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I discuss technical turfgrass topics with turfgrass managers, scientists, greenkeepers, and whoever drops by the ATC office hours. There's a lot of talk about the work done to create playing surfaces for golf, and also about growing grass for sporting surfaces of all sort, and also some talk of lawns.
 
Fresh Cut Grass is a weekly podcast in which hosts Jeff Fowler and Tanner Delvalle, Commercial Horticulture Educators with Penn State University, discuss various turfgrass topics with industry professionals from around the US. Topics include all aspects of sports turf management, lawn care, parks, golf, and any other professional turf. Professionals from different segments of the turf industry will be featured as guests, and casual conversation about turf management and turf improvement will ...
 
An educational podcast created to help students in the Brentsville Turfgrass Management Program learn from industry professionals by discussing their careers and experiences in the industry. We aim to learn first hand through this podcast in our virtual classroom.
 
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Paul B. Hurst joined me to discuss the Turfgrass Twitter 2022 analysis. Read more about that at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/turf-twitter-analysis-2022/ See the Turf Twitter 2022 app to find any and all accounts: https://asianturfgrass.shinyapps.io/turf_twitter_2022/ Follow Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreensPro See the Rock Star vid…
 
Tanner and Jeff just returned from the National Sports Field Managers Association Conference in Salt Lake City. They do a quick review of the conference and talk about Season 3 of Fresh Cut Grass and what listeners can look forward to in 2023. National Sports Field Managers Association Jeff Fowler, Penn State Extension Tanner Delvalle, Penn State E…
 
Eric Johnson joined from his office at Chambers Bay to discuss everyday golfing conditions, championship playing surfaces, and workflow using techniques such as clipping volume (#ClipVol), total organic material testing by depth (#OM246), and nutrient supply using #MLSN. You can find Eric on Twitter at https://twitter.com/altshot2 Read more about a…
 
Frank has an in-depth chat with GCSAA’s Director of Government Affairs, and the smartest person in Lawrence, KS, Chava McKeel. Frank and Chava explore the new Memoradum of Understanding between the GCSAA and the EPA, what it means for members, the industry and how it could unlock opportunities for increasing recognition of the value of golf courses…
 
Doug Soldat is a professor in the soil science department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We discussed a recent photo he shared showing dramatically increased snow mold where K fertilizer was applied. Or perhaps it was dramatically reduced snow mold where K fertilizer was not applied. - See the photo we discussed: https://www.asianturfgrass…
 
In this episode of Renovation Report, Bradley S. Klein, Ph.D., talks with former superintendent Tom Feller, general manager at Cedar Rapids Country Club in Iowa. A superintendent at Cedar Rapids for nearly 20 years, Feller discusses overseeing a Ron Prichard-led restoration of the 1915 Donald Ross classic, outlasting a half-dozen general managers b…
 
In this first "It's not just about growing grass" segment of TurfNet All Stars of Turf, we recognize Scott Dodson, CGCS, and John Taylor. Both career superintendents but perhaps better known as the founders of the Golf Course Hockey Challenge, an annual 2-day/4-game tournament that attracted as many as 16 teams of hockey playing superintendents, as…
 
Jordon Bowling found his calling into turfgrass management a little later than most, at 22 with a six-month old son to boot. His brother-in-law, Chad Kuzawa, was an NC State turf grad making the rounds of some clubs in the southeast and convinced Jordon to visit from his home in Michigan and shadow him for a couple of days. That set things in motio…
 
We start 2023 with a different type of episode where I go through my take on the SFMA conference of 2023 from my experience and all of the incredible works of industry professionals. It is incredible to see all of the incredible industry professionals and what they are working on creating the movement in the new year. Thank you to all that made it …
 
Detailed answers are at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/soil-sampling-and-interpetation-questions-om246-mlsn/ I also recommended these blogs/newsletters: Chris Tritabaugh's ct_turf newsletter: https://ctunderscoreturf.substack.com/ Jason Haines' Fusariummy blog: https://fusariummy.blogspot.com/ See the ATC newsletters at https://subscribepage.c…
 
Chad Allen, finishing up his first year as golf course superintendent at the Club at Chatham Hills near Indianapolis, IN, has a unique background and training as a substance abuse and addiction counselor prior to shifting to turf management. A recent attendee of both Green Start and the Syngenta Business Institute, Chad employs a "bottom up" manage…
 
Here's the list we were talking about. These are the ten posts no one read last year (in relative terms): https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/ten-posts-no-one-read-last-year-2022/ Listen to Joe's "The Talking Greenkeeper" podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-talking-greenkeeper/id1435947281 Watch this episode at https://youtu.be/bGz…
 
I discussed the philosophy behind this post: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/is-two-tenths-of-a-pound-of-nitrogen-a-lot-or-a-little/ On a related topic, see this one about organic matter that was never there: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/what-if-it-was-never-there/ Watch this episode at https://youtu.be/8Eh_RkE1HGQ Read more about all ki…
 
