Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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136 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 (product news) the exclusive ability to co-brand with the Scotts Pro logo and related marks, and will further strengthen Target Specialty Products' position in the marketplace and its product offerings to customers. "Scotts is a leader in the lawn and turf care industries, and we're thrilled about the opportunity to partner with them," says Todd Ferguson, president of Target Specialty Products. "Our position as a leading national distributor, combined with the strength of the Scotts Pro branding, will allow us to launch new prod- ucts supported by one of the most trusted names in lawn care, with the first of our new products coming soon." Visit Target Specialty Products, www.target-specialty.com. Research by Turfco into how different blower angles can affect golf course and sports turf productivity and how its Torrent 2 debris blower could be modified to help operators in the field has revealed that setting blower angles too low or too high can add 2.7 to 5.5 hours a day to an operator's work, taking away labor and productivity that are critical to daily operations. Turfco found that it can take as little as 0.27 seconds of reaction time with a re- mote to miss the optimal angle on any blower. In response, the company designed its MagnaPoint technology for the Torrent 2, with patent-pending adjustable magnetic stops that allow operators to pinpoint the optimal blower angles for common debris at every pass. Superintendents and managers can set the blower angle in the shop, eliminating guesswork for operators in the field. Turfco's observations showed that close to 31 percent of distance is lost when a blower is set 15 degrees too low, while a blower set 30 degrees too low can result in a 48 percent Kohler introduced the 7500 series EFI (Electron- ic Fuel Injection) engine on select models of Hustler FasTrak mowers for the 2018 model year. The 7500 series engine provides several benefits to FasTrak users, including quick and easy starting, enhanced fuel efficiency, and relief from carburetor-related issues and repairs. Kohler's unique closed-loop EFI technology utilizes an oxygen sensor in the engine's muffler, which continuously monitors the amount of fuel injected. If the fuel mixture strays from an ideal level, the sensor triggers adjustments to the amount of fuel injected into the system. In addition to delivering optimal fuel efficiency, EFI technol- ogy provides improved power and enhanced reliability, as well as turnkey starting. Because EFI systems replace carburetors, carburetor-related issues are also eliminated, including the buildup of damaging residue and corrosion that can occur when using ethanol-blended gasoline. The Hustler FasTrak line offers several models with a variety of features, including an incredibly rugged frame and front forks; commercial-grade welded steel decks; commercial- grade transmissions; and premium, bolstered internal- suspension seats. Visit Hustler Turf, www.hustlerturf.com, or Kohler, www.kohlerpower.com. Target Specialty Products , a national wholesale distributor of turf, ornamental and pest control products, is partnering with The Scotts Miracle- Gro Co. to develop a complete line of new profes- sional turf products backed by Scotts Pro technology and the latest advancements in turfgrass management. The marketing agreement will allow Target Specialty Products Kohler EPA- APPROVED The EPA has approved federal registration of PBI-Gordon Tekken broad spectrum fungicide , which will be available for sale early this year, according to the company. Approved for use on golf courses only, Tekken is formulated to control dollar spot, anthracnose, brown patch and 18 more diseases on cool- and warm-season turf. Tekken's dual mode of action — through its proprietary blend of active ingredients isofetamid and tebuconazole — provides preventive, systemic control for up to 28 days per application. Appropri- ate for use on greens, tees and fairways, Tekken also features one convenient rate for all diseases. Though the product can be used at any time during the year, extensive testing by universities and end users has shown that Tekken is particularly effective at controlling summer-stress dis- eases such as brown patch and anthracnose. A FRAC Group 7 + 3 flowable suspen- sion concentrate, the fungicide should be used in a regularly scheduled preventive spray program and rotated with products that have different modes of ac- tion. Visit PBI-Gordon, www.pbigordonturf.com.

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