Date: August 2, 2017
“The Soil-Turf-Phosphorus-Environment Connection” Mary Owen
8:30 to 9:30
Massachusetts regulates the application of phosphorus and other plant nutrients to “mitigate significant risks to human health and the environment.’ Turf managers play an important role in ensuring that the properties they manage are assets to the environmental health of our communities. This discussion aims to enable participants to do just that by increasing their understanding of:
- how phosphorus behaves in soil-turf-environment systems
- soil testing and P fertility
- P inputs from natural organic fertilizers and composts
- BMPs to maximize water quality
The MA state plant nutrient regulation as it applies to turf
Break 9:30 to 10:00
10:00 to 11:00 – Indoors
“Turf Weeds, 2017 Status Report and Where to from Here” Randy Prostak
Randy will review the 2017 weed patterns and trends. What are you experiencing out in the field this year? Are your management techniques working successfully? Bring your questions and observations.
11:00 to Noon – Outdoors
“Turf Weeds at Tower Hill and Solutions for Each” Randy Prostak
We will move outdoors to observe weeds in the lawns at Tower Hill and discuss treatments and solutions.
Lunch – Noon to 1:00
1:00 to 2:45
“Advancements in Lawn Fungicide Controls” Dr. Geunhwa Jung
Dr. Jung will review and discuss new fungicide chemistries on the market. Attendees will learn about methods for decreasing thatch, dollar spot and pink snow mold, these will include biological, IPM and new cultural practices including rolling Methods for maximizing fungicide efficacy will be addressed.
At completion of talks: Dispense Credits 4.5 – credits approved