates gave 28 days.

For more information see the brochure here Proplant Brochure

Also have a look at our guide to managing pythium not just from a chemical point of view but from a cultural view. Disease guide rhizo eri pythium 2014

Managing pythium is not just use fungicide but use every tool you have at your disposal and make observations on your turf. You need to take a holistic approach from mowing practices, watering practices and inputs you are using. See our guide to find out more.

Proplant image

As always we do recommend a broad spectrum tank mix partner with Proplant (as its is specific to pythium only) as when we were anyalysing the samples in the trials we always found other diseases namely brown patch. So the options we have are:
So have a look at partnering Proplant with Ippon, 250GT, Protak, Monstar,

Again please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.









Filmstar- make your miticides fertilsiers and other chemicals work better

In Australia we all know how powerful the sun can be and we take appropriate measures to protect ourselves but what about the products we are putting out? There are quite a few chemicals, fertilsiers that breakdown quickly in UV light. To give an example bifenthrin (Our product is Biff) is known to break very quickly when exposed to sunlight hence why there is only a short residual. However if you use bifenthrin in pest control and out of direct sunlight the product can actually last up to 10 years.

Where Filmstar can help:

Filmstar Designed to control the life of pesticide products such as:
insecticides, miticdes, foliar fertilsiers and contact fungicides.

Filmstar can aid these products in 3 ways

FilmStar is a natural adhesive that minimises loss of product from irrigation, rain, and dew. FilmStar is made from the natural ingredient called pine resin. FilmStar forms a elastic film that encapsulates and holds the pesticide onto your target area.

FilmStar helps the pesticide distribute evenly over the leaf surface.  Filmstar comes into its own with better ebing able to wet plants with a hairy or waxy surface

FilmStar protects against UV light, as some chemicals especially contact fungicides and insecticides (for example Filmstar is excellent partner to miticides where they need to be kept on the leaf) break down in UV light. Using Filmstar at the 1.2L rate may aid in extending residual of these products.

FilmStar-21 is rainfast within 1-2 hours depending on weather conditions.

Best use of FilmStar-21
Add FilmStar to the spray tank as the last ingredient.
Pre mix Filmstar before adding to the spray tank in at lest 5L water. Warm water may be required in cooler weather conditions.
Add FilmStar to the spray tank as it is filling, with the agitator running.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Cleaning requirements
A tank cleaner is highly highly advisable  to use
Rinse tank, lines and nozzles with water immediately after spraying.
After rinsing, there may still be a small amount of sticky residue in the tank.

For a full label and MSDS of Filmstar see here

Filmstar Brochure

Any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me zreikat@campbellchemicals.com.au





Finally some Rain for Sydney- October 2014

Regular readers our turf blog will know that I put out a post every year around this time for a disease alert for brown patch dollar spot and pythium. This year is a little late as it has been very dry and pressure has been low. However this is all about the change as I am writing this. The BOM has put out a forecast for this week of up to 100mm in some parts and its actually raining at our headquarters in Wetherill Park.

There are different types of brown patch that occur in turf. The main 2 species are solani and cerealis (yellow patch) strains of brown patch.There is some anecdotal evidence of other rhizoctonia diseases (which cause similar symptoms) present but these have not been DNA tested as far as I am aware.

Even on couch surfaces (tees and sportsfields) you will see some brown patch (solani strain though) as turf starts to come out of dormancy.

Solani can tend to occur all year round with the right conditions Yellow Patch has been a bit difficult to control once it is there. It tends to disappear with 28+ temps. This week temperatures are going to hover in the high teens and low 20’s.  If you have the disease there you may need to do 2 sprays 10-14 days apart depending on the conditions and products you use. For example Ippon (or 250GT) then follow up with Dacogreen or a registered product.. See pictures attached of the brown patch I was talking about (yellow patch). If you can do a preventative do it.

Brown Patch Brown Patch-2

I have a few other posts coming to stay tuned. I will have a update on Monstar our newish surfactant Filmstar and another surprise if you use pigments at all..

