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Schedule at a Glance (PDF)

Schedule Overview

Wednesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 24, 2022
Time Event
8 to 9:20 a.m. Welcome and General Sessions
9:20 to 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Morning Sessions
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch Sessions
1:30 to 5 p.m. Concurrent Afternoon Sessions
5 p.m. OTS Networking

(GCSAA 1.4 Education Points)

Day One - Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Schedule at a Glance
Time Slot Session A Session B

8-8:15 a.m.

 

Welcome

Eric Lyons | Guelph Turfgrass Institute

8:15-9:15 a.m.

 

Research Update from the Guelph Turfgrass Institute

Sponsored by: Fiesta-Neudorff

John Watson & Sara Stricker | Guelph Turfgrass Institute, University of Guelph

(IPM CEC: 0.5 | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

9:20-9:30 a.m.

 

Diploma in Turfgrass Management Update

Cam Shaw | University of Guelph

Sports Turf Canada Updates

 

9:30-10:30 a.m.

 

Using Design as a Management Best Practice

Graham Cooke | Northern Golf Design

(IPM CEC: 0.5 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

Maintenance to Full Construction, This is How we Roll

Trevor Warner | City of Woodstock

(ORFA 1.0 CEC)

10:45-11:45 a.m.

 

Challenges and Progress in Using Probiotic Microbes to Improve Turf Health

Dr. Manish Raizada | University of Guelph

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

Supporting your Turf Program

Rory Doucette | City of Welland

(ORFA 1.0 CEC)

12:15-1:15 p.m.

 

Part 1: A Novel Field Assay to Detect Fungicide Resistance in the Dollar Spot Pathogen

Sponsored by: Simplistic Lines

Ed McNab | University of Guelph


Part 2: Detection of Sod Quality Using Ground Base LiDAR and Machine Learning

Arthur Rosenfield | University of Guelph

(CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC)

Hiring in Today's Competitive Job Market

Sponsored by: Nutrite

Chris Lemcke | Weed Man

(CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

 

Recognition and Cultural Management of Common Lawn Diseases

Tom Hsiang | University of Guelph

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

Want to go Far? Go Together! The Power of Checkoff Programs

Dr. Casey Reynolds | Turfgrass Producers International

(ORFA 1.0 CEC)

2:45-3:45 p.m.

 

BioTitan - A Bioinsecticide to the Rescue in Turfgrass

Catherine Bracquemont | Anatis Bioprotection

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

Phosphorus Application for Seedling Growth and Maturation

Eric Lyons | University of Guelph

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

4-5 p.m.

 

Athletic Field Paint Management

Adam Thoms | Iowa State University

(ORFA 1.0 CEC)

Grass Seed Shortages - Cause and Strategies to Overcome

Leah Brilman | DLF Pickseed

(ORFA 1.0 CEC)

Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks - 8-9:20 a.m.

Welcome - 8-8:15 a.m.

Eric Lyons | Guelph Turfgrass Institute

Research Update from the Guelph Turfgrass Institute - 8:15-9:15 a.m.

John Watson and Sara Stricker | Guelph Turfgrass Institute, University of Guelph

Concurrent Sessions - 9:20-9:30 a.m.

Diploma in Turfgrass Management Update

Cam Shaw | University of Guelph

Sports Turf Canada Updates

Concurrent Sessions - 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Using Design as a Management Best Practice

Graham Cooke | Northern Golf Design

Stream: Golf


The presentation will address how golf course design and course management need to be linked together to create a more sustainable product for the long term. It is essential that the course designer and the course superintendent are on the same path in regards to the numerous decisions on how a course will be built, shaped, drained, watered, grassed, and maintained. A clear understanding and proper cooperation of all the objectives and expectations of both architecture and course management will return a more desirable and manageable product.

When the course architecture team completes a golf course, they should be concerned that those left with the responsibility of course management have a product that meets their expectations.

Professionals working together can create wonderful results.


Graham Cooke.Graham Cooke is one of the most respected golf course architects in North America. Graham obtained his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Michigan State University in 1972 and formed his own golf course design company in 1973.  Since then, Graham Cooke & Associates has designed and overseen the construction of over 100 golf courses and has provided golf course design and renovation services for over 600 clients around the world. Couple that with the fact that he has been one of Canada’s top amateur players over the last three decades, and Graham brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to each project.

Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Graham Cooke & Associates has evolved into an international design firm. The Montreal-based architect has been working across Canada and in the United States, France, Finland, Croatia, Italy, India, Tunisia and Jordan.

In Ontario, he is known for having designed Willow Valley Golf Course near Mount Hope, Oliver’s Nest Golf and Country Club in Lindsay, and Piper’s Health in Milton, among others. He is also a three-time winner of Golf Digest magazine’s 'Best new Course in Canada' for Fox Harb’r in 2001, The Lynx at Kingswood Park in New Brunswick in 2003, and Dakota Dunes in 2005.

