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  • 28 Nov 2018 1:11 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Tweet for Cash presented by Green Velvet Sod Farms

    Here's your shot at some holiday cash, simply by tweeting about your experience at the OTF Conference & Show...

    Starting Monday, December 3rd, tweet pictures using the following hashtags to be entered:

    #OTFLearning
    #OTFExperience
    #OTFShow

    The individual with the best tweet in each category will win $500! It's that simple.

    Rules and eligibility:

    • Tweets must be posted between 9 am on Monday, December 3rd and 10:00 pm on Wednesday, December 5th
    • Posts with content deemed to be inappropriate will not be accepted or considered for the contest
    • An individual may only win one task
    • The winners will be selected based on creativity and engagement
  • 26 Nov 2018 11:19 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    We're pleased to announce the following recipients of OTF Awards & Scholarships. Presentations will take place on Monday, December 3rd during the Awards & Scholarships Dinner.

    Register to join us at the Awards & Scholarships Dinner

    OTF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

    Todd Voss
    Double Eagle Club

    OTF ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD

    Ann Aquillo
    The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company

    DARIAN DAILY MEMORIAL AWARD


    Matt Duncan
    Central Farm & Garden

    SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

    Devin Herman, Ohio State University - ATI
    R.D. Baker Memorial Scholarship

    Morgan Hunter, Ohio State University
    R.D. Baker Memorial Scholarship

    Tim Missimer, Clark State Community College
    OTF Scholarship

    Christopher Myers, Ohio State University - ATI
    OTF Scholarship

    Colin Poling, Ohio State University - ATI
    Don Sweda Memorial Scholarship

    Daniel Russell, Ohio State University
    OTF Scholarship

    Chadd Sollenberger, Clark State Community College
    OTF Scholarship

    Brandon Stith
    , Ohio State University
    R.D. Baker Memorial Scholarship

    Amy Wilber, Ohio State University
    R.D. Baker Memorial Scholarship

  • 4 Sep 2018 9:28 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Written by Jay Hobgood, Ph. D., The Ohio State University

    Summary

    The temperature will be average above normal during September.  Precipitation will also be above normal for the month. 

    Details

    Summer-like weather will continue over much of Ohio during the first half of September.  A high pressure system centered over the Atlantic Ocean will transport warm, humid air over the state. 

    The high will keep temperatures warmer than normal and the humidity will contribute to the development of showers and thunderstorms.  The high could weaken a little during the second half of September.  If the high weakens, then weather systems moving across the northern U.S. will brings periods of cooler, drier air to Ohio. 

    Overall, our pattern of warmer than normal temperatures and wet weather is likely to continue in September.

  • 22 Aug 2018 5:41 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Written by Dave Gardner, Ph. D., The Ohio State University

    This year has been a particularly difficult one for turfgrass managers who have problems with warm season weeds such as crabgrass (Digitaria) and nutsedge (Cyperus).  At the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Research and Education Center our crabgrass research area has been completely overrun by crabgrass, regardless of product or application timing that has been tested.  Many individuals have observed that preemergence herbicides that are traditionally very reliable are not providing control that we have seen historically.  Additionally, postemergence herbicides have been relatively less effective this year because crabgrass continued to germinate later into the season and the new seedlings replaced any plants that were controlled.

    Much of what we are observing with weed control issues this year may be attributable to the weather patterns we have observed this growing season.  April was the coolest of the last 25 years in Columbus, with an average monthly temperature of 47.7 degrees.  By comparison, this is cooler than the months of March 2012 and March 2016.  Because of this unusually cool weather to start the season, cool season turfgrasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, did not have favorable conditions in which to begin growing.

    On May 1 the high temperature in Columbus was 81 degrees.  What then followed was the warmest May on record.  The average temperature was 71.5 degrees, 9.1 degrees above normal.  In 5 years since the turn of the century, the month of June has been cooler than what we observed in the month of May.

    In a typical year cool season turfgrass has the months of April and May to break from winter dormancy and begin growing.  The denser the turf, the fewer problems we tend to have with annual weeds such as crabgrass because dense turf shades the soil so weed seeds are not as likely to germinate.  Denser turf is also more competitive with crabgrass seedlings.  Crabgrass typically germinates in April but does not really begin growing aggressively until the second week of June.  In 2018 we had less than ideal conditions for cool season turfgrass growth in April followed immediately by conditions that were more favorable to crabgrass and other warm season grasses.  Additionally, precipitation has been at or above normal and very timely. 

    Because of the extended warm and wet conditions, preemergence herbicides that would normally provide near season long control likely began to break down before crabgrass stopped germinating in July.  This combined with the less than competitive cool season grasses at the start of May and an extended season favoring warm season grass germination and growth has resulted in the crabgrass problems we are seeing now.

    On a related note, this has been an exceptional year for sedges.  They are perennial species that are favored by warm and wet conditions.  Again because of the weather we have observed and the lack of cool season grass competition, nutsedge has been more prevalent this year.

