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Speaker Spotlight - Dr. Jim Kerns

Friday, October 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Dr. Jim Kerns
NC State University, Apex, North Carolina

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

Jim is a turfgrass pathologist at NC State University. His program focuses on developing disease management strategies for both warm- and cool-season turfgrasses. His program houses the Turf Disease Diagnositc Lab at NC State, which receives 400 to 800 samples each year.

Each year he presents results from his research and fungicide efficacy trials at 35 to 40 different conferences throughout the US. He enjoys golf, spending time with his wife, son and dog as well as hiking.

Dr. Kerns will speak multiple times in various tracks throughout the conference:

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Lawn Care Track
Just the Facts: Using Organic and Reduced Risk Pest Programs In Lawn Management - A Turf Pathologist's Perspectives!
Presentation description: 
This presentation involves a frank discussion about what reduced risk and organic means and how they can be used in lawn management. The goal of the presentation is to arm lawn care provides with knowledge about these terms.

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Golf Turf Management Track
Bacterial Etiolation Update: Distribution of Pathogens and Effects of Various Pesticides and PGRs on Etiolation
Presentation description:
Etiolation has become an important disease of creeping bentgrass throughout the US. However, many misconceptions surround this disease. This talk aims to clarify and summarize the work conducted at NC State on Bacterial Etiolation.

10:00 - 11:00 AM
Maximizing Fungicide Performance and Balancing Costs
Presentation description:
Golf course budgets have stagnated or are shrinking, yet the demands of the golfers seem to be ever increasing. This presentation will cover the basics of maximizing fungicide performance in order to maintain or reduce costs.

2:00 - 3:00 PM
Practical Turfgrass Microbiology- A Dynamic Ecological System So Misunderstood by the Green Industry and the Public
Presentation description:
Turfgrass systems are extremely dynamic ecosystems that can support vast amounts of microbes, both good and bad. This presentation will cover the basics of soil microbiology and how a turf manager can use that to manage turf better.


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