The power of water: Wetting agent trials and technology

10:00AM - 10:45AM, 24 Jan 2024

This seminar will detail how golf course managers can utilise the latest wetting agent technology to unlock the power of water for turf management, to provide the best quality playing surface. It will illustrate key findings from the latest in-depth research trials at leading UK golf course venues and independent trial stations carried out by ICL.

Dr Andy Owen is a sports turf agronomist and soil scientist who has previously worked as a researcher at the STRI and a lecturer at Myerscough College. Henry Bechelet has been in the turf industry for over 25 years, originally training as an agricultural agronomist before joining the turfgrass industry.

Learning outcomes:

  • The importance of water for healthy turf management
  • How good moisture management leads to better playing surface performance
  • Evaluate wetting agent technologies and their mode of action for the management of water in a golf green rootzone
  • Appraise applied field trials testing wetting agent technologies for turfgrass management

Presented by:

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Dr Andy Owen

International Technical Manager ICL Turf & Landscape

Dr Andy Owen is ICL lnternational Technical Manager for its turf and landscape business. Andy is a soil scientist and agronomist with a Ph.D. from the University of Wales in Bangor.

Prior to joining ICL he was a sports turf lecturer at Myerscough College developing and delivering industry-focussed degree level courses to distance learning and in-college students.

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Henry Bechelet

Technical Manager ICL Turf & Landscape

Henry Bechelet is Technical Sales Manager for ICL Growing Solutions, Turf and Landscape Division in the UK & Ireland. Henry has been in the turf industry for over 25 years. He originally trained as an agricultural agronomist but then joined the turfgrass industry as a trainee agronomist in the early 90’s. Henry has spent roughly half his career engaged in independent consultancy and the other half on the commercial side of the industry.



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