LINNE Industries, maker of the PondHawk solar-powered pond aeration system, announced tthe addition of Shaun Donahue as senior advisor, golf course agronomy. Donahue, a golf industry veteran, serves as golf course superintendent at Tidewater Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach.
“We’re delighted to have Shaun on the LINNE team,” LINNE Industries President and co-inventor Sandra Burton said. “As someone who’s been in the trenches and knows what works for golf courses, Shaun is a valuable resource for other golf superintendents. He knows what it takes to keep a golf course—including its water assets—beautifully maintained.”
Donahue has served as superintendent at Tidewater Golf Club for nearly two decades. Tidewater, with play along the Intracoastal Waterway, has breathtaking views of the South Carolina Lowcountry – and four PondHawk Systems installed. Over the years, Donahue led other initiatives that improved the course for golfers. He improved sunlight accessibility by trimming and removing excess trees, renovated greens to return them to their original size, improved miles of drain lines, and upgraded the irrigation system. He is also a Past President of the Palmetto Golf Course Superintendents Association.
“Shaun truly has a wealth of information to share with other golf course superintendents,” Burton added. “He is on hand to explain the results he has seen with PondHawk’s subsurface solar aeration at work on golf course ponds.”
As part of a continued commitment to provide innovative solutions for superintendents, Syngenta has launched three fungicides for golf course turf. Ascernity, Posterity XT and Posterity Forte fungicides deliver control of diseases like dollar spot, spring dead spot, anthracnose and large patch.
“As the needs of superintendents continue to evolve, so does our commitment to ongoing innovation,” said Steve Dorer, fungicide brand manager for turf at Syngenta. “Each of these fungicides features an optimized formulation that combines trusted active ingredients with advanced technology to provide enhanced, broader-spectrum control, resistance management and longevity, which are ideal for protecting fairways and greens.”
Ascernity combines the advanced SDHI technology SOLATENOL (benzovindiflupyr) with difenoconazole, the proven cooling DMI, to bring broad-spectrum disease control into focus.
Ascernity offers superintendents:
• Long-lasting control as the cornerstone of the GreenTrust 365 Large Patch Assurance Program
• Excellent control of foliar diseases like anthracnose and brown patch
• Turf safety with no heat restrictions even in the summer when disease pressure is high
Building on the power of Posterity, with ADEPIDYN® technology (pydiflumetofen), Posterity XT and Posterity Forte combine three leading active ingredients from different FRAC groups to put long-lasting disease protection into motion.
The benefits of Posterity XT include:
• Up to 28 days of control of more than 20 diseases including brown patch, summer patch and dollar spot
• Broad-spectrum control of more than 25 cool-season turf diseases on fairways, tees, greens and roughs
• Powerful control as part of the GreenTrust 365 Fairy Ring Assurance Program
Posterity Forte provides:
• Exceptional control as the foundation for the GreenTrust 365 Spring Dead Spot and Take-all Root Rot Assurance Program
• Up to 28 days of industry-leading dollar spot control on warm- and cool-season turf
For resistance management and broad-spectrum disease control, the Syngenta technical services team has developed agronomic programs that strategically rotate these fungicides with other trusted products. To find recommendations for incorporating Ascernity, Posterity XT and Posterity Forte into an existing agronomic program, visit GreenCastOnline.com/Programs.
"We know that superintendents are constantly being asked to do more at their courses," said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta. "These three products provide significantly stronger, broader disease control that led to the creation of three new assurance programs - all of which are supported by soil temperature alerts to help maximize application timing.”
Ascernity, Posterity XT and Posterity Forte will be available for purchase in August.
Gridtential Energy, the inventor of Silicon Joule bipolar battery technology, and US Battery, a leader of FLA (flooded lead acid) deep cycle batteries, announce that they have entered into a formal agreement to collaborate on Silicon Joule bipolar battery technology.
Under the terms of the agreement, US Battery and Gridtential Energy will industrialize bipolar plate pasting and curing processes. Additionally, Silicon Joule bipolar AGM (absorptive glass mat) batteries will be assembled and tested, using US Battery active material to drive further improvements in cycle life, energy density, battery efficiency, charging rates and manufacturability. As US Battery achieves new performance milestones, the company will be well positioned to manufacture and distribute industry leading bipolar AGM products to the market.
Silicon Joule bipolar technology enables an innovative class of advanced lead batteries with silicon at its core. It is a design driven, low-cost, high-performance, patented energy storage solution that provides improved power density, cycle life, dynamic charge acceptance and wider temperature range, with up to 40 percent lower weight, while retaining full lead-battery recyclability. This is all accomplished while leveraging existing technologies from mature industry supply chains – allowing rapid scaling through existing lead-battery infrastructure.
