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2016 Program Schedule

Please note that this schedule is not final and is subject to changes.  Session details will be updated as changes occur.   

IPM Council of Canada has approved continuing education credits.  IPM CECs and CGSA CECs, where applicable, are posted below and marked with two asterisks (**).   The GCSAA has assigned 0.90 education points to the 2016 Ontario Turfgrass Symposium. 

Wed. Feb. 17, 2016 Thurs. Feb. 18, 2016
General Sessions Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent Sessions  - Sports Turf / ORFA
 - Sports Turf / ORFA  - Lawn Care
 - Lawn Care  - Golf
 - Golf  - Sod
  General Sessions
SESSION DESCRIPTIONS Concurrent Workshops

 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2016

GENERAL MORNING SESSIONS

Title:  Welcome/GTI Update
Speaker:  Stephen Fleischauer, Acting Director of Guelph Turfgrass Institute
Time:  8:45 – 9:00 a.m. (W1)

Title:  Environomics in Turfgrass
Speaker: Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University
Time:  9:00am – 9:45 a.m. (W2 - Description)  
**IPM CECs - 0.75  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.38

Title:  Efficiencies and Your Turf Operations:  Is Sustainability a Myth? 
Speaker:  John R. Bladon, P. Ag.
Time:  9:45 – 10:15 a.m. (W3 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 0.38  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.25

BREAK – 10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Title:  Biological Control in Turf:  Fantasy or Reality? 
Speaker:  Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Time:  10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (W4 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 0.75  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.38

Title:  Lessons Learned from the Toronto Blue Jays Partnership
Speaker:  Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph
Time:  11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  (W5 - Description)  
**IPM CECs - 0.75  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.38

LUNCH – 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

CONCURRENT AFTERNOON SESSIONS 

Sports Turf / Recreational Facilities Sessions 

Title: Renovation Techniques for Poorly Drained Sports Fields
Speaker:  Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University
Time:  1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (W6 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 0.25  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.5

Title:  A Perspective on Biostimulants and Sports Turf
Speaker:  Dr. Michael Fidanza, Pennsylvania State University
Time:  2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (W7 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 1.0  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.5

Lawn Care Sessions 

Title:  Recognition and Cultural Management of Common Lawn Diseases
Speaker:   Dr. Tom Hsiang, University of Guelph
Time: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. (W8 - Description)      
**IPM CECs - 0.5  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.25

Title: Choosing the Right Cultivars for Your Specific Lawn Care Situation
Speaker:  Hagen Ledeboer, Ledeboer Seed LLC
Time:  2:00 - 2:30 p.m. (W9 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 0.5  || CGSA CECs - 0.25

Title:  Factors Influencing Water Use In Turfgrass
Speaker:  Dr. Eric Lyons and Craig Harnock, University of Guelph
Time:  2:30 – 3:00 p.m. (W10 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 0.5  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.25

Title: Integrated Strategies to Build Resilience in the Home Lawn
Speaker:  Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Time:  3:00 – 3:30 p.m. (W11 - Description)      
**IPM CECs - 0.5  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.25

Golf Sessions 

Title:  Identification and Management of Take-All Patch of Creeping Bentgrass
Speaker:  Ernest Urquico, University of Guelph
Time:  1:30 – 2:00 p.m. (W12 - Description)      
**IPM CECs - 0.5  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.25

Title:  Management of Bentgrass Cultivars for Improved Resistance to Microdochium Patch (Microdochium nivale) under Climate Change Conditions
Speaker:  Sara Stricker, University of Guelph
Time:  2:00 – 2:30 p.m. (W13 - Description)        
**IPM CECs - 0.5  || CGSA CECs - 0.25

Title:  The Battle between Plants and Attacking Pathogens
Speaker:  Dr. Tom Hsiang on behalf of Craig Moore, University of Guelph
Time:  2:30 – 3:00 p.m. (W14 - Description)      
**IPM CECs - 0.5  || CGSA CECs - 0.25

Title:  Activating Turfgrass to Fight Off Turf Diseases
Speaker:  Dr. Tom Hsiang, University of Guelph
Time:  3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  (W15 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 0.5  || CGSA CECs - 0.25

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2016

CONCURRENT MORNING SESSIONS 

Sports Turf / Recreational Facilities Sessions

Title:  Re-establishing Turf 101
Speaker:  Tab Buckner, Manager of Parks Operations, Township of Langley;  Ian Ferguson, Lead Hand Sports Fields, City of Guelph; Rory Doucette, Leadhand Sportsfields and IPM, Town of Oakville and;  Session led by Terry Henderson, City of Guelph.
Time:  9:00 – 9:45 a.m. (T1 - Description)    
** CGSA CECs - 0.38