Email: grahamcooke@grahamcooke.ca
Website: Northern Golf Design


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Maintenance to Full Construction, This is How We Roll

Trevor Warner | City of Woodstock

Streams: Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities


This session will discuss the ups and downs when completing projects in-house. Daily and project challenges are discussed as well as what is needed to achieve day to day operations. Taking ownership of a project and pride in our work has proven successful on the completion of maintenance and full construction projects.


Trevor Warner.Trevor Warner was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play junior college baseball in Tennessee. His team was in charge of the maintenance and he enjoyed that type of work. This experience led him to the City of Welland as a summer student, to an internship with Warner’s Athletics Construction (no relation), to the Canadian Baseball League, to Mar-Co Clay Products, and to the City of Woodstock. This is his 22nd year in this career and counting.

Email: twarner@cityofwoodstock.ca


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Concurrent Sessions - 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Challenges and Progress in Using Probiotic Microbes to Improve Turf Health

Manish Raizada | University of Guelph

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care, Nursery Sod


Bacteria evolved two billion years before plants, and an argument could be made that bacteria evolved plant life to harvest nutrients from vast roots and sunlight from leaves—to ultimately feed bacteria. Indeed, today, plants and the rhizosphere host billions of bacterial cells. Viewed from the perspective that bacteria may partially control plant life, then it is noteworthy that bacterial sprays (biologicals) have been shown to stimulate plant host defence responses, secrete hormones shared by plants, and directly combat plant pathogens.

I will share progress by my lab in probiotic bacteria used to combat turf fungal diseases including dollar spot, to kill competitors such as dandelion, and to promote overall vigor (root, shoot growth) under low nutrient environments.


Manish RaizadaManish Raizada received his B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario, PhD in plant molecular genetics from Stanford University, and conducted postdoctoral training in microbial engineering with Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold at Caltech.

He has co-authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications. He runs a research lab at the University of Guelph focused on the discovery and testing of beneficial microbes to assist crops including turfgrass. His research group also works to develop sustainable agriculture kits for smallholder farmers in developing nations, which has thus far impacted 272,000 people.

Email:  raizada@uoguelph.ca


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Supporting Your Turf Program

Rory Doucette | City of Welland

Streams: Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities


As an industry we have spent a lot of time discussing the cultural practices, policies and procedures for having a successful pitch (soccer or cricket) in a municipal environment.  These things take a heavy investment of not only capital money, labour and equipment, but a substantial buy in from your council and senior management team. It is this last piece that is overlooked by our group and can be supported from all levels of our municipal teams. That is correct, even your newest front-line employee can have an impact on the overall success of your programs.

This presentation will help focus and hopefully inspire our group to work outside of the box and activate our stakeholders to promote our cultural practices and increase investment in what we do. This will allow us to provide top tier soccer pitches across the province, make Ontario a destination for national tournaments, and set an example in Canada. This is a slow and arduous journey to change the mindsets and historical responses while we fight for a larger piece of the pie, but it can be done and every step forward is closer to your goals. To quote the American poet Katha Pollitt, "Every inch of progress is won in struggle."


Rory Doucette.Rory Doucette is a lifelong student of turfgrass with a long and progressively increasing role within two municipalities over the last two decades.

He started with the family landscaping business at the age of 13 and gained his knowledge through the school of hard knocks. His municipal career had him starting as a student employee for the Town of Oakville and he progressed through the ranks from the asphalt crew, heavy equipment operator, and lastly, a sports turf employee—becoming the lead hand of sportsfields and eventually the Supervisor of Cemetery Services.

Always working to expand his impact in the sports turf industry, Doucette has been a long-time supporter of Sports Turf Canada and currently sits on the board of directors. For the past three years, he has been the Manager of Parks Operations and Cemetery Services for the City of Waterloo, and is currently the Manager of Parks Operations and Open Spaces with the City of Welland.

Spending time at Lakehead University and, more recently, York University's Schulich School of Business, Doucette has been honing the administrative faculties to navigate the many layers of municipal governance. He has been involved in shifting and defining the culture in which his teams operate and are funded.

Email: rory.doucette@welland.ca


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Concurrent Sessions - 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Part 1: A Novel Field Assay to Detect Fungicide Resistance in the Dollar Spot Pathogen

Edward McNabb | University of Guelph

This is a pre-recorded session. The speaker will be available for Q&A.


Since the registration of DMI fungicides for use against turfgrass diseases in Canada in 1994, superintendents and researchers have noted a decline in effiacay of these products in the field. Previous research has identified isolates of the fungus causing dollar spot that are 100 times less sensitive to propiconazole than those collected before DMI's were registered. A key step in integrated pest management is early identification of resistant populations followed by the adjustment of control methods.

