Danneberger on campaign tour to cut turf wear

Mark Sandersonin Golf

Karl DannebergerDr Karl Danneberger, Professor at Ohio State University, will begin a tour of Britain this month, to present his latest findings on turf health management that can present faster and more consistent putting surfaces better able to withstand the pressure of today's high demands for year round play. Greenkeepers and course managers can register now for the regional seminars.

Greenkeepers and course managers can significantly enhance the year-round wear tolerance of greens and tees with well timed growth regulator programmes through the summer and autumn, according to Dr Karl Danneberger of Ohio State University. "Our research has shown we can successfully manage stress on turf grass far more effectively when the plants are in growth regulatory mode," he reports.

"Turf that is in regulation is better able to withstand the effects of drought stress, as well as the impacts of heavy play on courses now subjected to 365-day golf. Courses that are putting the programmes into practice are maintaining turf quality right thorough the season - accepting more rounds of golf per year and keeping the players happy."

Later this month Dr Danneberger will be touring Britain to show greenkeepers and course managers how they too can utilise the techniques to reduce wear and tear on greens and present faster and more consistent putting surfaces.

The series of Dr Danneberger's turf management seminars, organised by Syngenta and Bernhard and Company, will run from 12 - 16 October, to give ideas and tips for turf maintenance that can deliver better results for playing surface quality.

The 'Sharpen up your Turf Health Programme' seminars will take place during October 2009, at the following prestigious sports venues across the country:

12th October - Hampden Park - Scotland's National Stadium - Glasgow
13th October - The Lancaster Golf Club, Lancaster
14th October - Robin Hood Golf Club, Solihull, West Midlands
15th October - The London Golf Club, Ash, Kent
16th October - Bath Golf Club, Bath

Further seminar topics, presented by technical specialists from Syngenta and Bernhard and Company, will provide greenkeepers, course managers and golf club managers with an invaluable insight into the latest developments and proven practices to maintain and promote turf health, including:

· Turf health programmes to counter winter disease threats
· Maintaining a cleaner cut for improved turf vigour
· Predicting disease problems to fine tune fungicide applications

For further information and to book a place greenkeepers, club managers and agronomists can call Catherine McEwan at Bernhard and Company, tel: 01788 811600 or email: catherine.mcewan@bernhard.co.uk

Alternatively they can register on-line at www.greencast.co.uk

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