Nufarm Americas announced the approval of Cheetah Pro non-selective herbicide in California. Cheetah Pro provides fast and effective control of grass, sedge and broadleaf weeds in a variety of turf and landscape settings. Previously approved in 46 states, Cheetah Pro will be available to California distributors in 2 by 2.5-gallon units and 30-gallon drums beginning mid-July with 4 by 1-gallon units available in late July.
Cheetah Pro was developed to help turf professionals manage herbicide resistance while providing post-emergence control of the toughest weed and grass challenges. Its novel mode of action works quickly to control undesirable plant vegetation around ornamental trees, shrubs and potted plants, as well as landscape trim and natural areas. Cheetah Pro displays less movement in grasses, which can help create sharp boundary markers that are particularly helpful for sports fields and precise trimming around ornamental beds.
BASF has launched two new fungicides for the turf market. Maxtima fungicide and Navicon Intrinsic brand fungicide feature the new Revysol active ingredient and provide broad-spectrum control on diseases such as dollar spot, anthracnose and spring dead spot.
The chemistry is the only in its class to be designated Reduced Risk candidate by the Environmental Protection Agency. Navicon Intrinsic brand fungicide also delivers plant health benefits supporting turf to handle the toughest pressures. Unlike older demethylation inhibitors (DMIs), Maxtima fungicide and Navicon Intrinsic brand fungicide are the first isopropanol-azoles, a unique chemistry that ensures excellent binding capacity and adaptability through its molecule flexibility. This offers control even on plant pathogen strains that are insensitive to DMIs.
“With Maxtima fungicide and Navicon Intrinsic brand fungicide, turf professionals have two powerful new tools for their rotational programs that simply did not exist with the current DMIs on the market,” said Brian Thompson, BASF U.S. marketing manager, Golf and Lawn Care, Professional & Specialty Solutions.
Maxtima fungicide and Navicon Intrinsic brand fungicides feature outstanding rainfastness and help provide effective and longer-lasting control of turfgrass diseases such as anthracnose, fairy ring, spring dead spot and dollar spot. They deliver reliable activity regardless of temperature at application throughout the entire season.
Dr. Jim Kerns, associate professor and extension specialist of turfgrass pathology at NC State University, has been working with the two new products for more than five years applying them to research trials throughout North Carolina.
“We applied Maxtima fungicide to creeping bentgrass and ultradwarf Bermudagrass greens during periods of the year where other DMIs are usually phytotoxic, but we had not observed any phyto damage,” Kerns said.
Golf Course Industry has profiled the process of bringing BASF’s new chemistry to the turf market:
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Another December, another opportunity for Golf Course Industry readers to motivate, inspire and inform each other.
“Turfheads Take Over” returns this December, marking the fourth straight year of the popular reader-driven extravaganza. The methodology of the issue hasn’t changed since its debut: industry professionals are encouraged to write about any industry or life topic.
Last year, readers responded to the agronomic challenges encountered in many regions by submitting a personal collection of stories focusing on work-life balance. More than 40 turfheads, including some of the most recognizable names in the industry, have contributed articles in the past three years.
Contributions can range anywhere from 700 to 2,000 words. The topic is entirely your choice, and if you need writing guidance, Golf Course Industry editors are more than willing to help you through the process. Submissions and applicable high-resolution photos can be sent to editor Guy Cipriano at email@example.com. Email or call Cipriano at 216-393-0230 with questions. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.
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Sales growth across the United States has led to Capillary Concrete adding industry veterans Greg Nichols, Mark Patterson and Scott Grego to its team.
Nichols is the new Northeast sales and installation manager and will also cover Florida. An upstate New York native, Nichols graduated from SUNY Canton and has been in the golf course construction industry working with architects, contractors and superintendents specializing in bunker maintenance products since 2007. He is based in Tequesta, Fla.
Patterson joins the company as its Southeast sales and installation manager. He is a 30-year industry veteran, working as a superintendent and director of golf and grounds at multiple clubs. Patterson, who lives in Alpharetta, Ga., holds a degree in plant and soil sciences from Mississippi State University and has built several high-profile clubs in the Southeast, including Champions Retreat in Augusta, Ga., where he served as director of construction and superintendent.
With more than 24 years in the turf industry, Grego joins Capillary Concrete as its Central sales and installation manager. A Michigan native, he attended Michigan State and received an internship at Dominion (Texas) Country Club, where he eventually became superintendent. After seven years, he transitioned into the sales side of the industry.
“Our growth and future projections have provided us the opportunity to hire a leading sales staff to match our leading bunker liner and turfgrass management applications,” Capillary Concrete operations manager Travis Chivers said. “We are excited to bring the team together to make another huge impact for us in the near future.”
Forest Dunes in northern Michigan announced construction has started on a 10-hole par-3 course.
The short course will be located between The Loop and Forest Dunes courses and feature holes measuring between 50 and 155 yards. Forest Dunes owner Lew Thompson considered a handful of top architects before entrusting the par-3 course project to Riley Johns and Keith Rhebb, who partnered on the renovation at Florida's Winter Park Golf Course. Johns and Rhebb have also worked together on design projects with Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
The, duo, both still in their 30s, met in 2014 while working for Coore and Crenshaw on the construction of Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia. Johns also assisted Tom Doak in the initial design and construction stages of The Loop. Also playing a major role in the shaping of the course is Michigan-based golf construction, design and shaping expert Joe Hancock.
“We were thrilled at how quickly this project came together this year and with the huge amount of trust Lew has given us,” Johns said. “He wants a course that will be fun and playable for his grandkids and any golfer of any skill level, so that’s the main goal we’re keeping in mind as we build holes where you can play a variety of shots and trajectories and take different angles to get to the hole.”
To facilitate a firm, fast ground game, the 957-yard course will feature fescues from the tees to the edges of the receptive bentgrass greens where golfers can use strategic slopes and banks to feed shots toward the hole. Rhebb said the greens will take on a variety of subtle shapes, many being bowl-shaped and some resembling catcher’s mitts or tabletops.
“When you come to Forest Dunes, we want you to have a good time,” Thompson said. “What Keith and Riley are building is going to bring a new life and energy to the property. It’s going to bring people together and make their time more enjoyable.”
Of the view visitors will see upon entering the golf property, Johns said, “you’ll see some nice shadows, some gently rumpled ground on this course, but playability is our main focus versus trying to make any bold design statement. Because the course is in the middle of property and so visible, it’s really going to raise the level of enjoyment at Forest Dunes. There will always be a gallery of some sort nearby to cheer you on, especially from the pavilion.”
Grassing commences in August and the course is scheduled to open for play in the summer of 2020.
Golf Course Industry profiled Johns and Rhebb's work at Winter Park 9 in 2017. CLICK HERE to read the story.