Currently, identification of fungicide-resistant samples is a time-consuming and expensive multi-step process—which includes collecting diseased grass, isolating the pathogen, and testing for fungicide sensitivity in a lab.

This research project focuses on the development of a new toolkit for turf managers to assess the sensitivity of fungi without the complicated steps. This field kit can produce a clear visual distinction between DMI-sensitive and DMI-resistant isolates of Clarireedia jacksonii, the pathogen causing dollar spot.

After preliminary testing in the lab and field, we intend to release test kits to superintendents for them to evaluate their propiconazole sensitivity at golf courses across Ontario. The projected lauch date of the final version of this fungicide resistance assessment kit is Winter 2022.

This research is funded by the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation.


Ed McNab.Ed McNab is a master of science student in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He holds an honours bachelor of science degree, with a major in biochemistry. Ed grew up in Acton Ontario, where he worked as an assistant turf manager at Acton Golf Club.

Ed's primary research project is to develop a field assay for turf managers to assess the sensitivity instances of the dollar spot fungus on their turf to DMI fungicides. The project began in 2020 and is being supervised by Dr. Tom Hsiang.

In addition to the field kit, Ed has also worked on microbiome analysis of creeping bentgrass and is also looking at the genes responsible for DMI resistance in the dollar spot fungus.

Email: emcnab@uoguelph.ca


Part 2: Detection of Sod Quality Using Ground Base LiDAR and Machine Learning

Arthur Rosenfield | University of Guelph

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Sod Producers

This is a pre-recorded session. The speaker will be available for Q&A.


Light detection and ranging (LiDAR), also known as "3D laser scanning", is a new technology that uses laser beams to create a 3-dimensional topographical map of a surface. The Turf Canopy Scanner is a device developed at the University of Guelph that uses LiDAR sensors mounted onto a rover to scan the turf as it drives.

Using machine learning, we can create predictions for the rate of growth, fill-in, and harvestability of sod. The Turf Canopy Sensor is able to measure height variation and indicate bare patches in the turf, while the algorithm maps changes over time.


Arthur Rosenfield.Arthur Rosenfield is a master of applied science student in the School of Engineering, researching the field of environmental engineering in conjunction with the Guelph Turfgrass Institute.

Arthur completed an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Guelph in 2020.

Email: arosenfi@gmail.com

 

 

 

 


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Hiring in Today's Competitive Job Market

Chris Lemcke | Weed Man

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care, Nursery Sod


Finding employees continues to be a top concern among small businesses in all industries, and for good reason. Finding and retaining the best employees is the only way to grow the future of your organization. To succeed, lawn care companies will need to re-examine their hiring strategies. Understanding the candidate’s mindset will help determine how to find them, engage them, and keep them for the long haul. In many cases, this means altering your approach and mindset.


Chris Lemcke.Chris Lemcke has been in the lawn care industry since 1993. After graduating from the University of Ottawa, Lemcke and his wife, Jennifer Lemcke, began running the local Weed Man franchise in Ottawa. After growing the business for six years, they moved to the GTA area to run the Scarborough Weed Man.

Lemcke later became the technical director for Turf Operations Inc., the company that runs the Canadian Weed Man Franchisees.

In 2013 Lemcke joined his wife Jennifer and became the technical director of Turf Holdings Inc., which runs the US Weed Man.

In 2018, after buying the Weed Man rights from Brenda Rice, Lemcke became the technical director for all of Weed Man.

Email: chris.lemcke@weedmanusa.com


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Concurrent Sessions - 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Recognition and Cultural Management of Common Lawn Diseases

Tom Hsiang | University of Guelph

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care

This session is not recorded.


A lawn may differ from other turfgrass uses in that it usually is exposed to much less wear stress and is usually grown under high or low fertility conditions, with constant or infrequent irrigation depending on homeowner. This type of turf has disease problems that may be different from those found on sports fields or golf courses.

This presentation will focus on some major disease problems of turfgrasses used in lawns such as rusts, necrotic ring spot, fairy ring (magical mushrooms?), and snow molds/winter damage. I’ll discuss some of the recent research on the biology and management of these diseases with an emphasis on cultural controls.


Dr. Tom Hsiang.Dr. Tom Hsiang is a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, specializing in fungal diseases of plants.

Before arriving in Guelph, Hsiang worked on tree and landscape plant diseases in Washington State, where he obtained his PhD (University of Washington) and conducted post-doctoral studies (Washington State University).

Hsiang is from Vancouver and obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Forest Biology & Pathology at the University of British Columbia. His current teaching and research involve diseases of trees and turfgrasses, particularly biology of fungal pathogens as well as disease management. He has done extensive work with snow molds of grasses.

