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2020 Michigan Turfgrass Conference

  • 07 Jan 2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • 09 Jan 2020
  • 4:00 PM
  • MSU Kellogg Center


  • Full conference registration includes three days of educational programming and the vendor half-time show on Wednesday afternoon.
  • One day conference registration for educational sessions on Tuesday, Jan. 7
  • One day conference registration for educational sessions and the vendor half-time show on Wednesday, Jan. 8
  • One day conference registration for educational sessions on Thursday, Jan. 9
  • Program at the Hancock Turf Research Center - lunch included in registration.
  • Program at the Hancock Turf Research Center - lunch included with registration.
  • Program at the Hancock Turf Research Center - lunch included with registration.

Credit Information:

MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credits

Tuesday, Jan. 7: 6 credits (3A, 3B, 6, Comm. Core)

Wednesday, Jan. 8: 6 credits (3A, 3B, 6, Comm. Core)

Thursday, Jan. 9: 7 credits (3A, 3B, 6, Comm. Core)

GCSAA Education Pts

Tuesday, Jan 7:  0.60 pts.

Wednesday, Jan 8:  0.60 pts.

Thursday, Jan 9:  0.75 pts.

Education Program

Tuesday, Jan 7    

Golf (Big Ten A)

9:00 AM          Negotiating Tactics for Golf Course Superintendents - Bruce Williams                               
10:00 AM       30 Years as a USGA Agronomist: tales from the road - Bob Vavrek

11:00 AM        Turfgrass Pathology Research Update - Dr. Joe Vargas, MSU   

11:30 AM        Reviewing 2019: Dead Grass and Nutrition Research Update - Dr. Kevin                              Frank, MSU 

12:00 Lunch                                                 

1:30 PM         Creating Championship Turf: The Importance of Having Sharp Cutting Units -                        Doug Veine, Bernhard and Company

2:30 PM         Heavy Metal, Speed and Weed - Dr. Thom Nikolai, MSU      

3:30 PM         Understanding the Basic Principalsof Sprinkler Audits - Michael Kuhn and                             Associates, Inc.   

4:30 PM         Annual Meetings MiGCSA, MTF, MiSTMA                              

Lawns, Athletic Fields, and Grounds (Lincoln)            

9:00 AM          Recommendations for Solving Turf Problems: Mixing Science and Common Sense - Dr. Kevin Frank, MSU    

10:00 AM       Smart Lawns, Minimum Pesticide Use and Organic Lawn Care - Dr. David Smitley, MSU

11:00 AM When Applications Don't Work: Figuring Out Why - John Stone, MSU

1:30 PM        Understanding Turf Diseases: Identification, Cultural Management and Fungicide Recommendations - Dr. Joe Vargas, MSU         

3:30 PM      Working Safely around Biting Stinging Insects - Howard Russell, MSU              

4:30 PM         Annual Meetings MiGCSA, MTF, MiSTMA           

Equipment Technicians Session (Hancock Turfgrass Research Center)

8:00-8:30 coffee cookies/doughnuts

8:30-9:30 Ben Beard- Making the best of a rainy day: Protecting your investment with crew education.

15 min. Break

9:45 - 11:30  John Garlets Spartan Distributors - Electrical and hands on electrical

11:30 ish- Lunch

12:15- 2:30  John Garlets More in depth electrical hands on          

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Golf (Big Ten A morning; Auditorium afternoon)                             

8:00 AM          Grad Student Research Presentations - Ryan Bearss and Thomas Green

8:30 AM          Trying to Understand Nematodes - Fred Warner, MSU

9:00 AM          Research Update - Dr. Trey Rogers, MSU

9:30 AM        Ants, Worms and Pesky Insects in Golf Turf - Chris Williamson, PBI-Gordon

10:30 AM      Preventing Oak Wilt and Resources to Address it - Julie Stachecki, Site Specific 

11:00 AM Lunch

12:30 PM       Managing Pythium Diseases - Dr. Brandon Horvath, Univ. Tennessee

1:30 PM         What's New in Golf Turf Cultivation and Organic Matter Management - Dr. Cale Bigelow, Purdue University

