Tentative Pairings Ready for NTA

October 18, 2018

With the 72nd edition of the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association fast approaching, preparations are in the final stages for the gathering Oct. 28-30 in Walla Walla.

The tentative pairings for the golf outings Sunday, Oct. 28, and Monday, Oct. 29 are ready.

Sunday pairings
Monday pairings

If you were planning to play golf, and are not listed in the pairings, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360. Also, contact Paul if you are listed on the pairings, but weren’t planning to play golf.

For a list of all the attendees, click here.

Again, contact Paul if any corrections need to be made.

Late registration is still available by clicking here.

During the conference, Dr. Elizabeth Guertal, a professor of turfgrass management and soil fertility at Auburn University, will give a presentation during each educational session. Her areas of expertise include soil fertility, turfgrass management and fertilizer nutrients in the turfgrass environment.

Also on the docket for Walla Walla will be presentations about the extraordinary revamping of Rolling Hills Country Club in Los Angeles. To talk about the project that included moving 6 million cubic yards of dirt will be Bob Vaughey, the superintendent at Rolling Hills, and Nick Schaan of the David McLay Kidd Design firm who was the hands-on architect for the project.

Click here for a complete schedule of the conference.

Included in that schedule is golf at Wine Valley Golf Club on Sunday, followed by a wine dinner at the nearby Three Rivers Winery. Education sessions will be held Monday and Tuesday mornings with another round of golf Monday afternoon at Walla Walla Country Club.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and you can see the breakdown by clicking here.

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

We've Got a Map to Navigate Walla Walla

While Walla Walla is not a huge town, the upcoming annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association will be bouncing around to four different locations in the city during our three days, Oct. 28-30.

We’ve prepared a map that highlights our various locations in hopes that makes it easier for the attendees.

Click here for the map.

NTA Conference Coming Up Quick

It’s less than three weeks until the 72nd edition of the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, so it’s time now to sign up for the gathering Oct. 28-30 in Walla Walla.

For the latest list of attendees, click here. If you believed you’ve already registered, and your name is not on this list, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Click here for registration information.

We will be working on the golf pairings in the next week or so, so watch for those and let Paul know of any special requests.

During the conference, Dr. Elizabeth Guertal, a professor of turfgrass management and soil fertility at Auburn University, will give a presentation during each educational session. Her areas of expertise include soil fertility, turfgrass management and fertilizer nutrients in the turfgrass environment.

Also on the docket for Walla Walla will be presentations about the extraordinary revamping of Rolling Hills Country Club in Los Angeles. To talk about the project that included moving 6 million cubic yards of dirt will be Bob Vaughey, the superintendent at Rolling Hills, and Nick Schaan of the David McLay Kidd Design firm who was the hands-on architect for the project.

Click here for a complete schedule of the conference.

Included in that schedule is golf at Wine Valley Golf Club on Sunday, followed by a wine dinner at the nearby Three Rivers Winery. Education sessions will be held Monday and Tuesday mornings with another round of golf Monday afternoon at Walla Walla Country Club.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and you can see the breakdown by clicking here.

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

Turf Star Leads List of NTA Sponsors

Turf Star/Western Equipment has once again shown its dedication to turfgrass research in the Northwest by stepping up and taking on the lead corporate sponsor role for the 72nd annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association.

Jeff Perry is the regional manager for Turf Star/Western Equipment and is supported by a talented Northwest staff that includes Carl Taylor, Shawn Frisbee, Bob Adams, Bill Franzke, Roy Studebaker, Ashley Burke, and Kelly Bowen. With this commitment as the lead sponsor for the NTA Conference, Turf Star/Western Equipment plays a major role in helping the NTA, which distributed more than $46,000 in turfgrass research and education programs this year.

“It’s great that Jeff and Turf Star/Western Equipment has decided to help us once again,” said Jacob Close, the president of the NTA and the superintendent at Sudden Valley Golf and Country Club. “We’ll give them some great exposure at our conference in Walla Walla, and leading up to it, and they help us continue our mission of helping turfgrass professionals with education and information. It’s a great win-win for all involved.”

Here is the full list of sponsors at this point for the NTA Conference at Walla Walla.