Title:  Fleet and Asset Management
Speaker:  Rob Allan, Shop Supervisor of Fleet Services, Town of Oakville;  Shawn Boast, Manager of Asset Management, Town of Oakville; James Woloszanski, Supervisor of Turf Maintenance, Town of Oakville and;  Session led by Dwayne McAllister, Town of Oakville.
Time:  9:45 – 10:30 a.m. (T2 - Description)      
**CGSA CECs - 0.38

Lawn Care Sessions

Title:  How to Protect Your Ash from EAB (Emerald Ash Borer)
Speaker:  Mike Hayes
Time:  9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  (T3 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 0.5  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.25

Title:  Using Plant Phenology and Growing Degree Days to Expand Your Scouting Program
Speaker:  Dr. Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph
Time:  9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (T4 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 1.0  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.5

Golf Sessions

Title:  Fairy Ring Biology and Management for Golf Course Turf
Speaker: Dr. Michael Fidanza, Pennsylvania State University
Time:  9:00 – 9:30 a.m. (T5 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 0.5  || CGSA CECs - 0.25

Title:  Private Club Transformations:  Two Toronto Private Clubs Invest in Sustainable Options Through Creeping Bentgrass Putting Green Conversions.  Islington Golf Club and Markland Wood Golf Club take Different Approaches to Achieve the Same Goal
Speaker:  Ian McQueen, Islington Golf Club and Owen Russell, Markland Wood Golf Club
Time:  9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (T6 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 1.0  || CGSA CECs - 0.5

Sod Sessions

Title:  Choosing the Right Cultivar(s) for Quality Sod Production
Speaker:  Hagen Ledeboer, Ledeboer Seed LLC
Time:  9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (T7 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 1.0  ||  CGSA CECs - 0.5

Title:  Fairy Ring Biology and Management for Sod Growers
Speaker: Dr. Michael Fidanza, Pennsylvania State University
Time:  10:00 – 10:30 a.m. (T8 - Description )    
**IPM CECs - 0.5  || CGSA CECs - 0.25

BREAK – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION

Title:  Sustaining and Growing Your Turf Business in a Declining Market
Speaker:  Peter Barrow
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (T9 - Description)      
**CGSA CECs - 0.5

LUNCH – 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

Title:  Turf in the Lab: Diagnosing Turfgrass Issues
Speaker:  Dr. Katerina Jordan and Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph
Time:  1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (T10 - Description)    
**IPM CECs - 1.5  || CGSA CECs - 0.75

Title:  Constructing Sports Fields Workshops
Speaker:  Ben Tymchyshyn, MMM Group and  Gord Dol, Sports Turf International
Time:  1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (T11 - Description)        
**CGSA CECs - 0.75

 

 

Session Descriptions: 

Title:  Lessons Learned From The Toronto Blue Jays Partnership
Speaker:  Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph
Description:
 The Toronto Blue Jays partnered with the turf physiology lab of Dr. Eric Lyons to help them gain information to make decisions regarding growing natural turfgrass in the Rogers Centre. This research help answer many questions measuring environmental conditions can be improved and how light quantity and quality affect the growth and health of turfgrass. This information will help turfgrass managers make better decisions regarding water use and tree removal resulting in reductions in the need for chemical applications. This talk highlights new innovations created by this partnership along with hands on knowledge on how to better manage turfgrass.

Title:  Factors Influencing Water Use in Turfgrass
Speaker:  Dr. Eric Lyons and Craig Harnock, University of Guelph
Description:
 This session will talk about the different environmental factors that influence water use by the turfgrass and the need for supplemental water. The session will speak about different aspects of the climate affect and the resulting water needs of the plants.  In addition the session will cover how effective watering can result in fewer weeds and insects and will show data on how different aspects of management can influence the need for water.

Title:  Using Plant Phenology and Growing Degree Days to Expands Your Scouting Program
Speaker:  
Dr. Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph
Description:
 This talk will discuss the importance of periodic monitoring and scouting of lawncare sites and will emphasize the use of plant phonological indicators and growing degree days (GDD) to improve and expand monitoring programs. Various insects will and associated phonological indicators will be emphasized in detail, and the use of GDD to predict when other pests may be present will be discussed as well.

