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“I wasn’t seeing any disease anywhere, anytime”

“Soil Tech's program fits our mission statement pretty well. I mean, if you look at any mission statement, you're trying to do it cheaper and more responsible and more renewable and all those keywords. But I think we're actually doing it better than most, for sure,” says Jeff Hoste, superintendent of Village Greens Golf Course in Chicago, IL. Jeff has been a Superintendent for over 20 years. He says “My GCSAA card says 30 so I was an assistant for [...] Continue Reading →

Soil Techs’ Bio-fungicide Research History

Soil Techs’ Bio-fungicide Research History In 1989, Soil Technologies Corp. (Soil Tech), a leading research firm in the area of biological inputs for agriculture, submitted a project funding proposal to the Iowa Product Development Corporation Fund (IPDCF). In 1990, Soil Tech was awarded with a PROPEL grant of nearly $300,000 to accelerate market development of a “non-toxic, biological fungicide for the turfgrass pathogens commonly known as Leaf Spot and Dollar Spot.”  Even though there had been earlier research on the concept of biological control of [...] Continue Reading →

TurfTech Bio-Min: Enhancing soil fertility and health for over 30 years

TurfTech Bio-Min: Enhancing soil fertility and health for over 30 years TurfTech Bio-Min has been providing golf course superintendents with a unique problem-solving tool for over three decades. This multi-action bio-fertilizer: cuts fertilizer needs, replaces minerals that may have been depleted due to clipping removal, reduces soil compaction, and suppresses turfgrass pathogens. TurfTech Bio-Min’s easy-to-use formulation consists of: 1) nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria that restore the soil’s biological fertility; 2) beneficial bacteria to inhibit fungal development; 3) volcanic minerals that supply over 60 major and minor elements; 4) polysaccharides that improve crumb structure [...] Continue Reading →

Could farm subsidies actually harm people and the planet?

Could farm subsidies actually harm people and the planet? In an article written this month by Damian Carrington, environment editor for The Guardian, he cites a report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), that says “almost 90% of the $540bn in global subsidies given to farmers every year are “harmful.”” Read full article here. Continue Reading →

Is the Fall Armyworm on the Rise?

Is the Fall Armyworm on the Rise? According to two recent articles by Genevieve Croft, International Affairs Fellow, Office of the Chief Scientist in Research and Science, and Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications, the Fall Armyworm is on the rise and according to Croft “posing a threat to global food security.” In Crofts recent article, she says that the “Fall Armyworm (Spdoptera frugiperda) is a destructive pest that can feed on 80 different crop species, including corn.” Read the full article here. In Russell’s article on July [...] Continue Reading →

Robotic Weeders Have Gone From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Robotic Weeders Have Gone From Science Fiction to Science Fact Weeds can be one of the most trourblesome problems, especially for organic farmers. But now there's a solution that looks like something out of the pages of science fiction--robotic weeders! This recent article in The Guardian provides a quick overview of various robotic farming methods being used in field and greenhouse, as well as the reasons robots may be a solution for farmers dealing with high costs, labor shortages, and the need to decrease chemical inputs.  Continue Reading →

Rodale Says Regenerative Agriculture is a Win-Win-Win Climate Solution

If you're familiar with the Rodale Institute, then you know about their deep commitment to soil health. At Soil Tech, we share this commitment and consider organizations like the Rodale Institute to be incredible resources. We invite you to view one of their recent white papers here--it'a all about how regenerative agriculture offers a win-win-win solution to the climate crisis. Continue Reading →

“Bac-Pack is providing some real benefits at a lower cost. It’s saving us money.”

“Bac-Pack is providing some real benefits at a lower cost. It’s saving us money.” Jim Evans GCS, has groomed and maintained the 18 holes at Turnberry Golf Club in the Village of Lakewood IL for the past 30+ years. During his tenure, the course has played host to several USGA, CDGA and PGA events including the Illinois Open, and US Open Qualifying. Professionals and amateurs alike have commented on the condition of the course and its’ consistent greens. Recently, Jim was interviewed by Xavier Dupoux, the USA National Golf Course Sales Manager for Soil [...] Continue Reading →

“Healthier Turfgrass for Less Money, That’s a Win/Win!”

“Healthier Turfgrass for Less Money, That’s a Win/Win!” Rick Hynson has been the golf course superintendent at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta Missouri for almost 30 years. He arrived 28 years ago as a construction superintendent for Dye Designs and never left. Rick oversaw the earth moving and shaping of the golf course and knows every hole. Boone Valley uses creeping bentgrass, a cool-season grass, on its greens, tees and fairways, which requires careful upkeep in the transition zone. Other courses in the St. Louis area typically [...] Continue Reading →

Greens with Liquid Aeration Can Handle a lot of Stress

Greens with Liquid Aeration Can Handle a lot of Stress “After seeing an ad for the Liquid Aeration program, and then reading a few testimonials, my interest grew in the products. A lot of golf is crammed into our short seasons here in Wyoming, so anything we can do to stay ahead is a bonus. After 3 years on the program, I am sold and especially after 2020,” says Superintendent John Roth, GCS at Paradise Valley Golf Center in Casper, Wyoming.   He goes on to explain what it was that sold [...] Continue Reading →