Turf Star/Western Equipment
Wilbur-Ellis
Amvac Environmental Products
Helena Chemical
Nutrien Solutions
Target Specialty Products
Walrath Sand Products
Washington Rock Golf Sand
Bos Sod
H.D. Fowler
Miller Design
Ridgetop Golf
Syngenta

Free registrations to the conference in Walla Walla, Oct. 28-30 are part of some of the sponsorship packages. Companies also will have their branding on prominent display at the conference through the program and the NTA web site.

Plenty of sponsorship slots are still available for the NTA Conference this year, and are designed to fit all budgets.

Click here for a breakdown of sponsorship opportunities.

Click here for registration information on the conference.

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

Ballot Ready for NTA Annual Meeting

The ballot to determine the next three Board members for the Northwest Turfgrass Association is ready for the association’s annual meeting, set for 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at The Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla.

Click here for your copy of the ballot.

You do not need to attend the annual meeting to vote. Instructions are on the ballot on how to submit your ballot before the annual meeting.

If you are attending the annual meeting, there is no need to print out a copy of this ballot. Ballots will be made available during the annual meeting.

The NTA would like to thank Jason Habeck and Greg Matz for their service the past three years as members of the Board of Directors. Their terms will end during the annual meeting. Jacob Close, the current NTA president, will continue to serve the association as the Past President on the Board.

Announced candidates for the three-year terms on the board are Chris Concienne of Helena Chemical, Ivan Gibbs of Leavenworth Golf Club and Geoff Haynes of Galena Ridge Golf Course.

Any questions about the NTA or its Board of Directors can be directed to any NTA Board member. Click here for a list of members. Or questions can be directed to Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

NTA Requests Research Proposals

The Northwest Turfgrass Association currently is accepting proposals for funding for turfgrass research and education in 2019.

The NTA, in its 73rd year, awarded $46,000 in various turfgrass research and education grants in 2018 and has been averaging nearly $50,000 a year over the past four years.

To apply for a grant, you’ll need to complete this request for proposal form and process it with Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360. He can be contacted to answer any questions as well.

The deadline to submit proposals is Nov. 30, 2018.

The NTA’s Research Committee plans to examine all the proposals in December and January and the full NTA Board is scheduled to make decisions on the proposals in February and March.

Those receiving grants in 2019 will then present updates on their research at the NTA annual conference in 2019, which will be held Oct. 27-29 at Bandon Dunes in Oregon.

NTA Conference Set With GCSAA Points

The GCSAA has determined the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, set for Oct. 28-30 in Walla Walla, will be worth .80 points of external education points for the two mornings of educational presentations.

Topics ranging from soil fertility, battling Microdochium Patch and the massive remodel project of Rolling Hills Country Club will all be part of the 72nd edition of the annual NTA conference.

The speaking schedule for the conference is set and available by clicking here.

Dr. Elizabeth Guertal, a professor of turfgrass management and soil fertility at Auburn University, will give a presentation on her areas of expertise, including a talk during the Monday session on Thatch and Organic Matter Management. Her Tuesday presentation will be Myths and Facts in Soil Fertility.

The entire turfgrass research team from Oregon State University will be attending. Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Clint Mattox, and Brian McDonald will be making presentations on Microdochium Patch and how to survive with less fungicides.

Bob Vaughey, the superintendent at Rolling Hills Country Club in Los Angeles, will be joined by architect Nick Schaan of DMK Design to talk about working together on their massive remodel project.

Click here for registration information. Full registration costs are $550 for double occupancy and $675 for a single room.

The conference schedule calls for golf at Wine Valley Golf Club on Sunday night, followed by a wine dinner at the nearby Three Rivers Winery. Education sessions will be held Monday and Tuesday mornings with another round of golf Monday afternoon at Walla Walla Country Club.

Sponsorship opportunities still exist at numerous levels.

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

NTA Attendees Treated to RHCC Project

The recently completed massive remodel project of Rolling Hills Country Club in Los Angeles captured the interest of golf architects and superintendents around the world, and now that the course is opened, golfers are thrilled with the project as well.

Attendees at the 72nd annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association will get a chance to hear all about it during the educational sessions of the conference, Oct. 28-30 in Walla Walla.

