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June 2019

  • June 13, 2019
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Although northern parts of the province have had adequate moisture, most of the province is experiencing drought-like conditions, with Saskatoon experiencing the direst March, April and May in history.  With the drought comes low water levels in the South Saskatchewan River, with very low flow.  Some courses are having issues with leeches plugging sprinklers.  At Riverside we have cleaned the screens of all 1,400 heads already and are now having to go through them again.  We could all use a little rain.

It was great to see approximately 70 people at the Equipment Field Day.  Todd Scott from Redox gave 2 informative talks worth 2 points toward retaining your Pesticide Applicators license.  Thank you to the sponsors—DryJect (Jeff Hacior) and Brett Young (Keith Bell) for sponsoring coffee and muffins; and Martin Deerline (Pierre Morin) for sponsoring the BBQ lunch.    Thanks also to the companies that came out with their products and equipment for the field show:  Brett Young, C & F Installations, Clarks, Early’s, Martin Deerline, Oakcreek, Target Specialty Products.

Thank you to Davidson Matyczuk for the hospitality and Matt Choquette for providing a great course for the 9 hole shotgun.  The course was in great condition especially considering how dry the weather has been.

One issue that keeps coming up is people not pre-registering for events.  We only had 12 people registered less than a week before the Field Day.  It is really difficult to plan an event when you are guessing at numbers.  As it was, some people had to wait 30 minutes to get a burger and a few did not even get them.  In the future at events we are considering letting the pre-registered people eat first, then the on site registrants can eat if there is enough food.  It only takes a text, call or email.  Sorry for the lecture, but we need your help.

Don’t forget the Don Campbell Research Tournament at Deer Valley, Thursday August 22.  Mark it on your calendar and please register early.  The event has sold out the last 3 years, so ensure you get a spot.

Have a great summer, looking forward to seeing you at the Research Tournament.             
- Doug

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  • 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.