Email: thsiang@uoguelph.ca


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Want to go Far? Go Together! The Power of Checkoff Programs

Casey Reynolds | Turfgrass Producers International

Stream: Sod Producers


Many of us encounter a checkoff every single day and don’t even realize it. Whether it’s filling up the truck with soy biodiesel, biting into a juicy hamburger or putting on a new cotton t-shirt, checkoffs have been at work, ensuring that agricultural products are top of mind and used all around the world.

Natural grass sod farmers in the United States have been exploring the idea of a checkoff program since 2017. “Checkoff” programs, formally known as Research and Promotion programs, allow farmers to pool resources to perform research and promotion programs for agricultural commodities. There are currently 22 checkoff programs that have a history of increasing value through protecting and growing markets, conducting research, and more.

This session will discuss what a US Sod Checkoff program could look like and what type of positive impact it could have on promoting natural grass, and all of the supporting green industries as well.


Dr. Casey Reynolds.Dr. Casey Reynolds has been the executive director of Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) since May 2017. Prior to that, he served as assistant professor and extension specialist at Texas A&M University, and as a researcher at North Carolina State University.

Reynolds is a passionate advocate for the many benefits of natural grass in urban and suburban environments worldwide. Since joining TPI in 2017, he has been the author or co-author of over 200 written publications and an invited speaker at 55 events in 5 countries and 14 US states.

 

Email: CReynolds@TurfgrassSod.org
Twitter: @TPITurfTalk
Website: Turfgrass Producers International


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Concurrent Sessions - 2:45-3:45 p.m.

BioTitan, a Bioinsecticide to the Rescue in Turfgrass

Catherine Bracquemont | Anatis Bioprotection

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care


This presentation highlights the mode of action and efficacy of a new bioinsecticide product which is based on Beauveria bassiana. This fungus has the capacity to manage a variety of insects, including chinch bugs and grubs in turfgrass. The application of biological control products can reduce the number of insecticide applications and can be an integral part of integrated pest management.

This is a pre-recorded session. The speaker will be available for Q&A.


Catherine Bracquemont.Catherine Bracquemont is an agronomist, and a graduate of Laval University, Québec. Since 2004, she has worked as a representative for agricultural producers in cash crops and horticulture.

During the last year, Bracquemont joined the Anatis Bioprotection team in order to help with business growth, specifically with bioinsecticides.

Email: cbracquemont@anatisbioprotection.com
Twitter: @anatisbioprotec
Website: Anatis Bioprotection

 


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Phosphorus Application for Seedling Growth and Maturation

Eric Lyons | University of Guelph

Stream: Sod Producers


Proper seeding and fertilization are crucial in establishment, maturation, and development of a sod crop. This session will review the current knowledge about how phosphorus fertilization impacts seedling development and sod maturation considering cultivar and species differences in establishment and maturity. Proper seedling establishment is crucial for preventing weed encroachment and increasing survival of winter and subsequent droughts. The impact on phosphorus fertilizer on maturation time will also be discussed.


Dr. Eric Lyons.Dr. Eric Lyons is an associate professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, and Director of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Lyons specializes in nutrient management, stress physiology and plant competition in sports field, golf course, and landscape turf. In addition, Dr. Lyons oversees extensive testing of new emerging products for turfgrass managers and focuses on outreach and education to further the turfgrass industry.

Email: elyons@uoguelph.ca
Twitter: @CanadaTurfDoc
Website: Guelph Turfgrass Institute

 


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Concurrent Sessions - 4-5 p.m.

Athletic Field Paint Management

Adam Thoms | Iowa State University

Streams: Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities

This is a pre-recorded session. The speaker will be available for Q&A.


Painting athletic fields is a necessary evil that every athletic field manager must carry out. Repeated paint applications can build up in the root zone and slow drainage. The paint also limits how the turfgrass can create carbohydrates for food.

Paint buildup in the root zone will be discussed as well as how to remediate it. Discussion will center on both the nozzle and pressures used for application as well as the root zone management under the heavily painted areas.

Additionally, I will present data on how non-turfgrasses such as clover and crabgrass handle athletic field paint compared to turfgrasses.

Finally, there will be a discussion on how to improve water movement in the root zone by avoiding layering.


Adam Thoms is an assistant professor of commercial turfgrass at Iowa State University and the state turfgrass extension specialist.

Dr. Thoms focuses on management solutions for turfgrass managers through applied research trials. He also teaches for the undergraduate program at Iowa State. His research is focused on root zone management for golf course putting greens, cultivar testing, and athletic field safety research. He is active in the Sports Turf Managers Association.

