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2018 Michigan Turfgrass Conference

  • 03 Jan 2018
  • 05 Jan 2018
  • Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Registration

  • One day conference registration for educational sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 3
  • One day registration for educational sessions and the vendor half-time show on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
  • One day conference registration for educational sessions on Friday, Jan. 5.
  • Full conference registration includes three days of educational programming and the vendor half-time show on Thursday afternoon.
  • Program at the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center - lunch included in registration
  • Program at the Hancock Turf Research Center - lunch included with registration.
  • Program at the Hancock Turf Research Center - lunch included with registration.

Register

Hotel reservations at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center can be made using the group code 1712MITUUU to receive a room rate of $111/night. Please reserve hotel rooms by Dec. 13, 2017.

MDARD pesticide recertification credits available in Comm. Core, Priv. Core, 3A, 3B, and 6. Wednesday 4 credits, Thursday 6 credits, Friday 7 credits. 

GCSAA education points: 1.75

Indiana CCHs available in categories 3A (2 CCHs), 3B (10 CCHs), and RT (4 CCHs)

January 3 Golf Session  (4 MDARD credits, 0.60 GCSAA education points)

9:00 AM     Balancing Work and Family Life – Lisa Goatley, Cascade Group; and Dr. Mike Goatley, Virginia Tech University

10:45 AM   The History of the St. Andrews Links – Gordon Moir, St. Andrews Links

12:00 PM   Lunch

1:30 PM     Turfgrass Pathology Research Update - Dr. Joe Vargas, MSU

2:00 PM    Michigan Golf Course Renovations: What We've Learned in the Last 5 Years – Dr. Trey Rogers, MSU

2:30 PM     Pythium root dysfunction: symptoms and treatment options - Dr. Nathaniel Mitkowski (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

3:30 PM     Tournament Preparation at St. Andrews – Gordon Moir, St.   Andrews Links

4:30 PM    Annual Meetings MiGCSA and MTF

Jan. 3 Lawns, Grounds, and Athletic Fields Session  (4 MDARD credits)

10:45 AM   Tips for Eradicating Difficult to Control Weeds – Aaron   Hathaway, MSU (1.25 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

12:00 PM   Lunch

1:30 PM     Dealing with Difficult People – Lisa Goatley, Cascade Group

2:30 PM     BMP’s in Sports Field Management – Dr. Mike Goatley, Virginia   Tech University  (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

3:30 PM     Landscape Weed Bed Control – Dr. David Gardner, The Ohio   State University  (1 Indiana CCHs in 3A and RT)

4:30 PM    Annual Meetings MiGCSA and MTF

January 3: Equipment Technicians Session (Hancock Turfgrass Research Center)

8:00 – 8:30 Registration/Coffee & Donuts

8:30 – 10:15   Jacobsen 322 hybrid technology  & “Jacobsen TRU-SET” cutting head - Dean Morison, Jacobsen Product Support

10:15 – 10:30  Break

10:30 – 11:30  Troubleshooting Turf Equipment - John Garlets and Tom Burke, Spartan Distributors, Sparta Michigan                                             

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:30 Troubleshooting Turf Equipment Continued - John Garlets and Tom Burke, Spartan Distributors, Sparta Michigan

January 4: Golf Nematode Session (3 MDARD credits, 0.50 GCSAA education points for entire day)                          

8:00 AM     Introduction – Dr. George Bird, MSU

8:10 AM     What are Nematodes? – Dr. Robert Wick, UMASS  (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

8:50 AM    Nematode Damage and Determining Thresholds – Dr. Nathaniel Mitkowski, Univ. Rhode Island (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

9:40 AM     Golf Course Nematicides, the Florida Experience – Dr. Billy   Crow, Univ. Florida (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

10:40 AM   Hey! It Might be Nematodes (redux) – Fred Warner, MSU

11:00 AM   Lunch

Golf Session (3 MDARD credits)

12:30 PM  Art of Application: Beyond Basics Part 1 – Ryan Beauchamp, Syngenta  (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

1:30 PM    WALES Tank Mixing and Critical Factors for Ensuring Pesticide Efficacy: Beyond Basics Part 2 – Ryan Beauchamp, Syngenta (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

2:30 PM     Pigments and UV Light – Dr. Ed Nangle, The Ohio State University

3:30 PM     Scholarship Awards   

4:00 PM     Vendor Half-Time Show (Big Ten A-C)

January 4: Lawns, Grounds, and Athletic Fields Session (6 MDARD credits)

8:00 AM    Buying Seed – Coated Seed or Not? – Wayne Horman, Landmark Seed

9:00 AM     Competition Kills – Dr. Mike Goatley, Virginia Tech University

10:00 AM   Herbicides for Establishing Turfgrass – Dr. David Gardner, The Ohio State University (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

11:00 AM  Lunch

12:30 PM  From Idea to Shelf: 150 Years of Product Innovation at Scotts MiracleGro – Dr. Phil Dwyer, Scotts MiracleGro

1:30 PM    Understanding  Fertilizer Technologies to Optimize Turfgrass Performance – Dr. Eric Miltner, Koch Industries (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

