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Turf Clippings AUTUMN 2013

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WelCoMe To The auTuMn ediTion

Taranaki Golf Course Superintendents Association

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Welcome to the autumn edition of Turf Clippings

Also in this newsletter, you will notice several

Manawatu Golf Club upgrade

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2013. At the time of writing this, the big dry

references to our new AVANEX® Unique

Millbrook Renovation

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summer continues especially in the upper North

Endophyte Technology grass, which covers an

The Cairns Golf Course Development, Tekapo

Island and east coast regions of both islands. If

innovative novel endophyte incorporated in a

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you are not trying to keep grass alive, I suppose

selected few of our grasses (Colosseum Ryegrass

Council Visit to Kimihia

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this year could be described as a real kiwi

and Jackal Tall fescue). We are sure you will like

summer!

what you hear about this fascinating new

The NZGCSA Environment Award

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Changing of the guard at Cape Kidnappers

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The Turf Team staff changes

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Introducing new Turf Team members

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Walmsley’s Word

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It is pleasing to see a number of new projects on the horizon, something that has been lacking in

technology, and why it deserved to win the DuPont Innovation Award.

the last few years, including several new golf

Seed inventory is short worldwide with many

developments, as well as some golf course

companies, including ourselves, clearing out the

relocations, and movement at last with new

sheds and disposing of seed internationally which

property building starting in the cities. The

was in danger of becoming out of spec. With this

Christchurch earthquake recovery seems to have

process all but complete, we welcome the New

turned a corner with, not only demolition, but

Zealand harvest, which (so far) has been good and

also rebuilding and therefore re-grassing is

we expect our new season’s stock to be of high

underway.

quality once the tests arrive back.

PGG Wrightson Turf enjoys having nationwide

Best of luck for the autumn and winter seasons

customers visit our Kimihia Research Centre on

ahead, may the weather Gods be kind to all.

the outskirts of Christchurch, and in this newsletter you will see we recently hosted a group of municipal customers from the North Island. The group were impressed, not only with the research centre, but understanding a bit more about how breeding grass in New Zealand, growing it here, processing and transporting it all helps New Zealand grow. Each year we host a number of visitors at the research centre, and so if any of you are in the vicinity and would like to go have a look please let your local representative know.

George Tothill Sales and Marketing Manager

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Taranaki Golf Course Superintendents Association

In August 2013 the Westown Golf Club in New Plymouth hosted a field day focusing on managing Browntop greens. Bill Walmsley, PGG Wrightson Turf agronomist presented on

fertiliser management and research and development. The purpose of this day was to share information and research findings, a chance for group

MANAWATU GOLF CLUB UPGRADE The Manawatu Golf Club, Palmerston North undertook an upgrade to part of the course in March and April 2012. The purpose was to rebuild a bigger and more robust stockbank and at the same time include the build of a new Par 3. Horizon Energy Ltd were in the process of lifting the height of the stopbank around the outside of the course, which was going to cover over one green and 3 tees. After some discussion it was decided to move the bank from inside the course to outside the line of the hole, leaving the whole course protected from any future flooding. This would mean rebuilding the complete hole. Malcolm Wells, course superintendent said, “Things went well with minimal challenges. The main pressure was the time of the year and whether we would get the grass to grow in May with enough cover to get through winter” and “The best part of the project was working with

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all the different people that were involved in the project, and of course, getting a new golf hole”. The process used to get to this point was: • Tees – Laser levelled and turfed, • Fairway- over seeded and Cambridge rolled in, • Green- sand base, covered with cores, and over seeded with Browntop, • Stopbank- hydro seeded with Governors Fescue. This upgrade to the course will improve golf quality by making the course flow better with the hole now being located on the correct side of the stop bank. The hole is more playable, for most of the higher handicap members, with a larger green area. “Thanks to Matt Kidby and the team for all the work they put in to a golf hole that looks great, plays well and will be enjoyed by thousands” says Malcolm Wells.

discussions and a course tour. The next day Bill Walmsley also had the opportunity to visit other golf courses and sports fields in the region.


