Researchers Reverse Metabolic Resistance to Pre-emergent Herbicide

     In a discovery that is welcoming news to many grain growers, an organo-phosphate insecticide known as phorate has been shown to reverse metabolic resistance to the pre-emergent, soil-applied herbicide trifluralin.

Annual Rye Grass was looked at in the study. covercrops.cals.cornell.edu

Annual Rye Grass was looked at in the study. covercrops.cals.cornell.edu

     This is great news, but research is still preliminary. "It's a proof of concept," said Roberto Busi, research fellow at the University of Western Australia and researcher at the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative. "It is not by any means that we are recommending just yet the practice with the specific insecticide or herbicide that we have been working with, but it is a great and important proof of concept that we can reverse resistance to soil applied herbicide."

     "The research into new herbicide molecules or in particular herbicide modes of action, is very much decreasing, so we have to achieve more, we have to do more with what we already have. That isn't easy, that is why we have to do intensive research to basically allow farmers to still be able to rely on tools that are simple to use, simple to adopt but they may have an improve [sic]efficacy."

     For the full article from abc.net.au, click here or on the link available below.

Magnetized Water, Reduced Irrigation

     With droughts predicted to worsen in the coming years, the golf industry is on the lookout for new, economical ways to increase water efficiency. And one study, "The Effects of Magnet Treated Irrigation Water on Kentucky Bluegrass in a Greenhouse Environment," documented a 20% reduction in the amount of water needed to sustain healthy turf when a magnetized irrigation treatment was used. 

     To put that into context, the U.S. golf industry uses around 2.08 billion gallons of water daily; if all courses began using the magnetized water, that would put potential annual savings at 151,850 billion gallons. 

     "Being a golf course superintendent for 30 years, I was somewhat skeptical at first," said Dean Piller, superintendent at Cordova Bay Golf Course, Vancouver Island, B.C. "So I decided to run a few informal tests here at Cordova Bay before I made any real investment in the products, and I was happily surprised at the results we got. With the Magnation treatment, soil moisture and overall chemistry was enhanced, hydro-phobic turf was restored to a healthy state and dry patches disappeared.... Our irrigation run times were 80,000 gallons less per night; a 2.5 million gallons savings of water per month."

     The basic principle behind the magnetized water, according to the article, is the restructuring of water molecules into very small clusters, each made up of six symmetrically organized molecules. This allows for easier entry into turf cell membranes, hydrating turf more effectively

Digital Turf Graphics Move to Golf

New Grounds Technology at the Kentucky Derby. This particular design is 150ft tall. Image Credit: prweb.com

New Grounds Technology at the Kentucky Derby. This particular design is 150ft tall. Image Credit: prweb.com

     With its professional debut during the San Francisco Giants' home opener game against the L.A. Dodgers on April 9, 2016, New Ground Technology's turf graphics have since been commonly seen in the outfields at Major League Baseball games, and founder Pete Davis is ready to bring it to the Golf Course.

    Using a laser-based GPS system and mobile receivers, TurfPrinter digital lawn imaging can "paint" an image in about an hour (and then erase the same image in roughly the same time). Using air to bend the turf (which creates the light/dark contrast needed to create designs), the device really is deceptively simple.

     "I came up with [the idea] several years ago, looking at a baseball field," said Davis. "I saw the light and dark stripes, and I went, 'that's really powerful; that contrast is amazing. If I can just figure out a way to put those light and dark stripes down into small squares, where you can get the reflective light to shine into the fans' eyes-- that's where I came up with [the idea]."

     For the full article from yahoo sports, click here or on the link available below.

A Golf Slasher Film?

     Yes, and Alex Myers from Golf Digest could hardly believe it (check out his article here, which includes a synopsis of the film, or through the link below). Starring baseball player John Rocker, The Greenskeeper released in 2002 to little media attention and generally unfavorable reviews. However, it's a golf-related slasher film and slasher films in general don't receive favorable reviews (it's often the cheesier the better when it comes to the genre).

     If you're interested (or just bored), you're in luck; The Greenskeeper is currently available in full on YouTube.  

 
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