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6 Presi dent's M essage f or A pri l 2018


A Really Big Show


First Green Has Some Great News



Dav e Creamer M emori al Hock ey

Doggy Doo Piling Up at Langley Playing Fields


Japanese Beetle Stakeholder Update


WCTA Set to Double Down





Cover St or y 18 A Really Big Show! 2018 Conference

Fundraising Efforts Featured Feat u r e St or ies

32 First Green Has Some Great News Involving

GCSAA! 36 Doggy Doo Piling Up At Langley Playing

Fields ? Coaches Forced to Pick Up Poop Before Games Can Begin 45 Japanese Beetle Stakeholder Update ? A

Very Serious Threat to the Golf Industry

USGA Resource Management ? It Could be a 50 Game Changer For Your Golf Course Regu lar Colu m n s 6

From the President: Message for April 2018


Top Image: River Rock Show Theatre Marquis

14 2018 Board of Directors

Cam pu s New s 53 Olds College Students Celebrate Top Ten

Finish in International Turf Competition 64 KPU Campus News: WCTA Conference

Stories from KPU Turf Students WCTA New s 28 AGM Minutes 29 Departing Directors 39 Bright Turf Management Future Ahead,

Thanks to KPU Students

41 2018 WCTA Student Award Recipients 46 Look Who?s Joined the WCTA 56 Silent Auction Surpasses Last Year ?s Total

Tu r f Resear ch New s 70 WCTA Announces 2018 Turf Research

Project Funding Edu cat ion New s

48 Who We Are And Our Value Proposition

73 NTA Conference Lands Top Speakers

78 Understanding Why Greens Go Bad

88 Maximize Your Educational Experience

In du st r y New s 68 Sports Turf Training Brought to You

BrettYoung Named One of Canada?s Best 75 Managed Companies 81 WCTA Board Nominates Three Candidates

Con f er en ce New s 58 WCTA Set to Double Down? Conference &

Trade Show to Return to River Rock Casino Resort in 2019

60 A Nod to Our 2018 Conference Sponsors

and Exhibitors


Pr esiden t 's M essage f or Apr il 2018 First and forem ost I want t o t hank everyone who at t ended our 2018 Annual conference and t rade show st art ing wit h all t he vendors who sponsored event s at our show and all who t ook a boot h and of course all t he delegat es who at t ended. Also, thanks to all the volunteers who help make the show run seamlessly, especially the KPU students who raised almost $4K for research. Thanks to all the WCTA staff who spent countless hours making the show possible. Thanks to Point Grey Golf Course for hosting the preconference seminars and even though the weather put a stop to the research fundraiser, golf was still had by some as the weather broke and the course opened in the afternoon. Thanks to the volunteers that

" ... th e 2018 WCTA A nnual Conf erence h el d at th e Ri v er Rock Casi no Resort i n Ri ch mond, BC w as th e best attended sh ow i n th e past 5 years."

Peter Sorok ov sk y WCTA Presi dent made the hockey game great, even though the good guys lost. As usual we had a fantastic line up of speakers that delivered a world class education program. Thanks to the City of Richmond and Mayfair Lakes Golf Course for acting like the gracious hosts they are, and who could forget the venue, thanks to the River Rock Casino for a wonderful facility and great staff. So regarding the venue, it really was an easy decision to return to the River Rock in 2019. For all those who stayed to the end of the show on Friday when we asked them if CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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we should come back next year, the answer was an overwhelming YES! I have received soooooo much positive feedback, that to go anywhere else would be crazy. It also helped to have BC?s largest casino as our venue with so many other amenities, along with a world class education program, over 50 companies exhibiting and several awesome networking activities, the 2018 WCTA Annual Conference held at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC was the best attended show in the past 5 years.

the great WCTA conference of 2018 in the rear view mirror, I am reminded of how valuable volunteerism is. So lastly, I want to thank the WCTA Board of Directors who have committed their time and talents to giving back to the industry. Without volunteers, associations like ours would not be able to service members as well as the WCTA does. It is your Board of Directors who work on behalf of the membership to put on an annual WCTA conference, field days, network events, etc? ..

The only negative feedback that was heard was the date of the conference, February 14th, so we heard your voice and the WCTA Board has made the final decision and the River Rock has been booked for February 20-22, 2019, one week later than the 2018 event.

I said this last message, but it is worth saying again, I hope you think that 2018 is going to be a good year for you to learn more, educate those around you about the ?VALUE OF TURF?, support your local associations, and donate your time and talents to the benefit of our great industry. If you have not volunteered for a board or a committee in your industry, I strongly recommend you to consider this rewarding service to your industry.

So with 2017, a year to forget, and

Peter Sorokovsky WCTA President





AsseenontheRiver RockShow Theatremarquis; delegateswere not disappointed!

Photo Credit Mayowill Photography


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2018 Sh ow I mage A nth ol ogy

See our t op picks for im ages from t he 2018 Conference and Trade Show at t he River Rock Casino and Convent ion Cent re.

Clicktheimageabovetoseethe twominuteslideshow!


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A Really Big Sh ow ! 2018 Con f er en ce Fu n dr aisin g Ef f or t s Feat u r ed


2018 Conference and Trade Show post -product ion work is nearly com plet e and feedback from our 55t h annual event , held for t he first t im e at t he River Rock Casino Resort in Richm ond, BC, has been overwhelm ingly posit ive! With BC?s largest casino as our backdrop, along with a world class education program, 50+ companies exhibiting and several fun-filled networking activities, we shouldn?t be surprised it was the WCTA?s best CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



Dav e Creamer M emori al Hock ey Th e 8th A nnual Dav e Creamer M emori al Hock ey Game took pl ace Th ursday, February 15

at th e Ri ch mond I ce Centre w i th $ 1000 rai sed f or th e Dav e Creamer Sch ol arsh i p f und th rough pl ayer contri buti ons.


Hel pi ng mak e th i s possi bl e w as Daryl Nagy f rom Oak creek w h o organi zed th e game, th e Ci ty of Ri ch mond

w h o donated th e i ce and game sponsors Turf Heal th Products, CPS Ev ergo and Oak creek Gol f & Turf . Image Courtesy: Jim Connolly


attended show in the past 5 years. Of course we?re very pleased since a successful event helps drive the association financially but it?s important to note that conference time is much more than a gathering of turf management professionals seeking education, networking and the latest in industry supplies, products and services; it?s also a time of philanthropy, a chance to give back in a variety of ways which is the focus of this article. When it comes to putting on a show, our staff gets the job done

but fundraising is another matter requiring tremendous efforts in the form of many volunteers. It?s humbling to witness and be part of what comes together and it?s my sincere pleasure to make the following post-conference fundraising announcements. Silen t Au ct ion f or Tu r f Resear ch We?re happy to announce $6,418 was raised by this year 's silent auction at the River Rock Casino Resort, surpassing last year 's total of $4,451 by a wide margin. These CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE






funds go directly toward funding the research that supports our industry. For a complete list of bid winners and donors, please click the following link and don?t forget to support the companies who support us. SILENT AUCTION SUM M ARY KPU Tu r f M an agem en t Since 2013, the Kwantlen Turf Management students have raised $22,214.66 for turf research including $3,044.66 in Richmond just a few weeks ago. The funds have come from 50/50 draws, skills competitions, raffles and contests like this year ?s ?Guess the Number of Poker Chips?which was appropriately themed. Winner of 50/50 draw ? Andrew Jellis, Creston Golf Club who donated his winnings of $187.50 back to the turf research fund. Way to go Andrew! Winner of ?Guess the Poker Chips? contest ? Ryan Muir, North Van Parks Winners of the 2018 Raffle for Research: 1. Storey Creek & Crown Isle ? Dancing Dave Duncan

2. Quilchena & Pitt Meadows Lorranie Oxtoby 3. Osoyoos & Fairview Mountain ? Mat Mihal 4. Pagoda Ridge & Mission ? Jamey Serediuk 5. Kamloops & Sun Peaks ? David Keough 6. Surrey & Redwoods ? Ken Reid 7. Westwood Plateau & Carnoustie ? Chuck Mueller 8. Northlands & Bowen Island ? Michael Hobkirk 9. Bear Mountain & Olympic View ? Dave Fair 10. Riverway & Fraserview ? Rob Yates 11. Two Eagles & Shannon Lake ? Peter Simpson 12. Kings Links & Tsawwassen Springs ? Pat Healy 13. Eaglepoint & Shuswap Lake Estates ? Jeff Bennett At the close of every show we announce the new Board of Directors and the location of next year ?s conference. We also make prize draws for those who?ve stuck around to the bitter end, those CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



delegates who have displayed a huge amount of stamina over a very busy three days or perhaps just don?t have anywhere better to be on a Friday afternoon. It?s tentatively the River Rock for third week of February 2019 by the way.

Farm-Tek / TDS West ? Steve May $500 River Rock Gift Card ? Sergio Mariani Lulay signed jersey ? Travis Olson Lulay signed jersey ? Jamie Muter Slot machine ? Carolyn Reitzel Poker table ? Barry Teichrobe


Peter Sorok ov sk y i s besi de h i msel f (cardboard cutout on th e l ef t and Dal e Ov erton to h i s ri gh t) as h i s i nf amous ?Gi v e M e 5 Buck s?campai gn rai sed $ 364.66 th i s year. Wh y not a mul ti pl e of f i v e you ask ? I t w as due to a generous US f ri end?s tw enty th at conv erted to $ 24.66 CDN. At any rate, in the past we?ve given away TV?s, cash and a variety of prizes but we need to make special thanks to Ken Reid at FarmTek Services and TDS West for providing our best grand prize ever, a full day Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing Trip for four people including overnight accommodation and all the kit, valued at something like $2500. Congratulations to this year ?s winners: Fishing Trip for 4 pp courtesy

Poker set ? Gary Bartley Poker set ? Steve Peardon Poker set ? Lisa Hartviksen In total, over $11,000 was raised during and because of the 2018 conference for a couple really great causes. Thank you for these charitable efforts that say a lot about the golf and sportsturf management industry at large. Keep up the great work!


