Three Elected to NTA Board of Directors

In voting that concluded at the annual business meeting of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, three new directors have been elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the NTA.

Mike Bednar of Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash., Dave Kennedy of Vancouver Golf Club in British Columbia and Russell Vandehey of The Oregon Golf Club were the top vote-getters of the seven on the ballot.

Coming off the Board will be Jason Otto of Planet Turf and Josh Lewis of Almaden Country Club, while Carl Taylor, the current NTA president, will slide into the Past President position once a new president is elected by the Board later this month.

At the just concluded annual conference of the NTA at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, the 157 attendees were treated to two educational sessions led by Dr. Cale Bigelow of Purdue University and Jeff Mingay of Mingay Golf Course Design. Support from Western Equipment/Turf Star helped make everything possible and golf also was held at two of the courses at Bandon Dunes. Here are the results from the competitions:

Results Sunday from Bandon Trails
Results Monday from Bandon Dunes

The next annual conference of the NTA is set for Oct. 1-3, 2017 at the Suncadia Resort near Cle Elum, Wash.

OSU Turfgrass Program Presents Annual Report

Dr. Alec Kowalewski has prepared his annual report of the turfgrass program at Oregon State University, with a breakdown of activities of both faculty and staff.

Among the details, there were 40 extension teaching events conducted by the staff and there are now 12 undergraduate students in the program.

Click here for the entire report.

Details From OSU Field Day Now Available

Detailed information, including speakers’ notes and charts, is now available from the recent Oregon State University Turf Field Day at the Lewis-Brown Farm in Corvallis.

Click here for a 21-page report from Dr. Alec Kowalewski on the research discussed and the activities of the day.

NTA Donates Nearly $50,000 Toward Research

The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated nearly $50,000 to worthy turfgrass research and education programs in 2016 as it continues to be a leading benefactor for the golf industry in the Northwest. The total in grants awarded in 2016 was $49,560.34. It didn’t reach the $61,000 awarded in 2015, but was substantially higher than the $29,500 awarded in 2014.

Two separate grants of $15,000 led the way in 2016 for research being done at Oregon State University for Fungicide Alternative Management Practices for Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose, and at Washington State University in Pullman on Bio Control of Poa. In all, six different programs in the Northwest were supported through the grants, which were decided by the Board of Directors after recommendations from the Research Committee.

The grants from the NTA are made possible through the numerous and generous contributions from clubs and individuals throughout the Northwest.

This pushes the amount donated to research from the NTA to $1.167 million over the past 20 years. Click here for a complete breakdown.

For 2016, after extensive consideration and recommendations from the NTA Research Committee, the Board of Directors awarded the following research and education grants:

Fungicide Alternative Management Practices for Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose
Oregon State University $15,000.00

Bio Control of Poa
Washington State University—Pullman $15,000.00

Water Use on Golf Courses in the Pacific Northwest
Washington State University—Puyallup $12,000.00

First Green Links as Labs
First Green Foundation $5,000.00

Outdoor Turf Lab
Walla Walla Community College $1,560.34

Bill Griffith Turfgrass Management Scholarship
Walla Walla Community College $1,000.00

For more information on how to apply for grants for 2017, or to contribute directly to the NTA, contact Paul Ramsdell, Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

The NTA also is preparing for its annual conference, to be held this year at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon on Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Paul Ramsdell is available for more information on that as well.

Mattox's Microdochium Patch Research Available

Clint Mattox has completed his masters’ dissertation at Oregon State University and his research is available to you, thanks to the donations the Northwest Turfgrass Association has made to the turfgrass management program at Oregon State.

“Managing Microdochium Patch Using Non-Traditional Fungicides on Annual Bluegrass Putting Greens” is available by following this link: http://hdl.handle.net/1957/57194

Here is a brief description of the research:

Currently, fungicide applications are the predominant method of control for the cool-weather pathogen Microdochium patch. Increasing pesticide restrictions have generated concern regarding management of Microdochium patch. Three separate field trials exploring non-traditional fungicides were conducted between 2013 and 2015 on an annual bluegrass sand-based putting green at the Lewis Brown Horticulture Farm in Corvallis, Ore. The objective of the first project was to evaluate the effects of the cultural practice of rolling in combination with mineral oil and fertility on Microdochium patch incidence. The objective of the second trial was to quantify the effects on Microdochium patch incidence using biological control products in combination with rolling. Finally, the objective of the third experiment was to quantify the effects of different nitrogen and iron sulfate rates in combination with simulated golfer traffic on the effects of Microdochium patch incidence as well as turfgrass recuperation.

Mattox currently is working on his PhD at Oregon State and is continuing his exploration of “Alternatives to Non-Traditional Fungicides.”

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