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2014 Program Schedule


OTS 2014, Speaker Program  as of January 10, 2014


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IPM Council of Canada continuing education credits (CECS) are noted , where applicable , in the program below.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Morning Sessions  Rozanski  101


W1 8:45 - 8:50           Welcoming remarks Steve Fleischauer, Open Learning and Educational Support, University of Guelph

W2 8:50 - 9:15           GTI Update Rob Witherspoon, Guelph Turfgrass Institute, The moving plans and a tribute to Dr. Jack Eggens

W3 9:15 - 10:00         Hosting the Hamilton Tiger Cats   Steve Day, Hamilton Tiger Cats


10:00 - 10:30              Coffee


W4 10:30 - 11:15       Intergenerational workplaces Dr. Sean Lyons, University of Guelph

W5 11:15 - 12:00       Modernization of pesticide approvals and re-certification proposal Violet Van Wassenaer, Ministry of the Environment  IPM 0.75


Afternoon Sessions

Sport Turf /ORFA   Rozanski 101


W6 1:30 - 2:00           Rusts, tea and barberry - what is their relationship? Dr. Tom Hsiang, University of Guelph  IPM  0.5

W7 2:00 - 2:30           What to expect during a Ministry of Labour investigation  Steve Wiersma, Town of Oakville

W8 2:30 - 3:30           The forensics of failed fields Tim Ward, Bench Mark Projects


Lawn Care   Rozanski 102

W9 1:30 - 2:00           Professionalism for the lawn care industry Gavin Dawson, TruGreen and Alan Wahite, Turf Systems Inc 

W10 2:00 - 3:00         Impact of turfgrass fertilization on nutrient losses through runoff and leaching and effect of nitrogen rate on grass clipping yield and nutrient content Guillaume Gregoire, Laval University  IPM 0.75

W11 3:00 - 3:30         Performance of spreading tall fescue and perennial ryegrass in Ontario Pam Charbonneau, OMAF and MRA   IPM 0.5


Golf     Rozanski 103

W12 1:30 - 2:00         Can we improve winter hardiness with PGR's? Bobby Kerr, University of Guelph   IPM 0.5

W13  2:00 - 2:30        Plant-parasitic nematodes in managed turfgrass systems in Ontario Taylor Wallace, University of Guelph   IPM 0.5

W14 2:30 - 3:00         Pythium root dysfunction biology and management Dr. Jim Kerns, North Carolina State University   IPM 0.5

W15 3:00 - 3:30         Nitrogen and phosphorus impact on water use of turfgrasses on golf course putting greens Miyuan  Xiao, University of Guelph  IPM 0.5



Thursday, February 20, 2014


Morning Sessions

Sports Turf/ORFA  Rozanaski 101

T1 9:00 - 10:00          Artificial Turf – the business case   Tim Ward, Bench Mark Projects

T2 10:00 - 10:30        University of Guelph rugby field construction – a case study Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph, Bill Clausen, University of Guelph and John Bladon, The Chimaera Group


10:30 - 11:00              Coffee


T3 11:00 - 12:00        Communicating with user groups  Rick Lane, City of St. Catharines, Jason Inwood, City of  Vaughan and  Andy Wicken, City of Mississauga


Lawn Care   Rozanski 102

T4 9:00 - 9:45            Getting grounded in social media Richard Hamilton, OMAF and MRA

T5 9:45 - 10:30          Trials and tribulations in turf in twenty thirteen Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre   IPM 0.75


10:30 - 11:00              Coffee


T6 11:00 - 11:30        Optimizing fertility Sean Jordan, Technical Agrologist   IPM 0.5

T7 11:30 - 12:00        A new approach to fall fertilization Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph   IPM 0.5


Golf   Rozanski 103

T8 9:00 - 9:30            Biology of dollar spot  Dr. Jim Kerns, North Carolina State IPM 0.5

T9 9:30 - 10:00          Integrating CIVITAS for maximum success in your IPM program Brady Nash, Suncor   IPM 0.5

T10 10:00 - 10:30      Dollar spot sensitivity to DMI fungicides 20 years after first use in Canada  Anne-Miet Van Den Nieuwelaar, U.  of Guelph  IPM 0.5


10:30 - 11:00              Coffee


T11 11:00 - 11:30      The restoration of Angus Glen South course for sustainability and the upcoming Pan-Am games   Doug Erwin, Angus Glen Golf Club and John Bladon, Chimaera Group  IPM 0.5

T12 11:30 - 12:00      Introduction of the PCPA database   Teri Yamada, IPM Council of Canada   IPM 0.5