55th Annual WCTA Conference & Trade Show 12:30 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018, Whistler Room A/B/C, River Rock Casino Resort


President Peter Sorokovsky called the meeting to order at 12:41pm, introduced the Board of Directors and Past Presidents. Quorum was met with 167 members present.

M/S/C D. Graham / K. Hewlett; to approve AGM Agenda

2. NOMINATING COMMITTEE REORT Presented by Committee Chair, Jason Pick President: Peter Sorokovsky (City of Burnaby Golf Operations) Vice President: Norley Calder (City of Calgary Parks) Directors with 1 year remaining: Davin Marr (Hillview GC) Travis Olson (Kamloops GC) Directors to be elected (2 years): Gary Bartley (UBC) Andre Dionne (City of Coquitlam) Jed McGeachie (Overton Environmental) Cameron Watt (Redwoods GC) Past President (2 years): Jason Pick (Olds College)

M/S/C K. Hewlett / S. Carmichael to acclaim candidate slate as presented

3. MINUTES M/S/C D. Graham / R. Watson to adopt minutes of the AGM February 17, 2017


Necrology Report - A moment of silence was observed for WCTA Members and turf industry colleagues o Sid Puddicombe o Casey Mahan

5. FINANCIAL REPORT 2017 Fiscal Year End (Sept 30, 2017) Presented by Travis Olson, Finance Director  Balance in bank accounts o General operating: $49,397 o Research $2,061 o Term Deposits $8,217

M/S/C J. Ross / K. Lyons that September 30, 2017 year end Statement of Revenues and Expenditures be adopted as reviewed by Evancic Perrault Robertson, Certified General Accountants, and circulated at the AGM. M/S/C K. Lyons / D. Graham that Evancic Perrault Robertson, Certified General Accountants, be appointed to review WCTA

financial statements for fiscal year ending September 30, 2018


Given orally by Peter Sorokovsky, Research Chair.  Planning to fund one project in 2018, the Environmental Turfgrass Outreach Project by Eric Lyons


 Awards and Recognition o Student Awards - Zach Bishop, Olds College $1300 - Jordan Bodiguel, Olds College $600 - Arran Marlow, Guelph University $600 o Stan Kazymerchyk was recognized for his commitment, service and volunteerism over the years. o There were no life member awards presented this year.


 Introduction of ‘Institute for Turf Research Funding’ or ITURF. o Research arm of the WCTA. Invoicing for voluntary contributions is being planned.  Special resolution to amend WCTA Bylaws brought forward by WCTA Past President Jason Pick on behalf of the Board of Directors.

M/S/C S. Carmichael / J. Ross to strike as it has been satisfied. To strike as it contradicts which is the correct version of the two. To amend 4.7.7 to allow Directors of the Board more flexibility if missing meetings under extenuating circumstances, ie. a longterm medical condition.


 Thanks all for attending and supporting the WCTA. Thanks to the exhibitors, speakers, KPU turf Management Club, allied organizations, hotel staff and conference production team for efforts toward this year’s show.  Thank you outgoing directors Stan Kazymerchyk and Frits Verkerk for your efforts on behalf of the association.

10. ADJOURNMENT 1:16pm M/S/C K. Lyons / T. de Crom to adjourn

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On behalf of t he WCTA m em bership and Board, we would like t o recognize and t hank t wo depart ing Direct ors, St an Kazym erchyk and Frit s Verkerk, for t heir service. St an Kazym er ch yk With 44 years of turf management experience, Stan started in his teen years as a golf course groundsman, then moving onto Irrigation Technician. After a few years of having more questions than


Depar t in g Dir ect or s

answers, ?Kaz?embarked on a university Honours degree in Turfgrass Management from Oregon State University. Brief stints in turfgrass research and as Assistant Superintendent before becoming a Golf Superintendent through 90?s was followed by 15+ years teaching turf at Kwantlen CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

Stanservedtheturf industryasWCTAResearchCommitteeChair,BCGSA Chapter President,WCTABoardmember andSTCBoardmember. He?s alsobeenamajor contributor toconferenceorganizationandtrades magazines,he?safrequent guest speaker at meetingsandeventsand volunteeredat 7national Opens.




University in Langley. Stan served the turf industry as WCTA Research Committee Chair, BCGSA Chapter President, WCTA Board member and STC Board member. He?s also been a major contributor to conference organization and trades magazines, he?s a frequent guest speaker at meetings and events and volunteered at 7 national Opens. ?I believe in involving students with close industry interaction and societal paybacks,? he stated. His long term projects have including ?Home Reno Makeovers?, training teens with FASD and ?First Green? event choreography. He added, ?I especially enjoy grooming students to become successful turf managers and supporting alumni as they progress upwards in their careers.? Fr it s Ver k er k With a background in the family apple growing business, Frits has spent his entire turf management career at Gallagher ?s Canyon Golf Course in Kelowna and has served as a member of the WCTA board for the past 2 years. After year one he commented, ?I have learned a lot in my first term, and I hope to



continue to serve the membership to the best of my ability,? adding, ?My goal as Director has been to continue to improve government relations in regards to legislation, water issues and matters of the environment. I also hope to help improve the synergy between all the associations that are part of the turf industry, to work together to a common goal.? Thank you both for your volunteer service to the Western Canada Turfgrass Association and the turf management industry as a whole.

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First Green, an innovative education outreach program using golf courses as hands-on environmental learning labs, has worked with golf course superintendents extensively for more than 20 years. Superintendents form the backbone of First Green initiatives, hosting STEM-focused field trips for students grades five and up. First Green and GCSAA field staff representatives have collaborated to support golf courses and train superintendents, conducting field trips and instruction at GCSAA?s affiliated chapters. In addition, First Green has held well-received workshops at the Golf Industry Show for several years.

Fir st Gr een Has Som e Gr eat New s In volvin g GCSAA! The First Green Foundat ion (First Green) and Golf Course Superint endent s Associat ion of Am erican (GCSAA) have signed a m em orandum of underst anding t hat will bring First Green under t he um brella of t he GCSAA?s philant hropic organizat ion, t he Environm ent al Inst it ut e for Golf (EIFG). The agreem ent was announced at t he 2018 Golf Indust ry Show in San Ant onio.

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?WeareveryexcitedtofindahomewithGCSAA,sincewe sharesimilar missionsandgoals?topromotethe environmental benefitsof golf courses?- Dr. Karen Armstead,First GreenExecutiveDirector


DaveKennedypresentstoagroupof grade8 studentsat theinaugural CanadianFirst Green event heldat theVancouver Golf Clubin2014.

Photo Credit Jerry Rousseau



courses,? said Dr. Karen Armstead, First Green Executive Director. ?Further, the EIFG supports research that enables golf courses to increase environmental stewardship, and through GCSAA?s regional reps and local chapters, First Green will gain a

pathways to golf careers for generations to come.? According to the agreement, the merger will be complete by July 31, 2018. Abou t Fir st Gr een A tax-exempt nonprofit, First Green is an

?Our partnershipwill opennewpathwaystogolf careersfor generationstocome.?- Rhett Evans, GCSSAChief ExecutiveOfficer larger footprint ? nationally then globally.? GCSAA has an expansive network of green industry leaders with 99 chapters in North America and members in 78 countries. Its partnership with First Green will accentuate the 15,000-plus students the program has already impacted in the last two decades. ?As one of the world?s leading environmental education programs utilizing golf courses, First Green provides an ideal platform for GCSAA members to further strengthen ties with their communities,? said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. ?Our partnership will open new

innovative education outreach program using golf courses as hands-on environmental learning labs ? the only program of its kind. First Green has been providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning since 1997, and offers extensive resources for golf course superintendents, including online lesson plans. Golf course superintendents and/or local golf course representatives host students on field trips to test water quality, collect soil samples, identify plants, design plantings, assist in stream bed restoration and study the ecology and environmental CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



benefits of the golf course. For more information and to view introductory First Green videos, visit About GCSAA and the EIFG The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management and, since 1926, has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association?s mission is to serve

its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or read our industry-leading magazine at The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Dog Doo Pilin g Up At Lan gley Playin g Fields Coach es For ced To Pick Up Poop Bef or e Gam es Can Begin Coaches and parent s are finding t hem selves on poop pat rol at several Langley playing fields which t hey say are oft en covered in dog excrem ent . The coaches of a Maple Ridge U13 soccer team spent their warm-up bagging more than 50 piles of poop at the Routley Park soccer field two weeks ago. Parents from the team took to social media to express their disgust at what

they saw at the Willoughby park, located at 19833 70 Ave. This weekend Jon Luiten voiced his frustration at the amount of poop he collected while out for a morning walk at Aldergrove Athletic Park. ?I counted well over 20 turds around the soccer fields at the Aldergrove athletic park this morning,? said Luiten. He added on CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

?Beagoodhuman,please. Pickupyour familymembers? poop. It?sthelaw. Andit?srespectful. Don?tbeaturd.?



social media: ?Be a good human, please. Pick up your family members?poop. It?s the law. And it?s respectful. Don?t be a turd.? Township Parks manager Tab Buckner said the issue at Routley Park is especially troubling considering a small off-leash park is located right at that location with doggie bags available to pet owners. When the parks department does get a complaint about a particular park having a lot of dog excrement they call animal control (Langley Animal Protection Society) to do some patrols of the park. After hearing about Routley Park, he said he is calling LAPS to carry out patrols there.

continues, according to information posted on the Township of Langley website seven months ago. SEE TOWNSHIP INFORM ATION ON PET WASTE There is potential for disease and pathogens in dog excrement, not to mention how disgusting it would be, as a player, to slide in the excrement. ?It?s hard to correct people?s bad behaviour,? said Buckner. His department hasn?t received any complaints recently about either

?We have signage most everywhere prohibiting dogs off-leash. We provide bags at most of our parks and trails and we have signage reminding people to pick up after their pets. But it comes down to people choosing to be responsible dog owners,? said Buckner. ?LAPS is in charge of levying fines, but I?m not aware of what those fines are or if anyone has been fined.? Not picking up your pet?s waste could result in a $100 to $10,000 fine, with a separate fine being issued for each day the offense




park but not too long ago they were dealing with an issue of dog owners repeatedly letting their dogs defecate on the synthetic turf fields at Aldergrove Athletic. ?Often when we call in LAPS to patrol, they see a uniform and they behave in that moment. But it?s hard to catch

people in the act. Often times, people will take their dogs for a walk at night and let them off leash. If it is dark they may not see where their dog went,? he remarked. Last year, the Township launched a pilot project dedicated to curbing unwanted pet waste. They put out multi-stream receptacles that have one bin dedicated to pet waste and another for garbage. The project is being expanded into popular Willoughby parks soon, said Buckner. Dog poop is a problem worldwide. A creative sign, that has its origins in the UK, has been turning up at parks and trails around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. It reads: Want to start Yoga? Start by bending over and picking up your dog poo known as the ?downward dog position? then PUT IT IN A BIN.