Email: athoms@iastate.edu
Twitter: @Thoms Turf
Website: Iowa State University | Turfgrass


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Grass Seed Shortages - Cause and Strategies to Overcome

Leah Brilman | DLF Pickseed

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care, Nursery Sod


Shortages in turfgrass seed may impact turf growers and landscapers.

This session will discuss the long- and short-term causes of the current seed shortages and the impact on turfgrass seed availability and pricing. Learn strategies to obtain the best results when there is a limited supply of many turfgrass species. Forecasting for the future and when recovery will occur will be discussed.


Leah Brilman.Dr. Leah Brilman is product manager of Technical Services for DLF-Pickseed and Seed Research of Oregon. She received a BS degree in biology from California State University Bakersfield, and MS and PhD degrees in agronomy and plant genetics from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Brilman is a turfgrass breeder who focuses on breeding turfgrass cultivars with reduced inputs. She received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from GCSAA, is a Fellow of the Crop Science Society, 2007 NACPB Breeder of the Year, 2011 recipient of the William Daniels Award for Educator of the Year from STMA, and 2012 Recipient of the Fred Grau Award in Turfgrass Science from the Crop Science Society.

She has developed and administered undergraduate contests for turf students for both the GCSAA and STMA.

Email: lbrilman@dlfna.com
Twitter: @BrilmanLeah


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Day Two - Thursday, February 24, 2022

Schedule at a Glance
Time Slot Session C Session D
8-8:15 a.m.

Welcome

Sara Stricker | Guelph Turfgrass Institute

 
8:15-9:15 a.m.

GPS Enabled Sprayers and the Future of Application

Sponsored by: Syngenta

James Connor and Wray Mason | Allturf

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

 
9:20-9:30 a.m. Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Update PLCAO Update
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Why Weed ID matters... It Could Save Your Life

Dr. Francois Tardif | University of Guelph

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

Developing a Sound Agronomic and Environmentally Responsible Fertilizer Program for Home Lawns

Kevin Frank | Michigan State University

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Operations Management in the Turfgrass Industry

Reg Langen | Dufferin Lawn Life

Sustainable Landscape Maintenance in a Changing Environment

Pamela Cook | Clintar

(ORFA 1.0 CEC)

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Features & Benefits of Audubon International Certification

Frank LaVardera | Audubon International

(CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC)

Market Challenges Through a Global Pandemic

Chris Lemcke | Weedman 

(ORFA 1.0 CEC)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Regulation Updates and Practical Applications

Suzanne Durst | MECP

(IPM CEC: 0.5 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

Management Factors to Consider for Minimizing the Risk of Winterkill

Kevin Frank | Michigan State University

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Recreation Facilities Operations: Lessons from a Pandemic

Terry Piche, Joe Breedon, Frank Cain & Jessica Jaremchuk

(CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.5 CEC)

Soil Health - Digging Deeper into What That Means for Growing Sod and Turf

Anne Verhallen | OMAFRA 

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

4-5 p.m.

Recreation Facilities Operations - Open Forum

 

Tank's empty, but did you hit it? Spraying Basics

Jason Deveau | OMAFRA

(IPM CEC: 1.0 | CGSA 1.0 CEC | ORFA 1.0 CEC | PHAC 1.0 CEC)

Conference Welcome - 8-8:15 a.m.

Welcome

Sara Stricker | Guelph Turfgrass Institute, University of Guelph

General Session - 8:15-9:15 a.m.

GPS Enabled Sprayers and the Future of Application

James Connor and Wray Mason | Precision Technologies, Allturf

Stream: General

This is a pre-recorded session. The speaker will be available for Q&A.


Take advantage of GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation and mapping for precision spray applications. Through the identification of specific turf locations, GPS will improve the efficiency and accuracy of pesticide or fertilization applications, reduce the application amounts to meet specific crop needs and improve your environmental stewardship while reducing costs.

This session discusses the basics of GPS navigation and how it applies to sprayer controls. We will also discuss what to look for in a GPS sprayer control, what can be achieved by upgrading to GPS control, maintenance requirements and parts. 


 

Mason Wray.Wray Mason was educated at Humber College in Toronto in a special program—Solar Engineering. In the 1980s, after realizing there were no jobs in this field, he took a job as a junior sales engineer at a large distributor of spraying equipment and pumps.

After 15 years working with agricultural sprayer manufacturers, Wray changed gears and went to work for Turf Care, the Toro distributor.  After six years of running their fertilizer division, he left to start his own business to assist golf courses with their sprayers.

In 2019, Wray sold his business to Allturf and took on a managerial role to diversify their business with a new equipment division, Allturf Precision Technologies.

