The Environmental Science business unit of the company's Crop Science division announced this week that it has officially moved its Environmental Science U.S. headquarters to Centre Green Office Park in Cary, N.C. The Environmental Science business unit of Bayer is a global organization with offices located around the globe in France, Germany, Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
“Environmental Science has had a steady growth through the years. We continue to work collaboratively with our customers to deliver innovative and inspiring solutions that foster healthy environments where we all live, work, and play,” said Mark Schneid, head of Environmental Science for Bayer, North America. “Our new headquarters will give us room to accommodate this growth, provide a modern and interactive environment for our employees, and continue to be part of the fabric of the greater Raleigh-Durham-Cary community.”
Profile Products announced its acquisition by Incline Equity Partners, a Pittsburgh-based private equity firm focused on making investments in growth companies specializing in value-added distribution, specialized light manufacturing and business services. The new owners will work together with Profile’s current leadership team to develop markets and identify areas of growth.
“We are extremely excited to begin our new partnership with Incline Equity Partners,” said Jim Tanner, president and CEO of Profile Products. “Incline has the experience, knowledge and financial resources to help us develop and fuel our newest expansion strategies. Through our industry knowledge and Incline’s leadership, we will strengthen our plans for growth, while creating even more opportunities for our current and future customers.”
Profile’s management team and employee workforce of more than 200 will continue to operate in Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Conover and Hickory, North N.C.; Canton, Ohio; Blue Mountain, Miss.; and Limestone and Columbia, Tenn.
Profile will continue to develop environmentally friendly solutions designed to minimize soil loss, accelerate seed germination and enhance the environment in all of its industry markets, including energy, mining, airports, transportation, landfill, construction, fire reclamation, sports fields, golf courses and horticulture. Currently, Profile’s products are sold in 75 countries on six continents.
“Profile brings a diverse portfolio full of new products and possibility,” said Joseph Choorapuzha, managing director with Incline Equity Partners. “They are a team of committed, talented and passionate professionals with enormous global potential. We look forward to collaborating with their management team to develop new markets and grow the Profile brand worldwide.”
Nufarm has announced its plans for 2019 Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Nufarm will feature new research underscoring the significant advantages of Anuew PGR, as well as Traction and Pinpoint Fungicides.
Expert-led research presentations on Wednesday and Thursday
- 11 a.m. – Anuew PGR with Bill Kreuser: UNL turfgrass expert shares key performance benefits
- 11:20 a.m. – Pinpoint by Jason Fausey: Nufarm field expert teaches superior dollar spot efficacy
- 11:40 a.m.m – Traction by Rick Fletcher: Nufarm technical expert highlights versatile dual-FRAC technology
Learn and gain a gift or two at Nufarm booth 3937
The Nufarm exhibit will feature a fun and interactive Anuew PGR training experience. Attendees can view this mini-course and receive a travel mug. They can also attend Nufarm’s live presentations at the booth and complete a punch card for joining just two of three sessions to earn a special Nufarm divot tool gift.
Better performing plant growth regulation
GIS attendees can learn about improved turf regulation, as well as help for collar decline and seedhead suppression with Anuew at the Nufarm booth.
Welcoming the second EXCEL Leadership Program class
Nufarm will once again welcome EXCEL Program members to five days of GIS learning and engagement. The EXCEL Program, offered by Nufarm and GCSAA, provides leading-edge development opportunities for 12 assistant superintendents chosen annually from many excellent applicants. Each class participates for three years, learning leadership in personal, career, community and industry stewardship that will impact the future of golf course turf management. Learn more about the EXCEL Program and how to apply for the next class of membership at the Nufarm booth.
Celebrating golf’s leaders who innovate and demonstrate leadership in sustainability and water resource management, the USGA has named Michael T. Huck, a turfgrass and irrigation specialist from Orange County, Calif., as the recipient of its 2019 Green Section Award.
Huck will be honored at the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service Awards Dinner at the J.W. Marriott in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Currently a principal at Irrigation and Turfgrass Services in Southern California, Huck is widely recognized as a visionary in water conservation and water use efficiency. He has authored nearly 50 articles and continues to share news and insights on water regulations, supply issues and the future of golf course irrigation to a worldwide audience. He also regularly works with regulators, golf facilities and allied associations on developing best practices and policies that conserve water while ensuring sustainability.
