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Minimize Snow Mold Damage

Perfect conditions for snow moldLa Nina winters typically result in colder, wetter conditions in the Midwestern United States. Combined with the relatively warm and dry November we’ve experienced, perfect conditions for snow mold development could be present this year. When ground is not thoroughly frozen prior to long-term snow coverage, snow mold tends to flourish.  There are two types of snow mold, gray and pink. Gray is caused by Typhula fungal species, while pink is caused by Microdochium nivale, which tends to be more active in cool (30-50 deg F) and wet conditions. Recuperate from and avoid snow mold Generally speaking, snow mold isn’t considered a disease that will completely wipe out a stand of turf, and typical management practices in spring will allow turf to recover from snow mold damage fairly quickly. However, it can be unsightly and certainly can cause extensive damage, affecting turf playability early in the…
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Application Decisions – Flexibility of SO4 and 98G

Using SO4 pelletized gypsum and 98G pelletized limestone in your fertility program allows flexibility when weather limits application season in the fall and spring. Using SO4 pelletized gypsum and 98G pelletized limestone in your fertility program allows flexibility when weather limits application season in the fall and spring. Considerations for applying 98G Ideally, 98G would be applied in the fall to initiate pH correction before spring planting occurs, but its rapid reactivity allows flexibility for spring application as well. Regardless of the season of application, one should consider how 98G is applied with respect to other field work. To maximize the efficiency of 98G, the pellets should be applied and allowed to begin breakdown via water (rain, dew, contact with soil) before being worked into the soil with a field cultivator or other tillage equipment in order to target the zone of active acidification — the top 4 inches of…
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Creating a TV-Worthy Golf Course at Woodbine Bend

Andy Young has been working on a golf course since he was 14-years old. He played golf in college and continues to play weekly in the mens league at Woodbine Bend Golf Course near Stockton, Illinois, where he has been the Golf Course Superintendent since 2012.  Woodbine Bend opened in 2002 and was formerly a rolling northern Illinois cornfield. Andy’s goal is to give golfers at Woodbine Bend a fun and unique experience – one they want to come back to.  “I want golfers to have the best conditions for the money, and I feel we exceed that here at Woodbine Bend,” says Andy.  One of the ways Andy creates a TV-worthy golf course is by applying SO4 pelletized gypsum in the spring and fall. Andy’s distributor representative, Mike Werth from Advanced Turf Solutions, introduced him to SO4.  “We have heavy clay soils, so we use SO4 to make the…
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Wear Tolerance in Turfgrass

Turfgrass species matter Wear tolerance is one of the most important characteristics of different turfgrass species when making decisions on which to include in various settings. Wear tolerance is very dependent on species, environment, and management practices. Certain species have physiological differences that make them more tolerant of wear and aid in their ability to recuperate after significant wear events.  Turfgrass species in cool-season environments In cool-season settings, perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass are typically associated with the best wear tolerance and recuperative ability, respectively. They are often used in conjunction to provide the best overall traffic tolerance in athletic fields.  In golf greens and an increasing number of fairways, however, due to low mowing height requirements and aesthetics, creeping bentgrass is the species of choice. Creeping bentgrass can be mowed easily to green heights and exhibits fair to good wear tolerance that can withstand wear associated with players’ foot…
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Implement 98G and SO4 Equations into Your VRT System

One of our core beliefs at Calcium Products is to embrace technological advancements that aid growers in maximizing profits. We strive to integrate our products into these technologies wherever possible. One of our core beliefs at Calcium Products is to embrace technological advancements that aid growers in maximizing profits. We strive to integrate our products into these technologies wherever possible.  Variable rate technology (VRT) allows growers to apply products at the right rate, right place, right time, and with the right source – the 4 R’s. Following the 4 R’s minimizes impact on the environment and maximizes a grower’s return on investment. We have worked for the past five years to develop, test, and refine product specific equations for 98G and SO4 to allow incorporation into VRT systems.  Given the wide scope of the VRT software industry, we are able to work directly with retailers and/or software companies to make sure…
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