Professional Groundscare

November 2017

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Microdochium Season Picking the right solutions Page 20 Inside Knowledge Top flight training facilities at Burnley FC Page 14 Line Marking Product innovations and new services Page 17-19 Grass Seeds Maintaining top quality surfaces Page 16 An EU meeting, held by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF), has voted for the non-inclusion of iprodione. This means that all products across Europe that contain this active ingredient, including Chipco Green and Interface from Bayer, will be withdrawn from the market. Steve Bishop, Bayer professional product manager, explains that the industry can expect an update in the coming weeks with regards to timescales for the sell-out and usage periods of iprodione product based registrations. "We have a large regulatory team based in the UK who'll keep the industry informed on all of the latest updates," says Steve. Earlier this year, Bayer launched Exteris Stressgard, which increased the available number of fungicide groups from five to six, with the new turf SDHI fluopyram. "Unfortunately the loss of iprodione will reduce the available turf fungicide groups back to five, As a multifunction venue, Newmarket Racecourse not only hosts some of the most world- renowned horse racing meetings, they also hold a number of concerts and corporate events throughout the year too. To keep both the Rowley Mile Racecourse and July Course worthy of a 'photo finish', Estates Manager Alan Hatherley The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities in the UK, has launched a service designed to help managers and grounds staff map out personal training and education pathways. The new Training Needs Analysis service will benefit those who take part in appraisal systems as well as those who adopt a more informal staff development programme. By meeting with each member of a grounds team, the IOG can draw up a unique learning plan for each Trilo machines help Newmarket deliver racing and concerts IOG launches training needs analysis service meaning that rotation strategy remains a critical element of integrated disease management," explains Steve. "With other chemicals also due for assessment, a further reduction in the total number of products on the market, and therefore the number of available groups for rotation, for turf disease control is not out of the question. "This is why we're constantly investing into the research and development of new chemistry, to continue to deliver solutions to our customers well into the future." The EU's decision will also see other leading products from the likes of Headland Amenity and Rigby Taylor affected. Iprodione is a Dicarboximide fungicide, classified as a local penetrant and labelled for use against Fusarium, Red Thread, Dollar Spot, Anthracnose, Leaf Spot and Rust. Bayer Enquiry 42 relies on his Trilo kit of blowers & collectors to keep on top of the maintenance of the 27 hectares of mixed turf, tarmac and car parks. The 2017 Newmarket Nights season has seen acts including Little Mix, The Jacksons and Olly Murs, to name a few, all take to the stage on the July Course. "Throughout July and August we generally have racing on a Friday evening, followed by a concert and then racing again on a Saturday," he explains. "For a good act we often host a sell-out crowd of 22,000 people, creating mess and litter with only a turnaround of less than 12 hours to get the course fit again for racing the following day." individual, to help employers map out a development programme for the whole team. The Training Needs Analysis works alongside the IOG's Pitch Grading Initiative, which enables grounds staff to meet both their own and their employer's goals linked to team skills and the quality of the sports turf surfaces they work on. IOG Enquiry 44 Alan and his team of eight groundstaff and four gardeners have a Trilo BL960 blower, a SG1170 vac, and they also hire an S4 vac direct from local dealer Ernest Doe to cover the summer events season. "When there's a considerable amount of rubbish, the S4 is our main machine of choice," he adds. "We use this to collect bottle tops, wrappers and litter from the site which ensures the clean-up is as quick as possible. "With the units that we have at our disposal, we have the tools to keep our site clean year-round." Trilo Enquiry 43 New EU rules see leading turf products withdrawn from the market READER ENQUIRY 45 L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y Novemeber 2017 Creating a multi-sports venue Bring a touch of class to every surface World class turf maintenance equipment For more information on our full range of grounds maintenance equipment or a no obligation demonstration call 01332 824777 class to every surface 01332 824777 Comby 80x277_LAPU 03.indd 2 12/03/2012 10:59 12/03/2012 10:59 See us at SALTEX stand E070 Glyphosate is never far from the headlines, and at the recent Amenity Forum Conference, M o n s a n t o ' s T e c h n i c a l Development Manager Barrie Hunt was a guest speaker. Following an 18-month extension of the current licence for Glyphosate in July 2016, the active ingredient comes back under the spotlight this autumn as manufacturers seek re-approval. In March 2017 a report by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) found that glyphosate should not be classified as carcinogenic, thus supporting the 2015 conclusions of the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA). In fact, following an in depth review of new and existing data, ECHA's classification remained unchanged from its previous assessment several years ago. The European Commission has submitted a Draft Review Report and Regulation for approval on which the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, (SCoPAFF) will vote before the end of December.

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