“Mike’s continued dedication to elevating the topic of water conservation in golf and advocating for education and dialogue has benefited courses across North America and the world,” said Dr. Kimberly Erusha, USGA Green Section managing director. “His innovative approach, matched with his ability to communicate very complex science in a relatable way, has provided game-changing leadership that helps golf courses and communities.”
Huck has more than 40 years of experience in the golf industry, including 12 years as a golf course superintendent and six years as a regional agronomist for the USGA. His particular expertise lies in irrigation water quality assessment, saline and recycled water management, irrigation system auditing and sprinkler uniformity.
Huck has also served on several golf water task forces in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Coachella Valley in the wake of water restrictions imposed on golf courses during periods of extreme drought. He collaborated with the Southern California Golf Association to study the feasibility of creating on-site non-potable water sources that could be used on large landscape environments. He also taught an advanced water quality seminar through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for 12 years and coauthored a 2009 reference text on this subject.
“I have known Mike for over 30 years, during which time he has always had a genuine concern for the proper use of our precious water resources,” said Pamela Pavela, water use efficiency specialist for the Western Municipal Water District in Riverside, Calif. “However, it is Mike’s strong character and his commitment to valuing business relationships that make him a consummate professional so deserving of this award.”
The USGA Green Section Award has been presented annually since 1961. Through the work of its Green Section, which was established in 1920, the USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on turfgrass management, as well as research, development and promotion of environmentally friendly practices and a more sustainable game.
The Service Awards Dinner honors the people whose dedication and outstanding accomplishments have made an important contribution to the USGA and its mission to serve the game. In addition to the Green Section Award, the Joe Dey Award, the Ike Grainger Award and the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award will be presented at the evening event.
Toro has announced the launch of the new Greensmaster 1000 Series fixed-head walk greens mowers. This new series of fixed-head greensmowers, with several patent-pending features, was designed to eliminate variability in the walk mowing process by integrating operators of all sizes and skill levels to work in harmony with the machine. Ultimately, the desired result was to improve the operator experience and deliver consistent quality-of-cut and playability for golfers.
A number of operator-centric features have been integrated into the new line to improve cut quality and consistency. For instance, the innovative telescoping loop handle can be easily adjusted to comfortably accommodate operators of varying heights. The simple adjustment simultaneously helps to deliver a more consistent cut, while reducing operator fatigue. Handle isolation mounts give the cutting units consistent contact with the ground throughout the mowing process, eliminating even the slightest variability in the height-of-cut that can occur because of variations in handle pressure or differing operator strides.
The new bail design combines safety and operational control. New operator controls, in conjunction with a shorter distance between the roller and drum, deliver significantly more precise handling in turns as well as more consistent performance on greens with modest undulations. Other exciting features include the new Edge Series reels for a crisp, close, precise cut, an easy-to-reach knob for adjusting the clip rate and flexibility to choose between 8-, 11- and 14-blade cutting units. These and several other newly integrated features on the Greensmaster 1000 Series mowers contribute to an outstanding after-cut appearance.
“This new series of fixed-head walk greens mowers takes cutting performance to an all-new level,” said Helmut Ullrich, Toro senior product marketing manager. “We started from the ground up in the development of these machines, and we are excited that this solution helps courses deliver the best playing experience available.”
Another key focus during the development of the new Greensmaster 1000 Series was to save time and money by minimizing and simplifying maintenance. Several features contribute to a lower overall cost of ownership. For example, it now takes only minutes to replace an entire cutting unit or engine assembly. From the modular design for easy repair and replacement of key components to the ability of each unit to backlap directly using transport wheels, the entire maintenance process is streamlined to maximize uptime without sacrificing performance.
The all-new Greensmaster 1000 Series models are powered by Honda GX120 engines, and are available in a variety of standard cutting widths, including:
- • Greensmaster 1018, featuring an 18-inch (45.7 cm) cutting width
- • Greensmaster 1021, featuring a 21-inch (53.3 cm) cutting width
- • Greensmaster 1026, featuring a 26-inch (66 cm) cutting width
The Greensmaster 1000 Series fixed-head walk greensmowers will be on display at the Golf Industry Show in Booth #4337 and available for purchase in spring 2019.