2:30 PM     Selecting Kentucky bluegrass based on family types for different turf uses – Wayne Horman, Landmark Seed

3:30 PM     Scholarship Awards (Auditorium)

4:00 PM     Vendor Half-Time Show (Big Ten A-C)       

January 4: Assistant Golf Course Superintendents Session (3 MDARD credits)

12:30 PM Common Sense Budgeting Tips - Speaker TBD

1:30 PM   Managing a Crew, Turf, and Time: Perspectives from an Asst. Superintendent - Tim Matty, CC of Detroit

2:00 PM Tournament Preparation for the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield CC - Katie Hefron

2:30 PM     Tournament Preparation for the Majors – Dr. Phil Dwyer, Scotts MiracleGro

3:30 PM     Scholarship Awards (Auditorium)

4:00 PM    Vendor Half-Time Show (Big Ten A-C)

January 4: Equipment Technicians Session (Hancock Turfgrass Research Center)

8:00 – 8:30 Registration/Coffee & Donuts

8:30 – 10:00   Best practices toward maintenance and quick troubleshooting of EZ-GO Jacobsen Utility Vehicles – Dave Horn, Jacobsen Product Support

Open Table Discussions

10:00 – 10:15  Break

10:15- 11:30  Tips and Tricks for Shop Organization - Dave Ertl, Equipment Technician, Traverse City Golf & Country Club

Technicians: Bring in your Ideas and Experiences

And share with Fellow Technicians, Open Table

11:30 – 12:30  Lunch

12:30 – 2:00    Quality of Cut and After Cut Appearance: What to do and what not to do – John Garlets and Tom Burke, Spartan Distributors

January 5: Golf Session (4 MDARD credits, 0.65 GCSAA education points for entire day)

8:00 AM    Rapid Fire Research Updates – Dr. Thom Nikolai, Aaron   Hathaway, Kevin Laskowski, Jacob Bravo, and Dr. Kevin Frank, MSU

9:00 AM    Wetting Agents and Playability – Dr. Ed Nangle, The Ohio State University

10:00 AM  More questions than answers - high performance putting surface management - Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

 11:00 AM  Physiology Research Update - Dr. Emily Merewitz, MSU

11:30 AM   Biocontrol of Japanese Beetle Research Update – Dr. David Smitley and Mick Piombino, MSU

12:00 PM  Lunch                                

Innovative Golf Course Superintendents Session (3 MDARD credits)

1:30 PM     Goats, Gardens, and Grass – Craig McKinley, Bucks Run GC

2:00 PM     Using a Pesticide Mix Tank to Save Time – Eric Rank, Chikaming       CC

2:30 PM     A New, Old Look: Construction of the South Course at Arcadia   Bluffs GC – Jim Bluck and Ryan Williams, Arcadia Bluffs GC

3:00 PM    On Course with Fat Tire Biking - Craig Kooengia, Indian Trails GC

3:30 PM    Barton Hills CC Golf Course Renovation – Colin Seaberg, Barton   Hills CC

4:00 PM    Renovations at Cascade Hills CC – Brett Zander and Orville Davis, Cascade Hills CC

4:30 PM    Adjourn

January 5: Athletic Fields Session (7 MDARD credits)

8:00 AM          What have we learned from 6 years of pesticide ban on K-12 playing fields - Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell

9:00 AM          In Season Plant Growth Regulators: High Risk or High Reward? – Keith Winter, Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball

10:00 AM       Disease Management for Athletic Fields – Nancy Dykema, MSU (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

 11:00 AM       MiSTMA Field of the Year Presentation

12:00 PM       Lunch

1:30 PM         Planning for Natural Disasters – Amy Fouty and Jared Noodle, MSU

2:30 PM   Field Renovations and Management Programs at Cooley Law School Stadium - Zach Severns, Lansing Lugnuts

3:30 PM Tips and Tricks for Renovating Athletic Fields - Dar Howard, Residex, Performance Sports Turf  

4:30 PM         Adjourn

January 5: Lawn Care and Grounds (7 MDARD credits)

8:00 AM          Michigan Pesticide Regulatory Update – Molly Mott, Pesticide Enforcement Specialist, MDARD (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

9:00 AM          Biocontrol of Japanese Beetles and Strategies for Managing Damaging Insects in Lawns – Dr. David Smitley and Mick Piombino (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

10:00 AM       Landscape Management: Fertilizing, Pruning, and Bed Maintenance - Dr. Robert Schutzki, MSU

11:00 AM       Michigan’s Major Tree Problems in 2018 – Dr. Dave Roberts, MSU (1 Indiana CCHs in 3A and RT)

12:00 PM       Lunch

1:30 PM         Weeds and Seeds: developing alternatives to traditional herbicides - Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell (1 Indiana CCHs in 3B and RT)

2:30 PM         Soils 101: pH, liming, CEC, and textural discontinuities – Dr. Jim Crum, MSU

3:30 PM         The Science and Practical Implications of Soil Testing – Jon Dahl, MSU

4:30 PM         Adjourn


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