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Br igh t Tu r f M an agem en t Fu t u r e Ah ead, Th an k s t o KPU St u den t s

for research, and your com m it m ent in helping our 2018 Conference & Trade Show be a huge success! Your volunteer work doesn?t go unnoticed. It is recognized by many colleagues in our industry. Taking lead roles with research fundraising and contributions sets a high standard for many to follow. It?s a necessary push we need to encourage more research contributions, so that research projects will continue to be funded. The WCTA applauds all your efforts, and we are grateful for what you?ve given back to this great industry!


The Board of Direct ors of t he West ern Canada Turfgrass Associat ion would like t o t hank t he t urfgrass st udent s of Kwant len Polyt echnic Universit y for all your volunt eer work; fundraising


From left to right: Carolyn Reitzel Corey Hewlet, Jason Morgan, Josh Crandall, Brennan Lessick, Josh Carlsen, WCTA President Peter Sorokovsky, Duncan Longridge



2018 WCTA St u den t Aw ar d Recipien t s Every year, t he West ern Canada Turfgrass Associat ion accept s applicat ions from t hose pursuing t heir educat ion t oward a t urfgrass m anagem ent career. Up t o $2500 is awarded annually t o up t o five deserving st udent s. Chair of the WCTA Awards and Recognition Committee and WCTA President Peter Sorokovsky, is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients.


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Each student also receives a complimentary WCTA membership for the year. Congratulations to this year 's winners! #1 Zach Bish op, Olds College - $1300 Dear Mr. Peter Sorokovsky and the 2018 WCTA Student Award Committee, First, I would like to sincerely thank you and the 2018 WCTA executive team for selecting me as this year ?s student award recipient. I am honored to accept this award and be recognized by the Turfgrass Industry. I feel I CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



have worked hard over the past two years at Olds College and it feels great to be rewarded for my efforts. As a student, there are always financial constraints and costs that surface while attending College during the winter months. Receiving this award is a great way to help support me financially as I aim to finish strong in my last year of the Turfgrass Management Program. I also want to thank the WCTA for the ongoing commitment to Turf Students. This award program provides a great incentive for students to perform academically and become more involved with provincial, and national associations. Also, having that recognition from the WCTA is a great way for newly graduated students to grow their careers, and build their networks.

Lastly, none of this would be possible without the ongoing support of my family, friends, faculty, and classmates. They have given me the foundation to be successful and always help me strive for greatness. I look forward to the next chapter in my career as I start my new position at Kananaskis Country Golf Course this upcoming season. I am happy to be part of this organization and I am excited to attend future WCTA events. Thank you, Zach Bishop Olds College #2 Ar r an M ar low , Un iver sit y Of Gielph - $600

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Chair of theWCTAAwardsandRecognitionCommittee andWCTAPresident Peter Sorokovsky,ispleasedto announcethe2018recipients. Eachstudent also receivesacomplimentaryWCTAmembershipfor theyear


A rran M arl ow , Uni v ersi ty of Guel ph - $ 600 I w oul d l i k e to th ank th e Western Canada Turf grass A ssoci ati on f or aw ardi ng me th e student sch ol arsh i p. I am h onoured to recei v e th i s aw ard and can?t th ank th e WCTA enough . Si ncerel y, A rran M arl ow


Im age Cou r t esy: Ar r an M ar low



me pay for my education.


Jor dan Bodigu el, Olds College - $600 Dear Mr. Peter Sorokovsky and the 2018 WCTA Student Award Committee, It?s an honor to be a recipient of the 2018 WCTA Scholarship. Over the last three years I have dedicated myself to both my studies at Olds College and my internship at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club, and it?s a great validation to receive this award. I would like to thank you not only for this recognition but also the generosity of the award, the money goes a long way to helping

My goal in my turfgrass career is to be part of teams that strive for excellence, innovation and environmental stewardship. I also believe that organizations like the WCTA are integral to the health of the industry and it?s exciting to see the support that the WCTA gives to the next generation of Turf Managers. Lastly, I wanted to also let you know that I use your website resources for both my studies and work, and find the research section particularly helpful. Your support of research and innovation is what sets you apart and I commend you for your efforts in these areas. Sincerely, Jordan Bodiguel Olds College Editor's Note: Call for 2019 student award applications will be distributed in the late fall. If you know of a student attending any form of turfgrass program in a full time capacity, please let them know about this opportunity. While we get quite a few applicants, you would be surprised at how many don't know about this free money.

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Japanese Beetl e Stak eh ol der Update - A V ery Seri ous Th reat to th e Gol f I ndustry As pr evi ously r epor t ed, an i n i t i al m eet i n g bet w een t he Can ada Food In spect i on Agen cy an d i n dust r y st akeholder s t ook place ear ly Jan uar y t o di scuss t he Japan ese beet le i n cur si on i n t o Van couver an d t he i n evi t abi li t y of i t s pr oli f er at i on i f lef t un checked. Well known as a highly destructive insect pest to multiple field and ornamental crops, consensus was affected industries should make independent recommendations, based on their needs, to the CFIA,

the government agency responsible for protecting Canadian ecosystems and agri-business. Three proposed solutions were presented by CFIA at the initial meeting: eradication, regulatory management and deregulation, with the second option defined as managing and slowing the pest by implementing surveillance and new rules while the third option was defined as declaring Canada infested and removing Japanese beetle from the regulated pest list. While deregulation was put forward CLICK HERE TO GET M ORE INFORM ATION

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As a unified voice for t he professional golf and sport st urf m anagem ent indust ry in west ern Canada, t he WCTA is now 685 m em bers st rong. So far t his year we've welcom ed 49 new and ret urned m em bers! Welcom e and t hank you for your support and confidence in our associat ion! HERE'S OUR LATEST NEW AND RETURNED MEMBERS: Trevor Anderson, City of North Vancouver Parks Brian Bertolozzi, SiteOne Landscape Supply Zachary Bishop, Glencoe Golf and Country Club Jordan Bodiguel, Olds College

Look Wh o's Join ed t h e WCTA

Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy

Cody Osborne, Shannon Lake GC

Clayton Hunter-James, Dist. of N. Van Parks

Cyler Point, Musqueam Indian Band

Angelika Koessler, Township of Langley

Dominic Point, Musqueam Indian Band

Terry Lamport, Qualicum Beach Memorial GC

Luc Poirier, Labosport

Serge Mariani, SD#37 Delta Arran Marlow

Chantal de Repentigny, Two Eagles GC

Jed McGeachie, Overton Environmental Enterprises

Rob Eggli, Point Grey G&CC

Cory McLellan, Shannon Lake GC

Josey Groeneveld, Bayer CropScience

Tom Mihaly, Fox Haven GC

Lisa Hartviksen,

Michael Naish, District of West Vancouver

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We also communicate with about 1600 non-WCTA members and would like to thank everyone on our mailing list for your interest in WCTA activities.

equal installments, please contact Sh ast a at accou n t in g@w ct at u r f .com


We look forward to serving you for another year. You can help us do that by taking care of your dues promptly.

2018 m em ber du es in voices were emailed this past November. If you have not received an invoice via email, please contact Leslie Car n ell at (604) 888-7759 or adm in @w ct at u r f .com . Payment for 2018 is due and and can be made several ways: CLICK HERE to use PayPal quickly and securely using a credit card or your PayPal account (a Paypal account is not required). You will need your invoice number. Call us with a credit card number at (604) 888-7759 Scan/email with credit card payment to exec.dir ect or @w ct at u r f .com Fax invoice with credit card payment to 1-866-366-5097 or the old fashioned way, mail a cheque to: WCTA, Box 698, Hope, BC V0X 1L0 If you need to make changes to your invoice, or would like to pay in three

CLICK HERE to make contact information changes

If you know someone who would benefit from a WCTA membership, ie Turf Line News, annual conference, membership roster, job postings, CEC program, etc, have them visit our online sign-up page at w ct at u r f .com / f or m s/ join w ct p Would you like to see your name on this list? CLICK HERE to join the WCTA right now! Are you interested in knowing more about the societal benefits of turf? CLICK HERE for a great poster from the CTRF. Consider a contribution to pink snow mold research. Member dues invoices include an area on the form to indicate a financial contribution from your facility. The WCTA thanks everyone for supporting the projects that help support the turf industry!




Wh o We Ar e An d Ou r Valu e Pr oposit ion The WCTA is a 700+ m em ber, int erprovincial, not -for-profit , indust ry organizat ion act ively involved in t he prom ot ion and support of t urfgrass research, educat ion, discussion and advocacy relat ive t o professional sport s t urf m anagem ent . Those involved represent a diversity of interests such as golf courses, sports fields, sod farms, nurseries, landscapers, lawn bowling greens,

equipment technicians, horticulturalists, industry suppliers and others. WCTA members find great value in the activities of the Association and we respectfully solicit your involvement. Please Choose to Support Your Affordable Regional Industry Association that Directly Supports You! The WCTA is involved with a wide variety of allied organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, private enterprise and others in an effort to provide the best possible information, resources and representation for the professional sportsturf management industry in western Canada.

CLICK HERE for member registration

Thoseinvolvedrepresent adiversityof interestssuchas golf courses,sportsfields,sodfarms,nurseries, landscapers,lawnbowlinggreens,equipment technicians, horticulturalists,industrysuppliersandothers.




