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  • 30 Jun 2017 2:29 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    By Jay Hobgood, Ph.D., Ohio State University

    The average temperature for July will be above normal.  Precipitation will be near normal for the month. 

    The weather pattern in July will feature the typical hot humid weather associated with the middle of summer.  A large high pressure system centered over the Atlantic Ocean will circulate warm humid air over Ohio during much of the month.  Cold fronts will move south from Canada occasionally and they will provide brief breaks from the heat and humidity.  Since the wind will blow predominantly from the south, the average temperature will end up being above average for July.  Summertime thunderstorms and the occasional cold fronts will combine to produce near average rainfall in many parts of the state.

  • 22 Jun 2017 2:17 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Thank you to Reynolds Golf & Turf for their recent commitment to the Partners in Excellence program.

    "Reynolds Golf & Turf and John Deere Golf are always happy to support the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and its mission to advance the turfgrass industry through research, education and advocacy. The turfgrass profession has some amazing people giving a lot of their time and effort into an industry they love. These professionals deserve the resources and knowledge to do their jobs to the best of their abilities."

    - Michael Bode, Reynolds Golf & Turf

    To learn more about Reynolds Golf & Turf, please click here to visit their website.

  • 7 Jun 2017 7:27 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Thanks to our host, Todd Voss and the team at the Double Eagle Club for the educational tour of one of America's highest ranked facilities.

    Attendees ranged from superintendents, sports field managers, suppliers, students and educators. Lessons learned were applicable for all turfgrass managers; including poa annua management, soil profiles and more.

    Check out some photos from the event by clicking here.

  • 11 May 2017 8:05 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE

    BEST SAND
    SILENCE SAYS IT ALL IN BUNKER MAINTENANCE
    Proper sand can "make or break" a bunker project. Learn how Best Sand's Tour Grade Signature Blend helped Crooked Stick Golf Club superintendent, Jake Gargasz provide superb aesthetics and playability during their recent renovation.
    Click here to learn more

    SYNGENTA
    REGISTER FOR WEEVILTRAK TODAY
    The key to successful ABW control is not only choosing the best products - it's equally important to use them at the right time.
    Visit WeevilTrak Home Page

    GREEN VELVET SOD FARMS
    GREEN VELVET TIMES
    News and updates from the Green Velvet Sod Farms team. Check out issue 195 for spring of 2017.
    Read the newsletter

    CENTURY EQUIPMENT
    TORO WORKMAN GTX UTILITY VEHICLES
    The Workman GTX is the first vehicle in its class to provide the comfort, control and versatility that you have been asking for. The all-new GTX is Simply Superior.
    Watch the video to learn more

    BASF
    ON THE MONEY
    Staying the course with Xzemplar Fungicide.
    Click here to learn more

    SITEONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY
    STAYING ON THE SAME PAGE WITH YOUR BUSINESS
    No matter what part of the green industry you work in, SiteOne has the products for you.
    View the SiteOne catalogs


    TURFWARE
    THE TURFWARE HILL TEST
    See how the TurfWare TR360 ride-on-spreader passes up the competition on hills and slopes. No more slipping or roto-tilling your customers' lawns!
    Watch the video to learn more

    Learn more about our other Partners in Excellence by visiting them online:

    Ag Design | www.agriculturaldesign.net
    Baker Vehicle | www.bakervehicle.com
    Reynolds Golf & Turf | Reynolds Golf & Turf
    Target Specialty Products | www.target-specialty.com

    NEWS FROM OUR PREMIUM PARTNERS


    BAYER
    Bayer: Indemnify
    Click here to learn more


    SUNBELT RENTALS
    Safety Training
    Click here to learn more

    ADVANCED TURF SOLUTIONS
    Check Your Calibration
    Click here to learn more

    HARRELL'S
    Polyon Fertilizer: Benefits at a Glance
    Click here to learn more

    COURSE & CLUB GOLF OUTFITTERS
    DESIGNED TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN YOUR CLUB'S IMAGE
    Click here to learn more

    THE HILL COMPANY
    The Story Behind tvSTS
    Click here to learn more

    LEGACY TURF & ORNAMENTAL
    Patch Work and Overseeding
    Click here to watch the video

    BRANDT IHAMMER
    BRANDT iHammer Golfer Ethan Tracy Earns First Web.com Victory
    Click here to learn more

    PENNINGTON SEED
    Pro Turf Seasonal Tips
    Click here to learn more

    MEDINA SOD FARMS
    Sod Blends and Mixtures
    Click here to learn more

    HELENA
    Helena Professional
    Click here to learn more

    WALKER SUPPLY
    Are You Fighting Earthworm Castings?
    Click here to learn more

  • 5 May 2017 8:05 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation was recently recognized by the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) with three awards for excellence in communication.

