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2017 Michigan Turfgrass Conference

  • 03 Jan 2017
  • 9:00 AM
  • 05 Jan 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • MSU Kellogg Center

Registration

  • Full conference registration includes three days of educational programming and the vendor half-time show on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Program at the Hancock Turf Research Center - lunch included in registration.
  • Program at the Hancock Turf Research Center - lunch included with registration.
  • Program at the Hancock Turf Research Center - lunch included with registration.
  • One day conference registration for educational sessions on Tuesday, Jan. 3
  • One day conference registration for educational sessions and the vendor half-time show on Wednesday, Jan. 4
  • One day conference registration for educational sessions on Thursday, Jan. 5
  • Std display booth 6 x 6 ft includes a 6 ft x 25 inch table, skirting, 2 chairs, and 2 conference registrations. Each booth is $500, to add an additional booth to your registration please add a 'Guest'. For details on table location please contact Jennifer Maszatics at 517-392-5003.

Registration is closed

Preregistration is now closed - please register on site at the Kellogg Center beginning Jan. 3 at 7:30 am

Hotel reservations at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center can be made using the group code 1612MITURR to receive a room rate of $109/night. Please reserve hotel rooms by Dec. 13, 2016.

MDARD pesticide recertification credits available in Comm. Core, Priv. Core, 3A, 3B, and 6

GCSAA education points: 1.85

January 3 Golf Session  (6 MDARD credits, 0.60 GCSAA education points)                 

9:00 AM Manipulating potassium tissue levels to manage bentgrass/Poa populations - Dr. Doug Soldat, Univ. Wisconsin

10:00 AM The Renovation of Ballybunion Golf Club -John Bambury, Ballybunion Golf Club

11:00 AM Turfgrass nutrition and research Update - Dr.Kevin Frank

11:30 AM Turfgrass IPM programs and research update - Dr.Thom Nikolai

12:00 PM   Lunch

1:30 PM Adjuvants and the Power of the Spray Droplet in Pest Control - Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue Univ.

2:30 PM Climbing in the Himalaya: the gifts of taking a risk - Steve Cook, Oakland Hills CC

3:30 PM Turfgrass pathology research update - Dr.  Joe Vargas

4:30 PM    Annual Meetings MiGCSA, MTF, MiSTMA

Jan. 3 Lawn care, Grounds, and Athletic Fields Session (6 MDARD credits, 0.6 STMA CEUs)

9:00 AM    Turfgrass Diseases - Nancy Dykema, MSU

10:00 AM   Turfgrass Weeds – Aaron Hathaway, MSU

11:00 AM  Responding to a Pesticide Spill - Dr. Fred     Whitford, Purdue Univ.

12:00 PM   Lunch

1:30 PM    Basics for Landscape and Irrigation Professionals - Lynda Wightman, Hunter Industries

2:30 PM    Turfgrass Soil Management - Dr. Doug Soldat, Univ. Wisconsin

3:30 PM    Turfgrass Insects - Dr. David Smitley, MSU

4:30 PM    Annual Meetings MiGCSA, MTF, MiSTMA

January 4: Golf Session (4 MDARD credits, 0.60 GCSAA education points)                           

8:00 AM     USGA Regional Update – Bob Vavrek, USGA

9:00 AM    Calcium, sodium, and iron layering in USGA putting greens – problems or not? – Dr. Doug Soldat, Univ. Wisconsin 

10:00 AM   European vs. American turf management: does a hybrid model work? – John Bambury, Ballybunion Golf Club

11:00 AM   Complexity, simplicity, and pitfalls of irrigation efficiency – Lynda Wightman, Hunter Industries

12:00 PM    Lunch

January 4: Lawn care, Grounds, and Athletic Fields Session (4 MDARD credits, 0.6 STMA CEUs)

8:00 AM    Michigan pesticide laws and regulations: what you need to know – Gary King, Pesticide Enforcement Specialist, MDARD

9:00 AM     Cultural practices to optimize athletic field performance – Dale Getz, Toro

10:00 AM   Planning and managing an MLB All-Star week –   Steve Lord, Cincinnatti Reds

11:00 AM  Managing change – Bruce Williams

12:00 PM   Lunch

January 4: Assistant Golf Course Superintendents Session

9:00 AM     Skills that set you apart – Bruce Williams

10:00 AM   Renovation of Meadowbrook CC – Brian Hilfinger, Meadowbrook CC

General Session (0.2 STMA CEUs)