USGA Resou r ce M an agem en t ? It Cou ld be a Gam e Ch an ger f or You r Golf Cou r se Using resources for m aint enance of a golf course needs t o be on t he areas t hat are in play. What t hose areas are and how m uch it cost s t o m aint ain t hem is just a click away wit h t he USGA Resource Managem ent t ool. Ask yourself this simple question, ?Where are golfers actually using your golf course?? From a golf course maintenance perspective, is the primary focus for all of your resources on the ?down-the-middle?


portion of the golf course or is a considerable amount being used on areas not in play? This question has been a focal point of the USGA for the past several years as golf course maintenance costs continue to rise. With this in mind, the USGA has introduced Resource Management, a new web-based product that will help golf course superintendents, owners and operators be more precise, efficient and productive in maintaining their facilities. Launched for beta testing in 2017 and continuing this year, the USGA Resource Management tool is a map-based product that allows facility managers to understand their consumption of resources ? such as labor, water and fuel ? and to measure accurately, even down to the square foot, the allocation of these resources to each feature of the golf course. The data will help facilities to manage their maintenance practices in ways that reduce costs while also improving the experience of their golfers. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

Askyourself thissimplequestion,?Wherearegolfers actuallyusingyour golf course??




?As the cost of maintaining a golf course continues to rise, facilities increasingly need smart tools and data to operate efficiently,? said Rand Jerris, the USGA?s senior managing director of Public Services. ?For nearly a century, the USGA has helped improve golf course operations and golfer experience through educational materials, research, and agronomic and environmental consulting services. This investment in technology is an important next step, which will help facilities realize immediate benefits through simple and effective behavioral changes.?

The USGA Resource Management tool features a user-friendly interface that empowers superintendents and facility managers to perform ?what-if ? analyses and develop models that quantify the financial impacts of proposed changes in maintenance. Another key feature of the application is the ability to generate visual mapping of golfer traffic, allowing facility managers to focus maintenance and resources on the areas that are most heavily used, while reducing unnecessary costs on acreage that has little to no impact on golfer experience. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



Examples of redirecting resources noted in 2017 visits by USGA agronomists include: - Highly maintained rough around tees complexes. - Large acreage rough in out-of-play areas. - Bunkers that receive limited or no play. - The need for more forward tees at

and refinement of USGA Resource Management reflect the USGA?s commitment to advance the game by making the benefits of science and technology available to all facilities. These advancements will help to elevate the golfer experience and improve productivity at 35,000 golf courses around the world. At this time the tool will hopefully be available in North America on all golf courses in the U.S. and Canada.

Theseadvancementswill helpto elevatethegolfer experienceand improveproductivityat 35,000golf coursesaroundtheworld. most golf courses and their positive impact on resource management by reducing overall fairway acreage. - Heavy traffic patterns near greens with the negative impact of bunker placement. - Landscaping beds on the golf course. - Cart path locations and their impact on pace of play and traffic on turf. - Tree locations and their negative impact on traffic areas. The USGA also has begun working with the industry to develop additional functionalities for the application and encourage innovations built on this platform. The ongoing development

The USGA Resource Management product was an important part of the toolkit used by USGA agronomists across the country in 2017 as they worked directly with facilities to improve the impact and efficiency of their maintenance practices. If interested, contact a USGA Green Section agronomist, by going to this LINK It may not be your only recourse for reducing your resources, but it truly is a game changer for the golf industry. Larry Gilhuly, West Region Agronomist, USGA

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Ol ds Col l ege Students Cel ebrate Top Ten Fi ni sh i n I nternati onal Turf Competi ti on


Four Olds College st udent s vent ured t o San Ant onio, Texas t o par t icipat e in t he Tur f Bowl, a skills and knowledge based com pet it ion for undergraduat es in Tur fgrass relat ed program s. The Olds College t eam , has been sponsored by Syngent a Canada

since it s first showing in 2015. Team members from the fourth year Bachelor of Applied Science ? Golf Course Management students; Rober t Balcom , Fer gu s Bu t t , M ich ael Davis and An dr e Len s, finished an impressive 8th place, tops among participating Canadian and American post-secondary CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

""Breakingupthestudyguideanddelegatingtoareasof strength,wehadweeklyvideoconferencemeetingsto ensurewewereapproachingeachcategorystrategically'' JasonPick,FacultyAdvisor



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institutions. In addition to the team from Olds College, the top ten included teams from Penn State, Michigan State, Purdue University, Rutgers University, and Auburn University, who took home first place in the competition. The Turf Bowl is knowledge and skills based competition that evaluates the student?s expertise in areas that are essential to Golf Course

Superintendents and Managers. The exam features a written case study, as well as a wide variety of multiple choice, short answer and identification questions covering agronomy, business and financial management. The Turf Bowl was held at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Golf Industry Show conference, and featured 55 teams from 28 post-secondary institutions, most of CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



which came from the United States. ?In preparation for the Turf Bowl, the team had put a special focus on researching products, species and challenges of warm season growing environments. These are not always relevant to our northern climate so this information is not covered deeply in classes.? Faculty Advisor Jason Pick commended the team on their work ethic in preparing for the event. ?The Olds College team now in its third event, prepared for the competition with a training program created in our online Moodle learning platform. Breaking up the study guide and delegating to areas of strength, we had weekly video conference meetings to ensure we were approaching each category strategically? Faculty Advisor Jason Pick remarked. ?They worked together for months to prepare, and I think their dedication is reflected in their results.? We are so grateful for the sponsorship by Syngenta Canada, specifically M ar ie Th or n e and David

Kyper s for supporting the our Olds College team through this investment in education. About Olds College: Olds College is the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management. Olds College first opened its doors in 1913, and now includes programming that covers Animal Sciences, Horticulture, Land & Water, Fashion, Business, Hospitality & Tourism, and Trades & Apprenticeships. To learn more about the turf program: ? LINK - Turf Science Certificate ? LINK - Turfgrass Management Diploma ? LINK - Golf Course Management Applied Degree For more information on Olds College, please visit:

""Theyworkedtogether for monthstoprepare,andI think their dedicationisreflectedintheir results'' - JasonPick,FacultyAdvisor

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Si l ent A ucti on Surpasses Last Year's Total For nearly 20 years, t he WCTA's 'Annual Silent Auct ion' has raised funds for t urf research, research t hat would not be possible wit hout t he generous cont ribut ions of our suppliers.

We are very pleased to announce $6,418 was raised by this year 's silent auction at the River Rock Casino Resort, surpassing last year 's total of $4,451 by a wide margin. Again, please support the following donors who generously supplied auction items, without whom this fundraising effort would not be possible. And of course, congratulations to all the bid winners! Bos Sod Farms BC Lions CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

?Themoment onegivescloseattentiontoanything, evena bladeof grass,it becomesamysterious,awesome, indescribablymagnificent worldinitself.?? HenryMiller




BCGSA Bunker Buster Cabela's City of Vancouver Farmtek Natures Gold Compost Fertilizers Neudorff North America Old Spaghetti Factory Premier Pacific Seeds Quality Golf Services (PlanetAir Turf) Robert Kains Golf Course Design Sports Turf Canada Surrey Golf Course

THP Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vermeer

The WCTA would also like to especially thank on-site Silent Auction Manager Syd Pick er ell along with Leslie Car n ell, WCTA Executive Administrator who did a ton of legwork and coordination in advance of the show.

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WCTA Set to Doubl e Dow n ? Conf erence & Trade Sh ow to Return to Ri v er Rock Casi no Resort i n 2019 Wit h BC?s largest casino as t he backdrop, along wit h a world class educat ion program , 50+ com panies exhibit ing and several fun-filled net working act ivit ies, t he 2018 WCTA Annual Conference held at t he River Rock Casino Resort in Richm ond, BC was our best at t ended show in t he past 5 years. ?It was an easy decision to return to the River Rock in 2019,? stated WCTA President Peter Sorokovsky. ?It was pretty much preordained by all those who stayed to the end when we asked them if we should come back next year. The answer was an overwhelming yes!? Now it?s official.

The WCTA Board has made the final decision and the venue has been booked for February 20-22, 2019, one week later than the 2018 event. Preparations have already begun and further information will be revealed when available. WCTA Executive Director Jerry Rousseau hinted, ?It will be hard to beat the 2018 conference education program but there were a couple amazing speakers we couldn?t get because of scheduling conflicts. We won?t have that problem for 2019.? CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

?It wasaneasydecisiontoreturntothe River Rockin2019.It wasprettymuch preordainedbyall thosewhostayedto theendwhenweaskedthemif weshould comebacknext year. Theanswer wasan overwhelmingyes!?- WCTAPresident Peter Sorokovsky




Abou t t h e WCTA Catering to the professional golf and sportsturf management industry, the WCTA is a nearly 700 member, inter-provincial, not-for-profit industry organization whose purpose is to promote the interchange of scientific and practical knowledge through education, discussion, research and to undertake advocacy relating to the care and management of turfgrass. The WCTA is proud to serve and

support a diverse range of professional turf management interests such as golf courses, school boards, municipalities, sod farms, nurseries, landscapers, lawn bowling greens, mechanics, horticulturists and industry suppliers. For further information, contact: Jerry Rousseau, Executive Director Western Canada Turfgrass Association(604) 896-9282

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A Nod to Our 2018 Conf erence Sponsors A nd Ex h i bi tors On behalf of t he WCTA Board of Direct ors and ent ire m em bership, we would like t o t hank our event sponsors: - Syn gen t a, - Tor o Ir r igat ion , - Bayer Cr opScien ce, - NETEX Net t in g, - Tu r f Healt h Pr odu ct s Com pan y (THP Co.), - CPS Ever gr o, - Oakcr eek Golf & Tu r f , - Bin n ie & Associat es an d - Rober t Kain s Golf Cou r se Design , plus t he following exhibit ors who part icipat ed in our 2018

conference and t rade show: (WCTA m em bers & part ners in bold). Be sure t o support t he vendors who support your educat ion and net working opport unit y! AquaMaster Fountains & Aerators Chad Imig w w w.aqu am ast er f ou n t ain AR M ow er & Su pply M ar k M cM ast er w w m ow er .com Bartlett Tree Experts Megan Braley Bos Sod Far m s In c CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