Title:  Renovation Techniques for Poorly Drained Sports Fields
Speaker:  Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University
Description:  This presentation will first highlight the various renovation options for a failing athletic fields.  Next a step-by-step discussion of renovation using drain tile installation and subsequent sand topdressing (sand-capping) applications will be provided.  Points of emphasis will include product selection, renovation specification and recommendations, and renovation timelines.  A cost comparison of complete reinstallation, renovation and maintenance with a variety of athletic field systems will be included.      

Title:  A Perspective on Biostimulants and Sports Turf
Speaker:   Dr. Michael Fidanza, Pennsylvania State University
Description: This presentation will focus on the characterization of biostimulants and biostimulant products used in sports turf management; what are they and how do they work; how biostimulants products and programs can benefit the turfgrass plant as well as the soil rootzone; how to incorporate the use of biostimulants into a plant and soil health program for sports turf; and the use of biostimulants and biostimulant products to reduce turfgrass management inputs.

Title:  Environomics in Turfgrass
Speaker:  Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University
Description:  This presentation will provide an overview of the ongoing environmental and economic sustainability research being conducted within the Oregon State University Turfgrass Program.  A discussion highlighting the five cultural practices (mowing, fertilization, irrigation, cultivation and pest management) essential to successful sustainable turfgrass management will be provided.  Proper implementation of the cultural practices and their effects on weeds, insects, and diseases will be discussed.  This seminar also includes information on core IPM concepts and practices such as the pest triangle, action thresholds and proper pesticide use.   

Title:  Choosing the Right Cultivars for Your Specific Lawn Care Situation
Speaker:  Hagen Ledeboer, Ledeboer Seeds LLC
Description:  
In this session, Hagen will discuss cultivar selection for different lawn care situations.  He will discuss how to choose the right cultivars based on climate, soil types, weed and disease pressures and sun versus shade exposure.   Hagen will also explain the aesthetics, uses and maintenance of various cultivars to help inform cultivar selection decisions. 

 Title:  Choosing the Right Cultivar(s) for Quality Sod Production
Speaker: Hagen Ledeboer, Ledeboer Seeds LLC 
Description:
 In this session, Hagen will discuss cultivar selection for quality sod production.  He will discuss how to choose the right cultivars based on climate, soil types, and weed and disease pressures.    Seed quality and seedbed preparation will also be discussed in detail.  Hagen will also explain and compare netting, bio-degradable netting and no netting approaches.   Lastly, he will discuss mowing considerations such as quality of cut, shredding, clipping accumulation, mowing height, rotary versus reel.   All topics are meant to help sod growers in making well-informed cultivar selection and maintenance decisions. 

 

Title: Efficiencies and your Turf Operations: Is Sustainability a Myth?
Speaker:  John R. Bladon
Description:
 Is sustainability even possible or just a myth? This session will take a direct look at the ties between IPM and sustainability and link them back to current industry challenges.  Understanding the evolution of any property is critical to proactively adapting maintenance protocols, reducing risks and efficient use of all personnel and materials.  Can we utilize data to improve our operations?  What should or can we gather and archive?  How and when should we gather it?  Where should we be investing our budget?  What does the customer care about?  How do we manage our biases? How do we remain competitive in an increasingly challenging marketplace?  Can planning and IPM play a role?  This session will conclude by looking at how an annual review of the properties, personnel and expenditures can help our turfgrass, budgets and businesses thrive.

Title:  Biological Control in Turf: Fantasy or Reality?
Speaker: Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Description:  With the advent of the pesticide ban in 2009, ‘biologicals’ were hailed as viable replacements that would take care of weeds and pests. Fast-forward to 2015. Some biocontrol agents are now widely used and can deliver good results when used correctly. But they often do not deliver the level of control needed to reduce pests to non-damaging levels; and bioherbicides have yet to make an impact. The lack of consistent efficacy has left many practitioners with the impression that biologicals don’t work, or are too hard to use. Are we simply trying to replace chemicals with biocontrol agents? Biological controls need to be used very differently, applied in the right place at the right time, and it is unlikely that they will serve as ‘stand-alone’ controls in many situations. Efficacy may be improved through better formulations, better application strategies, or better strains, but use within an IPM strategy, integrating other pest and weed suppression tactics, is likely to provide the best results.

