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  • 30 Apr 2018 8:28 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    SUMMARY

    The average temperature for May will be above normal.  Precipitation will be near normal for the month.

    DISCUSSION

    After three cool wet months the weather pattern will change at the start of May.  Southerly winds will bring much warmer air to Ohio at the beginning of the month and we will get our first taste of more summerlike temperatures.  West to east flow in the atmosphere will bring periodic storms which will cause fluctuations in the temperature. 

    More days with southerly winds will result in the average temperature being above normal during May.  Those southerly winds will also bring moist air to the state and periodic rains will produce near normal precipitation during the month.  Low pressure systems and their associated cold fronts could generate severe weather when they move across the state.


  • 24 Apr 2018 11:48 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

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  • 2 Apr 2018 1:48 PM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Written by Jay Hobgood, Ph. D., The Ohio State University

    Summary:

    The average temperature for April will be below normal. Precipitation will be above normal for the month.

    Detail:

    The outlook for April is that it could be a lot like March. An upper level trough will persist north of the Great Lakes during the first part of April. The trough will pull colder air over Ohio and the temperature will be below normal during much of the first half of the month. The upper level flow could change in the middle of the month to a fast west to east flow across the U.S. That flow will carry a series of storms across the country. The temperature will warm ahead of each storm and cool after the storm passes. Overall, the average temperature is likely to be below normal for month. The storms will also pull moist air from the Gulf of Mexico toward Ohio. They will produce periodic rain and some storms could produce locally heavy rain. The chances for severe weather will increase later in the month.

  • 23 Mar 2018 9:43 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

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  • 9 Mar 2018 9:40 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Written by Dr. Jay Hobgood, Ohio State University

    The average temperature for March will be above normal.  Precipitation will be above normal for the month. 

    March could be a stormy month.  A fast west to east flow will blow across the U.S. in the upper levels.  The flow will carry a series of storms across the country.  The temperature will warm ahead of each storm and cool after the storm passes.  The fluctuations will produce numerous swings of temperature, but the net effect should cause the temperature to average above normal for month. 

    The storms will pull moist air from the Gulf of Mexico toward Ohio.  Storms will drop precipitation over the state and several storms could produce locally heavy rain.  Snow could fall in some storms, especially over northern Ohio, but most of the precipitation will be rain.  More thunderstorms could occur later in the month when the temperature is warmer.

  • 10 Jan 2018 11:12 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today announced the discovery of a hemlock-killing pest in Lake, Geauga and Athens counties. The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia, which threatens the health and sustainability of two hemlock tree species native to the eastern United States.

    HWA was first reported in the eastern United States in 1951 near Richmond, Virginia. Today, it is established in portions of 20 states from Maine to Georgia, where infestations cover about half of the range of eastern hemlock. Areas along the Appalachian Mountains have experienced significant mortality of eastern hemlock due to this devastating insect.

    The infestations in Lake and Geauga counties were first reported to ODA by a biologist working at a property in the Concord, Ohio area close to the Lake-Geauga county line. The Athens County detection was the result of ODNR Division of Forestry survey work that was conducted near the village of Coolville.

    HWA is primarily transported by wind, birds and infested nursery stock. HWA was first detected in a forested setting in Ohio in Meigs County in 2012.

    At this time, ODA will move to expand its hemlock quarantine, enforced by ODA’s Plant Health division, to include Lake, Geauga and Athens counties, as well as Gallia County due to proximity. Ohio quarantine regulations restrict the movement of hemlock materials from counties known to be infested into non-infested Ohio counties. Ohio’s quarantine law also requires hemlock materials grown in non-infested counties in quarantined states to be inspected before being shipped and have a phytosanitary certificate verifying that the plant material is free of HWA when entering Ohio.

  • 5 Jan 2018 8:24 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)
    Written by Dr. Jay Hobgood, Ohio State University

    The cold start to the winter will continue in January.  An upper level trough over the Great Lakes will continue a northerly flow of colder air over Ohio to start the new year. 

    Temperatures will be much below normal over Ohio in the beginning of January.  The upper level trough will move away in the middle of the month and a west to east flow across the U.S. will develop.  The westerly winds will bring milder air from the Pacific Ocean across the U.S. 

    There will not be a lot of big storms during January, but several storms will drop rain and snow.  In addition, the northerly flow could produce periods of lake-effect snow in the typical places near Lake Erie. 

    Overall, the total precipitation in January should be near normal for the entire month. 

  • 15 Dec 2017 9:16 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    The board of the Ohio Turfgrass Research Trust (OTRT), the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of OTF, has recently voted to begin utilizing funds from its Founders Club account to fund new programs geared toward meeting the needs of industry professionals.

    The board recently formed a Grants Committee which will develop policies and criteria for use of Founders Club funds as well as review grant applications.

    The Grants Committee is comprised of the following individuals:

    Dr. Charles Darrah, CLC LABS (Committee Chair)
    Ryan Gregoire, Agricultural Design
    Mark Grunkemeyer, Buckeye Ecocare
    Kent Turner, Kenwood Country Club
    Jason Straka, Fry Straka Global Golf Course Design
    John Prusa, Highpoint Lawn Care/Turfware Equipment
    Dr. Zane Raudenbush, Ohio State University - ATI

    Founders Club contributors will be surveyed in the near future to gain insight into areas of interest for funding. This feedback will help steer the committee's review of grant proposals and allocation of support.