Sod Growers  Rozanksi 105

T13 9:00 - 9:30          What to expect from a targeted enforcement visit from the Ministry of Labour Kellie Harrison, Ministry of Labour

T14 9:30 – 10:30        An online platform for sustainable water management for Ontario sod producers    Ian Nichols and Wayne Heinen, Weather INnovations Consulting LP (WIN)  and Doug Mader, Compact Sod


10:30 - 11:00              Coffee


T15 11:00 - 12:00      Grubs: On farm control and home owner education Pam Charbonneau, OMAF and MRA


Afternoon Sessions 

Sod Growers   Rozanski 105

T16 1:30 - 1:45           GTI Update and moving plans Rob Witherspoon, Guelph  Turfgrass Institute

T17 1:45 - 2:15          Sod benchmarking project – what we have learned so far  Nursery Sod Growers Board representative

T18 2:15 - 3:00          Various Service Canada programs and services including changes made to EI Monique Arseneault, Service Canada



General Sessions   Afternoon 1:30 – 3:00

T19  Rozanski 103  Law for the turf industry: What you need to know to stay out of  trouble  Diane Squires, Smith Valeriote

T20  Rozanski 102    Career planning in the turf industry  Al Pinsonneault, Al’s Lawn Care, Ken Pavely, Lawn Life, Doug Hubble, Kam’s  Growers Supply, Terry Henderson, City of Guelph,  Dean Baker, Burlington Golf and Country Club, and  Alexander Dickie, Zander Sod

T21  Crop Science 116/117    Turf in the Lab – Disease diagnosis, soil tests and insect monitoring techniques  Dr. Katerina Jordan and Dr. Ken Carey, University of Guelph and Pam Charbonneau, OMAF and MRA   IPM 1.5



Session Descriptions as Available


Wednesday, February 20, 2014


W3 Hosting the Hamilton Tiger Cats

Learn how the University of Guelph, the City of Guelph and the Tiger Cats Football Club worked together to have a successful season leading to the 2013 Grey Cup game. Turning a 4,100 seat stadium site into a 13,000 seat venue with associated support services during the academic year was a challenge. Steve Day, Project Manager for the Ti Cats, will take you through the process from pre-season to post season cleanup.


W4 Intergenerational workplaces

This session will provide an overview of the challenges of managing a workplace comprised of members of three different generations (Baby Boomers, Generation X’ers, Millennials).  Practical tips for understanding and relating to multiple generations in the workplace will be provided.


W5 Modernization of pesticide approvals and re-certification proposal  

The Ministry of the Environment will discuss its proposal for an electronic service delivery model for the pesticides program with the aim to create faster, smarter, more streamlined government-to-business services and a modern regulatory system for Ontario.   Specific proposed changes to the pesticides program include the application, issuance and renewal of pesticide licenses and application and issuance of pesticide permits.  Renewal requirements for exterminator licenses such as the completion of an exam or by obtaining a specified number of continuing education credits (or a combination of both) in order for a licensed professional to maintain their license, are also being proposed.


W6 Rusts, tea and barberry – what is their relationship?

Rust diseases are among the first plant diseases that humans had to deal with at the start of agriculture. Annually, they cause huge losses in field crops - especially among the cereals. Rust diseases are also found on turfgrasses, and although generally not devastating, they can pose a major nuisance. This presentation will provide a background on rust diseases, their history, biology and management. Biological and cultural methods will be emphasized with some details on chemical management.


W7 What to expect during a Ministry of Labour investigation

This session will describe what to expect during a Ministry of Labour investigation in the event one of your staff has a critical injury.  Proper training procedures, documentation procedures, who to contact, and Supervisor’s responsibilities during an investigation will be discussed.


W8 The forensics of failed fields

This session will provide a phased approach to managing the remarkable number of factors that may, either alone or together, contribute to the perceived failure of artificial turf fields. Discussion, including ‘war’ stories and case examples, will identify potential problems and mitigation strategies within any of the phases of an artificial turf project.  Please note – this session is designed to complement Thursday’s T1 Session, ‘Artificial Turf - the business case’. Participants will understand factors to consider and strategies to include in the risk management component of the business plan for any new artificial turf project.


W9 Professionalism for the lawn care industry

As the professional lawn care industry continues to change, lawn care companies and their employees face growing challenges in their efforts to acquire service and retain customers and ultimately grow their businesses. These challenges highlight the important role professionalism plays in business stewardship. This session will discuss the operating practices available to companies of all sizes that serve to promote and maintain professionalism in a changing and challenging business environment.