Title:  Sustaining and Growing Your Turf Business in a Declining Market
Speaker:  Peter Barrow
Description:  The session will focus on business development and marketing strategies that turf businesses of any size can use to maintain and grow market share in difficult markets.  Topics will include:  How to leverage your skill sets and past projects more effectively; Using the Customer Loyalty Ladder to build business; Fundamental marketing/promotion strategies that work;  Asking and answering tough questions about “what’s happening now”; and Innovative and creative business building strategies.  

Title:  How to Protect Your Ash from EAB (Emerald Ash Borer)
Speaker:  Mike Hayes
Description:
 In this session, Mike will discuss the life cycle of Emerald Ash Borer and the damage that can result.   He will also discuss the signs and symptoms of an infestation, the treatment options and when and when not to provide treatment.   

 

Title:  Integrated Strategies to Build Resilience in the Home Lawn
Speaker:  Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Description:  Management of insect pests and weeds in residential areas creates considerable challenges. With restrictions on the type of inputs that can be used to improve lawn health, have we compromised turf’s ability to withstand a range of biotic (living) and abiotic (environmental) stresses to survive and thrive in urban settings? If we consider the lawn as an ecosystem, though, we do have a number of tools at our disposal that can be utilized to create more durable and sustainable turfgrass systems. This presentation will provide an update on research carried out in 2015, including results from trials done to evaluate new biopesticides targeting white grubs, field and lab tests investigating pest insect responses to new turfgrass varieties, and insights in to new developments and opportunities that are likely to contribute to the development of more resilient turfgrass systems for the built environment.

Title:Private Club transformations: Two Toronto private clubs invest in sustainable options through creeping bentgrass putting green conversions. Islington Golf Club and Markland Wood Golf Club take different approaches to achieve the same goal.
Speaker: Ian McQueen, Islington Golf Club and Owen Russell, Markland Wood Golf Club
Description
:The speakers in this session will describe the two different methods they used to convert Poa annua greens to creeping bentgrass.  Ian will describe the conversion of Isilington’s 90-year old greens to brand new USGA specifications greens. Owen will describe the re-grassing of Markland’s 50-year old greens by sodding them with bentgrass. These two processes were instigated by the winter damage the clubs suffered to their Poa Annua greens after the ice storm in December 2013. Both clubs were looking to make long-term improvements to reduce the suffering from winters to come.  The winter hardiness of bentgrass is an important step towards sustainability. The presentation will illustrate with pictures each process and demonstrate how there are many ways to achieve the same goal, “more sustainable golf greens. “ The speakers will highlight the environmental benefits of bentgrass over Poa annua through the reduction of chemicals, water and fertilizer inputs required.  

Title:  Identification and Management of Take-All Patch of Creeping Bentgrass
Speaker:  Ernest Urquico, University of Guelph
Description:
 This talk will discuss the results of research on the identification of the causal agent of take-all patch of creeping bentgrass as well as cultural practices that aid in reducing pathogen presence and symptom development. Research results from other institutions as well as current research being conducted at the University of Guelph will be discussed in detail in an effort to aid superintendents in managing this damaging root disease.

Title:  Turf in the Lab:  Diagnosing Turfgrass Issues
Speaker:  Dr. Katerina Jordan and Ken Carey, University of Guelph
Description:  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.

Title:  Re-establishing Turf 101
Speaker: Tab Buckner, Township of Langley;  Ian Ferguson, City of Guelph; Rory Doucette, Town of Oakville;  and Terry Henderson, City of Guelph.  

Description:  "The Common and Un-Common Practises of Trying to Get Grass to Grow." In this session, we will have three varieties of turf managers...from the one actually doing the work to the one writing the cheques.  We will explore different techniques, products and the "way it's always been done" methods to see what works and what has been a fail! All three gentlemen have extensive backgrounds in turf and it promises to be and entertaining and lively session. 

 Title:  Fleet and Asset Management
Speaker:  Rob Allan, Shawn Boast, James Woloszanski and Dwayne McAllister - Town of Oakville

Description:  Managers and supervisors - want to increase your fleet staff numbers? Try this! AND Tablets, way of the future - come see firsthand the implementation and advantages of this asset management system.

Title:  Constructing Sports Fields Workshop
Speaker: Ben Tymchyshyn, MMM Group;  Gord Dol, Sport Turf International
Description: The workshop will run through the initial pre-design, design, tender and construction process associated with sports field development. Using a mock design exercise we will look at each step of the process in an interactive environment where the audience can participate and ask questions.

