Murray region tour Southern NSW/Victoria – August 2011
Well it’s been a while since my last update but things have been very busy preparing for the season ahead not just turf but our horticulture side as well.
I’m just coming back from the TGAA murray region seminar which was a great day this year at Corowa Golf Club which was very welcoming. The course was in great condition as well with a tournament on while we were there. The only issue was the 30mm if rain that fell during the day.
There was good range of speakers talking on topics from nutrition for greens fairways and sportsfields, new calcium work and new machinery available. There was also a few new herbicides available for turf Managers this year. Also there has been concern about the new tafe courses which is a concern being based on competency more so now than the days of old with a 4 year course. Only time will tell how this pans out.
I also had a speaking slot (on behalf of my distributor K&B Adams) and spoke on social media and turf apps for your smart phone (I will post later on the apps mentioned).
I didn’t know how the talk would go down but to my surprise there was quite alot of positive feedback. I explained the role SM can play in our industry especially with education and being able to contact turf
Managers all over the world. A big mention and thank you here to John Kaminski from Penn State (and my other followers on twitter for the apps) for making more aware of SM and able to bring that to Australia.
The next day I also got to visit a few courses in the murray area (Barooga, Black Bull and Yarrawonga Border). The courses here are magnificent
and if you ever want a golfing holiday this is a good option especially with a few places having 36 holes. Courses in the area have now essentially converted their fairways to couch (Bermuda) from cool season grasses via line planting mainly to save costs and water use as this area averaged well above 30 during the height of summer and the drought taking its toll. Greens are bent varieties with little poa in them. Another surprising factor was the winter color of the courses even allowing for frosts.
That’s it from here. More updates to come with some exciting new products we will be launching in the next couple of months.