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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





Monstar Permit extended for 2016-2017

Just an updated that Monstar has received an extension as the old one was due to expire expired on the 30th September.

Registration to the APVMA has been submitted for the control of fairy ring and rhizoctonia (brown patch) and we are waiting approval which should be early next year.

In the meantime please download the new permit

The permit can be downloaded here


For best management practices of Fairy ring fairy-ring-bmp-mar-2014

Monstar is here Nov 2011

Hi everyone here is the press release for Monstar. I will update this post from time to time.

Colin Campbell (Chemicals) has just launched Monstar Fungicide for fairy ring. Nadeem Zreikat Marketing Development manager says “Monstar brings a brand new active ingredient and resistance grouping to the industry. Monstar contains 464g/L Flutolanil and is a Group 7 Fungicide (no other Group 7 fungicides registered in turf). The active in Monstar has been used in the US for about 10 years as Prostar.”


Fairy Ring has been difficult to control at the best of times with different products trialled. There are over 60 types of fairy ring fungi so far identified in turf and there are 3 distinct types of fairy ring. Fairy ring also contributes to hydrophobic soil. Monstar brings a new tool to help solve this problem.


With fairy ring control the following steps will help with gaining the best results from Monstar

       It is essential to apply Monstar with wetting agent (non ionic) as the fairy ring causes the soil to become hydrophobic

       Water turf before application

       Water in after application

       If you can verti drain (or punch holes) across the green before application will help increase effectiveness


Monstar is currently available for use on permit but work is being carried out for full registration for fairy ring and rhizoctonia (brown patch). Nadeem says “Initial trials last season have been very promising on rhizoctonia. Flutolanil has been known in the US to be very strong on rhizoctonia and fairy ring and we are excited to bring this active to the turf industry.”


Monstar is available in 5L containers and for use under APVMA Permit 12842. A copy of the permit and MSDS can be found at our website under recreational turf section. www.campbellchemcials.com.au