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Wear Tolerance in Turfgrass

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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 traffic and maintenance operations’ vehicle traffic.

Turfgrass species in warm-season environments

In warm-season settings, hybrid Bermuda grasses are often chosen for both sports and golf applications as it has excellent wear tolerance, recuperative ability, and certain dwarf-type cultivars can tolerate low mowing heights for greens. 

Impact of maintenance programs

Aside from species selection and the traffic environment, your maintenance program can have a significant impact on the overall traffic tolerance of your turfgrass stand. Reducing compaction and closely monitoring your fertility program will maximize the inherent wear tolerance of your stand. Compaction has negative consequences on the root system and can result in quicker wearing of the leaf tissue. 

Ensuring the right amount of nitrogen and potassium promotes recuperative growth and enhanced wear tolerance. However, too much nitrogen can reduce wear tolerance by making the leaf tissue more succulent.

Impact of soil types

Depending on the soil type, it may be necessary for you to pay even closer attention to the fertility program. In sand-based root zones on golf courses or athletic fields, there is less exchange capacity, and therefore, less nutrients available in the soil. Cations such as calcium, magnesium and potassium have fewer sites to attach to and with the coarse nature of the sandy soil texture, anions such as nitrate and sulfate can be easily leached from the profile before plants can access them. 

Establishing nutrient goals (in lbs/1000 ft2)  based on recommendations from your local extension specialist will ensure the best possible growing environment to display the wear tolerance characteristics of your turfgrass stand.

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Implement 98G and SO4 Equations into Your VRT System

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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 our equations are correctly incorporated into their specific VRT system. 

The best way to incorporate our equations into your VRT system is to simply reach out to me and get the conversation started. We will need to know which system you are using and who is responsible for entering equations. Once we gather this info, the process is generally very quick and seamless. We are happy to provide background on how the equations were developed and the equations themselves. We also offer calculators based on these equations that show how the equations provide recommendations prior to incorporation into the VRT system.

We have had tremendous success merging our product equations into customers’ VRT systems, which has helped put our products into consideration when talking with growers about maximizing soil fertility. We look forward to more of you reaching out to get this process started.

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Growing our Sales and Technical Support Team

At Calcium Products, we believe in the value of strong, long-term relationships that are built on trust. As we look to grow our business and provide top-notch customer support, we’re investing in growing our team in a way that will best serve our customers.

I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve welcomed three new territory sales managers to our team.

Scott Hall, Territory Sales Manager – Northern Illinois

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Scott Hall brings 20 years of agriculture sales and business development experience to the Calcium Products team. Most recently, Scott worked as a Sr Technical Sales Specialist for Bayer Crop Science. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Western Illinois. Scott has an agronomy degree from Western Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Iowa. When Scott is not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys boating and fishing in southeast Alaska. Scott resides near Geneseo, IL.

Ritchie Schaefer, Territory Sales Manager – Minnesota 

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Ritchie Schaefer started his career working six years in ag retail as a precision ag specialist and agronomist for Crystal Valley Coop in Minnesota. He most recently worked as an account manager for Aglytix, a small precision ag software company in Mankato, MN. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 2010. Ritchie is active in his community of Mankato, MN, including serving as a board member for his county Farm Bureau. Ritchie is passionate about his work and also enjoys hunting and fishing.

Brian Easland, Territory Sales Manager – Nebraska & Kansas

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Brian has over 20 years of ag sales and marketing experience collaborating with growers, retailers, consultants and distributors.  He earned his ag economics/ag business degree from South Dakota State University in 1994. He recently managed his own crop consulting business, and also worked with Syngenta Crop Protection in northeast Nebraska for nine years. He worked for Agrilliance (now Winfield United ) for eight years in North Dakota and Nebraska. In addition, he has held his CCA certification for 18 years in North Dakota and Nebraska.  Brian is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys sports and his kids’ activities.  He lives with his wife and two children near Norfolk, NE.

Glen Howell, Technical Sales Agronomist

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With the addition of Brian Easland in Nebraska, we will be transitioning Glen Howell from a Territory Sales Manager to a Technical Sales Agronomist supporting customers throughout our sales territories.

Glen started with Calcium Products in 2008 bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in row-crop production. Glen farmed for more than 10 years until 2004 while also selling and servicing ag and construction GPS equipment for 3 ½ years. Prior to joining the Calcium Products team, Glen worked in ag retail for almost five years as a sales agronomist, location manager and agronomy manager. Glen holds two degrees in agronomy and crop science; he graduated from Iowa State University with his bachelor’s in 1993 and completed his master’s in 2013. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA).

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