US Battery provides FLA and AGM deep cycle batteries for golf cars, NEV (neighborhood EV) & LSEV (low speed EV), industrial electric vehicles, as well as renewable energy & energy storage battery markets. US Battery products provide premium deep cycle battery life with the advantages of high initial capacity, fast cycle up to full rated capacity, high total energy throughput, ultimate charger compatibility, and high charge efficiency to meet new regulatory requirements at low cost per watt-hour.
“US Battery hopes to combine the current advantages of premium deep cycle, lead acid battery cycle life that provides low cost per watt-hour over the life of the battery with the advantages of high power density and increased cycle life offered by the Gridtential Energy Silicon Joule bipolar battery technology,” US Battery CEO Terry Agrelius said. “This combination could provide the improvements necessary for US Battery to better compete with the advanced battery technologies currently on the market and proposed for future market development while maintaining the safety and recyclability of lead-based battery technologies.”
Gridtential Energy CEO John Barton added, “US Battery is an ideal partner for Gridtential. Leapfrog product innovation often starts with fresh thinking on how to best utilize core company strengths to make a disruptive move. Gridtential offers a better way to build a battery with modern materials from the solar industry. The leadership at US Battery is taking a smart approach, leveraging Silicon Joule technology with their organizational expertise in electrochemistry and battery manufacturing to create a new class of high performance products. Gridtential is proud to work with partners taking bold steps to accelerate advancements in the industry.”
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continued regulatory uncertainty, GIE/OPEI, LLC announced that the 2020 show will be postponed until next year.
Show ownership and management (GIE/OPEI, LLC) of GIE+EXPO, the Green Industry and Equipment Exposition, have been monitoring the situation closely, and have been working with state and local authorities to put on the safest show possible. Unfortunately, the unpredictable nature of such a rapidly evolving environment prohibited this year’s show from taking place safely.
“The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is critical, and it is with profound regret that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 event,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI, and managing partner of GIE+EXPO. “We’re looking forward to 2021 and already gearing up to make our next show a dynamic and engaging experience for the entire industry. I encourage exhibitors and attendees that have already registered or secured exhibit space to roll those monies forward to the 2021 show.”
Next fall, attendees and exhibitors will experience several updates to the Kentucky Exposition Center grounds. The facility is undertaking $8 million in outdoor improvements and enhancements, including:
• Replacing the main entry gates to improve ingress and egress.
• Expanding paved areas on the north side of the building to increase exhibit space opportunities.
• Relocating more than 126,000 cubic yards of dirt, the equivalent of 63 football fields (or over 1 million wheelbarrows full), to the Outdoor Demonstration Area to improve drainage and irrigation to the grounds.
• Adding permanent driving lanes to the Demo Area.
• Improving pedestrian access from nearby hotels by adding sidewalks that extend from Phillips Lane to the new main gate.
GIE+EXPO has called Louisville home since the tradeshow began nearly 40 years ago. “We want to thank our host city for its ongoing support of our show,” Kiser said. “In particular I want to thank Karen Williams, president of Louisville Tourism, for her tireless efforts to help us through this process. She and the city have been terrific partners of the show, and we look forward to an outstanding event in 2021.”
Despite the need to postpone this year’s show, the industry continues to thrive.
“Manufacturers, landscapers, and outdoor power equipment dealers have been deemed essential during this ongoing pandemic, and the industry continues to play a major role in keeping greenspaces around the country safe and accessible,” Kiser said.
“What we’ve learned during this period is the extraordinary importance of the living landscape to our mental and physical health, especially for homeowners who have a yard. We saw the ongoing need for the TurfMutt education program by parents and educators, with the robust distribution of our curriculum by Scholastic, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Global Learning Lab, and the Wildlife Habitat Council, among others,” Kiser added. “The new voice of our Foundation, Mutt Mulligan, has been busy promoting the importance of living landscapes.”
DryJect LLC has announced the expansion of its business operations with the addition of a new franchisee devoted to serving Missouri.
Jim Naudet, of Heartland Golf & Turf Services, LLC has purchased the DryJect franchise territory in the state. Naudet has vast experience in the industry as he has lived and worked in the Kansas City area for the majority of his life. He has owned and operated an upscale lawn and landscaping service for the past seven years and previous to that was the superintendent of the Leawood South Country Club for 21 years. Prior to that, he held the assistant superintendent position at Oakwood Country Club for 12 years.
Naudet resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife Rita.
“We are excited to have Jim as part of the DryJect family,” President and owner John Paddock said. “We wish him the best of luck in his endeavors as we work together to ensure the best possible service to our customer. It is pleasing to know that this territory will receive the attention and quality of service they deserve."