Email: sprayman@allturf.ca
Twitter: @thesprayman
Website: Allturf

James Connor is the Allturf Sprayer Calibration Technician for central and eastern Ontario. He spent 12 years working in turf management before joining the Allturf precision technologies team in March 2019. He completed the Turf Managers’ Short Course at the University of Guelph in 2012 and became an IPM agent in 2016.

Since joining the Allturf team, James has calibrated hundreds of sprayers and specialized in GPS and Precision Agriculture.

Email: James@allturf.ca
Twitter: @sprayerjames
Website: Allturf
Reddit: SprayerJames

Concurrent Sessions - 9:20-9:30 a.m.

ORFA Update

PLCAO Update

Concurrent Sessions - 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Why Weed ID Matters... It Could Save Your Life

François Tardif | University of Guelph

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care


There are many weed species that grow in many different environments. Most of them are a nuisance because of their lack of aesthetic value, their interference with the functionality of managed landscapes, or the reduced crop yield and quality they impose. But it can get much worst! Some weeds can severely injure or even kill you.

This session will deal with the negative health impact these weeds can have on workers and the public. We will also study how to recognise these species before any harm can occur and look into their prevention and management.


Francois Tardif.Dr. François Tardif is a weed scientist and professor at the University of Guelph. He teaches at the bachelor's and diploma level, trains graduate students, and conducts research on herbicide activity, weed biology and integrated weed management.

François studied agronomy at Laval University, Quebec City, and obtained his bachelor's degree in 1985. Having worked on the provincial weed survey in 1982 and 1983, he decided to pursue a career in weed science. Thus, he began his master's and doctoral studies, under the direction of Dr. Gilles Leroux at the Department of Plant Science at Laval University focusing his research on the control and physiology of quackgrass.

Dr. Tardif received his PhD in January 1991 and then worked in Australia at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Professor Stephen Powles, aiming to understand the physiology of herbicide cross-resistance in annual ryegrass. He joined the University of Guelph in 1996 and is conducting most of his research on understanding and managing herbicide resistance as well as the management of invasive plants such as giant hogweed and wild parsnip. Dr. Tardif has taught multiple classes on various aspects of agronomy and weed science and supervised or co-supervised 30 graduate students.

Email: ftardif@uoguelph.ca
Twitter: @ftardifUofG
Instagram: @phyto_man


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Developing a Sound Agronomic and Environmentally Responsible Fertilizer Program for Home Lawns

Kevin Frank | Michigan State University

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care,  Sod Producers


Turfgrass fertilization programs can be the difference between success and failure in producing a dense, competitive, healthy turf stand. Lawns that have their nutritional needs met will be more resistant to pest interference whether it be from weeds, insects, or diseases.

This presentation will discuss the role macro and micro nutrients play in turfgrass nutrition, soil factors that influence nutrient availability, and environmental considerations when developing a fertilizer program.


Kevin Frank.Dr. Kevin Frank is a professor and turf extension specialist at Michigan State University.  He holds a M.Sc. and PhD in horticulture from the University of Nebraska and B.Sc. in plant science from the University of Wyoming.

Frank’s research interests include winterkill prevention and reestablishment, turfgrass nutrition and fertilizer programming, nitrogen and phosphorus fate, and irrigation programming. He serves as the MSU Turfgrass Committee Chair and as the MSU Liaison to the Golf Association of Michigan.

Email: frankk@msu.edu


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Concurrent Sessions - 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Operations Management in the Turfgrass Industry

Reg Langen | Dufferin Lawn Life

Streams: Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care


This session will focus on the variety of career opportunities within the turfgrass management industry and their specific operational differences. This presentation will be full of information for anyone who is looking to better understand the segments of the turfgrass management industry.

The presentation will lay out the advantages and challenges of each area of turfgrass management in which Reg has gained experience. 


Reg Langen.Reg Langen is an innovative and accomplished leader in the turfgrass and property maintenance industry. Reg started his journey by completing the turfgrass management program at Seneca College. He went on to expand his education by earning certificates from University of Minnesota Extension and The Ohio State University.

During his 18 seasons (12 years as the assistant superintendent) with Richmond Hill Golf Club, Reg had the opportunity to hone and refine his technical and field skills in turfgrass management. As an assistant superintendent, Reg was awarded the Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association’s 2014 Hugh Kirkpatrick Bursary, 2014 Barry Endicott Award for Article of the Year, and was an attendee at the Bayer/John Deere Green Start Academy—a program focused on leadership and development.

Reg was recently the City of Mississauga's parks operations supervisor in the Clarkson area located in the south district of the city. He worked with leadership, elected officials, and front-line staff to offer safe and inclusive green spaces to the residents of Mississauga.

Supporting the industry has been important to Reg throughout his career. He has volunteered his time to a variety of organizations including the OGSA, GCSAA and LO. Reg presently holds one of nine seats on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation.