Millbrook Renovation

For many years Millbrook has been trying to get rid of the deep grow-in layer of thatch in their older greens and get them closer in speed and firmness to the recently built new greens. Having made very little progress due to few opportunities to renovate [part of life at a resort golf course], it was decided to take full advantage of now being a 27 hole complex and close nine holes down for five to six months, to remove the thatch layer both on the greens and in the greens surrounds and approaches. This process began in late August 2012, where it was successfully planned to renovate nine greens in seven weeks with the existing staff. So starting at the warmest green, the perimeter of the green was outlined, and then the green was string lined at two angles to square it off. Then a walk behind turf cutter was used along the string line to cut turf to a depth a little less than 20mm and approximately 800mm in length. All these rows were then numbered and the ends stacked on pellets in numerical order. Once the 20 odd pellets were stacked with the cut turf, a skid steer shifted them into the green surround near enough so that they could be hand watered from the greenside “quick coupler”. The next stage involved making another pass over the green with the turf cutter to a depth just below the thatch level – around one and a half inches. This was then cut to 1-2 metre lengths and removed by one team using shovels and loading workman’s, and another 2 staff using a one and a half tonne digger loading a small truck.

After the thatch was removed the greens were profile tested and sand was either removed or fresh sand bought in to leave the greens with a consistent 300mm of sand depth. All the rest of the greens were top dressed with 30 mm of fresh sand. They then had 7% zeolite spread over them, before being power harrowed in 3 different directions. The greens were then watered, track rolled with a sand pro, hand raked, this process was done 3 times, and finally hand raked again. A light rate of DAP was then applied. The next stage was the back breaking part! Firstly the string lines were set up and then relaying the turf commenced, working out from the string line and in numerical order. Lightweight plywood was used to prevent foot printing, and knee pads became very popular. This was the time when all available labour was required – about 8 people for one and a half days to lay a green – to a very closely monitored, high standard. One green generally took about 4 days to complete, and it must be said that we got better at the process as we went along. Subsequent maintenance involved regular irrigating of the turf. Three days after being laid the greens were rolled with a standard walk behind reel mower in 2 different directions, and then again one week later. 2 weeks after laying the greens they were fertilised with Regen R 8, and this kept them going for 6-8 weeks. Mowing of the greens began 2-3 weeks after being laid at 4 mm, and regular hand sand top dressing and brooming at fairly heavy rates was a key to acquiring green smoothness.

One of the more pleasing aspects of this project has been observing the huge improvement in the health of the greens. 2 applications of Andersons 13-1-10 is all they have had over the last 3 months. No fungicides or insecticides have been needed – which is in complete contrast to the remaining 5 old greens – which we hope to repeat this process to, in autumn and the following spring. This project has worked really well for Millbrook Resort, largely in part to the motivated greenkeeping staff who worked to a very high standard throughout the 7 weeks. 2 staff in particular – Lyndon Smith and Tom Fearnley were full time on the project and showed great pride in their work. The greens were ready for play within 3 months of being laid. However as soon as the greens were finished the greens approaches were returfed and then the greens surrounds had the thatch removed and were re-contoured and returfed or reseeded – but that is another story. The whole process has been hard work but very rewarding for Blair Dibly and the staff. Blair says, “I have never spoken about being laid so much”. Millbrook is now considering abandoning annual thatch removal programmes [much to the members delight], and repeating the above process every 10 years or so – one “9” at a time.

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The Cairns Golf Course Development, Tekapo

The Cairns Golf Course was opened by Sir Bob Charles at the opening tournament on the 17th of November 2012, when he described it as an “Inland Links”. This development was undertaken by the Simpson family in conjunction with the Cairns subdivision. The Cairns owner, Andrew Simpson is the Greenkeeper and Managing Director. The Course was designed by Barry Johnston, ex Club Captain at Clearwater .The greens were modelled with nature in mind, we worked with the natural contours of the green sites and wanted to enhance what mother nature gave us to work with by keeping roll off areas to the greens such as false fronts and fall away areas to the sides and back’s of greens, which were developed and prepared by Simon Forshaw, Golf Course Superintendent at Jack’s Point Golf Course. The course was developed to enhance The Cairns residential development where sections adjacent to the course have been selling at an estimated figure between $200,000 to $300,000. The golf course complements the existing Mackenzie Golf club at Balmoral 5 km down the road where several visitors choose to play the

