Top Turf Expert at Scotts Primo Maxx Roadshows World-renown turf expert Dr Karl Danneberger, of Ohio State University, was the keynote speaker at a series of Turf Management Roadshows organised recently by Scotts. The events were held at Alwoodley Golf Club, Leeds; Wentworth; Celtic Manor; and Marriott Dalmahoy, Edinburgh.
During his presentations, Dr Danneberger revealed the latest information and research findings on Scotts' revolutionary new turf growth regulator Primo MAXX. This included work at Ohio State University, which he said has shown cytokinin levels in turf increase with successive applications of the product - possibly as a result of increased root mass through the summer. Cytokinin has been shown to help with drought tolerance.
Dr Danneberger also said: "For the most consistent results with Primo MAXX, avoid going in and out of growth regulation and stick to a programmed approach. If you are looking for more activity don't just up the product rate; it's more effective to stick with the same dose and increase the frequency of application.
"Our experience and research shows Primo MAXX does tend to reduce transpiration rates in turf, so making better use of irrigations and available water and reducing susceptibility to drought."
Scotts technical product manager Simon Barnaby commented: "We were delighted that Dr Danneberger could come and share the latest Primo MAXX findings with the UK. His position as a world leading turf expert was key to the success of the roadshows and overall we had 250 attendees. Feedback from the events was excellent and many turf managers went away with new insights into the product, and how to get the best results from it."
Primo MAXX is designed for use on all form of turf, from the finest golf greens to sports pitches and landscaping applications. Using unique chemistry, it makes turf stronger by increasing both root and lateral shoot growth. It works by blocking the production of gibberellic acid late in the cycle, which effectively limits cell elongation. The result is a shorter distance between the shoot nodes, leading to more compact root growth. While the vertical growth is slowed, both root and lateral growth are boosted, creating stronger, healthier turf.
Photo: Pictured at the Wentworth roadshow, Dr Karl Danneberger (centre), with Scotts' Simon Barnaby (right) and Simon Elsworth of Syngenta.