    To learn more about OTRT and the Founders Club or to become a donor, CLICK HERE.

  • 11 Dec 2017 8:45 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Written by Guy Cipriano

    A turf manager doesn’t need to work for a top-100 lawn care company, elite golf course or professional sports team to share an idea at the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference & Show.

    The 51st edition of the event ended Thursday with dozens of relatable moments at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. In the sports field management room, a quartet of managers from the municipal sector – Mayfield Village’s Paul Byrne, Fremont School District’s Cory Hull, Reynoldsburg Park & Rec’s Brian McGuire and Hudson City Schools’ Chris Kelling – participated in a discussion led by Ohio State’s Pamela Sherratt and Central Farm & Garden’s Matt Duncan. Byrne and McGuire started their careers in golf, Hull worked for the Toledo Mud Hens before arriving at Fremont, and Kelling has spent 26 years at Hudson.   

    The size of scopes of the quartet’s respective operations varies. Hull jokes he maintains two grass baseball and softball fields and an artificial football field with a “crew of one.” Attending the OTF Conference & Show introduced Hull to the professional development opportunities offered by the foundation. “Something I didn’t realize I needed to do was the promotional side of myself,” he says. “I’m an average high school guy who’s trying to make his way through the job.”

    Kelling, by contrast, leads a team responsible for the maintenance of Hudson’s outdoor and indoor facilities. The outdoor portion of the job includes 200 acres, including 120 that require mowing. Kelling calls the annual “highlight of the job” is hosting Ohio State Athletic Association district and regional baseball tournaments on the varsity field. 

    Golf course superintendents understand the challenge of preparing playing surfaces for events. Their final OTF Conference & Show session included the annual “Breakfast with the USGA” session. Attendees from facilities of all levels spent two hours seeking and absorbing insight from USGA Green Section agronomists Bob Vavrek, Zach Nicoludis and John Daniels. Frequently discussed topics in the Midwest Region this year included proper wetting agent usage, earthworm castings, nematodes, and establishing and maintaining native areas.   

    The Columbus-based Nicoludis says nematodes are becoming “more of a topic further north.” Responding to this concern, OTF organizers included more than an hour of nematode education in this year’s agenda. Valley Brook (Pa.) Country Club’s John Shaw and Ohio State University Golf Club’s Dennis Bowsher shared how they handled the frustrating pests on their respective courses, while Ohio State’s Joe Rimelspach and Horacia Lopez-Nicoria addressed nematodes from a researcher’s perspective. “This is one of the most difficult things to diagnosis,” Rimelspach says.

    The four-day conference and show attracted nearly 1,600 attendees, a 3 percent increase over 2016, according to OTF executive director Brian Laurent. A silent auction conducted Tuesday and Wednesday raised more than $7,000 for the Ohio Turfgrass Research Trust. OTF officials used the event to announce the Buckeyes for Environmentally Sustainable Turfgrass (BEST) initiative. The web-based training and certification best practices program launches in January.

    The golf and lawn care segments of the industry will return to Columbus Feb. 27-28 for the annual Spring Tee Off.

  • 7 Dec 2017 6:58 AM | Brian Laurent (Administrator)

    Written by Guy Cipriano

    Dan Francis experienced one of the biggest honors in turf 10 months after landing a job he worked 14 years to receive.

    Francis entertained his peers during a fast-paced Wednesday afternoon session at the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference & Show. The 15-minute presentation represented Francis’ first industry speaking opportunity since landing his first head golf course superintendent job at Wildwood Golf Club in Middletown.

    Wildwood named Francis its superintendent Feb. 6.
    Wearing a white sports jacket and enthusiastically strolling the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Francis exchanged business cards with seemingly everybody he encountered on the show floor. His euphoria extended to the podium as he delivered a positive message. “I like to keep it light-hearted, have a little bit of fun,” he says.

    Neither a small crew nor modest maintenance budget prevented Francis from experiencing a successful first season at Wildwood. Frequent high fives, with co-workers and even members, are one of his management staples.

    Chris Anderson and Greg Caldwell also understand the fortitude and perspective needed to overcome challenges. Anderson and Caldwell are the assistant superintendents on The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier, the historic West Virginia resort whose golf grounds were destroyed by a devastating flood in 2016. Speaking at a major industry event for the first time, the pair revealed the extent of the damage before sharing The Greenbrier’s inspirational recovery story. The OTF Conference & Show represented a homecoming for Anderson, an Ohio native and former assistant superintendent at Heritage Golf Club in Hilliard. 

    Muirfield Village Golf Club director of grounds operations Chad Mark, Wedgewood Golf and Country Club assistant superintendent Matt Neff and Michigan State sports turf manager Amy Fouty were among the other presenters who exuded positivity Wednesday. “The fun part of our business is that it’s like a team,” says Mark, a former high school basketball coach who received his dream job at Muirfield Village earlier this year.

    Teams require support staffs, and the trade show portion of the OTF Conference & Show concluded with four hours of floor banter between attendees and industry partners.

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