Mackenzie course and the Cairns, each consisting of 9 holes. A feature of the course is that no soil was shifted except the level of tees. The greens are located in areas where good pasture existed and therefore we knew there would be good soil. The existing turf was skimmed off and the soil worked up prior to hydro seeding. Once the greens were “discovered” we worked backwards to find where the tees would be, just as old Tom Morris used to do when he designed so many great Scottish links courses. The course is situated on the edge of the Tekapo Township, the high point of the course is 780m above sea level which is twice as high as Queenstown. This height helps driving distance, as scratch golfers should hit the ball about 10m extra which is taken into account when the course was rated. The greens are Arrowtown Browntop and the reason for selecting this turf type was down to wanting a grass that would be able to manage extreme weather conditions with the freezing cold of winter and the searing heat of summer, although the greens are just over a year old they are maturing very well and receiving many

favourable comments. Because the original slopes have been retained, the slopes on the greens can be challenging and therefore they will not be able to handle too much speed, about 9-9.5 on the stimpmeter is good. Decent putts seem to hold their line “very well”. The fairways are natural Browntop and fescue which are improving all the time with regular mowing. One of the biggest challenges is rocks, although many have been removed by a digger. There are still a few rabbits around which are also a nuisance. The climate can be challenging with several late snowfalls in spring delaying the start of the growing season. Tekapo does enjoy a high number of sunshine hours, 3rd in NZ last year. The growing season is relatively short, although regular rain has kept the fairways green. The greens and tees now enjoy a fully automated irrigation system. The rough is currently brutal with the Browntop/ fescue enjoying the great growing season. The golden colour provides a fantastic contrast to the green fairways. Over time the fairways will be widened to minimise the lost balls. The course is very photogenic with the 5 on course tarns and the mountain backdrop making it a photographers dream. It’s the best way to see the views of Tekapo and the Mackenzie Basin. The course is not overly long but it is very strategic with considerable emphasis on “risk and reward”. It is designed to be fun but nobody has to go over water. There is always a route around the tarns. Barry Johnston’s 83 year old mother has played the course without losing a ball by going around the ponds and staying out of the rough.

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Council Visit to Kimihia In late November 2012 a group of PGG Wrightson turf customers from Lower North Island councils visited Christchurch. The Christchurch turf team (Bill Walmsley, Mark Shaw, Jason Weller, Grant Bunting) alongside North Island colleagues (Matt Kidby, Karen Crake) showcased some southern hospitality. The group spent some time at the PGG Wrightson Seeds Kimihia Research Centre. This was to gain insights into behind the scenes of plant breeding and also providing the

opportunity to look over trial plots and a general overview of the facility. The PGG Wrightson Seeds Rolleston Warehouse and distribution centre (seed storage, treating and mixing plant) was also visited which opened in 2010, covering 7200sqm, the building has a 1500sqm canopy. The group also visited various Christchurch central locations which were sadly affected during the recent earthquakes. The tour of Christchurch city was inclusive of the damaged QEII Stadium (now gone), the old AMI Stadium

and the new Christchurch stadium. Rupert Bool, Turf Manager for Mexted Performance Sport Turf Surfaces shared the recent construction work being undertaken at Hagley Park cricket Ground with newly sown fields using AVANEX® unique endophyte technology Colosseum Ryegrass. To showcase this fresh innovation of AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology grass the Christchurch airport was also visited to see a successful location were AVANEX® Jackal is grown and established.

The NZGCSA Environment Award proudly supported by PGG Wrightson Turf Applications for the 2013 NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf are now open. All golf courses that are members of the NZGCSA are eligible to apply. This is the third time the award has been offered and the winning Golf Course will be recognised as having the most environmentally sustainable practices or management plan. The winning Golf Course will receive a generous cash prize and recognition from fellow industry members.

apart by elevating awareness of your innovative and creative environmental practices.

In these times of increased environmental awareness and regulation, and with turf and amenity landscapes under increasing public and legislative scrutiny, environmental management and responsibility has become paramount. Winning the 2013 NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf will set you

The goal of the NZGCSA Environment Award as supported by PGG Wrightson Turf is to promote sustainable turf and amenity management within New Zealand Golf Courses.

PGG Wrightson Turf and NZGCSA wish to recognise New Zealand ingenuity at its best, where many solutions are found through innovation, often by thinking outside the square. This ingenuity is driven by the desire to understand the constraints each venue imposes and the desire to find solutions through careful planning, and the use of outside consultation where necessary.

Key objectives of the award are to: • Improve the environmental management of golf course facilities across NZ

• Provide leaders of change and the participation of all industry stakeholders in environmental stewardship across NZ Golf Course facilities • Improve public confidence in turf and amenity environmental management • Initiate industry self regulation (the voluntary association of stakeholders to control their collective action) • Provide an annual award to the golf course that achieves outstanding environmental performance All forms must be completed and returned to NZGCSA or PGG Wrightson Turf by 31st March 2013. Application forms can be found at www.nzgcsa. org.nz or contact your PGG Wrightson Turf Representative.