Nick Schaan, design associate for David McLay Kidd Golf Design, will be joined by Bob Vaughey, the superintendent at Rolling Hills, to give two presentations on the project. Schaan will discuss the design and construction, which included moving 6.5 million cubic yards of dirt. He lived on site for two years during the project, which included a massive drainage system needed in the Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles. Vaughey will talk about the grow-in and the agronomy of the golf course, which was the site last spring of the Pac-12 championships.

It will all be part of a great three-day conference in Walla Walla, which includes golf outings at Wine Valley Golf Club and Walla Walla Country Club.

Check out the entire schedule by clicking here.

A special early bird rate of $495 for those who will be using double occupancy is available until Aug. 31.

Click here for the registration form and more information.

Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, is available for any questions about the conference at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360. dell, the executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

New Research Available Through NTA

The Northwest Turfgrass Association, with its recent decision to join the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation, now has a multitude of new turfgrass research studies available to its members.

The CTRF recently did a major update of the content on its web site, turfresearchcanada.ca, and included web pages for the current research being funded and past research.

“Updating the site was a time consuming but important task to ensure research results are being disseminated to the turf management industry,” said Jerry Rousseau, the executive director of the CTRF.

There are more than 20 reports available either through Current Research or Past Research.

One study of interest on the Current Research page looks at the effects of Nitrogen-focused fall fertility programs for improving cold tolerance during the acclimation and spring recovery time frames for poa annua.

More information on the NTA and its relationship with the CTRF is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

NTA Donates $46,000 Toward Research

The Northwest Turfgrass Association will be donating $46,160 to worthy turfgrass research and education programs in 2018 as it continues to be a leading benefactor for the golf industry in the Northwest. Over the past four years, the NTA has donated almost $200,000 to various programs.

There will be three separate research studies at Oregon State University that the NTA will be funding, totaling $31,160. All three studies pertain to Microdochium Patch, which is a consistent disease problem for turfgrass managers in the Northwest. The largest financial contribution will be $11,141 for a study that will compare iron sulfate versus chelated iron for the suppression of Microdochium Patch on annual bluegrass putting greens in the absence and presence of phosphorous acid.

In all for 2018, four different entities in the Northwest will be 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 2018, after extensive consideration and recommendations from the NTA Research Committee, the Board of Directors awarded the following research and education grants:

Comparing iron sulfate versus chelated iron for the suppression of Microdochium Patch on annual bluegrass putting greens in the absence and presence of phosphorous acid:
Oregon State University—$11,141.00

Effects of winter nitrogen, phosphate and potassium rates on Microdochium Patch:
Oregon State University—$10,020.00

Quantifying the long-term effects of alternative Microdochium Patch management techniques on sand-based annual bluegrass putting green performance over multiple seasons:
Oregon State University—$9,999.00

Applied research putting green:
Walla Walla Community College—$5,000.00

Reducing turf stress by increasing root growth and density with endophytic bacteria:
AGPW, LLC—$5,000.00

First Green Links as Labs
First Green Foundation—$2,500.00

Bill Griffith Turfgrass Management Scholarship:
Walla Walla Community College—$2,500.00

For more information on how to apply for grants for 2019, or to contribute directly to the NTA, contact Paul Ramsdell, executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

NTA to Join Forces With CTRF

In a move that will expand the scope of turfgrass research available to its members, the Board of Directors of the Northwest Turfgrass Association is proud to announce a new partnership with the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation.

The NTA will join nine other regional associations and the combined financial resources of the CTRF will result in a wider selection of proposals for the NTA to examine and then support financially.

“This move will be a great benefit to our members,” said NTA president Jacob Close, the superintendent at Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club in Bellingham. “We will have access to research proposals coming in from all over North America. After examining those proposals, we will be able to determine which studies would best benefit the turfgrass managers in the Northwest, and then offer our financial support. The end result will be more relevant, timely research information for our members.”

This move will not be a significant change in how the NTA operates on an annual basis. The NTA will continue to make its own annual call for proposals and will analyze and support those individual proposals as it sees fit. Joining the CTRF just gives the NTA an additional avenue to examine and support more turfgrass research.

Noting the similar objectives of funding research, the CTRF accepted the NTA request to join its association.

