Hawks Landing is just down the road from one of the best turf research facilities in the country. The University also has a top notch group of plant pathologists that devote much of their time in studying ways to reduce our inputs in all facets of golf course maintenance. some of their research includes testing new turfgrass varieties to give the end user valuable information when selection seed. Also they have developed many models for the golf course superintendent to use in disease forecasting , this helps us in selecting the proper chemicals, proper application timing and the end result may save us money and reduce our use.
This year I have been working directly with Dr. Jim Kerns in a study that may be the future of chemical application. What we are looking at is using a GPS guided sprayer to save time, apply only what and where you need it and in the end reduce our inputs.