Reg is now the general manager of Dufferin Lawn Life, a local, family-owned business offering personalized and professional lawn care services with a unique holistic, earth-friendly approach to lawn care which reduces the need for pesticides.


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Sustainable Landscape Maintenance in a Changing Environment

Pamela Cook | Clintar

Stream: Lawn Care


Responsible landscape management is at the core of how Clintar London operates. With every decision we make, sustainable landscape maintenance practices, efficient non emitting equipment, IPM programs, and environmental stewardship are the forefront. 

We utilize cutting edge technologies and the latest research to help guide us to the most environmentally friendly practices. While we execute more sustainable practices, we rely on our Corporate Social Responsibility model as we grow towards a sustainable future in commercial landscape management.


Pamela Cook.Over the past 15 years, Pamela Cook has overseen a variety of different aspects in the landscaping industry—from start-ups to national companies. Pam specializes in horticulture, plant healthcare and landscape maintenance and construction. She enjoys the opportunity to educate people about the landscape industry

She has leveraged her knowledge to sit on the London Chapter and Provincial Board of Directors for Landscape Ontario. She is also founding member of the not-for-profit organization Women in Landscaping. Pam is a proud alumnus of Fanshawe College and Olds College.

Email: Pam.cook@clintar.com


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Concurrent Sessions - 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Features & Benefits of Audubon International Certification

Frank LaVardera | Audubon International

Stream: Golf


This session will present the certification and recertification process for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP).

You will learn about the six certification components required for ACSP certification and ways to help you obtain approval for all six components. The process for recertification will also be presented detailing the alternating Backup Documentation\Case Study and the Site Visit recertifications.

The session will also identify the benefits of being certified—including cost savings, long-term environmental sustainability, and member/player attraction and retention.

Finally, the session will also dispell some of the myths about the ACSP and the certification requirements.


Frank LaVardera.Frank LaVardera is an environmental professional with over 39 years of experience. Prior to joining Audubon International, he spent 36 years as an environmental consultant helping governmental, military, industrial and commercial clients navigate the world of environmental regulations and compliance. This experience included site assessments, facility planning and permitting, remediation, and the design of environmental impact mitigation systems.

Since joining Audubon International, LaVardera has been responsible for all the organization's golf-related certification programs—including the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, and the Signature and Classic programs. He has been a guest speaker at numerous golf-related seminars and trade shows talking about environmental sustainability related to the operation and maintenance of golf courses. He holds a Master of Science degree in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Land & Water Resources from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Email: frank@auduboninternational.org
Website: Audubon International


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Market Challenges Through a Global Pandemic

Chris Lemcke | Weed Man

Stream: Lawn Care


Weedman has been in the turf industry for more than 50 years. As one of the largest turf maintenance franchises, Weedman has the purchasing power and experience to comment on current market trends.

This session will discuss market instability regarding pricing of seed, fertilizer, and labour in recent years.


Chris Lemcke.Chris Lemcke has been in the lawn care industry since 1993. After graduating from the University of Ottawa, Lemcke and his wife, Jennifer Lemcke, began running the local Weed Man franchise in Ottawa. After growing the business for six years, they moved to the GTA area to run the Scarborough Weed Man.

Lemcke later became the technical director for Turf Operations Inc., the company that runs the Canadian Weed Man Franchisees.

In 2013 Lemcke joined his wife Jennifer and became the technical director of Turf Holdings Inc., which runs the US Weed Man.

In 2018, after buying the Weed Man rights from Brenda Rice, Lemcke became the technical director for all of Weed Man.

Email: chris.lemcke@weedmanusa.com


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Concurrent Sessions - 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Regulation Updates and Practical Applications

Suzanne Durst | Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Sod Producers


This session will review the spring 2020 legislative updates of the Pesticides Act and Regulation 63/09 as it pertains to the landscape industry.

Learn about real-world application and how the updates will affect your operation.


Suzanne Durst.Suzanne Durst graduated from the University of Guelph with an honours bachelor of science in environmental science. She started working at the MECP lab shortly after—working with toxic organics and then later, with dioxins.

Suzanne has been working in her current position as pesticide specialist for 19 years and is still learning new things all the time. Any given day may include dealing with farm pesticide overspray, receiving complaints of all types, assisting environmental officers with inspections and spills response, talking to farmers about the safe application and handling of pesticides, answering many questions from the public about changes to rodenticide regulations, tracking down illegal sales of pesticides on Kijiji, identifying insects or weeds, responding to complaints from tenants about illegal bedbug applications made by their landlords, and everything in between.

Email: Suzanne.durst@ontario.ca


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Management Factors to Consider for Minimizing the Risk of Winterkill

Kevin Frank | Michigan State University

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care, Sod Producers


Since the severe winter of 2013-14 caused extensive winterkill to golf courses throughout the Great Lakes region, there have been numerous research efforts to better understand the impact of cultural practices on winterkill and how to recover from winterkill.