“On behalf of the CTRF and its Directors, I would like to welcome the Northwest Turfgrass Association in partnering with us and I look forward to your participation,” said CTRF chair Paul Schofield.

Going forward, the NTA will be included in the CTRF’s annual research project call for proposals that sees 12 to 18 submissions annually from a variety of institutions.  Nine currently active projects are receiving approximately $200,000 in CTRF group funding.

More information on this partnership is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Historic NTA Publications Now Online

Some fantastic historical turfgrass research articles from the archives of the Northwest Turfgrass Association now are available online, thanks to the Turfgrass Information Center at Michigan State University.

More than 1,000 articles pertaining to turfgrass issues in the Northwest and written by the leaders in the industry now can be easily accessed online.

The NTA’s publication from 1959 to 1997, Northwest Turfgrass Topics, is available by following this link: https://d.lib.msu.edu/nwtgt.

The written proceedings and studies from the annual conference of Northwest Turfgrass Association, starting with the third annual conference back in 1950 at the State College of Washington, are available by following this link: https://d.lib.msu.edu/nwtgc.

These archives, an ongoing cooperative project of the NTA and the Michigan State University Libraries, features public access to both periodicals as they were published and as copies are available.

All turf-related articles from within these materials, more than 1,000 in all, also are indexed and linked from within the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database: http://tic.msu.edu/tgif.

For a full list of all publicly-available and restricted-access archives hosted by TIC, please see: https://tic.msu.edu/browse.

Any questions about the NTA material can be directed to Paul Ramsdell, executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Complete NTA Roster Gets Updated

The complete roster of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, with members from North Carolina to British Columbia, has been updated.

The roster is available by clicking here and has a permanent home on the NTA web site.

If any further updates on your contact information is needed, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Poa Annua Control Research Reports

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 both 2016 and 2017.

Year One report.
Year Two 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.”

2018 Conference Sponsors

turfstar.com

Jeff Perry
253-398-2966
jeff.perry@turfstar.com

Kelly Bowen
509-701-1467
Kelly.bowen@turfstar.com

Ashley Burke
206-501-7252
Ashley.burke@turfstar.com

Shawn Frisbee
206-501-7248
shawn.frisbee@western-equip.com

Roy Studebaker
509-994-3943
roy.studebaker@western-equip.com

Carl Taylor
253-266-6052
carl.taylor@western-equip.com

wilburellis.com

Jason Otto
jotto@wilburellis.com
425-422-1648

Jeff Schwab
jschwab@wilburellis.com
360-661-5131

horizononline.com
rainbird.com

Scott Mutchler, Horizon
206-396-1382
scott.mutchler@horizononline.com

Nick Newman, Horizon
208-762-3399
nick.newman@horizononline.com

www.horizononline.com

Scott Ellwood, Rain Bird
503-351-7299
sellwood@rainbird.com

helenaprofessional.com

Chris Concienne
509-536-2634
conciennec@helenaagri.com

walrath.com

Tom Walrath
tom@tewalrath.com
253-606-7014

Jackie Klein
jackie@tewalrath.com
253-606-4272

amvac-chemical.com

Rennie Kubik
renniek@amvac-chemical.com
360-546-5954

target-specialty.ca
target-specialty.com

Jason Hooper
jason-hooper@target.specialty.com
target-specialty.ca
604-317-2476

Tony Lasher
tony.lasher@target.spcialty.com
target-specialty.com
503-252-2732

nutrien.com

Sean Watts
sean.watts@nutrien.com
503-989-1907

wa-rock.com

Tim Carlson
tim@wa-rock.com
253-318-6000

millerdesigngolf.com

Mark Miller
mark@millerdesigngolf.com
303-954-0550

hdfowler.com

Julia Wiebenga
juliaw@hdfowler.com
425-864-6344

Richard Simpson
richs@hdfowler.com
425-864-8256

Tyson Stewart
Tysons@hdfowler.com
208-410-9369

syngenta.com

Randy Rider
randy.rider@syngenta.com
503-789-5242

ridgetopgolf.com

Kip Kalbrenner
kip@ridgetopgolf.com
253-686-5477

bossod.com

Bert Bos
info@bossod.com
800-267-7763

grigg.co

Michael Steve
michael.steve@brandt.co
330-618-1477


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