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changing of the guard at cape kidnappers Brad Sim, was appointed the position of Cape Kidnappers Superintendent in December 2012, which Brad describes as “an offer too good to refuse”. Furthermore Cape Kidnappers has a newly appointed Assistant golf course manager, Ryan Trembath. Brad’s career began at the Sawtell Bowling Club; he then made the switch to golf maintenance at Surfers Paradise Golf Course in QLD under Doug Robinson. His next move was to the UK to work on the construction project for The Grove Estate Golf Course west of London. After this project Brad then came to NZ to work at Kauri Cliffs as the Foreman from 2003-2006. Brad then spent 5 years as Assistant Superintendent at The Els Club construction where he and his team began work in the open desert, and 5 years later it was part of the world famous Dubai Sports Centre. After this adventure Brad moved to Sydney as Assistant Superintendent at The Australian Golf Course, where some major changes were occurring on reconstruction to 50-60% of the Jack Nicklaus course, in May 2012. Meanwhile Ryan before the appointment as Assistant golf course manager at Cape Kidnappers was the foreman/Irrigation technician at Cape Kidnappers. Ryan has been with the golf course since 2007, where he started as a qualified Greens keeper and has been involved in both Kiwi Challenges that were held. Between the years of 2003 to 2007 he worked at Hastings golf club and qualified with level 4 Sports turf management in 2006.

Matt Kidby PGG Wrightson Turf representative visiting Cape Kidnappers. (Left to right Ryan Trembath, Brad Sim and Matt Kidby)

continually assessing where can we improve ourselves as well as the course I feel we will continue to be successful”. Brad’s Final Words, “This is a fantastic piece of the world to call your “office” and it’s not hard to get lost in the views. There are dozens of golf holes that can be visualised around the property but to have just one course inside a farm and wildlife sanctuary makes it an exciting place to work”.

We asked Brad, “what do you look forward to in this new role?” Brad found three key things that he was looking forward to, “mostly, the challenge! I look forward to using some of the skills and practices that were successful at my past facilities, to try and improve an already high quality golf course”, and “learning about the issues I haven’t had before and increasing my knowledge base”, and finally “the diversity of the position where I will be involved in exciting projects on the property, involving the wildlife sanctuary, the working farm and the golf course”.

“I am aware of the agronomic challenges the course presents and of the pressures of following one of the highest regarded superintendents, Steve Marsden into the role. My background and knowledge will hold me in good stead to keep the high standards already in place at the property and to put my own stamp on the course in the years to come. We have some extensive programmes to complete going forward, and we are already putting together some new exciting plans and programmes focused on continual improvements”.

When asked, “What do you see will be your main challenges on the property?” Brad replied, “It is already evident the soils will be one of the hardest thing to manage. Issues such as localised dry spot in the summer make it difficult to dry the course out without risking turf loss, and also poor drainage all year round will continue to be a focus in our ongoing programmes”.

“The Audubon programme and the wildlife sanctuary are going to be great distractions from the day to day management of the golf course and I am more than happy to be involved with the company for a second time”.

We asked, “What are your thoughts after 2 months in the role?” Brad replies, “It’s going to be a tough place to manage but the rewards will be well worth the effort. The maintenance staff members have a great attitude and understand the course and land well. If we are

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We asked Ryan, “How is it to work at Cape Kidnappers?”, Ryan answered, “Cape Kidnappers is a wonderful place to come to work every day, I don’t think that there has ever been a day (even when the weather is at it’s worst) that i have not enjoyed my time here, and sometimes taking time out to look at the amazing panoramic views and the stunning course layout. We have an amazing group of workers

which should be congratulated on their efforts and time that is spent on the course. It always shows in the end result in providing a world class golf course all year round” and “the best part of working at Cape Kidnappers is knowing there is always improvements to be made and helping with implementing these changes is a great experience”. Ryan’s final words, “Even a course like Cape Kidnappers where we are looked at as “having everything we need” there are still several challenges that we typically deal with to continually improve the course’s playability and aesthetics”. “We are currently working on converting our cut rough areas from brown-top/fescue mix to straight fescue. There are several benefits to this conversion which include less disease pressure, and less watering (drought tolerant). We still have to do an amount of traffic control so that there is no loss to any turf in the higher wear areas. Poa annua control in our turf surfaces is a problem that we are continually dealing with all year round, and we are making improvements in this area including cultural and chemical uses. As a course where we are always aware of the amount of chemicals being used we are always looking at ways of improving our agrichemical management including spot spraying weeds rather than blanket spraying, the use of safer pesticides including accelpryn and improving the water structure that we irrigate the course with to help with disease tolerance. We are currently looking at thatch levels in our playing surfaces and what management practices we can improve on to rectify some of the issues we are experiencing”.