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Kar en Ar m st ead w w w.t h ef ir st gr een .or g Fu elex En er gy Jef f Adam s w w w.f u elexen er Harco Fittings Mike Scheel Hu t ch eson San d & M ixes An gelo Capan n elli w w w.h u t ch eson san In t er ior Tu r f Equ ipm en t M elody Kor n elson w w eequ ipm en t .com JCL Ag Ser vices Pat Dif f er Keso Tu r f Su pplies Scot t Kr aem er w w w.k esot u r f su KPU Tu r f gr ass M an agem en t Diplom a St an Kaym er ch yk w w w.k w an t len .ca/ h or t / t u r f

M an der ley Tu r f Pr odu ct s Br et t Jeacle w w w.m an der Nat ion al Leasin g Ju lie Nosch ese w w w.n at ion alleasin Neudorff North America Tim Tripp Oak Cr eek Golf & Tu r f In c. M ik e Ben t ley w w w.oak cr eek golf .com Ok an agan Fer t ilizer Lt d. Ken Clan cy w w w.f u sion f er t .com Olds College Jason Pick w w Over t on En vir on m en t al Jed M cGeach ie w w w.over t on Plan et Air Tu r f Pr odu ct s Ken t Bir d w w w.plan et air .biz

Ku bot a Can ada M ar k Jef f er is w w w.k u bot

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Labosport Inc. Luc Poirer

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Lawn Life Natural Turf Products Ken Pavely




Precision Laboratories Larry Conkings

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Ter r alin k Hor t icu lt u r e Lisa Bir st on w w w.t lh or t .com

RDM Equipment Sales Darren Chapman

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Sit e On e Lan dscape Wilf Robin son w w w.sit eon

Tu r f Healt h Pr odu ct s Com pan y Dave Du n can w w w.t u r f h ealt h pr odu ct

Spor t s Tu r f Can ada An n e Baliva w w w.spor t st u r f can

Ver m eer BC M ich elle Cor r igall w w w.ver m eer

Suttle Recreation Inc. Mark Suttle

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Tar get Pr odu ct s Lt d. Scot t M it ch ell w w w.t ar get pr odu ct

West er n Root zon e Tim Ku bash

Tar get Specialt y Pr odu ct s (Plan t Healt h Division ) M ar k Ju ll w w w.plan t h ealt h division .com Taylor 's Tu r f Car e Pr odu ct s Lt d. Ch r ist in e Taylor w w w.t aylor st u r f car TDS West

Ter r a Equ ipm en t Ron Ast on

West er n Tu r f Far m s Lt d. Rob Rin dt w w w.w est er n t u r f f ar m Wilbur - Ellis Co. Bo Hepler

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K PU Campus New s: WCTA Conf erence Stori es f rom K PU Turf Students It w as a pr ivilege t o be a par t of t h e 2018 WCTA con f er en ce ? t o see f am iliar f aces an d h ave t h e oppor t u n it y t o m eet n ew m em ber s. I am pr ou d t o be a par t of t h e Kw an t len Tu r f Clu b, an d alw ays look f or w ar d t o oppor t u n it ies w h er e I can h elp t o r aise m on ey an d aw ar en ess f or WCTA r esear ch t h at ben ef it s ou r in du st r y. Although I spent some time with

volunteer activities, I was able to partake in seminars that furthered my education in areas that I will face in my career. As we made our way through the trade show, many members of the WCTA were willing to spare some time and money to buy fundraising raffle tickets and allow us to share our fundraising plans with them. I am honored to be a part of the turf community. Ksenia Thurston, KPU Turf Club Member, WCTA Member

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I amproudtobeapart of theKwantlenTurf Club,and alwayslookforwardtoopportunitieswhereI canhelpto raisemoneyandawarenessfor WCTAresearchthat benefitsour industry. - KseniaThurston,KPUTurf Club Member,WCTAMember



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whirlwind of events and interactions. Serving as a volunteer, attending as many presentations as possible while taking brief respites to take turns behind the KPU booth made for a busy few days! However some of the people I met and ideas that I encountered helped expand my turf universe. I really enjoyed TJ?s presentation on Google forms and will definitely be using a similar system in my future. The MLSN was a concept that I found to be

extremely interesting and look forward to its continued development. Thanks to everyone that made it such a warm and inviting environment and looking forward to being back at the River Rock next year! Duncan Longridge, KPU Turf Club Member, WCTA Member

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the beautiful and accessible River Rock Casino - as a WCTA student member and Kwantlen Turf Club volunteer. It gave me the chance to renew acquaintances with other members, superintendents, industry professionals, and past Turf Club students, and of course meet many new members and industry mavens. I really enjoy chatting to staff from other golf courses, sports turf fields and parks about issues they?ve been experiencing, as it challenges me to think about how to apply my KPU Turf Management education to real-life issues specific to our region. And the educational component was perfect as usual, as the great speakers lined up with appropriate topics of concern in our industry. The balanced combination of fun and educational events, and the opportunity to assist as a student volunteer ?behind the screens?, creates such a valuable and

enjoyable experience for someone new to the industry. It was a pleasure to attend and meet so many great people! And for those who allowed us to pester you with WCTA and Kwantlen Turf Club fundraising activities in the midst of all the activity ? a huge thank you! Your generosity will be remembered! Carolyn Reitzel, KPU Turf Club Member, WCTA, STC, CGSA Member

WCTA Pesticide CEC Track Session, Friday, February 16: Japanese Beetle Detected David Holden, Canada Food Inspection Agency Dave Holden, a Plant Health Survey Biologist for Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Western Area, held a 30 minute seminar on the Japanese Beetle during the 55th Annual WCTA Conference, which I was happy to sit in and learn from. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

?Thebalancedcombinationof funandeducational events,andthe opportunitytoassist asastudent volunteer "behindthescreens", createssuchavaluableandenjoyableexperiencefor someonenew totheindustry.?- CarolynReitzel,KPUTurf ClubMember,WCTA, STC,CGSAMember



This pest is native to Japan and was introduced to North America at a nursery in New Jersey, USA, in 1916. It spread to become a full infestation in Eastern Canada the USA, and is now being found in B.C. It was reported that on July 9th, 2017, it was found near Science World in Vancouver, and is now well established around False Creek. The first step in managing this pest will be to monitor it with traps and data collection. The Japanese beetle is like the European Chafer beetle in many ways and can be mistaken for it, if you do not know how to identify it. In the larval stage, the Japanese Beetle?s mandibles are less ?scary looking" than the Chafers Beetle?s mandibles, as seen through a 10x magnification lens. Under a microscope the both species can be identified by the hair patterns on their rasters: the Japanese Beetle?s pattern is a small "v" shape, and the Chafer ?s is a long "Y" shape. In Japanese Beetle adults, the 12 tufts of white hair along the lateral edge of the beetle, along with its shiny green body and rusty brown wings, further help to identify it. Differences between male and female Japanese beetles can be

seen by comparing their tibia: males have spikes for grasping during reproduction, females have spoon-like paddlers for digging when laying eggs (30-60 each year). The female beetle lays eggs in July in moist soil, such as a garden bed. Both beetles enjoys rose plants and will feed on plants in the sunlight while leaving shaded plants alone. One large difference between Chafer and Japanese Beetles is the Japanese beetle will feed as a adult, while the Chafer does not. Both beetles are very active above 21 degrees Celsius and less active at cooler temperature. Temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius is lethal to both pests. Japanese beetles are very good hitchhikers, so are difficult to scout and monitor. Right now awareness is the best pest management tool until further findings and information can be collected. If you find a Japanese beetle, please contact the Canadian Food Inspection agency at 604.292.5700 or through Reported by Josh Carlsen, Past KPU Turf Club President, WCTA, STC Member

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WCTA An n ou n ces 2018 Tu r f Resear ch Pr oject Fu n din g Based on funds raised in 2017, cash available t o t he Research Com m it t ee for new project funding in 2018 is just under $14,000. Cu r r en t pr ior it ies f or WCTA t u r f gr ass r esear ch f u n din g ar e as f ollow s: - Nutrient and fertility management, best management practices - Soil and root-zone management, best management practices - Evaluation of alternatives to pesticides - Irrigation and water use issues (water quality and reducing water usage) - Investigations into the biology, ecology and management of current and emerging pests - Alternative cultivar and species for


new turf construction, integration and conversion into existing turf areas - Species/cultivar evaluation and improved management practices for areas of heavy traffic and wear tolerance As recommended by the Research Committee, the WCTA Board is pleased to announce $19,000 in approved 2018 Turf Research project funding as follows. Any difference between total funding and available cash is made up from reserves. Pr oject Tit le: Can adian Tu r f Resear ch Fou n dat ion Cooper at ive Fu n din g The CTRF collects and distributes research monies much like the WCTA but on a National Scale. Along with other regional groups, we have contributed to this collaborative approach to research funding annually since 1992. PROJECT LENGTH: multiple projects /varies WCTA COMMITMENT: $4,000 See w w w.t u r f r esear ch can cu r r en t -r esear ch .ca for list of current research projects. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



Pr oject Tit le: En vir on m en t al Tu r f gr ass Ou t r each Pr oject , Gu elph Tu r f gr ass In st it u t e The turfgrass industry is aware of the benefits of turfgrass and its necessity in our communities, but the same cannot be said about public stakeholder groups. To educate public stakeholders and the various end users of turfgrass facilities, a targeted outreach program needs to be implemented. This project will include the creation of education programming and outreach initiatives to public stakeholders including golfers, recreational athletes, school board faculty, students, homeowners and the general public. It will also involve the creation of materials for all turfgrass sectors to distribute to their clients which will foster improved communications and understanding between the turfgrass industry and public stakeholders. PROJECT LENGTH: 3 years WCTA COMMITMENT: $15,000 in year 1

comprehensive cost analysis of constructing and maintaining multitude of types of synthetic fields and compare those costs to the construction and maintenance of different types of natural grass fields. This information will aid in the decision making process when schools and municipalities undertake the construction of new facilities. The cost analysis will include a 30-year cost analysis encompassing construction, maintenance, renovations and disposal of materials. The project will accomplish this by: - Creating a guide sheet comparing the cost of natural and synthetic fields cost fields over a 30 year cycle - Creation of a working model in which factors could be changed to estimate costs of synthetic and natural fields PROJECT LENGTH: 3 years WCTA COMMITMENT: $15,000 total, $7,500 outstanding Recen t ly com plet ed pr oject s:

