April 2006

  • April 14, 2006
  • Written by Don Campbell

My Injuries from a fall this winter are slowly healing and I can now move around and walk unaided.  Although rehabilitation will last another 9 months, there is improvement and it feels good to be mobile again.

The next big event for the Saskatchewan Turfgrass Association is the Research Tournament to be held in August in the North of the province.  Be sure you attend this event with your foursome.  Greens chairmans and Presidents love to attend this event.  It’s fun and a necessary tournament to raise funds for turf research in Saskatchewan.

Dutch Elm Disease is a fatal fungal disease that can kill an American Elm in as little as three weeks!  It is spread by the elm bark beetle that feeds and breeds in the elm trees.  D.E.D. clogs the water-conducting vessels of an elm, therefore one of the first signs of disease will be a branch in the upper canopy of an elm with leaves that will wilt, turn brown and shrivel in early summer.  They often remain on the tree for the full season.  If the disease strikes later in the summer, leaves will usually wilt, turn yellow and fall off prematurely.  If you see signs of D.E.D.  be sure to call 1.800.SASKELM immediately.

The Saskatchewan Turf Conference held in Regina in late March was termed successful even with the disappointing attendance.  Many thanks to Ray Popoff and Mike Kupchenko for their efforts.  Both of these gentlemen spent plenty of their time putting everything together.

This just in - Congratulations to Jason Lesperance who has just been awarded an S.T.A. bursary in the amount of $500.  Jason is from Willow Bunch and worked for Jim Cote and Jason Thorhaug at the Willow Bunch Golf Club.  He is attending Olds College Turfgrass Management and ranks near the top of his class.  Jason is at the Coronach Golf Club this coming year.

You’ll hear a lot about pesticides this coming summer.  People who worry about pesticides fail to realize or don’t want to believe that cancer rates have actually dropped over the last 40 years.  Stomach cancer has dropped more than 75% while rectal cancer has dropped by more than 65%.  People worried that the application of pesticides is killing songbirds should know that since the late 16th century, the songbird population has increased by 2 billion.

Now may be a good time to think about what precautions can be taken to minimize the risk of West Nile Virus for yourself and your staff.  Measures include (1) Eliminating areas of standing water, (2) Applying insect repellent to your skin and cloths, (3) Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever necessary and (4) Consider wearing mosquito netting head gear.
A fire ripped through a storage facility at the Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon.  The buildings pesticides, spraying equipment and a lot of hand tools were completely destroyed.  Fortunately superintendent Doug Campbell had a complete inventory of the buildings contents and everything was insured.

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About the STA

  • Saskatchewan's Turfgrass Association, founded in 1979, is a non-profit organization. The S.T.A. was organized by a group of Turfgrass Professionals which has grown to include people from Parks, Golf Courses, Sod Growers, Cities and Commercial Companies.