    Designed to acknowledge the wealth of outstanding communications generated by the Green industry, the TOCA Communications Awards recognize outstanding writing, design, photography, videography and interactive efforts in Publishing and Marketing Communications.

    Best Overall Design - Printed Newsletter
    Spring 2016 OTF Turf News
    View the newsletter

    Best Mobile Application
    OTF Conference & Show Mobile App

    Merit Award -
    Most Engaging Social Media Campaign

    Tweet for Cash presented by Green Velvet Sod Farms
    Learn more about the campaign

    Thanks to all of our content contributors, partners and members for making this recognition possible. We're working to enhance these and other programs to improve the value of your membership.

    About TOCA

    The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) is composed of editors, writers, publishers, photographers, public relations/advertising practitioners, industry association leaders, manufacturers and others involved in green industry communications.

    From its beginnings in 1990, TOCA has been serving members of the green industry by fostering an open exchange of information regarding issues that affect how we communicate to our various audiences.

  • 7 Apr 2017 1:47 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Dr. David Gardner of the Ohio State University offers suggestions for control of winter annuals, crabgrass and more in the latest OTF Turf Tips video!


  • 6 Apr 2017 8:40 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Ready to overseed this spring and need quality weed control options?

    Timing has as much to do with control as the type of product you use for control. Be sure to plan ahead when considering your options.

    For a detailed review of weed control options during spring overseeding, read a recent article by Pam Sherratt of the Ohio State University featured in Sports Turf Online.

    Click here to read

  • 27 Mar 2017 3:06 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    We would like to thank Target Specialty Products for their recent commitment to the Partners in Excellence program!

    "Residex/Turfgrass has been a proud member of OTF for the past several years.  We have experienced tremendous growth as a company over that time which has lead to our joining forces with Target Specialty Products as one national company dedicated to serving the turf and ornamental markets. We believe by partnering with key organizations like OTF, we will ensure the future of our business is a bright one.  Target Specialty Products is dedicated to this business and is extremely proud to partner with OTF as a Partner in Excellence!"

    Brett Garrard, Midwest Regional Sales Manager
    Target Specialty Products


    For more information about Target Specialty Products, visit them online:

    www.target-specialty.com

  • 8 Mar 2017 9:07 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Written by Dr. Jay Hobgood, Ohio State University

    There will be a fast west to east flow in the upper levels during the first half of March.  That flow will carry weather systems quickly across the U.S.  Southerly winds ahead of each storm will transport unseasonably warm moist air over Ohio. 

    After each storm passes northwesterly winds will transport cooler, but seasonable air over the state.  With no snow cover on the ground and mainly west to east flow, the potential for a period of very cold weather is very low.  So, we will see frequent shifts in the temperature, but the average temperature for the entire month of March should be above normal. 

    Periodic flows of moist air over the state and a series of storms will likely produce above normal precipitation during the month.  Most of the precipitation will fall in the form of rain, but if a storm takes just the right track, it could bring snow.  There is almost no ice on any of the Great Lakes and so northwesterly flow across the lakes could produce lake effect snow in the usual parts of Ohio.

  • 5 Feb 2017 10:55 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)
    Jason Straka, partner at Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design and active industry proponent, is commencing his term as President of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation’s (OTF) Executive Committee.  A long-time Trustee on the Foundation’s board, Straka just completed his one year term as the 2016 Vice President and has also served as Treasurer and member of the Foundation’s Education Committee.

    “As a strong believer in the mission of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation, it is with great excitement that I begin my term as the Foundation’s President,” Straka said.  “It is an honor to be the first golf course architect to serve in this capacity, and I value the privilege to continue OTF’s legacy of supporting the turfgrass community.”

    One of Straka's primary objectives for 2017 includes launching the Buckeyes for Environmentally Sustainable Turfgrass (BEST) program. BEST, which has been in the development stage for several years, will provide turfgrass managers an opportunity to earn recognition as environmental stewards by following industry best practices.

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