This week:

  • Facing damage and recovery with Pam Charboneau
  • New growing degree day tracker
  • Early-season plant growth regulators
  • Tall fescue/perennial ryegrass

Week 1 – ShortCUTT for April 14, 2014

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nysgolfbmp.cals.cornell.edu homepageNew site: Best Management Practices for New York State Golf Courses.

As the stewards of golf courses in New York, superintendents are dedicated to protecting New York’s natural resources and embrace the responsibility to maintain these facilities in harmony with the natural environment. The golf industry has led the effort in establishing Best Management Practices (BMPs) for golf courses in New York State. These BMPs will help those in the golf industry work in concert with policymakers and regulators in a shared commitment to water quality protection.

Authors from Cornell University have integrated the latest research on BMPs specifically for New York’s climate and environment; however, neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut will benefit as well. The research-based, voluntary BMP guidelines are designed to protect and preserve New York’s water resources that enhance open space using current advances in golf turf management.

Golf courses and their supporting industries benefit New York State residents directly and indirectly:

  • Environmental benefits. Golf courses provide open space, and their well-managed  turfgrass protect water and other natural resources.
  • Economic benefits. The golf industry contributes more than $3 billion and 50,000 jobs annually to the state’s economy. Golf fundraisers also contribute approximately $100 million annually to charities across the state, funding countless diverse and worthy causes.
  • Recreational and health benefits. Golf courses provide excellent recreational and health benefits for golfers of all ages. A Swedish study found golfers who walk when playing live five years longer than non–golfers.

This effort to provide extensive guidance for environmental stewardship is being conducted in the best traditions of golf, as defined by golf’s inherent values: honesty, integrity, and fair play (including upholding the rules when no one is watching). These are core values of golf turf professionals and serve as the basis for this innovative environmental effort.

The new Cornell turfgrass YouTube playlist features Frank Rossi’s video podcasts, fun videos of sod sofa construction and more. You can view the playlist here.

Here’s one of the featured videos, a talk by Rossi about how to manage athletic fields to reduce injuries.

Golf Course Field Day at Bethpage State Park

  • Monday August 12, 2013 – 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, N.Y.

Turf specialists Frank Rossi, Department of Horticulture, and Jennifer Grant, NYS IPM Program, along with Golf Course Superintendents Andy Wilson, Eric Newell and Kathie Wegman, will lead a tour and discuss their thirteen years of applied research on reduced pesticide and fertilizer use.

Tour the Green Course at Bethpage State Park where conventional, IPM, and reduced-risk tactics for putting greens management are subject to an average 50,000 rounds of play per year.

Also discuss and see reduced-chemical tee, fairway and rough management; what happens when pre-emergent crabgrass applications or broadleaf herbicides are skipped; how zoysiagrass tees fair on Long Island; and the use of reduced risk and alternative pest management practices and products.

More information.

Scouting sports turf.The 2013 edition of the Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Turfgrass is now available online. This practical guide provides up-to-date pest management information for New York sod producers, landscapers, golf and sports turf managers, pesticide dealers, and others who advise those producing sod or maintaining turfgrass.

The guidelines are available online, or you can obtain copies through your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or directly from the Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) Educational Resources Distribution Center at Cornell University. To order go to https://psep.cce.cornell.edu/store/Guidelines/Item.aspx?Item=11. Cost for the Guidelines is $25.

This week:

  • Weather: 4th straight record-setting growing season
  • Seedhead suppression
  • Sports turf: repetitive overseeding
  • Bacterial etiolation
  • Tree leaves, budgests and passing the burden

Week 31 – ShortCUTT 2012 Season Summary

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This week:

  • Rough season for roughs
  • Extend the growing season
  • Landscape update
  • Dealing with tree leaves

Week 30 – ShortCUTT for October 22, 2012

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This week:

  • Tall fescue traffic update
  • Impacts of golf cart traffic on turf
  • Slit seed or broadcast when overseeding
  • Overseeding Kentucky bluegrass in sports turf
  • Garden center seed mixes
  • Does milky spore work?

Week 29 – ShortCUTT for October 1, 2012

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Recommended web resources:

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Comments or questions? Use the comments below (they are moderated and so they won’t appear immediately) or email Craig Cramer (cdc25@cornell.edu).

This week:

  • White grub update
  • Gray leaf spot
  • Does season influence nitrogen uptake?
  • Square One for veronica control?

Week 28 – ShortCUTT for September 24, 2012

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Recommended web resources:

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Comments or questions? Use the comments below (they are moderated and so they won’t appear immediately) or email Craig Cramer (cdc25@cornell.edu).

From Bob Portmess, Extension turf specialist rp325@cornell.edu

Tully Central Schools and Cornell University invite you to attend our Field Day at Tully High School on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 POSTPONED TO NOV. 27.

It has been over a year since the Child Safe Playing Field Act was passed. Our discussions will focus on reviewing the stipulations and interpretations of the law, how sports field conditions relate to injury, and an alternative management program to maintain fields without the use of pesticides.

7:30 am Registration (Coffee and Donuts)

8:00 The Child Safe Playing Field Act – Dr. Jennifer Grant

8:20 Relating Turf Conditions to Sports Injury – Dr. Frank Rossi

8:50 Break

9:00 THS Project: Presentation of Objectives, Methods and Costs – B.Portmess

10:00 Break

10:15 Walk the Fields

11:00 Product Demonstrations by Sponsors: Aerway, Bauer, Matrix Turf, Moffet Turf Equipment, Mountain View Seed Company, Northern Nurseries & WeCare Organics

Please confirm you intent to attend by emailing Bob Portmess at rp325@cornell.edu providing your name, school district and contact information.

All districts are welcome.

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