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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 →

“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 →

Recent Florida Nematode Study Shows Great Results

Recent Florida Nematode Study Shows Great Results When Dale Walters, CGCS at Moorings CC in Naples FL was asked about doing some tests on his fairways of a promising new nematode control program, he was happy to co-operate. With more than 20 years experience at the Moorings Club, Dale had been looking for a more cost-effective application that could help him reduce nematode control inputs without sacrificing turfgrass quality. Dale was familiar with running agronomic tests on his greens, as he had previously worked with the USGA [...] Continue Reading →

Liquid Aeration Saves Time and Cuts Hassles

Liquid Aeration Saves Time and Cuts Hassles ~with Wes Ory, Heritage Lawns & Irrigation Wes Ory is owner and founder of Heritage Lawns & Irrigation in Kansas City, in business since 1995. Heritage Lawns prides themselves on being an earth-friendly lawn and irrigation company. Their focus is trying to do the right thing, whether it’s saving water with their irrigation services, or using organic fertilization practices. According to Wes, Kansas City has a real heavy clay soil that bakes down into brick every summer. Heritage Lawns had [...] Continue Reading →

Liquid Aeration is a Big Upgrade for Iowa Golf Course

Liquid Aeration is a Big Upgrade for Iowa Golf Course “I sprayed a tank-mix with Oasys Ultra and Thatch Relief and within about a week and a half, two weeks, I noticed a huge difference. It was like being on a different planet! The feel of the surface when you walked on it, to the receptivity of the shot, to the speed of the greens. The speeds went up probably 2 ½ to 3 ½ feet, we couldn’t even believe the response we got.” - Chris Black, PGA pro and owner/operator at Hickory Grove Golf [...] Continue Reading →

Soil Tech Impresses with Turfgrass Research Over the Past 30 Years

Soil Tech Impresses with Turfgrass  Research Over the Past 30 Years Tom Rowell has been working in the golf course maintenance industry his entire career. Currently, he is in the Golf & Turf Division at Northeast Nursery. He reflects, “It’s amazing to think that one of the first biological products I ever came in contact with was over 30 years ago. At that time there weren’t many around, very few on the trade-show floor. Now, as time has gone on, biological products are part of our everyday use in the golf [...] Continue Reading →

Kick It Up a Notch with TurfTech Bio

Kick It Up a Notch with TurfTech Bio TurfTech Bio has been solving problems for 100’s of golf courses since 1985. This triple-action biofertilizer reduces soil compaction, cuts fertilizer needs, and suppresses turfgrass pathogens. Andy Morris, GCS at the Country Club of Peoria in Illinois, has been using Soil Tech’s TurfTech Bio for the past 15 years. He wasn’t really looking to change the soil characteristics of their golf course. “Really, for us it was more about a healthier plant, trying to utilize some of the natural nitrogen [...] Continue Reading →

Soil Success Solves N.C. Tee Trauma

Soil Success Solves N.C. Tee Trauma “I’ll never forget the day many years ago, when we were visited by a USGA representative from Florida. His comment was that, l’d never be able to grow grass on our 5th tee. It’s just too shady for Bermudagrass.”  When Richard McDanel, C.G.C.S. tells this story, he gives a little laugh. “The 5th tee is beautiful today. And we still have Bermudagrass and it only gets about 3 hours of sunlight a day.” After more than 25 years at Pine [...] Continue Reading →