2:30 PM         You Know You're a Badass - What does Everyone Else See? And Why Does it Matter - Gina Gizzi, ARCUS Marketing Group

3:30 PM Scholarship Awards

4:00 PM Vendor Half-Time Show

Lawns, Athletic Fields, and Grounds (Lincoln)

8:00 AM          Weed Management:  Everything I know in 120 Minutes or Less - Dr. Thom Nikolai, MSU  

10:00 AM         Planning a Disease Management Program for High Value Turf - Dr. Brandon Horvath, Univ. Tennessee                        


11:00 Lunch

12:30 PM       Developing a Fertilizer Program for High Value Turf - Dr. Cale Bigelow, Purdue Univ. 

1:30 PM         Co-Existing with Trees:  Tips for a Lasting Relationship - Julie Stachecki, Site Specific Inc.     


2:30 PM         You Know You're a Badass - What does Everyone Else See?  And Why Does it Matter - Gina Gizzi, ARCUS Marketing Group     

3:30 PM         Scholarship Awards (Auditorium)

4:00 PM         Vendor Half-Time Show                             

Asst. Golf Course Superintendents (Auditorium)

8:00 AM       Tips for Running an Effective Committe Meeting - Erwin McKone, Turf Ventures

9:00 Am         Developing Skills that Set You Apart - Bruce Williams

10:00 AM       Tournament Preparation - Bob Vavrek

10:30 AM       Reflections of a First Year Superintendent - Dave Makulski, Indianwood Golf and CC

3:30 PM         Scholarship Awards (Auditorium)

Equipment Technicians Session (Kellogg Center room 103AB )

8:00-8:30 coffee cookies/doughnuts

8:30-10:00 Bill Stone with John Deere/JW Turf- Cut Quality and after cut Appearance

15 min Break

10:15- 11:30 Kurt from Foley- Reel science and grinding

11:30- Lunch

12:15-2:30 Heath Bronkema and Seth Sheldon Q and A session round table involving all in class. Day to day problems and what to do to tackle them.

4:00 PM         Vendor Half-Time Show    


Thursday, Jan. 9

General Session (Big Ten C)     

8:00 AM          Perception vs Reality:  Dispelling Misinformation with Scientific Reasoning - Dr. Paul Giordano, Bayer

9:00 AM          A Brief History of Turf Management Practices - Dr. Brandon Horvath, Univ. of Tennessee

10:00 AM       High-Octane Teamwork!  Transitioning Crews Into Cohesive Teams - Gina Rizzi, ARCUS Marketing Group

11:00 AM       When MIOSHA Visits:  Consultation and Enforcement - Joseph Bantau and Augustine Syrovy

12:00 PM       Lunch                    

Innovative Golf Course Superintendents

1:30 PM      50 Years of Industry Tips, Tricks and Lessons Learned in Golf & Turf - Bruce Williams

2:30 PM      Government Relations - Kyle Barton, Tam O'Shanter CC

3:00 PM      Staging the Inagural Rocket Mortgage Classic - Jake Mendoza and Evan Herman, Detroit Golf Club

3:30 PM       Renovating Essex Golf and Country Club - Chris Andrejicka, EssexGolf & CC

4:00 PM       Staffing Solutions that Work - Mike Morris, Crystal Downs

Athletic Fields

1:30 PM        Pitching Mound Constuction and Repair - Kelly Rensel, Great Lakes Loons 

2:30 PM        Creating a Weed Management Program for Sports Fields - Dr. Paul Giordano, Bayer

3:30 PM      An Hour with Turf Doc - Dr. Trey Rogers, MSU

Lawn Care Session

1:30 PM       Considering Granular Fungicide Applications - Dr. Brandon Horavath, Univ. of Tennessee

2:30 PM       Selecting Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue Cultivars - Dr. Cale Bigelow, Purdue Univ.

3:30 PM       Turfgrass Insect Management - Dr. Chris Williamson, PBI Gordon

4:30 PM ADJOURN                       

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