1:30 PM    Leadership presentation – Mark Hollis, MSU

2:30 PM    Crystal ball for the future of turf – Bruce Williams

3:30 PM    Scholarship Awards

4:00 PM    Vendor Half-Time Show

January 4: Equipment Technicians Session (Hancock Turfgrass Research Center)

8:00 AM    Registration

8:30 AM    Jacobsen/Textron HR Series 600/700/800 series – Ben Bruce and Greg Walker

9:30 AM    Break

9:45 AM    John Deere/JW Turf – The latest technology of   the 9009 rough mower - Mike Honeycheck, John   Deere Technical Support

10:45 AM  Break

11:00 AM  Shop parts organization -  Jason Tyson, Wyndgate C.C.

12:00 PM  Lunch

1:00 PM    Toro/Spartan Distributors - Tier 4 technology   Questions and Answers John Garlets and Jeff Patten       

4:00 PM     Vendor Half-Time Show at the Kellogg Center     

January 5: Golf Session (7 MDARD credits, 0.65 GCSAA education points)

8:00 AM    Turf Research Elevator Talks - MSU Graduate Students

8:30 AM    Physiology Research Update - Dr. Emily Merewitz

9:00 AM    Contracting vs. Construction Management - Paul Albanese, Albanese & Lutzke Golf Course Construction

10:00 AM  More questions than answers - high performance putting surface management - Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell

11:00 AM  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 2016 - Pat Jones, Golf Course Industry

12:00 PM  Lunch                      

Innovative Golf Course Superintendents Session

1:30 PM     Legacy Tree Program at Traverse City CC - Steve Hammon, Traverse City CC

2:00 PM     Practice area renovation project - Greg Pattinson, Highland Meadows CC

2:30 PM     Growing in the Loop at Forest Dunes - Brian Moore, Forest Dunes Golf Club

3:00 PM         Indian Trails Renovation - Craig Kooengia, Indian Trails GC

3:30 PM         Meadowbrook CC Renovation - Jared Milner, Meadowbrook CC

4:00 PM         Adjourn  

January 5: Athletic Fields Session (7 MDARD credits, 0.7 STMA CEUs)

8:00 AM          What have we learned from 6 years of pesticide ban on K-12 playing fields - Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell

9:00 AM          Special Events: Minimizing damage when saying no is not an option - Steve Lord, Cincinnati Reds

10:00 AM       Selecting Sands for Topdressing Athletic Fields - Dr. Jim Crum, MSU

11:00 AM       MiSTMA Field of the Year Presentation

12:00 PM       Lunch

1:30 PM         How to prepare for a MiOSHA inspection - Mark Frever, Western Michigan University

2:30 PM         Getting the clay out! Maintenance tips for removing infield and mound clay out of natural and synthetic turf - Jason Demink, Univ. Michigan

3:00 PM        Speaker TBD

4:00 PM         Adjourn

January 5: Lawn Care and Grounds (7 MDARD credits, 0.7 STMA CEUs)

 8:00 AM          Building your team: how to attract, retain, and motivate the right people - Dana Davis, Pro-Motion Consulting

9:00 AM          Don't get stung: tips for working safely around stinging and biting insects - Howard Russell, MSU

10:00 AM       Landscape Management: Fertilizing, Pruning, and Bed Maintenance - Dr. Robert Schutzki, MSU

11:00 AM       Diagnosing diseases in the landscape - Dr. Jan Byrne, MSU Diagnostic Services

12:00 PM       Lunch

1:30 PM         Weeds and Seeds: developing alternatives to traditional herbicides - Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell

2:30 PM         The state of the lawn care industry - Chuck Bowen, Lawn and Landscape Industry

3:30 PM         Annual Bluegrass Weevil Management in Lawns - Ross Miller, Country Club of Detroit

4:00 PM         Adjourn

January 5: Equipment Technicians Session (Hancock Turfgrass Research Center)

8:00 AM          Registration

8:30 AM          Utility vehicles from Jacobsen/Textron - Ben Bruce and Greg Walker

10:00 AM       Break

10:15 AM       Tips and tricks shop talk - Jason Tyson  Wyndgate C.C. 

11:30 AM       Lunch

12:30 PM       Overview of Toro sprayers & updated technology - John Garlets and Jeff Patten

2:00 PM         Adjourn                                

            


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The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation exists to promote safe, healthy turf surfaces for all Michigan residents.

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