W10 Impact of turfgrass fertilization on nutrient losses through runoff and leaching and the effect of nitrogen rate on grass clipping yield and nutrient content

This session presents the results from two research projects currently in place at Université Laval. The first project measures the nutrient loss in runoff and leaching of different fertilization programs. The second project attempts to quantify the contribution of grass clippings to turfgrass fertilization under different nitrogen levels. The results from these projects will be useful for turfgrass managers in adopting better fertilization practices that allow turfgrass to stay healthy while minimizing the risk of water contamination. Since healthy grass is more tolerant to stresses and pests (helping to reduce pesticide use), a good fertilization program is a fundamental aspect of any IPM program.


W11 Performance of spreading tall fescue and perennial ryegrass in Ontario

The spreading biotypes of tall fescue and perennial ryegrass are being grown in Ontario to determine how well they are able to establish and out-compete weeds when seeded and grown without the use of herbicides. They have also been evaluated for winter hardiness and their ability to perform using irrigated and non-irrigated management.


W12 Can we improve winter hardiness with PGR’s?

Winter survival of turfgrasses in Ontario is a cause for concern.  The best time of year to prepare turf for winter survival is early fall. Pre-stress conditioning of turfgrasses during the fall acclimation period is essential to ensuring survival until May. Most winterkill occurs in late winter or early spring due to thaw-refreeze events. This session will describe the potential reasons for winterkill following a thaw-refreeze, and prescribe ways to minimize winterkill.


W13 Plant-parasitic nematodes in managed turfgrass systems in Ontario

This session will focus on the first year of a two year study on plant-parasitic nematodes found in golf green turf grass. The study includes a population survey of 25 golf courses throughout Ontario as well as a nematicide efficacy test. Preliminary results will be presented along with information on plant-parasitic nematodes and their effect on turf in Ontario.


W14 Pythium root dysfunction biology and management

Pythium diseases of turfgrass are diverse and complicated.  There are many mis-conceptions about Pythium disease especially related to Pythium root diseases.  This presentation will discuss the differences between Pythium root dysfunction and Pythium root rot with regard to symptoms, epidemiology, diagnosis and management.  After attending the talk, attendees should have a clear understanding of Pythium root dysfunction and how it is a distinct disease from Pythium root rot. 


W15 Nitrogen and phosphorous impact on water use of turfgrasses on golf course putting greens

This session is focused on turfgrass response to N and P levels under drought. Nutrient management, which is an important component of IPM, could be different for turfgrass with limited irrigation from that with sufficient water, and could be an effective way in improving turfgrass drought tolerance. Proper levels of N and P would allow the use of less water for irrigation while maintaining turfgrass colour and function and delay colour and quality decrease during drought.  N and P can also help the turfgrasses recover back to acceptable levels following drought.


Thursday, February 20, 2014


T1 Artificial turf – the business case

This session will provide a capital and operational cost benefit analysis comparing natural turf fields with interlay and underlay type artificial turf fields.  Participants will learn the paradigm shifts that will be required in base assumptions and the new financial realities associated with these shifts. These will be illustrated by a 15-year financial projection that demonstrates the sustainability of artificial turf.  Designed to complement Wednesday’s session W8, ‘Forensics of Failed Fields’, this offering will provide an effective framework of financial considerations for business plans for new artificial turf projects.


T5 Trials and tribulations in turf in twenty thirteen

This presentation provides an update on research to develop new pest management tools and resilient use practices to maintain the functionality and appearance of lawn turf.  Information will include results from biopesticide trials against European chafer and chinch bug conducted in 2013 plus other potential components of sustainable, integrated turf management programs.


T6 Optimizing fertility

This presentation will focus on the components necessary for successful fertilizer applications. Discussion will include rate calculations, spreader calibration and avoiding common issues in spreader operation. Turfgrass managers and equipment operators alike can benefit from the information provided and will take useful tools and information back to their facilities.


T7 A new approach to fall fertilization

Balanced fertility is a key component of an IPM program.  Knowing how much fertilizer to apply and when to apply it insures a healthy, disease and stress resistant plant.  New research has been published on the timing and the amount of fertilizer to apply in the fall.  This talk will present information to ensure that the timing is correct and that only the amount of fertilizer that is needed (and that the plant can take up)  is applied.


