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2011 Turfgrass Symposium to take place on Friday November 25th

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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  • Saving your greens in times of darkness

    Saving your greens in times of darkness

Written by www.guelphturf.com

2011 Turfgrass Symposium: Saving your greens in times of darkness.

  • Event will offer educational information on agronomics.
  • Communication skills for dealing with IPM public meetings.
  • An excellent opportunity to expand networks.

On November 25th, 2011, the University of Guelph’s first year Turfgrass Management students will be hosting their annual symposium. The symposium will be discussing up and coming issues and methods concerning the turf industry. This is an event that no turf professional should miss or underestimate. It is being hosted at the Cutten Fields in Guelph, Ontario. There is no cost to attend.

We will have John Bladon, Head of Chimera Group as a keynote speaker discussing Agronomics, with his presentation “Agronomy vs. Economy”, and methods for improving efficiency and saving money.

“This will be one of the major events of the year for professionals in the turfgrass industry and anyone interested in turf practices,” said Robert Witherspoon, Director of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute and the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management at the University of Guelph.

The symposium will offer a workshop that entails proper techniques in dealing with the upcoming 2012 IPM public meetings. This will be hosted by communications expert Tim O’Connor, President of O’Connor Golf Communications. As well as Violet van Wassenaer, Ministry of Environment, IPM Specialist, and Pam Charbonneau B.Sc. M.Sc. (Horticulture), turfgrass specialist with OMAFRA, who will review IPM policy requirements for the up coming public meetings for 2012.

There will also be a panel of experts who will evaluate IPM on its scientific merits and consider it as a piece in a larger framework of PHC (Plant Health Care). The experts aim to gauge the possible measurable benefits IPM may present to turf managers.

The panel will be hosted by the outstanding line-up of renowned individuals of whom are Dr. Katerina Jordan, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture, Marc Brooks, Superintendent Stone Tree Golf and Fitness Club, Dr. Cameron Harrington, Research Scientist, Syngenta, and Rhod Trainor, Superintendent Hamilton Golf and Country Club, host of the 2012 Canadian Open.

“The students have done a first-class job in organizing an event that will be highly educational, a great networking opportunity and an engaging exchange of ideas among leading academics, industry leaders and acclaimed golf course superintendents.” Said Tim O’Connor, communications lecturer, and guest speaker.

The event will begin with registration at 8:30am, and speakers beginning at 9:00am. It will then conclude at noon with lunch and a chance to further mingle.

To RSVP or gain further information, email us at , and visit our website at www.guelphturf.com.

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