Pr eviou sly f u n ded pr oject s in pr ogr ess:

Pr oject Tit le: In vest igat in g Alt er n at ive Ir r igat ion St r at egies, Or egon St at e Un iver sit y

Pr oject Tit le: Capit al Cost of Nat u r al an d Syn t h et ic Spor t s Fields, Un iver sit y of Gu elph

Researchers in arid regions have explored greywater as an alternative irrigation source for turfgrass;

This project is creating a




however, poor-quality water sources have a tendency to increase soil nutrients (particularly salts) to toxic levels. Fortunately, the cool-humid climatic regions of North America have significant precipitation throughout the year; potentially enough to mitigate nutrient toxicity associated with regular greywater use. This study includes cultivar assessment of salt-tolerant perennial ryegrasses, irrigated under three levels of greywater applications (continuous, supplemental, and control) throughout multiple years. An additional study is being conducted to determine optimal irrigation scheduling for perennial ryegrass in the Pacific Northwest, in an effort to reduce water consumption. PROJECT LENGTH: 1 year WCTA COMMITMENT: $6,000 CDN (partnering with CTRF, $4000 each for a total of $12,000 CDN) TOTAL PROJECT VALUE: $38,597 USD Pr oject Tit le: Evalu at ion of Alt er n at ive M an agem en t St r at egies t o Redu ce or Elim in at e t h e Use of Fu n gicides f or Con t r ol of M icr odoch iu m Pat ch , Or egon St at e Un iver sit y

More money is spent on fungicides to control Microdochium patch than any other turfgrass disease in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest United States. Turfgrass managers continue to be scrutinized when it comes to pesticide use for the control of problematic turf pests. This project will evaluate cultural practices as well as new alternative products that have shown potential to control Microdochium patch. Each component will be evaluated individually and upon completion of the two year research project be integrated into a complete management program for the control of Microdochium patch with the intent of greatly reducing or eliminating fungicide use. PROJECT LENGTH: 2 years WCTA COMMITMENT: $15,000 USD, approx. $21,000 CDN TOTAL PROJECT VALUE: $30,000 USD (50/50 split with OTRF) Thank you to all those who have contributed to our turf research program!

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NTA Conf erence Lands Top Speak ers The 72nd edit ion of t he annual conference of t he Nort hwest Turfgrass Associat ion has landed som e t op-not ch nat ional speakers for t he gat hering Oct . 28-30 in Walla Walla. Dr . Elizabet h Gu er t al, a professor of turfgrass management and soil fertility at Auburn University, will give a presentation during each educational session at the

conference. Her areas of expertise include soil fertility, turfgrass management and fertilizer nutrients in the turfgrass environment. Some of her students at Auburn University were on the winning team at the Collegiate TurfBowl at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. Also on the docket for Walla Walla will be presentations about the extraordinary revamping of Rolling Hills Country Club in Los Angeles. To talk about the project that included moving 6 million cubic yards of dirt will be Bob Vau gh ey, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




the superintendent at Rolling Hills, and Nick Sch aan of the David McLay Kidd Design firm who was the hands-on architect for the project. The complete educational lineup will include numerous Northwest speakers and there will be presentations about the various research studies and education the NTA will support in 2018. The conference schedule calls for golf at Wine Valley Golf Club on Sunday night, followed by a wine

dinner at the nearby Three Rivers Winery. Education sessions will be held Monday and Tuesday mornings with another round of golf Monday afternoon at Walla Walla Country Club. More information in the coming months will be available at You can also contact Pau l Ram sdell, the executive director of the NTA, at or 253-219-8360 for more information.




Named One of Canada?s Best M anaged Compani es Winnipeg, MB ? March 8, 2018 - Bret t -Young Seeds Lim it ed was recognized for overall business perform ance and sust ained growt h wit h t he prest igious Canada?s Best Managed Com panies designat ion. Now in its 25th year, Canada?s

Best Managed Companies is one of the country?s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices. ?Being amongst the best in class requires more than financial performance,? said Lor r ie Kin g, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada Best Managed Companies program. ?Achieving sustained growth and strong overall business performance is the result of the combined efforts and commitment of the entire organization.? Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. 2018 Best Managed companies share commonalities that include a clear strategy and vision, investment in capability and commitment to talent. Lloyd Dyck , Chairman and owner of BrettYoung commented, ?This is a proud moment for all of us at BrettYoung. It?s a reflection of our

incredibly aligned, motivated and capable team who work hard each and every day to serve the needs of our customers. It?s also a testament to the unwavering support of our seed grower partners, our world-class strategic suppliers and our terrific customers from all around the world who tell us when we meet and exceed their expectations and give us the opportunity to" ?CIBC proudly congratulates the 2018 winners of Canada?s Best Managed Companies, who exemplify business excellence and success,? says Din o M edves, Senior Vice President and Head, CIBC Commercial Banking. ?This year ?s winners reinforce the significant impact that privately owned Canadian companies are making by pursuing innovation and maintaining a sharp focus on their clients.? 2018 winners of the Canada?s Best CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

?Thisisaproudmoment for all of usat BrettYoung. It?sa reflectionof our incrediblyaligned,motivatedandcapable teamwhoworkhardeachandeverydaytoservetheneeds of our customers.?- LloydDyck,Chairmanandowner of BrettYoung


?Beingamongst thebest inclassrequiresmorethan financial performance. Achievingsustainedgrowthand strongoverall businessperformanceistheresult of the combinedeffortsandcommitment of theentire organization.?- LorrieKing, Partner,DeloitteandCo-Leader, Canada'sBest ManagedCompaniesprogram CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE

Managed Companies award will be honoured at the annual Canada?s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 11, 2018. On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today?s business leaders. The Best Managed Program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, TMX, and MacKay CEO Forums. About Canada?s Best Managed Companies: Canada's Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that

evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Canada?s Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Canada?s Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (after three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, TMX Group and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit

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Understandi ng Wh y Greens Go Bad Underst anding why USGA greens st art t o st ress bet ween t he 2nd and 3rd year of t heir exist ence and what we can do about it is probably t he m ost im port ant t hing t hat we as a group [GMs, GCS, Club Pros, Board of Direct ors, Greens Com m it t ees and Golfers] need t o underst and. It is very difficult to educate everyone who is on the Board of Directors or the Greens Committee when we have a partial turn over every two years on average. It is also very difficult to educate our golfers when they belong to the club to get away for a

few hours with their friends to enjoy their camaraderie and the game. But we as professionals, General Managers, Golf Course Superintendents, and Club Pros need to know how golf greens age and what is needed to keep the greens in good condition so that our members can enjoy the game and the facilities. The number one cause of green stress/failure is due to a buildup of organic matter in the top 1 to 2 inches of the root zone. Let?s assume that we have roots to a depth of 5?. For many years the industry wrongly assumed that the root produced organic matter the CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

Thenumber onecauseof greenstress/failureisdueto abuildupof organicmatter inthetop1to2inchesof theroot zone.

""... weasprofessionals, General Managers,Golf CourseSuperintendents, andClubProsneedto knowhowgolf greens ageandwhat isneeded tokeepthegreensin goodconditionsothat our memberscanenjoy thegameandthe facilities.'' image courtesy Dave Doherty



entire length of its shaft when in fact 95% of the organic matter is produced in the upper one to two inches of the root shaft. To properly understand this organic buildup I like to compare the organic production to that of our skin producing oil. This production is constant as long as the plant is not dormant. It is important to understand that a root zone consists of two main components. Solids and pores. Pores are the spaces between the

which means they can only live in the larger air pores. The organic material produced by the roots is thus deposited in the air pore/cavity. As the organic accumulates in the air pore it reduces the size of the open air pore thus reducing the amount of oxygen available to the plant. Plants breath through their roots [taking in oxygen and producing CO2] Once the amount of space in the air pores is reduced to a level where there is not enough oxygen for the plant to breath properly the plant starts to stress, resulting in weak turf and the plant becomes susceptible to disease.

It isimportant to understandthat aroot zoneconsistsof two maincomponents. Solidsandpores. solids. There are two types of pores, the larger pores hold oxygen as the pull of gravity is strong enough to pull water out of these spaces leaving them to hold oxygen. The smaller pores hold water/moisture so tightly that the pull of gravity is not strong enough to remove the water from these small spaces. Roots cannot live in solids or water

On new greens, start monitoring physical properties after the first year of play. For established greens, have a physical properties test done to establish a benchmark as soon as possible, this benchmark will tell you what needs to be done in regards to agricultural practices to keep the physical properties in balance. MAINLY OXYGEN. COPYRIGHT DAVID L. DOHERTY


WCTA Board Nomi nates Th ree Candi dates



Tur f & Recr eat i on Magazi n e, r ecen t ly an n oun ced an i n i t i at i ve t o r ecogn i ze t he t op t en pr of essi on als i n t he t ur f m an agem en t i n dust r y w ho ar e un der t he age of 40. The plan i s t o pr of i le t hese i n di vi duals i n t hei r Apr i l/ May i ssue.



Trav i s Ol son del i v ers th e f i nanci al report at th e 2017 WCTA A GM i n Penti cton.

Not intended to be a spoiler, WCTA Directors thought as a Board, it would like to put forward a few nominees. At the March 22nd Board meeting, a motion was made to nominate Travis Olson, Cam Watt and Brett Finlayson; their bios as submitted follow. Good luck gentlemen!

