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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.

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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 38 Stephen Smith “The Golfing Greenkeeper”

    Ep 38 Stephen Smith “The Golfing Greenkeeper”

    In this episode I speak to Steve Smith an ex superintendent I’ve known for 15 years running his own premium maintenance turf business. However, I am talking to him about his podcast, “The Golfing Greenkeeper.” The podcast has 2 themes to it. The first is Steve gives updates on the Australian golfing world and works happening on golf courses. As well as reporting on new projects being developed in Australia. The other theme is he speaks to current superintendents on their career and life as a greenkeeper. I have been an avid listener and wanted our friends to know more about the podcast and Steve. We speak about his time as a super and what got him into doing the podcast. Please have a listen to this episode.In this episode I speak to Steve Smith an ex superintendent I’ve known for 15 years running his own premium maintenance turf business. However, I am talking to him about his podcast, “The Golfing Greenkeeper.” The podcast has 2 themes to it. The first is Steve gives updates on the Australian golfing world and works happening on golf courses. As well as reporting on new projects being developed in Australia. The other theme is he speaks to current superintendents on their career and life as a greenkeeper. I have been an avid listener and wanted our friends to know more about the podcast and Steve. We speak about his time as a super and what got him into doing the podcast. Please have a listen to this episode.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep 37 Jim Brosnan & Devon Carroll University Tennessee (UT) and special co-host John Neylan

    Ep 37 Jim Brosnan & Devon Carroll University Tennessee (UT) and special co-host John Neylan

    I had the pleasure of a chat with 3 very smart people today. This episode introduced a graduate student of Dr Jim Brosnans, Devon Carroll who is working on a her PHD. We firstly speak about her research about women in turf and the findings she has found on why and why not women work in the turf industry. We then dive into her latest research on poa overseen by Jim Brosnan on poa lifecycle. UT is at the forefront of poa research in turf. John Neylan joined me again and contributed nicely to the discussion as poa is his speciality and I appreciate him taking his time to be a part of it.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 36 John Neylan Turf Agronomist & Shane Greenhill

    Ep 36 John Neylan Turf Agronomist & Shane Greenhill

    In todays episode I have 2 guests who I have been wanting to get onto the show. John Neylan is very well known in Australia and worldwide with his research and agronomy services. John has been lead the AGCSA (now ASTMA) for a number of years and also worked independently. He is now with SportEng in developing and designing sportsturf facilities. He also continues to conduct research in turf and lately has been doing work got the VGCSA (Victorian Golf Course Superintendents). My other guest is Shane Greenhill who is the superintendent of Sorrento golf club located on the southern part of the Mornington Peninsula. Shane is also the VGCSA president. We speak on a  number of topics including the history of the industry and where both Shane and John came from as well. We continue on a topic John discussed with Dr Frank Rossi on the turfnet podcast and the expectations of golfers and how turf managers deal with this expectation. We also speak about our favourite weed poa and the research the VGCSA has undertaken.

    • 48 min
    Ep 35 Dr Brandon Horvath

    Ep 35 Dr Brandon Horvath

    This episode features Dr Brandon Horvath from University Tennessee. Brandon is a turf pathologist with the university and a teacher and conducts turf research.
    We catch on COVID and how he has adapted with teaching and life.
    This discussion really gives some great information as we dive deep into the topics of diseases and fungicides. We speak about nematicides and diseases and the work that is being taken place there. We also speak about getting the best out of your products and what you need to do to achieve those results. I speak specifically to him on Pythium and the 3 main types they see in the US and what the differences are. We also look at application methods and what works and what doesn’t work as well as discuss newer chemistries on the market.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep 34 Dr Ben McGraw Entomologist Penn State University

    Ep 34 Dr Ben McGraw Entomologist Penn State University

    In today’s episode I speak to De Ben McGraw a entomologist from Penn State University. Ben has been on the podcast before on episodes. We catch on COVID and how he has adapted.
    Again I speak to him about weevils as this insect is the most troublesome insect on cool season grasses in the US as it is here in Australia particularly in NSW. Even though in Australia we have the Argentine stem Weevil the characteristics and behaviour is very similar to the Annual Bluegrass Weevil in the US.

    • 49 min
    Ep 33 Dr Scott McElroy Weed Scientist Auburn University

    Ep 33 Dr Scott McElroy Weed Scientist Auburn University

    This episode we welcome back Dr Scott McElroy from Auburn university. Scott appeared in episodes 1 and 22. We have an entertaining chat with a lot of humour and sarcasm just to lighten the mood. Scott was aware of our situation and wanted to bring some joy to the listeners. We talk about what he has been up to and the work he has done with the resist poa working group. We also dive into poa control with resistance and speak on crowsfoot (goose grass) and paspalum control.

    • 42 min

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