Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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Teresa Carson tcarson@gcsaa.org twitter: @GCM_Magazine (turf) Breaking the language barrier Alfredo Martinez, Ph.D., will be teaching a Spanish-language seminar on fungicides at the GIS in Orlando. Photo courtesy of Alfredo Martinez GCSAA is in the forefront of doing great things to bring people together. They are taking steps to break down barriers to make the information accessible to more people. Presented in Partnership with Barenbrug 32 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 Ever heard of tar spot? Alfredo Martinez has. In fact, he may be one of the frst to identify tar spot on seashore paspalum in Georgia. A dedicated scientist as well as an associate professor in the department of plant pathology at the University of Georgia's Griffn campus, Martinez is passionate about his work. Over the past 27 years the Montana State University graduate has studied a wide range of topics and plant species, but as an Extension specialist in Georgia, he has become deeply involved in providing information to turfgrass managers about new and recurring turf diseases and in developing cultural biological and chemical methods of disease control for both warmand cool-season grasses. Martinez's current research involves identifying strategies for managing and controlling dollar spot on seashore paspalum and brown patch on both warmand cool-season grasses. "We are always looking for new ways to communicate the information," says Martinez, who cites the turfgrass section of the university's Cooperative Extension websites (http:// extension.uga.edu/agriculture/turfgrass/ and www.georgiaturf.com) as one source of information for Georgia superintendents and other turfgrass managers. In an effort to get the word out, Martinez also works closely with fellow faculty members Patrick McCullough, Ph.D., and Clint Waltz, Ph.D., who were the frst to develop turfgrass management apps for superintendents. His Extension outreach has a long arm, as Martinez consults regularly with county Extension agents throughout the state and provides education and training for superintendents. Although he works closely with the Georgia GCSA, his world extends far beyond golf, encompassing landscape professionals, sod producers and athletic feld managers. It's no surprise that Martinez says he "travels quite a bit" and analyzes numerous turf samples. Fungicidas de Céspedes: Todo lo que quería saber pero tenía miedo a preguntar When: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Instructor: Alfredo Martinez, Ph.D., University of Georgia Part of Martinez's travel in 2014 will include a short hop to Orlando, where the native of Mexico will be presenting "Turfgrass fungicides: All you wanted to know but were afraid to ask" in Spanish at GCSAA's education conference. Martinez, who also taught a seminar at the 2013 Golf Industry Show, praises GCSAA for reaching out to diverse audiences. "GCSAA is in the forefront of doing great things to bring people together. They are taking steps to break down barriers to make the information accessible to more people," he says. "There were a variety of superintendents at last year's seminar. They were from Colombia, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, California." Providing classes in foreign languages is an essential step for the association, according to Martinez. "The people who take the classes in Spanish have a working knowledge of English, but it makes it easier for them to hear the lecture and discussion in Spanish. We are trying to reach that audience, trying to make the subject understandable. They feel more comfortable asking questions in their native language. Often by the time they have formulated questions in English in their heads, they may feel like the seminar has moved on and it's inappropriate to ask the question." This year's Spanish-language seminar will address in detail the modes of action of various turfgrass fungicides and bio-fungicides and their relevance to disease control. The major chemical groups of fungicides will be identifed, and product selection and application timing will be discussed. Special emphasis will be given to product effcacy, performance of proven and new products and spraying techniques. The session will discuss in detail appropriate nozzle selection, pressure, and equipment. The seminar will also cover strategies for maximum fungicide effcacy and the use of fungicides to control specifc diseases as well as costs and Internet resources. Fungicide resistance and strategies to circumvent it will be covered. The importance of soil fertility in relation to disease control will be reviewed briefy. Teresa Carson is GCM's science editor.

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