Behind The Turf is our podcast for turf & landscape mangers. Our podcast brings you various topics from around the the turf world with interviews from leading university professors, current thoughts on topics effecting the industry as well as various interviews with prominent turf managers in Australia. The aim of the podcast is to educate as well as entertain. We hope you enjoy the listen.
Ep 32 Dr. John Kaminski Penn State University
John is a good friend and was one of the first people I met through the use of social media back 10 years ago. He was instrumental in leading the way social media could be utilised for turf. Dr. Kaminski now serves as the Director of the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program (2-Year Program) at Penn State. John continues his research which focuses on optimization of chemical and cultural management strategies for turfgrass diseases and weeds.
Ep 31 People First
Today we have one of my favourite and most popular guest ls back Ben Gibson from The Toolbox Team. However this episode is a little different as Ben has just finished his first book which is being printed as we were recording this episode. The name of the book is called “People First.” We speak about the idea behind it and how it came about. Ben also shares the support he received from his family but also many in the turf industry.
Episode 30 Crowsfoot (goosegrass) webinar.
The webinar featured Dr Jim Brosnan from university Tennessee who is an expert in weed science. Jim goes through everything you need to know about crows foot grass as well as control optiona dn getting the best out of those option. Many listeners would know Jim from our previous podcasts with him in episodes See here
Ep 29 Dr John Dempsey “Mr Phosphite”
Did you want a quick lesson on phosphites on what they are and how they work and how they are different? This episode is for you. I speak to Dr John Dempsey of Ireland who is a former superintendent Royal Curragh Golf Club and is now an independent turf researcher. John has recently published his work “Suppression of microdochium nivale by phosphite in cool-season amenity turfgrasses.” I hope you enjoy our chat.
Ep 28 Ben Gibson The Toolbox Team
We take a break from the agronomy side of turf to bring you Ben Gibson. After the feedback we received from Ben’s previous episode last year we thought it would be good to get him back and dive deeper this time. We speak this time on a couple of topics starting with conflict within the workplace and how to best manage it. The other topic is encouraging and attracting staff to your teams and the tools you can use to facilitate this with culture within the team.
Ep 27 University Florida Dr Phil Harmon
After GIS in Orlando this year I headed up towards Gainesville Florida to the turf research station in Citra Florida (there are 3 in the state). Besides the tour of the facility I sit down with Dr Harmon and talk diseases warm season grasses and turf in Florida. For those not aware Florida is one of the biggest turf markets in the world with over 1200. Many are high end private clubs as well so research as you can imagine into issues is paramount to keep memberships happy.