    This deviation in weather patterns will, of course, hopefully not be observed in 2019.  No changes in your current herbicide program are probably necessary or warranted at this point except to make sure that you are using recommended products.  Some key activities for this fall will be to map out areas with crabgrass so that preemergence herbicides can be applied next spring.  Also, a good fertility and broadleaf weed control program this autumn in order to try to recover as much density in the cool season turfgrass will hopefully help with weed control next season.
  • 17 Aug 2018 1:12 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    UPDATES FROM OUR PARTNERS

    NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE


    GREEN VELVET SOD FARMS
    Prime Seeding Time is Now! Grass Seed Blends & Mixtures You Can Trust
    "Cheap Seed can be the most expensive grass seed you will ever buy!" Grass seed is unique, as it is almost impossible to tell the quality by just looking at the seed in the bag. As fall approaches, temperatures are getting cooler, moisture is lasting longer in the soil, and the soil temperatures are warming up - all making grass seed germinate faster than at any other time of the year! Trust Green Velvet’s Grass Seed for all of your seeding projects this Fall. We know grass because we have been growing grass since 1959!
    Read the release

    SYNGENTA
    New Fungicides from Syngenta
    Syngenta has launched two new fungicides for the turf market, Posterity® and Secure® Action™, which deliver proven, long-lasting control of dollar spot as well as other common turf diseases.
    Read the release


    SUNBELT RENTALS
    OTF Member Benefits - Check Out these Advantages!
    Learn more about how you can save on your equipment rentals as an OTF member.
    Read more

    Learn more about our other Partners in Excellence by visiting them online:
    NEWS FROM OUR PREMIUM PARTNERS


    BAYER
    Bayer's Got Your PAK
    Bayer has had your back for years with the expert advice and scientific solutions you need to be successful. And, now they’ve also got your PAK. Save more when you PAK up your solutions to address seasonal challenges such as nematodes, Poa Annua, Large Patch, Pythium Blight, Leaf Spot and Take-All Root Rot. Bayer Fall Solutions will arrive in October, but you don’t have to wait until then! With Now Solutions, you can save money on the solutions you love, no matter the season. Now Solutions is open Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. Learn more at backedbybayer.com/now-solutions-golf.
    Learn More

    PENNINGTON SEED
    Pennington Seed Hosts Pro Customers at its "Farm to Bag" Field Day
    Read the release

    Learn more about our other Premium Partners by visiting them online:
  • 16 Aug 2018 2:53 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Thanks to the support of our Keynote Address partner, Syngenta, we're pleased to introduce the 2018 OTF Conference and Show keynote speaker, Paul Long.

    CONNECTING THE WORKPLACE AND LIFE THROUGH F.U.N.!

    Two grown men, cat wrestling singlets and a social experiment. Paul Long leveraged his concept of Fundamism to become the Kansas City Royals’ 2016 Fan of the Year, National Speaker and advocate of pediatric cancer research. Leveraging his experience as a Director of Operations for a Fortune 300 company, Paul provides an inspirational experience while sharing best practices in creating a forward-focused, service-oriented, self-disciplined, F.U.N. team.

    Paul’s philosophy of Fundamism is a deliberate approach to building trust-based relationships, can be applied by all staff members and is certain to help move you forward in the development of any team. Based on the core principle of F.U.N., this experience will allow your team to explore their Foundation, Understanding of Others and help identify Next Steps in maximizing their overall effectiveness at work and in life.

    Laugh, learn and actively engage with your team while Paul coaches you through principles that help improve employee engagement, maximize productivity, provide memorable customer experiences, reduce attrition and create a more F.U.N. work environment! This experience will provoke thought while leaving audiences with tactical behaviors that drive results.

    Key Takeaways

    • Outline core behaviors that aid in creating a purpose driven life at home and in the office
    • Exploration of social styles and how to maximize communication effectiveness
    • How to gain a better understanding of others’ perspective and drive meaningful interactions - How to have more F.U.N. in the workplace and in life
    • Identify next steps in creating a F.U.N. implementation strategy

    Paul Long is a motivational speaker and consultant that has challenged the corporate landscape for over a decade while engaging audiences around the globe.

    Through his concept of "Fundamism," infectious spirit and unique take on F.U.N. in the workplace, Paul has provided memorable experiences for countless engagements including workshops, tradeshows, keynotes and more.

    An avid Kansas City Royals fan, Paul was named 2016 Fan of the Year by Major League Baseball and his shenanigans have been featured in media outlets like ESPN, the Washington Post and even the Wall Street Journal.

    Industry speakers for the 2018 OTF Conference & Show include:

    • Brandon Horvath, Ph.D. - Tennessee
    • Bill Kreuser, Ph.D. - Nebraska
    • Jim Brosnan, Ph.D. - Tennessee
    • Mike Goatley, Ph.D. - Virginia Tech
    • The OSU Turf & Landscape Team
    And many more!

