After a void couple of years, due to the 'C' word that we won't mention, we've finally been able to come together over the past few months at both Saltex and BTME to do business, network and celebrate all things turf… it felt good, didn't it!
Jim Croxton, CEO of BIGGA couldn't have said it better when he commented: "It felt like old times which is a good thing and we've certainly enjoyed people being happy. All of the exhibitors seem to have really enjoyed being back and it's been really encouraging."
So, everything has been reset? Or maybe not? With companies finding different ways of trading throughout the hiatus, I still regularly hear the questions 'why do we even need trade shows or, are there are too many in the calendar?'
With this in mind, in our main feature article this issue (page 26), we asked those all important questions to address whether exhibitors and visitors have the budget and time for four events per year? We have interviews with representatives from all four events including BTME, Saltex, SAGE and of course the team behind the new GroundsFest event. Plus, we also have the results from the recent Twitter polls.
This issue also sees the start of our new 'Weather Corner' with industry expert and highly respected Mark Hunt (page 54). The regular column will see Mark look at all things weather-related and how they impact on turfgrass management, and he welcomes your questions for future review.
Chemical use in groundcare remains in the spotlight and Jane Carley addresses concerns and issues surrounding weed control on page 64.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your wonderful comments and feedback regarding the new look and format of the magazine. We have been overwhelmed with the response and I'm looking forward to continuing the development of content to bring you an informative and interesting read.
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