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2018 Michigan Turfgrass Conference

  • 03 Jan 2018
  • 05 Jan 2018
  • Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University (MSU), home of the Spartans, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center January 3-5, 2018. 

January 3 Golf Session (Big Ten AB)                  

9:00 AM     Balancing Work and Family Life – Lisa Goatley, Cascade Group; and Dr. Mike Goatley, Virginia Tech University

10:45 AM   The History of the St. Andrews Links – Gordon Moir, St. Andrews Links

12:00 PM   Lunch

1:30 PM     Turfgrass Pathology Research Update - Dr. Joe Vargas, MSU

2:00 PM    Michigan Golf Course Renovations: What We've Learned in the Last 5 Years – Dr. Trey Rogers, MSU

2:30 PM     Pythium root dysfunction: symptoms and treatment options - Dr. Nathaniel Mitkowski

3:30 PM     Tournament Preparation at St. Andrews – Gordon Moir, St.   Andrews Links

4:30 PM    Annual Meetings MiGCSA and MTF

Jan. 3 Lawns, Grounds, and Athletic Fields Session (Lincoln)

10:45 AM   Tips for Eradicating Difficult to Control Weeds – Aaron   Hathaway, MSU

12:00 PM   Lunch

1:30 PM     Dealing with Difficult People – Lisa Goatley, Cascade Group

2:30 PM     BMP’s in Sports Field Management – Dr. Mike Goatley, Virginia   Tech University

3:30 PM     Landscape Weed Bed Control – Dr. David Gardner, The Ohio   State University

4:30 PM    Annual Meetings MiGCSA and MTF

January 3: Equipment Technicians Session (Hancock Turfgrass Research Center)

Program Pending

January 4: Golf Nematode Session (Big Ten AB)                            

8:00 AM     Introduction – Dr. George Bird, MSU

8:10 AM     What are Nematodes? – Dr. Robert Wick, MSU

8:50 AM    Nematode Damage and Determining Thresholds – Dr. Nathaniel Mitkowski, Univ. Rhode Island           

9:40 AM     Golf Course Nematicides, the Florida Experience – Dr. Billy   Crow, Univ. Florida

10:40 AM   Hey! It Might be Nematodes (redux) – Fred Warner, MSU

11:00 AM   Lunch

Golf Session (Auditorium)

12:30 PM  Art of Application: Beyond Basics Part 1 – Ryan Beauchamp, Syngenta

1:30 PM    WALES Tank Mixing and Critical Factors for Ensuring Pesticide Efficacy: Beyond Basics Part 2 – Ryan Beauchamp, Syngenta

2:30 PM     Pigments and UV Light – Dr. Ed Nangle, The Ohio State University

3:30 PM     Scholarship Awards   

4:00 PM     Vendor Half-Time Show (Big Ten A-C)

January 4: Lawns, Grounds, and Athletic Fields Session (Lincoln)

8:00 AM    Buying Seed – Coated Seed or Not? – Wayne Horman, Landmark Seed

9:00 AM     Competition Kills – Dr. Mike Goatley, Virginia Tech University

10:00 AM   Herbicides for Establishing Turfgrass – Dr. David Gardner, The Ohio State University

11:00 AM  Lunch

12:30 PM  From Idea to Shelf: 150 Years of Product Innovation at Scotts MiracleGro – Dr. Phil Dwyer, Scotts MiracleGro

1:30 PM    Understanding  Fertilizer Technologies to Optimize Turfgrass Performance – Dr. Eric Miltner, Koch Industries

2:30 PM     Selecting Kentucky bluegrass based on family types for different turf uses – Wayne Horman, Landmark Seed

3:30 PM     Scholarship Awards (Auditorium)

4:00 PM     Vendor Half-Time Show (Big Ten A-C)       

January 4: Assistant Golf Course Superintendents Session (103 AB)

12:30 PM Common Sense Budgeting Tips - Andrew Harrell

1:30 PM   Managing a Crew, Turf, and Time: Perspectives from an Asst. Superintendent - Tim Matty, CC of Detroit

2:30 PM     Tournament Preparation for the Majors – Dr. Phil Dwyer, Scotts MiracleGro

3:30 PM     Scholarship Awards (Auditorium)

4:00 PM    Vendor Half-Time Show (Big Ten A-C)

January 4: Equipment Technicians Session (Hancock Turfgrass Research Center)

Program Pending

January 5: Golf Session (Big Ten A)

8:00 AM    Rapid Fire Research Updates – Dr. Thom Nikolai, Aaron   Hathaway, Kevin Laskowski, Jacob Bravo, and Dr. Kevin Frank, MSU

9:00 AM    Wetting Agents and Playability – Dr. Ed Nangle, The Ohio State University

10:00 AM  More questions than answers - high performance putting surface management - Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell

11:00 AM  Physiology Research Update - Dr. Emily Merewitz, MSU

11:30 AM   Biocontrol of Japanese Beetle Research Update – Dr. David Smitley and Mick Piombino, MSU

12:00 PM  Lunch                                

Innovative Golf Course Superintendents Session (Big Ten A)

1:30 PM     Sustainability Practices at Bucks Run Golf Club – Craig McKinley, Bucks Run GC

2:00 PM     Using a Pesticide Mix Tank to Save Time – Eric Rank, Chiming       CC

2:30 PM     It’s Hip to be Square: Growing in the South Course at Arcadia   Bluffs GC – Jim Bluck and Ryan Williams, Arcadia Bluffs GC

3:00 PM    Fat Tire Bike Races - Craig Kooengia, Indian Trails GC

3:30 PM    Greens Renovation at Barton Hills CC – Colin Seaberg, Barton   Hills CC

4:00 PM    Renovations at Cascade Hills CC – Brett Zander and Orville Davis, Cascade Hills CC

4:30 PM    Adjourn

January 5: Athletic Fields Session (103 AB)

8:00 AM          What have we learned from 6 years of pesticide ban on K-12 playing fields - Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell

9:00 AM          In Season Plant Growth Regulators: High Risk or High Reward? – Keith Winter, Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball

10:00 AM       Disease Management for Athletic Fields – Nancy Dykema, MSU

11:00 AM       MiSTMA Field of the Year Presentation

12:00 PM       Lunch

1:30 PM         Planning for Natural Disasters – Amy Fouty, Jared Noodle,       and Andy Flynn, MSU

2:30 PM   Field Renovations and Management Programs at Cooley Law School Stadium - Zach Severns, Lansing Lugnuts

3:30 PM Tips and Tricks for Renovating Athletic Fields - Dar Howard, Residex, Performance Sports Turf  

4:30 PM         Adjourn

January 5: Lawn Care and Grounds (104 AB)

8:00 AM          Michigan Pesticide Regulatory Update – Molly Mott, Pesticide Enforcement Specialist, MDARD

9:00 AM          Biocontrol of Japanese Beetles and Strategies for Managing Damaging Insects in Lawns – Dr. David Smitley and Mick Piombino

10:00 AM       Landscape Management: Fertilizing, Pruning, and Bed Maintenance - Dr. Robert Schutzki, MSU

11:00 AM       Michigan’s Major Tree Problems in 2018 – Dr. Dave Roberts, MSU12:00 PM       Lunch

1:30 PM         Weeds and Seeds: developing alternatives to traditional herbicides - Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell

2:30 PM         Soils 101: pH, liming, CEC, and textural discontinuities – Dr. Jim Crum, MSU

3:30 PM         The Science and Practical Implications of Soil Testing – Jon Dahl, MSU

4:30 PM         Adjourn


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