    Additional speaker and registration information is coming soon!
  • 14 Aug 2018 1:48 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Senior Groundskeeper
    Campus Operations

    Bowling Green State University is a tier-one, public university serving 19,000 students on two campuses in northwest Ohio. The University has nationally recognized programs and research in the natural and social sciences, education, arts, business, health and wellness, humanities and applied technologies. BGSU seeks talented individuals to join our community in Bowling Green, Ohio, recognized as one of the “Best College Towns of America.”

    This position maintains all aspects of grounds, ensuring all lawns, planting areas, sidewalks and parking areas continually are healthy and are free from debris. 2 full-time positions available. Work Schedule Information: twelve-month, full-time positions. Hours 6:30 am to 3 pm. One shift is Sunday through Thursday and one shift is Tuesday through Saturday. Full benefit package available.  This position has many other related duties and is in Bowling Green Ohio.  Deadline to apply: August 17, 2018

    Full time Classified Staff position available. For a complete job description & instructions on how to apply for this position visit https://bgsu.hiretouch.com/ or contact the Office of Human Resources. BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.

  • 3 Aug 2018 9:20 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    AUGUST WEATHER OUTLOOK

    Written by Jay Hobgood, Ph. D., Ohio State University


    Summary:

    The temperature will average slightly above normal during August.  Precipitation will be above normal for the month. 

    Discussion:

    An upper level trough over the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley will contribute to a cool, wet start to August.  An upper level ridge will move over the area during the second week of the month and the temperature will be above normal.  The ridge will shift back over the western U.S. later in August which will let the temperatures over Ohio be closer to normal.  We could see the first hints of fall when cooler air from Canada moves across the Great Lakes during the second half of the month. 

    Overall the average temperature is likely to be slightly above normal. A surface high pressure system centered over the Atlantic Ocean will circulate humid air over the state in the lower levels. 

    The strongest flow of moist air will be over eastern Ohio and the heaviest rain will fall in that part of the state. Typical summer showers and thunderstorms will form in the humid air and we are likely to see above normal rainfall during August. 

  • 24 Jul 2018 8:44 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Join us on August 7th for the Turfgrass Research and Technology Field Day at Ohio State in conjunction with the Ohio State Turfgrass Science Team.

    Register Today

    In addition to viewing the latest data on the research plots, learn about some of the new tools available to you from our partners. Some of what you can see and test include:

    TURFWARE EQUIPMENT
    TR360 Spreader
    Innovative ride-on spreader and sprayer designed for reliability, durability, maneuverability and unparalleled hill and slope performance.

    SYNGENTA
    Posterity and Secure Action
    Learn more about these two new revolutionary fungicides to control a broad spectrum of diseases.

    ADVANCED TURF SOLUTIONS
    Foliar-Pak / ArmorTech
    Check out the new products in the Foliar-Pak and ArmorTech lines. Plus, learn more about the SeClear Algaecide.

    GREEN VELVET SOD FARMS
    H3O+ Soil Moisture Management from Ecologel
    Learn more about this revolutionary new chemistry designed to reduce watering, eliminate localized dry spots and improve the overall health of turf.

    CENTURY EQUIPMENT
    Toro Workman GTX, Lynx Smart Satellite and Tory Lynx Smart Module
    Check out some of the latest tools from Toro! From the most versatile, practical and comfortable utility vehicle in its class to the latest in irrigation technology...see how the product offerings from Century Equipment can help.

    SITEONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY
    Smart Guided Systems GPS Spraying System
    Learn more about this unit which prevents gaps, overspray and skips by controlling each nozzle independently.

    BAKER VEHICLE SYSTEMS
    Jacobsen HR Series Mowers

    Featuring 11' (HR600) and 16' (HR800) self-contained rotary mowers, along with the industry's only 14' (HR700) rotary mower, this series of mowers exceeds customers expectations on all fronts...productivity, safety, operator comfort and quality of cut.

    Additional displays and information from:

    Bayer
    Brandt iHammer
    Walker Supply
    MTD/Cub Cadet
    Jacklin Seed/JR Simplot
    Hudson Star Greens Mowers
    Wolf Creek Company
    Pro/Angle Bunker Sand
    Power Equipment Distributors
    Wehrkamp Enterprises
    Amvac Environmental Products

    REGISTER TODAY

  • 16 Jun 2018 6:30 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Thanks to the generous contributions of our Founders Club donors and OTRT contributors, we are pleased to announce two new grants focused on advancing the industry through research and outreach.

    Darrah Research Grant
    Two-year commitment of $7,500 each year for a research project which will benefit turfgrass professionals throughout the region.

    Gregoire Outreach Grant
    $2,500 grant focused on projects supporting our industry ranging from research, extension, outreach, awareness, recruiting and more.

    For more information on these new OTRT grants, click here.

    Click here to learn more about OTRT

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