T8   Biology of dollar spot

Dollar spot is an old enemy of turfgrass managers yet very little is known about the biology and epidemiology of this disease.  This presentation will focus on epidemiological and biological research conducted on this disease.  Discussion will include the components of a new forecasting model, how resistant turfgrasses defend themselves from the pathogen, how the pathogen can harbor itself on seed and how it survives from year to year.  All of this work is currently being conducted to improve the understanding of the dollar spot disease cycle and to determine ‘weak spots’ turf managers can exploit for management. 


T9 Integrating CIVITAS for maximum success in your IPM program

Chemical pesticide application has been the dominant form of disease control for heavily managed turf for decades. However, societal pressures over the past several years have led to the search for alternative methods of disease control. One of these alternatives is activated disease resistance which uses a plant’s own defense arsenal to combat disease. Activated resistance can occur following treatment with chemicals such as CIVITAS which commonly displays minimal direct antimicrobial activity and is generally considered safe for field application. This presentation will briefly discuss how traditional chemical and activated resistance-type fungicides work. We will then discuss how turfgrass plants respond physiologically to applications of activated resistance products. Impacts regarding input reductions, latest research and field observations will be covered, as well as information on ways the end user can start using these products, including appropriate timing and how to integrate these products into their existing IPM program.


T10 Dollar spot sensitivity to DMI fungicides 20 years after first use

In 2013, thirteen populations of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa in Ontario were sampled and tested for sensitivity to the fungicide propiconazole as part of a long-term project on fungicide sensitivity. Some of the same golf courses had been sampled 20 years ago before the use of DMI fungicides, and again 10 years ago, to assess whether there were changes in sensitivity to propiconazole. In 2013, at least 60 to 100 isolates were collected from each site and then tested by growing them on fungicide-amended media and calculating growth inhibition compared to non-fungicide growth media. The DMI-treated populations showed changes in sensitivity compared to the baseline populations (1994) and the 10-yr populations (2004).  


T11The restoration of Angus Glen South course for sustainability and the upcoming Pan-Am games

 How can we improve the use of resources such as nutrients, active ingredients and water with increased responsibility? This session will take a “case study” approach in looking at the golf course infrastructure at Angus Glen and discuss how to evaluate the old strategies and develop new maintenance protocols with an increased focus on IPM and sustainability.


T12   Introduction of PCPA database

This session will demonstrate the PCPA database found on the IPM Council of Canada website.  Phase 2 of this feature is the automatic generation of the annual report. 


T13   What to expect from a targeted enforcement visit from the Ministry of Labour

This session offers an overview of the Occupational Health & Safety Act including Farming Regulation, Industrial Regulation, Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) Regulation, Ministry of Labour inspections and Investigations, Overview of Ministry of Labour Western Region Farming Initiative, Mandatory Poster, and Awareness Training for Supervisors and Workers.


T15 Grubs: On farm control and home owner education

European chafer and Japanese beetle grubs have spread throughout Ontario becoming a destructive pest of sod.   Control strategies rely on preventative treatments.  It is critical to track grub populations on sod farms and treat preventatively for grub free sod.   Monitoring and treatment strategies will be discussed for sod farms as well as treatment options for the homeowner.


T19 Law for the turf industry:  What you need to know to stay out of trouble

The legal language is one all its own. The session will review the various essential criteria to make an agreement binding and will take the participants through a sample contract so to “learn the language” of a contract. Knowledge is power and a contract that you understand will go a long way in keeping you out of trouble.  Types of contracts and agreements will be discussed: memorandums of understanding, letters of intent, agreements, contracts for hire, and contracts for services. The session may also cover, if the participants wish, a discussion of legal methods to ensure that you are paid for the work that you do and/or the products you deliver.


T20 Career planning in the turf industry

This session offers a speaker panel from various sectors of the turf industry who are also at different stages in their turf careers.  They will discuss the pro's and con's of the various jobs available to people who chose to make a career in the turf industry and the job skills required to succeed.


T21  Turf in the Lab – Disease diagnosis, soil tests and insect monitoring techniques

A multi-faceted discussion in the lab setting.  The soils component of this session will examine characteristics of soils that affect the health of turfgrass and highlight some simple tools that can be used to assess soils (how to use these tools  and how to interpret the results).  A disease diagnostic talk will illustrate the turf diagnostic process with live turf samples.  Turf leaves, crowns and roots will be examined to demonstrate how to diagnose disease that affects the various plant parts.  Turf samples suffering from abiotic issues will also be examined.  Insects will be discussed in this session by reviewing insect monitoring techniques such as soap flushes, salt soaks  and the floatation method.  Turf insect identification of different grub and weevil species will also be offered in this session.

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