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  • I couldn’t decide on a picture for the title slide so I just threw this in as filler. If you have a good picture worthy of the cover we’ll go with that.
  • So why did we choose to discuss this topic. Well, the “Green” movement has been hard to escape. It seems that you notice it everywhere you turn and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. As an example consider the use of the word “Green”. Each year Lake Superior State University publishes a list of the most used and abused words and phrases that they feel should be banished from the English language. In 2009 “Green” and “Going-green” received the most nominations. In case your interested the 2010 list includes: shovel-ready, transparency, czar, tweet, app, sexting, “friend” as a verb, teachable moment, in these economic times, stimulus, toxic assets, too big to fail, bromance, chillaxin, Obama-prefix or roots… Obamanomics, Obamanation, Obamafication, Obamacare, Obamalicious, Obamaland, and Obamanough.
  • IPM promotes the use of more than one approach to manage pests at acceptable levels. IPM in a turfgrass setting uses a strategy of adapted grasses, cultural practices, and management strategies (i.e. treating curatively at times, or only treating high “in play” areas) to control pests. Obviously, the goal of the program is to reduce the overall use of pesticides on golf courses.
  • So how can you get started with an IPM program at your facility? The Environmental Institute for Golf recently finished and released an IPM planning guide that guides you through the process of developing and implementing an IPM plan at your facility. And best of all its free!
  • Other goals are agronomic (topdress greens weekly), budgetary (in-house construction), and other (update to a smartphone)
  • Visit a website with 30 year weather history and punch numbers into the form. Growth potential is the projection of turf growth, anything under 50% is considered under stress. Nitrogen requirements are tabulated for you based on the data entered.
  • Organize plan into logical groups, identify risks and reduce impact by treating those areas, identify sensitive areas like water bodies, enhance communication
  • Complete a worksheet for each management zone, identify key pests then determine the best practices and products to manage them
  • Plan based on science and logic including climate, pests, turf growth and golf play. Blue print for planning and organizing budgets, purchases, applications, and used as a communication tool to explain the science and logic behind your management plan to your staff, ownership, golfers and public.
  • Not required but helpful in selecting products and practices. Estimate and compare costs of applications easily. Keep records and total yearly costs per management zone.
  • Key pest
  • Key pest: Moss
  • 9 white green
  • I thought this slide could provoke some discussion on a plan of action that can be taken once the conference is over and people find themselves back at their facility. Obviously the program is not mandatory, but it could be well worth the time and effort both for the facility and individual to invest in an IPM plan. Being able to plan and implement an IPM program could be a huge advantage professionally, especially moving forward in today’s world.
  • See an exponential growth in environmental laws and regulation in 1970s and 80s. IRS tax codes – a life of their own… needed, yes, some, some not, some redundant – Reinventing EPA/regs Gore This rings true for Golf Courses – GCSAA legal help desk site examples…
  • My plan is to remove most of the test from this slide but I left it here for now to study from. I agree that it might be a good idea to make the audience aware of the type of restrictions Canada is currently facing.

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  • 1. How to Plan & Implement IPM at your Facility Building a document for sustainable golf course management
  • 2. The Green Movement is here to stay Green Building Green Green Solutions Greening Going Green Green Technology Green Initiatives
  • 3. An Understanding of IPM and its Goals are Necessary for a Successful Program
    • What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
    • How does this apply to turf?
    • What is the goal of an IPM program?
    • Who benefits from the program?
  • 4.  
  • 5. IPM Plan Overview
    • Goal Setting
    • Climate Appraisal
    • Management Zone Inventory
    • Pest Worksheet
    • IPM Planner
    • Financial Considerations
  • 6. 1. Goal Setting
    • Identify goals for the program to achieve
      • Assess the success of the program
      • Help communicate vision for your facility
    • Established goals from various categories
      • Agronomic
      • Environmental
      • Budgetary
  • 7. Step 1. Goal Setting Environmental Description Target Completion Actual Completion Complete water quality tests from at least 3 sources 7/1/2011 Run air hose to wash area to blow equipment versus washing 5/1/2011 Audubon re-certification 3/1/2011 Create pesticide container recycling program 5/1/2011
  • 8. 2. Climate Appraisal
    • Uses historical weather data to predict turf growth and performance
    • Growth Potential Concept
      • Observed temp
      • Optimum temp for turf growth
  • 9. Step 2. Climate Appraisal
  • 10. Step 2. Climate Appraisal
  • 11. 3. Management Zone Inventory
      • Defining areas or “zones” at your facility that have common management features
        • Greens
        • Tees
        • Fairways
        • Rough
        • Other or special areas
  • 12. Step 3. Management Zone Inventory Greens Subzones Number Description 1 Pushup greens south side 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 Blue; 1, 2, 3 White 2 Old sand based greens 3, 4, 7 Blue; 1, 2, 6, 8, 9 Yellow; Putting Green 3 Newer USGA sand based greens 4-9 White; 3, 4, 5, 7 Yellow 4 Hot spots: 4, 5, 6 Blue; 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 White; 9 Yellow 5 Old Penncross that management: 1-3 White; 1-6, 8, 9 Blue; 2, 6, 8, 9, Yellow, Putting Green 6 Pushup greens require more rolling for speed management 7 Treat for grubs and surface feeders 8 Spot treat for ants
  • 13. 4. Pest Worksheet
      • Identify and rank pests for each zone
      • Identify practices and products to manage them
      • Pests could include
        • Insects
        • Diseases
        • Weeds
        • Other
  • 14. Step 4. Pest Worksheet
  • 15. 5. IPM Planner
      • A blueprint outlining your entire plan
        • Logic and strategies based on science
      • Agronomic
      • Insect
      • Disease
      • Weed
  • 16. Step 5. IPM Planner
  • 17. Step 5. IPM Planner
  • 18. 6. Financial Considerations
      • A benefit of your planning could be financial savings
      • Budget worksheet
        • Estimate and compare cost of products
        • Provide a record of products applied, frequency, and rate of application
  • 19. Step 6. Financial Considerations
  • 20. Practical IPM Key Pest: Snow Mold
  • 21. Practical IPM Key Pest: Silvery Thread Moss
  • 22. Practical IPM Key Pest: Golfers
  • 23. Practical IPM Moss Trials on Nursery Green
  • 24. Practical IPM Key Pest: Pythium
  • 25. Practical IPM Basamid Fumigation of Nursery Green
  • 26. Where Do You Go From Here?
  • 27. Why IPM and Golf Courses?
    • When carefully managed, golf courses can be successfully blended with the natural environment to preserve natural habitat and provide a community asset.
  • 28. Why IPM and Golf Courses?
    • Among top five reasons people play golf – “it puts them in touch with nature.” (NGF)
    • 90% of golfers believe in need to protect the environment. (GCM)
    • 95% superintendents state that the environment is “very important” to the future of golf. (GCM)
  • 29. What Does the Future Hold?
  • 30. Proactive is better than Reactive
    • Ontario IPM Accreditation Program (IPMAP): Mandatory as of April 22, 2012
    • Scout Forms
    • Product Application Forms
    • Equipment Calibration Form
    • Hot Spot Management Record
    • Annual Report
    • Map
    • Training Documentation
  • 31. Summary
    • 6 Step plan
    • Time investment to complete
    • Documenting much of what you currently do
    • The result is a comprehensive plan based on scientific data you can use to educate staff, golfers and the public
    • Living document to be reviewed and updated
  • 32. QUESTIONS?