The turf team staff Changes There have been a few staff changes at PGG Wrightson Turf recently. In our marketing department, Sarah Oliver has moved to Scotland and we introduce her replacement, Sarah Cashmore as Turf Marketing Coordinator.

Joe Johnson has relocated to Christchurch as Technical Turf Representative, Otago, Southland and West Coast replacing Brandon Parker who has moved to Qatar as the Sports Fields Manager for the Doha Golf Club. Phil Gould, formally from

Royal Auckland Golf Club has joined the PGG Wrightson Turf team replacing Joe as a Customer Services and Sales Representative based out of our Auckland store.

introducing new turf team members PhillIp Gould, Trainee Sales Representative •

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 escribe yourself in three words. Happy, D Relaxed, Motivated

Hobbies: Golf, watching league/rugby, Fishing

•  What is your favourite food? All Japanese food •

 hat do you like to do in the weekends? Have W a few beers with friends and family and fishing if the weather is right.

 ow long have you been in the turf industry H and where have you worked prior to PGG Wrightson Turf? 9 and a half years at the Royal Auckland Golf Club. Where I did my apprenticeship and stayed working as the Foreman/3IC for the last 4 years.  areer highlight so far? Working the Presidents C Cup 2011 golf tournament at Royal Melbourne and meeting most of the golfers. Constructing the 9th Green at Royal Auckland Golf Club.  hat do you enjoy about working for PGG W Wrightson Turf? The solid team focus and the fact everyone is so friendly and helpful to the new kid on the block.  hat PGG Wrightson Turf product appeals to W you the most and why? SmackdownCarfentrazone. I hate moss on greens and I find it easier to use than Mostox.

•  What is your funniest moment at work? Hopping off my tee mower, thinking the park brake was on only to turn around and watch it roll down a hill over a cliff into a swamp. •  If you were in traffic and your CD player was stuck on repeat what CD would you choose to be playing? Black Seeds-On the Sun •  What is your favourite New Zealand sports venue? Eden Park during the World Cup 2011 Semi Final when the All Blacks beat Aussie and dealt to Quade Cooper. •  What sports have you played? Rugby, Cricket, Soccer, Golf •  What your favourite sports team that you follow? Warriors/All Blacks •  Last words… Looking forward to the challenge and meeting you all.

•  Weirdest thing you have seen at work? Attending a work party in a costume to find out it wasn’t dress up.

Sarah Cashmore, Marketing Co-ordinator

•  Describe yourself in three words. Energetic, outgoing and positive •  Hobbies: Cooking, playing sport, and visiting new spots •  What is your favourite food? Red duck curry, creamy bacon pasta and pork spare ribs

•  What do you like to do in the weekends? Outdoor activities, beach/river visits, hang out with friends, go shopping, and cook something new

•  What is your most memorable moment with the turf team so far? Grant taking me out for a day to meet clients, and a yummy lunch at Pegasus

•  How long have you been in the turf industry and where have you worked prior to PGG Wrightson Turf? In the turf industry for only 3 months now. Before here worked on Hayman Island, Peppers Beacon, Queenstown and many part time & summer jobs while studying.

•  If you were in traffic and your CD player was stuck on repeat what CD would you choose to be playing? An oldschool pop mix

•  Career highlight so far? Getting my Diploma then my Degree and now this job of marketing coordinator at PGG Wrightson Seeds. •  What do you enjoy about working for PGG Wrightson Turf? The turf team are a laugh, supportive and easy to work with •  What PGG Wrightson Turf product appeals to you the most and why? AVANEX- The thought that grass could deter birds or insects away is exciting

•  What is your favourite New Zealand sports venue? The new Dunedin Stadium •  What sports have you played? Hockey, rugby, tennis, rowing, athletics, cross-country, indoor netball, sailing •  What your favourite sports team that you follow? The All Blacks •  Last words… I will not look at turf surfaces the same ever again, I find myself inspecting people’s lawns and waiting for birds to splatter on plane wings

