Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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84 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19 for innovation in biological plant nutrition and soil health: Growth Products , based in White Plains, N.Y., and AgriEnergy Resources , based in Princeton, Ill. Growth Products produces and markets liquid nutrient and biological technologies serving the turf and ornamental, agriculture, arbor-care and residential markets, and serves the citrus market in Florida through its G.P. Solutions divi- sion. AgriEnergy Resources specializes in the development and production of microbial and other soil-fertility products for horticulture and row crops. "The announcement addresses an important issue within agriculture and turf and ornamentals — the demand for proven sustainable biological technologies, says Vince Adams, chief business development officer for Douglas Products. Growth Prod- ucts and AgriEnergy Resources will continue to operate from their current headquarters locations. Golf course superintendents in California can now man- age plant parasitic nematodes such as lance, root-knot and sting through the proven control of Divanem nematicide from Syngenta . With the nemati- cide's active ingredient abamectin, Divanem helps improve root growth resulting in enhanced turf quality through broad-spectrum control of nematodes on golf course tees, greens and fairways. When superintendents use Divanem in conjunction with a fungicide (the company suggests Turfco introduced a 30-inch drop seeder attachment for its TurnAer XT8 stand-on aerator . The patent-pending attachment allows crews to save time by requiring just one pass to aerify and seed sports fields or golf course surrounds. "At this time when productivity is king, the new attachment allows operators to save time by covering two operations at one time," says Scott Kinkead, Turfco's executive vice president. Now, turf managers can aerate and seed sidelines, goalmouths and golf course surrounds quickly, rejuvenating turf. The seeder attachment mounts directly to the front of the TurnAer XT8 and has a 30-inch seeding width that matches the aerating width, eliminating wasted seed. The attachment is fully integrated with the machine, including controls to adjust the drop rate. The attachment holds up to 65 pounds of seed and includes a window so operators can easily see when it's time for a refill. The TurnAer XT8 was introduced in late 2016 and, the company says, has become the aerator of choice for turf professionals in the sports turf and golf industries for its auto-depth control that ensures consistent tine depth throughout use; zero- turn agility; unique design for guarded drive chains that prevent debris from clogging wheels and chains; sealed, self-aligning bearings and zero-grease zerks; 22-horse- power engine from Briggs & Stratton with a cyclonic air cleaner; and an operator-focused standing platform that reduces vibration and shock for reduced fatigue and increased comfort. Visit Turfco, Douglas Products formed a new Plant Health Division, following the addition of two companies known (product news) Landscaping TOOLS Oregon released its 120V Professional Series, a line of powerful and efficient battery-powered land- scaping tools. The line includes a leaf blower, a string trimmer, a hedge trimmer and an edger. Developed over the past several years, the 120V battery-powered tools are up to 15 percent more powerful than gas- fueled equipment while operating much more quietly, the company says. The 120V Professional Series also produces zero emissions and is the only set of battery- powered tools with certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as Professional Grade Zero Emission Equipment, the company says. The 120V Professional Series features power, torque and performance to rival gas-fueled models, the company says; quiet operation that reduces noise pollution; ergonomic design, which reduces the force applied by the operator; and professional-grade durability, includ- ing weather resistance to ensure consistent, quality performance. Visit Oregon, Turfco

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