Trav i s Ol son Superintendent ? Kamloops Golf and Country Club, Kamloops, BC WCTA Director since 2015, Director of Finance since position creation in 2016 t r av_olson @h ot m CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




Wor ki n g i n t he UK. Tr avi s Olson spen ds som e t i m e i n t he oper at or 's seat dur i n g hi s vi si t t o Scot lan d cour t esy t he Tor o Fut ur e Super i n t en den t Aw ar d. DOB: June 5, 1986 How long has this person been with their current company? 15 years Why does the nominee deserve recognition as an outstanding member of the turf and grounds maintenance community? The beginning of Travis?s love of turf story is similar to many tenured professionals in the industry, starting at a young age and never really looking back. As a teenager, he

began working at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club spending his summers at the pro shop cleaning clubs and carts. In 2005, he joined the maintenance crew, the ?dark side?as he puts it and continued to enjoy his job while attending Thompson River University, completing Bachelor of Business Administration and Arts degrees in 2009. He then decided to attend the Kwantlen Polytechnic Turf Management program, graduating in 2011. Two degrees and a turf management diploma is impressive but after graduating KPU, Travis?s story really started to change when he joined a very select list of individuals by receiving the 2011 Toro/CGSA Canadian Future Superintendent of the Year Award. Courtesy Toro and the CGSA, Travis spent six weeks in the United Kingdom CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


working at over a dozen different courses. Since 2013, he?s taken on the role of Superintendent at the Kamloops Golf and Country, hosting the 2014 BC Women?s Amateur Championship.


As a relatively young superintendent in a demanding position, Travis

decided to run for the WCTA Board of Directors in hopes of having a positive impact on the turfgrass management industry, stating in his Director Candidate profile that he is a strong supporter of continuing education and mentorship. In a few short years, Travis has risen to the WCTA Executive as its first Director of Finance, a position created in 2016 and he has been actively involved with all aspects of the association including teaming up with Cam Watt to the manage the association?s social media program.

Cameron Watt Cam Wat t on t he lef t , speaki n g w i t h GCSAA Fi eld Rep, Davi d Phi pps, at t he 2018 WCTA Con f er en ce.

Assistant Superintendent ? Redwoods Golf Course, Langley, BC WCTA Director since 2016 CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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DOB: March 26, 1981

The look of con cer n on Cam Wat t 's f ace i s cer t ai n ly w ar r an t ed as he chaper on e's on e of t he Gr ade 8 st uden t s par t i ci pat i n g i n a Fi r st Gr een even t held at t he Redw oods Golf Cour se. Thi s suped up car t w i ll easi ly do 60m ph!

How long has this person been with their current company? 5 years Why does the nominee deserve recognition as an outstanding member of the turf and grounds maintenance community? Cam has been involved in the turfgrass industry since 2000 and is currently the Assistant Superintendent at Redwoods Golf Course in Langley. He attended Kwantlen University, receiving a diploma in Turfgrass Management in 2004 and cut his teeth in the Okanagan region where he grew up, working at three different golf courses. An incredible opportunity to become an assistant superintendent at Kananaskis Country Golf Course presented itself in 2012 but CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


was incredulously short lived when the 36-hole facility was devastated by flooding and the world renowned resort was forced to close. Cam quickly landed the assistant?s position at Redwoods and has been there ever since. In 2014, he was one of 50 selected candidates from North America to attend the 9th annual Green Start Academy in North Carolina. He has volunteered at two PGA events, the 2008 Telus Skins Game at Predator Ridge and the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay. Cam has also written two published articles for Inside Golf Magazine and GreenMaster respectively, regarding the Kananaskis flood and the 9th annual Green Start Academy. Closer to home, Cam helped host Canada?s second ever First Green event at Redwoods

Golf Course, an interactive program for school aged kids that uses golf courses and sportsfields to teach STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). He has also planned and executed a mentorship seminar at the past two WCTA conferences designed for assistant superintendents, foreman and others looking to advance their careers and along with Travis Olson, heads up the WCTA?s social media program. When Cam sees a need, he addresses it, making him an ideal association volunteer Director. He has just started his 2nd term on the WCTA Board.

Brett Fi nl ayson Director of Grounds Maintenance, Golf BC, Victoria, BC CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




Current President, Vancouver Island Golf Superintendents Association Former WCTA Director and Vice President 2011-2014 bf in layson @golf DOB: Dec 13, 1980 How long has this person been with their current company? 7 years Why does the nominee deserve recognition as an outstanding member of the turf and grounds maintenance community? Brett has been around the game of golf his entire life, being introduced as a child by

his father who worked on the crew at Pinebrook and Willow Park golf courses in Calgary. At 14 years old, he started working for his father who had gone on to managing his own landscape company. Brett?s first golf course job was at Point Grey Golf and Country Club, a place where he became enthused enough to decide, ?this industry was definitely for me.? He recalls the LPGA Canadian Women?s Open hosted by Point Grey in 2003 and the incredible experience watching the world?s best women golfers play the course he had a hand in maintaining. He moved to Capilano Golf and Country Club in 2004, working as the course?s first ?Environmental Manager ?then moving into the 2nd Assistant?s role in 2007. A move to Quilchena Golf Club in 2008 sharpened his management and leadership



You r ar ely see Br et t Fi n layson (f or egr oun d) w i t hout a sm i le an d i t 's som et hi n g he doesn 't m ind shar i n g.


skills, creating an opportunity to accept his first Superintendents position in 2011 at GolfBC?s, Arbutus Ridge Golf Club on Vancouver Island. He later transferred to another GolfBC property, Olympic View Golf Club and has recently been promoted within the organization to Director of Grounds Maintenance.

Brett also found time to give back to the industry throughout his formative years, spending two, two-year terms on the WCTA Board culminating as Vice President in 2014. He is also currently the Vancouver Island Golf Superintendents Association President, feeling grateful for each day to have a career in something he loves and being around those who share his passion.


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as an option, it was not considered seriously because of the negative and costly affect to Canadian exports. Regulatory management, as commented by one group, ?Is the do-nothing approach?. CFIA provided a series of pros and cons for each option and while Sharon Christie, CFIA Regional Chief Inspector stated by follow-up email, ?We understand this pest poses significant concern to a variety of stakeholders,? the agency made it clear they were not interested in taking responsive action to the incursion as indicated in the following rationale: - Limited success to date of eradication programs with similar beetle population sizes in the Western USA, despite their larger suite of control products. - We do not believe the combination of chemical and biologic products (ie. Btg), desirable for success to treat all properties, will be available from the producers, or registered for required timing even with the emergency registration process. - We do not believe there would be support for forced chemical

treatment with sheriff or RCMP on any refusals for private lands, school or playground zones. These could be significant in this downtown area. Any refusals of a chemical treatment, would leave potentially infested areas untreated undermining the overall success of a true eradication. The only current biologic alternative is not effective for eradication. - We expect from others? experience, even with the treatments applied/proposed, we may have thousands of beetles emerge in 2018. As this pest is a notorious hitchhiker, (as experienced with the find at UBC) we strongly suspect that beetles would leave the treatment zone compromising eradication efforts. - We expect that there will be more frequent introductions of this pest as it spreads west in North America. Another stakeholder meeting was held January 18th, hosted by the BC Landscape Nursery Association and Canadian Nursery Landscape Association with the disclaimer that neither group intended to take a lead role in presenting a group recommendation to the CFIA. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



With that, industry representatives in attendance learned the City of Vancouver Parks Department was planning to take action but pesticide politics within the municipal government could make the treatment process unpredictable. An eradication order from CFIA however, would make the City legally responsible to take action. While CFIA seemed worried about treatment expense in particular, industry representatives quickly pointed out that lack of government involvement would in essence, download significant future costs to industry including ongoing control measures, revenue loss and damage repair. In the present, Vancouver Parks was expecting to bear initial treatment costs and suggested there would likely be funding for public education. It was noted residential properties in the affected area, ie. stratas, had a vested interest and may pay for their own control. An active containment strategy was discussed but the group acknowledged there wasn?t much on the market in terms of pesticides to control this pest. With the looming deadline of

January 20, several organizations responded to CFIA with their recommendations including the WCTA. CLICK HERE FOR OUR LETTER. The BC Landscape Nursery Association also strongly indicated an eradication approach is needed as did the Allied Golf Association of BC and other organizations. Spearheaded by the Invasive Species Council of BC, a call-to-action meeting took place March 13th with the purpose of bringing key partners together to share information on Japanese Beetle and build a joint Call-to-Action plan with recommended roles, responsibilities and actions to suppress and eradicate [the Japanese beetle] from Vancouver. The full day meeting included a complete background review of the Japanese beetle and its 2017 discovery in Vancouver, potential impacts to industry/trade and a discussion of treatment options/potential control strategies. Lessons from previous insect infestations were shared, like the Gypsy moth and European chafer, the latter as commented by one CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



WCTA member heavily involved with the Invasive Species Council of BC, ?With over 200 plants in its host range including the grub stage in turf, this bug has the potential to make the chafer beetle look pretty tame.? Other key components of the meeting included discussion of lessons learned from neighbours such as a review of actions taken in Oregon and other areas, tools and regulatory options available, what roles different organizations can undertake, resources needed, outreach/engagement needs for key stakeholders and any other actions or recommendations. The question ?What actions do we want to take in BC??summarized the meeting?s goal of identifying next steps toward building a collective call-to-action plan. New WCTA Director, Jed McGeachie attended the meeting, confirming the City of Vancouver requires an order from the CFIA to spray for the beetle and that the order should be issued sooner rather than later. He noted there is a collective call for assistance from all stakeholders as they would like to be spraying within a few weeks, ie. communication,

funding, provision of product, spray applicators, equipment, etc. It was recognized the eradication effort would be sizable albeit localized currently and there is an expectation from other groups the WCTA is involved since this is a turf pest. Subsequent to the March 13 meeting, a draft call-to-action plan was presented to stakeholders for comment, a working committee was created and a weekly meeting schedule of the committee has been initiated with plans to continue meeting until spraying begins. On April 18th, a Japanese beetle economic risk analysis performed by the BC Ministry of Agriculture in September 2017 for CFIA was circulated to stakeholders as follows: CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT Nam e: Japan ese Beet le, Popillia japon ica (New m an ) Origin, biology, hosts: - Japanese beetle is a scarab beetle that is native to Japan. It was first introduced to North America in 1916 in New Jersey. - It is present in Central and Atlantic CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



Canada, and in 36 states in the US. Japanese beetle is not established in British Columbia and the Prairie Provinces, or in the Pacific and Mountain regions in the US. - There is one generation per year. Adults emerge from the soil in late June and begin to feed; egg laying occurs in July. Eggs hatch in two weeks and grubs feed on plant roots. As soils cool in the fall, the grubs move deeper in the soil. - Larvae feed on the roots of grasses and adults feed on over 300 species of plants. Egg laying and larval survival are greatest in moist areas; i.e., irrigated turfgrass.

