Continue to Learn Conference 2022 - Tuesday

Main Auditorium & Queens Suite - Harrogate Convention Centre
9:00AM - 5:00PM, 25 Jan 2022

Day 2 of a 3 Day Continue to Learn Conference at BTME 2022

Phosphite for turfgrass management

Phosphite has been used in the turfgrass industry for many years, on its own or as part of a nutritional programme. This session will explain exactly what it is, how it is best used in a programme, results of field trials looking at its ability to suppress disease and relieve abiotic stresses. Phosphite’s disease suppressive abilities, its uptake following foliar application to turfgrass and its effect on growth and development will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What phosphite is and its use in turfgrass
  • How to incorporate it in nutritional programmes to achieve disease suppression with enhanced turfgrass quality
  • How phosphite effects the growth of fungal pathogens and how it can stimulate turfgrass defence responses
  • How phosphite is taken in and translocated through the plant
  • How phosphite can have both a detrimental and beneficial effect on turfgrass growth and development

Presented by: Presented by Dr John Dempsey, Turfgrass Pathologist, Independent Turfgrass Research



Golf Course 2030 ‑ Grass selection

Choosing the best adapted and sustainable grasses for our golf courses is a key part of producing high quality playing surfaces. Whether you are growing‑in new surfaces, overseeding or carrying out divot repair, the process of selecting the optimum species for your surface is critical. This also needs to factor in the ever changing scenarios we can expect as a result of climate change, resource availability and levels of play. This session will focus on the what we need to consider when we are selecting grasses for different areas of the golf course and how grass selection will need to react to potential challenges.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The importance of grass selection
  • What factors need to be considered when selecting grasses
  • How grass selection needs to be tailored to individual golf courses
  • How grass selection is a key component of meeting the challenges of climate change and resource availability now and in the future

Presented by: Dr Christian Spring, Research Operations Manager, STRI Group


Drone technology to assess plant health

Technology is constantly evolving and slowly making its way to the turfgrass industry. Assessment tools like normalised difference vegetative index (NDVI) and thermal cameras can allow us to “visualise” plant stress in advance of when our eyes see the problem.

This session will discuss the tools that are currently available, the constraints and limitations to collecting this data and the overwhelming hindrance of interpreting and making decisions based on this data.

Learning Outcomes;

  • How to use the tools to rapidly capture and document challenges
  • Combining with other technology (e.g. GPS sprayers)
  • Develop plant health maps to manage and reduce inputs to maintain healthy turfgrass swards

Presented by: Dr John Kaminski, Professor & Associate Department Head of the Department of Plant Science, Penn State University


The “ALL ONE” greenkeeping management philosophy

This session will provide an insight of a greenkeeping-specific management philosophy that can help to create a dynamic team.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Become a team player   
  • Effective communication
  • People skills
  • Motivational
  • Improved performance
  • Enlightened

Presented by: John McLoughlin, Course Manager, Wallasey Golf Club


Putting green surface management

This session will look at putting green surface management, discussing clipping yield, MLSN vs. SLAN (soil nutrient testing interpretation and recommendations), brushing and grooming setup, equipment selection and mower set‑up.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Clipping yield
  • MLSN vs SLAN
  • Equipment selection and set up

Presented by: Paul Jacobs, Agronomist, USGA


That didn’t quite go to plan!

Taking a leap of faith on a short‑term contract isn’t for the faint hearted. In this session, hear about the trials and tribulations of undertaking a grow in, in a foreign country, in unprecedented times.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The grow in and interpreting the architect’s vision
  • Moving and working overseas
  • Effects on the family
  • The COVID‑19 curveball
  • Handling the cultural differences

Presented by: Presented by Lee Strutt MG CGCS MS



Golf Course 2030 ‑ Coastal management for a sustainable long‑term future

This session will introduce the Golf Course Coastal Management Plan produced to assist clubs in developing a plan that aligns with other coastal stakeholders and authorities. It will also launch the Golf Course Coastal Solutions Catalogue, presenting innovative and nature‑based solutions for coastal management.

In addition to the plan and the catalogue, the Ecosystems Benefits Management Tool will be discussed. A tool that enables course managers to establish what habitat types are present on their site, determine the conservation interests on the site, identify potential issues and solutions for the relevant habitat types.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How the golfing community can play its role in coastal management to secure a sustainable long‑term future
  • The aim of the Coastal Change Management Plan and how it can be developed
  • Innovative approaches that exist for nature‑based management of golf courses
  • Where innovative approaches might work, their advantages and disadvantages, and how the Catalogue and Tool can help with decision‑making
  • Potential ecosystems benefits that can be realised in the golf course management context
  • How golf courses can consider ecosystem benefits in management decisions and how the Ecosystem Benefits Management Tool can be used to support this

Presented by: Christine Adnitt, Victoria Clipsham and Jaap Flikweert,
Royal HaskoningDHV


A very muddy situation: Managing problematic earthworms on golf courses without chemicals

Earthworms aerate the soil, decompose organic matter and thatch layers and increase the availability of nutrients for plant uptake through deposition of nutrient‑rich fecal matter (“casts”) within the soil profile. However, their casts can be the bane of many turfgrass managers’ existence!

As one of the most poorly understood group of soil macrofauna, with no natural or synthetic compounds registered for their control, only cultural practices remain to decrease their casts, making the management of earthworms a very real challenge for turfgrass managers.

This session will look at the current research that is being conducted at Pennsylvania State University to find solutions to discouraging earthworm casting in fine turf through cultural practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Problematic earthworms species, their biology relating to casting severity and seasonal occurrence of different stages
  • Development of predictive models to determine environmental conditions and timings conducive to casting
  • Irrigation and the impact of moisture management on casting
  • The impact of topdressing on casting severity and trial findings
  • The impact of different fertilisers on casting
  • Fraise mowing impacts on earthworm cocoon abundance
  • Unconventional means of removal

Presented by: Dr Ben McGraw, Associate Professor, Turfgrass Science, Penn State University


Measuring sustainability, carbon balances and taking climate action at your golf course

This session will explore the most important measurements of sustainability and how golf courses can prove their enormous value to the environment and their communities. Discussing how to measure improvements and natural value, economic and resource effectiveness, social and community value as well as helping golf to take meaningful action against climate change. Based on data gathered from golf courses around the world to identify actions and steps to measure and improve sustainability.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Key measurements of a sustainable golf course and facility
  • What other courses and clubs around the world are doing to be more sustainable
  • How golf courses produce and offset carbon emissions
  • Develop a scorecard to measure your own course’s sustainability
  • Establish actions to improve your business and sustainability

Presented by: John Kemp, Engagement Manager, GEO Foundation



Golf Course 2030 ‑ Greenkeeper profile and education

What do other members of the golf club management team and golfers think about greenkeepers and greenkeeping? How can we raise the profile, recognition and respect for the profession? What may need to change in the curriculum to meet the challenges posed by GC2030?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Looking ahead ‑ what skills and competences are we going to need
  • How does current education measure up to the challenges?
  • How is the Golf Course 2030 context, and therefore the demands on greenkeepers, perceived by fellow golf industry professionals and golfers themselves?
  • What can we do?

Presented by: Dr Paul Miller, Programme Team Leader Golf Course Management, SRUC

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