Dr. John Dempsey speaks with Frank in this episode of Frankly Speaking focusing on how plant defenses can be activated using certain products and what that defense activation means. Enjoy some lively Irish banter from Dr. Dempsey about his career and our usual deep-dive segment where we endeavor to understand how plants defend themselves against st…
 
I showed photos from this post: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/flights-favorite-turf-photos-2022/ Watch this episode at https://youtu.be/eZIzaF7g6w8 Read more about all kinds of turfgrass topics at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/ Find turfgrass information and decision-making tools at https://www.paceturf.org/ See the PACE Turf YouTube channel…
 
Frank chats with regular guest Brian Whitlark, Senior Consulting Agronomist for the USGA’s West Region about getting ready for Desert Golf Season. How did the overseeding go and with more folks staying around in the summer months, how is transition been the last few years? Of course, no conversation would be complete with discussion of water use in…
 
These posts were discussed in this episode: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/measuring-backwards-and-planning-forwards/ https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/key-moments-automatically-added-on-videos/ https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/pace-turf-updates-in-2022/ https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/some-surprising-results/ https://www.asianturfgra…
 
In this episode, Tanner, Jeff, and Nina discuss field safety from a different perspective. Nina Johnson-Pitt works for Little League International as a Senior Strategist and is also a Little League Mom. This episode discusses how field safety goes deeper than player safety on the field. Nina’s daughter is a softball pitcher, and we discuss the mech…
 
What a way to end the 2022 year with an incredible industry Leader Mr. Jerad Minnick of the Maryland Soccerplex. An awesome conversation about so many hot topics in the turfgrass industry, discussing the significance of finding the next generation of sportsfield managers and just allowing everyone to know who we are as sports field managers. It is …
 
This is an awesome episode with the 2022 Minor League Baseball Groundskeeper of the Year, Charlie Weaver. Charlie has done a great job in starting the new facility of Toyota Stadium just a couple of years ago. It has been an incredible journey to follow as he has had an active role in recruiting the next generation of sports field managers by invit…
 
Tanner and Jeff talk with Tom Bettle, facility manager of the Joseph Valentine Turf Research Facility in University Park, PA. Tom was a golf course superintendent for 25 years prior to working for Penn State. He works with university faculty to ensure they have space and the proper conditions for field research. Jeff Fowler, Penn State Extension Ta…
 
We have industry leader Erin Wilder of Sod Solution Pros in this episode. This was an awesome episode with some great conversation about Erin's career and the incredible work she has done while running different departments of Sod Solutions. We discussed industry-altering products with incredible varieties like Northbridge Bermudagrass. It was also…
 
Dr. Roch Gaussoin and I discussed soil organic matter, soil organic material, and a lot of things related that that topic. Read more about all kinds of turfgrass topics at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/ Find turfgrass information and decision-making tools at https://www.paceturf.org/ See the PACE Turf YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/use…
 
Tanner and Jeff talk with their colleague, Brian Walsh, about the spotted lanternfly. The spotted lanternfly was first discovered in Berks County, PA, and moved as far west as Detroit and as far south as North Carolina. While not a turf pest, it is one that turf professionals do find periodically. Brian talks about the insect and the damage that it…
 
Jared Viarengo of Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania, bucked a trend early in his career by also becoming general manager at the club in eastern Pennsylvania. Since then, Viarengo's role has expanded as the club's director of grounds and director of club operations. In this broadcast, Viarengo discusses how his career started in the fiel…
 
Find out more about #OM246 testing at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/tag/om246/ Read Chris's blog with more about this topic at https://ct-turf.medium.com/ Read more about all kinds of turfgrass topics at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/ Find turfgrass information and decision-making tools at https://www.paceturf.org/ See the PACE Turf YouTube chann…
 
Tanner and Jeff talk with industry expert Dr. Mike Goatley of Virginia Tech. He talks about his research and his proudest moments in his 34 years in academia. Dr. Goatley is a world-renowned pillar of the turf industry—you won’t want to miss this one! Jeff Fowler, Penn State Extension (host) Tanner Delvalle, Penn State Extension (host) Dr. Michael …
 
Frank catches up with longtime colleague Professor Jim Baird of UC-Riverside. Frank and Jim discuss a career path that led from a youthful interest in golf and course care to his current role as the lone turfgrass scientist in the UC system. Jim speaks frankly about water, overseeding, product evaluations and the Bermudagrass breeding program that …
 
In this episode, we have two incredible members of the Southeast region who play a vital role in developing and hosting one of the largest regional events for a chapter of the Sports Field Management Association. In this podcast, there was an incredible discussion about this event and how it has grown over the years into a truly incredible educatio…
 
This episode is about soil organic matter (excludes plant material) and total organic material (like it sounds). Blog posts and calculators discussed include: - https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/how-much-did-the-grass-grow-underground/ - https://asianturfgrass.shinyapps.io/om246/ - https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/two-soil-organic-matter-timel…
 
Tanner and Jeff talk with Jerad Minnick, Founder and Lead Advisor of Natural Grass Advisory Group. There are more than a dozen ways to reduce compaction's effects. In this episode, we discuss several different pieces of equipments that can be used under different scenarios. Jerad is a longtime natural grass advocate who brings years of turf managem…
 