RI SK RA TI NG DETA I LS - Establishment Potential: HIGH; British Columbia is well-suited for Japanese beetle establishment due to the favourable climate and presence of host plants. - Spread Potential: HIGH; the number of areas in the west that have dealt with Japanese beetle introductions in recent years (e.g. California, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington) is solid evidence of the potential for the pest to spread to British Columbia

- Environmental Impact Potential: MODERATE Japanese beetle is one of the most devastating pests of urban landscapes. The larvae prefer to feed on the roots of grasses, which can result in wilting and yellowing of lawns and commercial turf (e.g. sporting fields, golf courses, sod farms). As the damage progresses, dead patches of turf can develop. Adult beetles feed on plant foliage, which causes serious defoliation and aesthetic damage to plants in urban landscapes and native areas. Overall, the damage can increase the risk of soil erosion and reduce the availability of forage and habitat for wildlife. It will also create safety issues for athletes using impacted sports fields. In addition to direct damage to plants, the establishment of Japanese beetle in British Columbia will lead to an increase in pesticide use by the public and commercial growers, which could be harmful to pollinators and other non-target organisms. -Economic Impact Potential: HIGH There are several different scarab beetles that damage turfgrass. Few CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



scarab invaders are established in British Columbia and, therefore, the impact of Japanese beetle is expected to be much greater in the Province than has been experienced in Ontario. If Japanese beetle establishes in British Columbia, there will be numerous economic impacts for the public and agricultural producers, and the overall economy of the province. Pu blic: The public will experience increased costs to maintain residential landscapes and a potential reduction in property values as a result of damage to lawns and landscape plantings. A recent study conducted by Virginia Tech found that a well-landscaped yard can increase the perceived home value from 5 to 12% (Niemiera, 2009). Therefore, a modest 10% reduction in the perceived landscape value would reduce the price of the property up to $8,400, given an average house price of $699,000 (Canadian Real Estate Association). Agr icu lt u r e: Japanese beetle will cause significant crop losses to commercial horticulture and forage crops if the pest is not effectively managed (see Table 1). In response,

producers will have to spend more on pest monitoring and treatment to manage the threat. Overall, potential crop damage caused by the beetles is estimated to cost producers $14.5 million, excluding damage to golf courses. In addition to direct crop damage, nurseries in British Columbia will need to meet costly certification requirements to export into unregulated states in the US. Even if nurseries meet the export requirements, some US clients may be unwilling to purchase BC-grown product due to the risk of introducing Japanese beetle. The major markets for local nurseries are pest free areas in the Pacific Northwest. Establishment of Japanese beetle in the province will threaten live plant exports to the US, which had a value of $90 million in 2016 (Statistics Canada). Golf Cou r ses: The golf course sector may have the most to lose if Japanese beetle becomes established in the province. Japanese beetle is a major pest of turfgrass and feeding can lead to wilting, yellowing and ultimately the death of turf. The quality of turf on CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



fairways and greens is critical for the success of a golf course. If beetle damage harms the aesthetics or playability of a course, golfers will be discouraged from playing the course. The US Department of Agriculture (2015) estimates cost to control Japanese beetle is more than $460 million a year in the US. The cost to replace damaged turf alone is estimated at $156 million. In 2014, the annual revenue from golf and related activities was estimated to be $849 million for British Columbia (Economic Impact of Golf in Canada, 2014). Further, the total direct economic activity resulting from the local golf industry is estimated to be $2.88 billion (Economic Impact of Golf in Canada, 2014). A conservative estimate of the direct cost of turf damage caused by Japanese beetle to golf course operations is $13.6 million. The true economic impact would be significantly greater if the impact on associated businesses was included in the estimate. Japanese beetle is a very serious threat to the golf industry and the economy of British Columbia.

A pr 3 meeti ng note summary:

1. Updates from CFIA a. Still working on Draft Language of Regulation Order b. Timeline for order, hoping for Week of April 9th? c. Determining if an update could be issued mid-season - Regulated area should be updated once a year, possibly in December d. Buffer zone- minimum is 200 m but could be up to 800 m e. For clarity, CFIA committed to surveillance and monitoring, will support in other aspects of a treatment plan but will not lead - Will work with government to provide EOC (emergency operations center) - Committing to providing sufficient traps, surveillance and order for movement regulation - Will support with regulatory tools, not actual proceedings f. Able to sign ?notice to treat?issued to City of Vancouver once Provincial Minster commits to treatment plan g. Sufficient traps confirmed with BCPPAC; recruitment underway for surveillance, developing CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



communication products for surveillance h. Acelepryn is in place, costs covered by FLNRORD - Acelepryn used as it targets easiest life stage, foliar very difficult as don?t know concentrated areas of adults (where they are feeding) and in an urban setting 2. Updates from Ministry of Ag a. Letter drafted to be signed by Minister of Ag, then will be sent off to Federal Minister - Looking to MOECSS and FLNRORD for letters of support - Need federal Minister of Ag to support placement of order for movement control and regulatory control, and leverage an notice to the city 3. Updates from City of Vancouver a. waiting to see if order is issued b. hoping to get GIS to help coordinate maps, non-city areas present challenge 4. BCNLA and CNLA a. Advantageous with some private lands as European Chafer is also treated when treating for JB, maximizes investment in property

b. Paraspace does majority of landscaping of private lands in area, will determine other landscapers and need to collaborate with them c. Would like a CFIA representative come to owners/managers of land for communication

A pr 10 meeti ng note summary: 1. Updates from Province of BCStatus of decisions and actions for eradication a. Met with minister yesterday, additional concerns of Bioaccumulation were raised. - Minister was assured this won?t happen as acelepryn is quite safe. - Anticipate letter from provincial agriculture Minister to federal agriculture Minister will be signed today/tomorrow. - Letter states the intent of the province to lead the eradication, includes a request to federal minister to issue a Notice to Treat, and supports the stop movement order. - Action: MAL to ensure letter is signed and submitted to federal minister. b. Movement buffer will be 800m; CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



treatment buffer is 200m. 2. Update from CFIA on status of Order to stop movement and ?Notice?to treat for city a. Order to stop movement

provided in the Ministers Letter. If required CFIA will ask the minister to confirm by email. - Wording is under development for the Notice.

- Draft text of ministerial order is nearly complete and memo to Minister is ready to go. The Order includes above ground plants infested or likely to be infested, as well as soil.

- Action: CFIA to finalize Notice to Treat pending receipt of ministerial letter.

o June 15 ? Oct 15 regulation for above ground plant part movement restriction.

a. Draft treatment plan nearly complete by BC PPAC; meeting later the week to finalize details.

o Soil would still be regulated year-round.

- Working on simple, straightforward, enabling wording for the order and will provide details in appendix.

- Hoping to have text of the order finalized Thursday and then it will move forward for approvals. Provincial Minister ?s letter will expedite the movement order. - Action: CFIA to finalize Order and move forward for approval. b. Notice to Treat for City of Vancouver - 200 m buffer from any location where JB was found; smaller zone practical for treatment. - CFIA required written confirmation from province that they would lead eradication. This is

3. Updates from Province of BC for treatment planning (including update from BCPPAC)

- Treatment plan considers spring and fall treatment options. - Notice to Treat only applies to City lands but we need to enable private landowners to treat as well. Multiple options for providing treatment. - Action: BC PPAC to finalize treatment plan. b. Alternate treatments other than acelepryn (spring); nematodes will be used (fall) CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



- MVRD may have to add wording to the regional Drinking Water Conservation Plan to allow watering in of treatments. Chafer Beetle exemptions already allowed. City issues water exemption permits, but MVRD needs to know how much water will be needed - Action: Laurie will connect Tracy or Sophie with MVRD Water Services staff

waste without soil can be stored within the regulated zone and treated intermittently as required. Or leave in regulated zone and not treat until after the October 15th regulatory date. This may not be feasible due to space. o Turf and soil can never be moved out of the zone. o Good conversation to have with Jeff Foley, Paraspace.

c. Green Waste Bin program: how to fund and structure that limiting pathway of movement?

o Action: Sophie to meet with GMs to determine possible locations to place bins within the zone.

- Is there some way that landscapers could propose a way to stop green waste from leaving the regulated area.

o Action: CFIA to provide draft of bin program to City and BCLNA to augment discussions (not to be shared broadly).

- Could follow the City of Vancouver Green Bin for household waste program to develop one for landscapers.

o Action: BCLNA to reach out to industry to determine who may have equipment (chippers/grinders/loaders) and who would be interested in contracting. Will also seek input on costs to operate.

o Need direction on potential bin locations that can accommodate bin(s) as well as accommodate onsite grinding/chipping and loading into those machines. o Would a chipper be sufficient for above-ground materials? Will need tubgrinder ($$) for soil. o June 15 ? Oct 15 landscape

d. How to enable treatment of private lands? - Would FLNRORD pay for private land acelepryn as well? Could have a rebate program, or have applicators ready to go? CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



- There will be only an order for public lands, not private - Are there contractors ready to go? - None organized for public land by city yet. Sophie needs order to treat. Treatment will likely be contracted out, not done by the City. - BCLNA does have contractors for private lands - Action: BCLNA to approach contractors to build a list of suitable contractors to debrief at next meeting. 4. Communications planning a. ISCBC Committed to leading and support for communication and will be developing a Communications Plan. ISCBC developing public webpage b. BCLNA would like to reach out to their members and non-members directly c. Action: Strike a communications group with communications representatives to define a communications strategy and approach. Include Province, CFIA, City of Vancouver, BCLNA, ISCBC, BCAC. - They develop strategy and

approach for public comms - If they need detail for comms products, then refer back to committee - Action: ISCBC to organize a communications call within the next week. Pr eviou s ar t icles: Japan ese Beet le St ak eh older M eet in g Held Japan ese Beet le Det ect ed Sep 1 n ot ice f r om CFIA r egar din g t h e af f ect ed ar ea an d h an dlin g of Japan ese beet le Lin k to OMAFRA information page on Japanese Beetles in nursery and turf

Turf Line News - April Issue  
Turf Line News - April Issue