Title: Fairy Ring Biology and Management for Golf Course Turf
Speaker:   Dr. Michael Fidanza, Pennsylvania State University
Description:  In this session, Dr. Fidanza will discuss the following:  Biology of the fungal organisms that cause fairy ring disease symptoms in turfgrasses;   Scouting greens, tees, fairways, and roughs for the occurrence of fairy ring;   Monitoring the weather in an attempt to forecast fairy ring occurrence;   Cultural turfgrass management practices to help prevent/minimize damage due to fairy ring;  Cultural turfgrass management practices to facilitate fairy ring affected turf recovery;  The use of soil surfactants to help maintain proper soil rootzone moisture status as a key component of fairy ring management in turfgrasses and;  The use fungicides as a last resort, with particular emphasis on proper delivery methods and fungicide mode of action for controlling the pathogens that cause fairy ring in turfgrasses.

Title: Fairy Ring Biology and Management for Sod Growers
Speaker:   Dr. Michael Fidanza, Pennsylvania State University
Description:  In this session, Dr. Fidanza will discuss the following: Biology of the fungal organisms that cause fairy ring disease symptoms in turfgrasses;  Scouting turfgrass areas for the occurrence of fairy ring;  Monitoring the weather in an attempt to forecast fairy ring occurrence;  Cultural turfgrass management practices to help prevent/minimize damage due to fairy ring;  Cultural turfgrass management practices to facilitate fairy ring affected turf recovery;  The use of soil surfactants to help maintain proper soil rootzone moisture status as a key component of fairy ring management in turfgrasses and;  The use fungicides as a last resort, with particular emphasis on proper delivery methods and fungicide mode of action for controlling the pathogens that cause fairy ring in turfgrasses.

Title: Recognition and Cultural Management of Common Lawn Disease
Speaker:   Dr. Tom Hsiang, University of Guelph
Description: Lawns differ from sports fields and golf turf in that it usually is exposed to much less wear stress, and is often grown under lower fertility conditions. This type of turf has disease problems that may be different from that found intensively managed turf. This presentation will focus on some major diseases of lawn turfgrasses, such as rusts, necrotic ring spot, leaf spots, and winter damage; and discuss some of the recent research on the biology and management of these diseases, with an emphasis on cultural controls.

Title: Activating Turfgrass to Fight Off Turf Diseases
Speaker:   Dr. Tom Hsiang, University of Guelph
Description: There is a new class of chemicals called defense activators that help plants protect themselves against stresses both biotic (such as insects and disease) and biotic (such as drought and heat). These chemicals or micro-organisms that produce such chemicals can be applied to leaves and this can increase the resistance of plant against a variety of stresses. This presentation will cover in very simple terms the mechanisms by which turfgrass plants can become activated for greater resistance particularly against diseases, and also compare the efficacy of these types of compounds to synthetic fungicides.

Title:  Management of Bentgrass Cultivars for Improved Resistance to Microdochium Patch (Microdochium nivale) under Climate Change Conditions
Speaker:  Sara Stricker, University of Guelph
Description:  Increasing CO2 and temperature fluctuations caused by climate change have the potential to increase plant disease severity. A control method for plant diseases under investigation is resistance activators. These are synthetic compounds that are non-toxic to plants and fungi, but can activate a plant’s natural resistance responses. This presentation will cover the preliminary results from efficacy trials using a mineral oil-based resistance activator, Civitas/Harmonizer™, to control Microdochium nivale causing Microdochium Patch on different turfgrass cultivars under various temperatures and two CO2 concentrations. This research will be useful to provide recommendations on the selection of turfgrass cultivars for golf courses and on sustainable management practices to face the challenges of climate change.

Title:  The Battle Between Plants and Attacking Pathogens
Speaker:  Craig Moore, University of Guelph
Description: Plants have several levels of defenses to fight against attacking fungi which are known as fungal pathogens. These include physical defenses of the plant cells and outer protective layers. At the molecular level, defense is based on the plant being able to quickly recognize fungal pathogens. These pathogens have certain signature molecules that can be detected by the plant to let the plant know and recognize that it is under attack. One reaction to this is the triggering of responses such as a Plant Immune Response (not quite like antibodies with animals, but a system with a similar purpose). Pathogens evolved new weapons to counter these defenses, by producing chemicals know as effectors that attempt to turn off the plant defenses or interfere with their production. Plants in turn evolve defenses against these effectors. The purpose of this presentation is to explain the research on discovery of effectors of creeping bentgrass against the dollar spot fungus.

 


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