As usual if you need to contact me please feel free to email me zreikat@campbellchemcials.com.au



Facts about Colin Campbell (Chemicals) Pty Ltd October 2013



For some of my readers you know who we are and where we came from. With an increasing readership of this blog and many of you reading this outside of Australia I though I would give you a quick history on our company.


The company started back in 1940. We initially had products for horticulture markets, mainly in apples and pears. We then satrted to expand our range and from the 1960’s we started offering innovative products dedicated to turf management. 

These days we sell a wide range of products in horticulture and turf. We also offer a range of post harvest protection products for citrus, cherries, grapes, vegetables, potatoes and apples as well.

Our products are either made locally or are sourced from reputable suppliers we have been dealing with for quite sometime from US, Japan and Europe. In fact we have some partnerships  with suppliers that have spanned over 40 years.

Some of the well known achievements of Colin Campbell (Chemicals) Pty Ltd turf divisions has been


  •  Introduced mancozeb to the turf market


  • First liquid thiram (this is taken for granted now as before the late 80’s thiram in a liquid was very difficult to formulate as a stable product)
  • Developed 3 way herbicides in Methar Tri Kombi and Sportsground which are still just as reliable today as they were back 30 years ago.
  •  Introduced Pennside in 1985- microencapsulated diazinon inseciticde which was not only effective but gave longer residual and safety benefits over any other insecticide available at the time. This was the first microencapsulated insecticide introduced to Australia.
  • Devloped Tru blue the first acid dye spray indicator to be widely used in turf management


  • In 1971 we introduced Daconil (chlorothalonil) into Australia and continued to reformulate the product from a powder to a liquid in the 80’s and 90’s but always keeping the essence of broad spectrum disease control and superior sticking capabilities. Since 2003 we have changed the name to Dacogreen 720 and most recently in 2009 developed Dacogreen WeatherShield formulation which utilises the original source of the active ingredient  and superior surfactants to give even better sticking capabilities and results on a wide range of diseases


  • 2002 introduced propamocarb to turf as Proplant- the strongest pythium fungicide that has both preventative and curative propertites
  • In 2009 we introduced Blazon spray indicator technology to a wider market in Australia. Blazon is a non-staining polymer colourant that does not stain your skin, equipment or turf like acid dyes can. As we say “No more looking like a smurf”
  • Introduced Monstar (flutolanil) on permit for fairy ring control in 2011 Further work is being carried out for registration on fairy ring and Rhizoctonia.




Here at Campbells we pride ourselves in bringing the highest quality products to the turf industry. We test all products stringently before bringing the product to the turf market. Chemicals obviously have to be registered with the APVMA and many trials have to take place. We have experienced staff to do this or use outside contractors who have specific expertise in turf trials and with whom we have established long term relationships. Even when using contractors to do the trials we still conduct some of the trials ourselves to know the products inside out and test them in various climatic conditions.


Other products in our range that do not have to be registered are still evaluated with numerous trials. We use overseas data and claims as a starting point for our trial work to test the product.We DO NOT introduce an overseas product without the necessary testing under Australian conditions.


We make sure the product we are evaluating: 

  • Works 
  • We determine a rate or different rates to get the best possible result
  • The product does what it is meant to do
  • The product does not have any phytoxicity issues or non target issues
  • Test the limitations of the product
  • It lives up to the standard you expect from us. 


We do not take any short cuts. For instance here is a product we evaluated at various rates on both dormant couch and bent grass. We used what the overseas label recommended and other rates to see which rate would suit Australian conditions.As you can see the US rate did not work and we had to use the higher rate to be able to see a result.













We have a few products under devlopment in turf as well as horticulture. As you know we have been devloping Monstar (currently on permit) to gain full registration for fairy ring and Rhizoctonia. We are also evaluating a few products we have been initially testing from our horticulture side (this is great to do since we do those trials as well). I of course can’t say much more but be assured we are working to bring innovative technologies (both chemical and sustainable) and new ideas to the turf market. We have been committed to the industry for the last 55 years and will continue for a long time to come.


If there is anything I can help you with in regards to pest and diseases please do not hesitate to conact me via the links below.




Nadeem Zreikat
Colin Campbell (Chemicals) Pty Ltd
Phone: (02) 9725-2544 Fax: (02) 9604-7768

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