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WALMSLEY’S WORD Don’t leave home until you’ve seen the country It’s interesting how turf managers often look to overseas for the latest technology and innovation. There sure is a lot to learn from travel and seeing how others do Bill Walmsley Turf Agronomist things, but we often PGG Wrightson Turf overlook or take for granted new technology that we have developed right here in New Zealand. One example of this is AVANEX® unique endophyte technology perennial ryegrass and tall fescue. These grasses utilise unique endophyte technology developed in New Zealand as a result of collaboration between AgResearch and PGG Wrightson Seeds. The AVANEX® unique endophyte technology grasses are Colosseum AR95 Ryegrass and Jackal AR601 Tall fescue. The AR letters after the cultivar name stand for AgResearch and the number is the endophyte number. AgResearch have discovered these endophytes which are protected and licenced by Grasslanz Technology. The AVANEX® unique endophyte technology endophytes are the first unique endophytes to be commercialised in turfgrass. A unique endophyte is a specially selected endophyte that is different from the wild type endophyte and has been inoculated into the desired cultivar. Currently PGG Wrightson Turf is the first and only seed company to be commercialising unique endophyte in turfgrass. This is a logical progression from the development of novel endophyte in forage grass where endophytes such as the popular AR37 are widely used for improved animal and pasture grass performance. The unique turf endophytes are selected to maximise turf performance but are not for use in animal grazing, because animal metabolic disorders could occur if grazed by animals for long enough.

Christchurch Hagley Cricket Oval sown in AVANEX® Colosseum AR95

Birds have been shown to feel unwell after grazing AVANEX® unique endophyte technology grass, so they learn to avoid grazing it. This is particularly useful for turf grazed Canadian Geese, ducks and other waterfowl. After grazing the grass and feeling unwell, the birds learn to graze elsewhere. In grass production paddocks we notice vastly fewer rabbits, which also appear to be deterred from feeding on the grass. At airports the AVANEX® unique endophyte technology grass has fewer insects feeding on them and consequently lower bird numbers on the airport grass. This is hoped to translate into fewer bird strikes on aircraft. A number of turf managers are trying AVANEX® unique endophyte technology grass and reporting encouraging results. It’s important to understand how to use AVANEX® grass to get the best results from it. Ideally AVANEX® unique endophyte technology grass should be planted alone in a new sowing, and managed to keep the turf free of other invading grasses. The ground should be prepared by destroying all existing vegetation and either cultivating or direct drilling. The seed should be sown without delay to maximise the survival of endophyte in the seed. Sowing into an existing turf

dilutes the effect of the endophyte infected grass plants. Unless there is a predominance of endophyte infected plants, the effect of endophyte may not be exhibited. Its sobering to realise that the detailed study of endophyte took off in the 1980’s with the discovery of the effects of endophyte alkaloids on grazing animals and insects. Alkaloids are the products produced by endophyte that helps to protect the plant from over grazing and insect feeding. Many plant defensive compounds once thought to be produced by plants, have turned out to be produced by endophytic fungi. PGG Wrightson Turf is bringing a number of agronomists from around the world to learn about AVANEX® unique endophyte technology. For many it will be something they have had little exposure to, and will greatly benefit from learning about. Grass with AVANEX® unique endophyte technology has only been available for a few years, so there is an opportunity for all turf managers to become familiar with the use of these unique endophytes. It’s not something that will be found on the programme of an overseas turf conference. The only place to find out about it is right here in New Zealand.

PGG Wrightson Turf Stores and staff contacts Christchurch 03 372 8719 Auckland 09 570 2570 Palmerston North 027 487 4002 pggwrightsonturf.co.nz North Auckland/Northland Brian Griffiths 027 430 2992

Auckland George Tothill 027 430 2972

Auckland Craig Johnston 027 344 6439

Auckland Phil Gould 027 477 0096

Central North Island/Bay of Plenty/Waikato/Coromandel Julian Holden - 027 289 2244

South Waikato/Taranaki Karen Crake 027 430 2995

Lower North Island/ Wellington/Hawke’s Bay Matt Kidby - 027 487 4002

Upper South Island/ Christchurch Jason Weller - 027 596 3974

Otago/Southland/ West Coast Joe Johnson - 027 596 3565

Christchurch/Central Otago Grant Bunting - 027 704 7520

International Mark Shaw - 027 499 8327

© PGG Wrightson Seeds 2013. This information has been checked for accuracy and published in good faith. However PGG Wrightson Seeds accepts no responsibility expressed or implied for misuse of information in this publication. This information is not to be reproduced without the expressed written permission of PGG Wrightson Seeds.

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