Interactive Park Grass photo gallery: https://doi.org/10.23637/rpg5-plotphotos-01 ATC blog post: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/park-grass-photos/ Rossi and Woods on dogma: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/fertilizer-and-weeds-at-park-grass/ Park Grass video: https://youtu.be/-3-Pm5JUQZ4 Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/417ku…
 
An episode you do not want to miss with an industry legend Josh McPherson. With his recent move to the MLS, he has developed a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown St. Louis. We dive into his journey through the turfgrass industry and all of the incredible professionals that have been a part of his story and see the different peop…
 
Frank sat down recently with the Montgomery County Revenue Authorities Director of Agronomy, Jon Lobenstine to discuss his career development, experiences overseeing 9 golf courses, creating an inclusive culture, as well as robots, GPS sprayers, organic matter and even vineyard management! In typical, “Frankly Speaking-style”, these two cover a lot…
 
This was a weird one for me as my students flipped the script on me as they asked to set up the guest for the 100th episode of our podcast. As they took the reigns, I had no idea they would bring on people to ask me the questions I have been asking industry professionals. My students' passion is shown in this episode and should be celebrated, as th…
 
In this episode of Renovation Report, Bradley S. Klein, Ph.D., talks with superintendent-turned-consultant Josh Lewis of Gradoville-Hertzing Management Group about the state of the industry in California. Lewis, who worked as a superintendent in Washington and California, also discusses the scope and escalating cost of restoration projects in Calif…
 
I discussed this blog post: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/is-carbon-the-next-frontier-in-fertilization/ Also this one, how much carbon and humus are in the soil? https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/how-much-carbon-and-humus-are-in-the-soil/ This video gives an intro to the 2022 Tour de Fungus: https://youtube.com/shorts/x36-KkZ_VFo?feature=sh…
 
Tanner and Jeff talk with Jeff Salmond with United Turf and Track about his personal decision to take better care of himself. A routine physical led to a bunch of tests, and a couple of days later, it led to major surgery! We talk about the impact of stress on our bodies and how to better care of our own bodies for the sake of our loved ones! Jeff …
 
By far one of our best episodes with one of the best in our industry Mr. Jimmy Simpson. It was a tremendous opportunity to discuss his current role and how he has taken his experience in our industry and seen growth in working in all areas of public works. We discussed many hot topics in the turfgrass industry that play a role in who we are as spor…
 
Tanner and Jeff talk with Mike Buras, head grounds manager for Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts. The club opened in 1878, and Mike is only the 5th head grounds manager. On the show, we discuss the agronomic practices used in caring for grass courts. Mike surprises us with a discussion about turf species used for tennis courts.…
 
Our latest Rising Star of Turf is J. Richard Brown, newly minted golf course superintendent at Florence (SC) Country Club. Richard got the nod for the Florence job after ten years "apprenticeship" in the South Carolina golf market, starting with five years at various courses in Myrtle Beach before becoming the senior assistant at Orangeburg Country…
 
Is growth stimulation the real benefit of coring turfgrass? https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/coring-maybe-real-benefit-is-something-else/ Organic matter reduction calculations from coring: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/hollow-tine-solid-topdress-organic-matter/ How much nitrogen mineralization is reasonable to expect from soil organic matt…
 
One of my favorite episodes with one of my best friends from this industry Mr. Kody Tingler. It was an awesome time discussing the different aspects of his career and his journey through the industry. Reminiscing on some great times in college and our time in the industry. An Episode you do not want to miss.…
 
Tanner and Jeff talk with Andy Ommen about his journey to transform McLean County PONY Field into a Sports Field Management Association (SFMA) Field of the Year! Since then, Andy has started a company that renovates and maintains natural grass surfaces. He has a fantastic story to tell about volunteer involvement in making improvements to turf surf…
 
Signals of a changing climate are everywhere, from more intense storms to more frequent droughts. The basis of this change lies in carbon emissions and the solution potentially lies in sequestering the carbon into our soils. Grasses are perfect vehicles for this process. In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi speaks with Drs. Claire Phill…
 
Some career superintendents make their marks by hosting major tournaments or pushing the agronomic envelope, while others quietly go about their business of growing great grass while also navigating the potholes and pitfalls that invariably spring up over time. John Carlone, CGCS, has done that over 37 years as a golf course superintendent at two c…
 
We discussed this post: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/overseeding-inflection/ Larry and I previously discussed the turfgrass growth potential on the ATC Office Hours: https://youtu.be/oZgXv3ZaHkQ Watch this episode at https://youtu.be/LMikMjQHc04 Read more about all kinds of turfgrass topics at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/ Find turfgrass i…
 
This was an episode that a lot of sports field managers are excited to hear about because Zach has pushed the boundaries of what we do as sports field managers and the work that he has done with the Ironcutter Bermudagrass in a Northern local with so many environmental factors most sports field managers do not experience in the Lake effect off Lake…
 
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