This presentation will focus on what we’ve learned from the research and what practices can be implemented to try and minimize the chances of winterkill.

Some of the practices that will be discussed include fertilizer and biostimulant applications, sand topdressing, mowing height, core aeration, and the use of covers. Preparing turf for winter extremes is a critical component to the golf course IPM program as a healthy turfgrass stand is more resistant to pest pressures the following year than a turf that has been weakened by winterkill injury.


Kevin Frank.Dr. Kevin Frank is a professor and turf extension specialist at Michigan State University.  He holds a M.Sc. and PhD in horticulture from the University of Nebraska and B.Sc. in plant science from the University of Wyoming.

Frank’s research interests include winterkill prevention and reestablishment, turfgrass nutrition and fertilizer programming, nitrogen and phosphorus fate, and irrigation programming. He serves as the MSU Turfgrass Committee Chair and as the MSU Liaison to the Golf Association of Michigan.

Email: frankk@msu.edu

 

 


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Concurrent Sessions - 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Recreation Facilities Operations: Lessons Learned From a Pandemic

Terry Piche | Ontario Recreation Facilities Association

Streams: Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities

Extended session including open forum discussion at 4 p.m.


The ORFA watched as all facility managers tried to adapt to COVID regulations that seemed to change on a weekly basis. Trying to control open and green spaces that were both in high demand and, at times, off limits was a difficult task.

Senior administration who was focused on “hard” essential services delivery often failed to recognize the essential role that recreation would play in the mental and physical well-being of a community. In some cases, this resulted in redeployment or layoff of field staff that were needed to keep these areas safe and serviceable regardless of whether they were open or not. Many struggled with identifying actual geography they owned and were responsible for control during COVID restrictions. Policy and procedure development are often scar tissue created from a poor experience. Capturing these lessons is an important part of the pandemic experience.

Email: info@orfa.com
Website: ORFA


Panel Speakers and Topics

University of Guelph: Pandemic Challenges and Moving Forward 

  • Frank Cain | Facility & Business Development Manager, Department of Athletics, University of Guelph

City of Barrie: The Future of its Facility Operations

  • Joe Breedon, CSFM | Outdoor Recreation Facility Coordinator Recreation & Culture Services, City of Barrie

Legal Matters: Pandemic Risks and Responsibilities

  • Jessica Jaremchuk, BA, LL.B | Director, Risk Management, Intact Public Entities

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Soil Health - Digging Deeper into What That Means for Growing Sod and Turf

Anne Verhallen | OMAFRA

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care, Sod Producers


Soil health is a hot topic for annual crops.

This session will discuss the subject in detail through a series of demonstrations to connect soil health with productivity. Productive healthy soils are part of a turf management IPM program. Healthy soils have fewer insects and diseases, improved turf growth, and increased competitiveness with weeds.


Anne Verhallen.Anne Verhallen is a soil science graduate from the University of Guelph. She has worked for OMAFRA since 1988, starting as a soil conservation advisor working in Essex and Kent.

Currently Anne works in the area of horticultural soil management with projects in a wide variety of soil management areas such as erosion, compaction and water management. Promoting the use of cover crops and supporting better soil health are her passion.

Email: anne.verhallen@ontario.ca
Twitter: @Anne_Verhallen


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Concurrent Sessions - 4-5 p.m.

Recreation Facilities Operations - Open Forum

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care, Sod Producers


The discussion continues. Open to all OTS delegates.


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Tank's empty, but did you hit it? Spraying Basics.

Jason Deveau | OMAFRA

Streams: Golf, Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities, Lawn Care, Sod Producers


This presentation is a refresher on the basics of effective, efficient and safe spraying. We'll discuss nozzle selection, droplet behaviour, travel speed, and overall sprayer optimization to help you get better results. We'll also touch on a few calibration and maintenance topics before finishing with a fast and simple method for confirming coverage.

Well maintained equipment, and sprayer calibration, and ensuring proper coverage will reduce pesticide applications as part of an IPM program.

Questions and discussion encouraged!


Jason Deveau.Jason Deveau studied biology and psychology at Mount Allison University, plant cell physiology at York University, and plant cell electrophysiology at the University of Guelph.

Based in Ontario’s Simcoe Resource Centre since 2008, Jason researches and develops practical methods to optimize productivity, spray effectiveness and waste reduction. Co-author of 'Airblast101 - Your Guide to Effective and Efficient Spraying', Jason also co-administers the Sprayers 101 website.

Email: jason.deveau@Ontario.ca
Twitter: @spray_guy
Website: Sprayers 101


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