NTA Conference Coming Up Quickly

Preparations for the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association are in the homestretch for the gathering Oct. 1-3 at Suncadia Resort, so if you haven’t already signed up please do so soon.

Click here for the online registration form.

The 71st edition of the annual conference will feature great golf at Suncadia and Tumble Creek and great speakers in Dr. Frank Wong from Bayer Environmental Science and Paul Robertson, the superintendent at Victoria Golf Club. Dr. Alec Kowalewski from Oregon State University and other leading researchers from the Northwest will also be sharing their latest projects.

Click here for a list of attendees signed up for the three-day event. If you believed you have already registered, but your name is not on this list, then please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360 to remedy the situation.

The $690 registration rate is based on double occupancy. If you don’t have someone in mind to be your roommate, go ahead and fill out the registration form and the NTA will help set up your lodging arrangements.

Sponsorships for the conference are still available, and the breakdown of opportunities is available by clicking here.

The schedule of events again calls for golf Sunday afternoon, education sessions Monday morning with golf Monday afternoon and then the closing educational session Tuesday morning.

Click here for the current schedule.

Any questions on the conference or on sponsorship can be directed to Paul Ramsdell at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

NTA Accepting Nominations for Board Positions

A part of the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, set for Oct. 1-3 at Suncadia Resort, will be the association’s annual business meeting and election of members of the Board of Directors.

The NTA currently is accepting nominations for three directors to fulfill three-year terms on the Board of Directors. The NTA traditionally holds a Board of Directors meeting at the annual meeting, another in-person Board meeting in the spring and then conducts most of the rest of its business through conference calls.

Anyone interested in more information, or wants to nominate someone or place their own name in nomination can contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360, or Steve Link, president of the NTA, at stevelink@skagitgolfclub.com.

Dr. Frank Wong Headlines NTA Conference

Dr. Frank Wong, who recently was named the Environmental Communicator of the Year, will be one of the main speakers at the 71st annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, which is set for Oct. 1-3 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.

The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association announced in early May that Wong, a senior regulatory affairs consultant for Bayer Crop Science, had won the award, which recognizes individuals in the green industry for outstanding communication efforts regarding environment issues.

Wong has been with Bayer since 2011, and before that was teaching and doing research work at the University of California, Riverside. He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from California-Davis, and a doctorate degree in plant pathology and horticulture from Cornell.

Another main speaker for the conference at Suncadia will be Paul Robertson, the superintendent at Victoria Golf Club in British Columbia, who is on the leading edge in using robotics and drones in his course maintenance program.

Presentations also will come from various researchers at Northwest universities who have received research grants from the NTA. This year, the NTA also is planning a separate track of speakers for sports turf managers.

Complete registration and schedule information will be available in the coming weeks.

The conference will open with golf Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Rope Rider course at Suncadia. Golf also will be held at Tumble Creek on Monday. Dinners will be held Sunday and Monday nights and education on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

More information on the conference is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

NTA Donates $41,000 Toward Research

My 31, 2017

The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $41,000 to worthy turfgrass research and education programs in 2017 as it continues to be a leading benefactor for the golf industry in the Northwest. Over the past three years, the NTA has donated more than $150,000 to various turfgrass programs.

Two separate grants of $15,000 led the way in 2017 for research being done at Oregon State University for Fungicide Alternative Management of Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose, and at Washington State University in Pullman on Biological Control of Poa Annua. This is the second consecutive year that the NTA has donated this amount to these ongoing studies.

In all for 2017, five different programs in the Northwest were supported through the grants, which were decided by the NTA 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.

For 2017, after extensive consideration and recommendations from the NTA Research Committee, the Board of Directors awarded the following research and education grants:

Fungicide Alternative Management of Mircodochium Patch and Anthracnose
Oregon State University—$15,000.00

Biological Control of Poa Annua in Fairways
Washington State Universit —Pullman $15,000.00

Investigating Alternative Irrigation Strategies
Oregon State University—$5,000.00

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

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

For more information on how to apply for grants for 2018, or to contribute directly to the NTA, contact Paul Ramsdell, Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Poa Annua Control Research Update Ready

Dr. William Johnston and Charles Golob from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University have prepared a research report on their study on “Biological Control of Poa Annua in Fairways.”

The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $15,000 toward this research in 2016.

Click here for the written report.

OSU Presents Update Report on Research

The Turfgrass Management Program at Oregon State University—namely Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Brian McDonald and Clint Mattox—has prepared updates on its research on Fungicide Alternatives Management of Microdochium Patch and Anthracnose.

The Northwest Turfgrass Association donated $15,000 toward this research in 2016 and $40,000 toward similar research in 2015.

Click here for the written report.

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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