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July 2015

July 11, 2015

Talk around golf courses these days is no doubt the drought conditions most of the province is dealing with.  If this continues water reservoirs will start drying up and we’ll be in real trouble.  That being said I think, somehow we’ll get through it.

June 2015

June 9, 2015

For over 50 years, every Ukrainian, German and what have you told me not to plant bedding plants in the garden before June 1 because sure as hell, there’s going to be frost.  Being a dumb Scotsman Know-it-all I have to try my luck, saying to myself there won’t be frost after May 25.  I bust my butt covering plants, and taking pots into the garage, and most of all calling myself a dummy in my most colourful language.

May 2015

May 5, 2015

Pierre Vezeau, Accredited Golf Superintendent at Cooke Municipal Golf Course in Prince Albert and STA Board member has managed to arrange a Pesticide Applicator classroom session and exam for May 25-26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.  This will be a 2-day classroom course with an exam being written in the afternoon of day 2.  The tuition cost is $330.00, which includes the exam.  This cost is based on 12 participants and may adjust slightly based on higher or lower enrolment.  The course will be offered at Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon.  In order to register, participants can contact Arla McLeod at 306-775-7473 or arla.mcleod@saskpolytech.ca.

April 2015

April 7, 2015

I’m tired of winter as never before. As I write this it is snowing heavily. They say we are going to get up to 10cm of wet snow. I used to like winter, but as one gets older you could do without. I have to stay here because I can’t get health insurance and my doctors will not let me travel. That’s life I guess.

March 2015

March 13, 2015

As I write this (early March) the weather has changed for the better.  In Saskatoon the snow is leaving us rather quickly, leaving lots of water on the streets and in some cases, back yards.  I just heard that we get 25% of our total snow fall in March.

January 2015

January 28, 2015

I hope everyone had a great Christmas with lots of presents and especially good cheer.  All the best to everyone for a successful 2015 and this summer be a happy one with great conditions and above all, lots of golfers.

December 2014

December 6, 2014

The 2014 Fall WindUp and AGM is now in he history books.  The new format was a success in terms of added attendance and improved education value.  I had very good comments about the two day event.  At our February Board meeting everything will be reviewed and any changes will be incorporated in the 2015 event.  For those who attended, your ideas and comments are welcome.  Email me at soupyd@sasktel.net, or use the comment area below.

November 2014

November 3, 2014

The 2014 Fall Wind Up and AGM is fast approaching.  Everything, including the Wednesday night social, will be at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club.  Dates are November 12th and 13th.  To date, I’ve received 20 registrations.  These are from the southeast and southwest areas of our province.  Oddly, I haven’t received any from Saskatoon or Regina.

October 2014

October 7, 2014

Fall is here, which means the end of the season is near.  Work at this time of year is very important.  Your fungicide program is in full gear. The irrigation blowout is an important task.  These two projects are important for an easy start up in the spring.

September 2014

September 10, 2014

The 2014 STA Research Tournament is now history.  The turnout was a disappointment, but everyone who made the effort to attend had fun.  All players were in awe over the condition of Ken Lintott’s golf course.  It was in excellent condition from tee through the green.  I heard many good comments about the quality of all aspects of the course.  The STA thanks Evergreen Golf Course and Ken Lintott for the hospitality.  It was a great day!

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.