MAAGCS 2017 Education Seminar

  • 22 Feb 2017
  • 6:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Ten Oaks Ballroom, Clarksville, MD
  • 8


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Instructor/Student/Honorary Registration
  • Non-Members

 2017 Education Seminar 

Ten Oaks Ballroom
5000 Signal Bell Lane
Clarksville, MD  21029

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Join the MAAGCS for the Annual Education Seminar being held at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, MD. There will be educations credits available. More details on education credits coming soon!

Meeting Attire: Coat and Tie Preferred

All attendees are requested to bring a scorecard from your facility!

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Title Sponsor: Sold (TESCO)
  • Lunch Sponsor: $2,000 - exclusive
  • Reception Sponsor: $1,500 - exclusive
  • Ice Cream Sponsor: $Sold  - (BASF)
  • Break Sponsor(s): $500 (Newsom Seed - more break sponsorships available)

Contact David Norman or Tyler Eastham for more information on sponsorship.

Title Sponsor 


Ice Cream Sponsor

Break Sponsors

  • 2 fertilizer re-certification CEU's from Maryland
  • Full Pesticide recertification from Maryland for categories 3A and 3C
  • 12 Pesticide recertification credits from West Virginia in each of categories 4A, 11 and 12
  • Virginia Pesticide recertification for categories 3-B, 10 and 60
  • 7 Delaware Pesticide Credits in category 3 plus two Credits for Fertilizer re-certification
  • 2 Delaware Nutrient Management Continuing Education Credits
  • 2 Fertilizer Credits for the State of Virginia
  • Pennsylvania Credits - 1 credit in category 00, 6 credits in category PC, and 7 credits in categories 07, 18, and 23
  • Washington DC recertification for category 3B Turf and Lawn
  • 0.6 Education points from GCSAA


Breakfast and Registration

President Mike Bostian
Opening Remarks

Mike Bostian, MAAGCS President

Dr. Bill Kreuser, University of Nebraska Predicting PGR Performance

It is very challenging to visually assess performance of plant growth regulators (PGRs), especially on golf putting greens. Environmental factors generally have a much greater impact on clipping yield than PGRs. Performance of PGRs is also highly dependent on weather conditions. This seminar will discuss the use of environmental models to predict the performance of commonly applied PGRs turfgrass. Specific topics will include active ingredient selection, mixing a.i., impact of mowing height and species, and the perils of “over-regulation.” A demonstration of a freely available web-app,, to easily track PGR performance will conclude the seminar.


Dr. Michelle DaCosta, University of Massachusetts
Exploiting Turf Physiological Strategies to Enhance Summer Stress Tolerance

Summer stress is a major problem in the management of cool-season turfgrasses, particularly for species such as annual bluegrass and creeping bentgrass. Summer stress can result in significant weakening of turf, while enhancing susceptibility to additional stresses such as traffic, disease, insect, and/or weed infestation. Utilizing appropriate management practices as an integral part of an IPM program prior to and during summer stress periods can promote the health and persistence of turfgrasses, and thus reduce reliance on pesticides. The effects of various agronomic practices on basic turfgrass physiology and stress preconditioning will be discussed, with a focus on fairway and putting green management.

Morning Break

Dr. Stuart Cohen, Environmental and Turf Services
How to Talk About Turf Chemical Risks in Your Community

Few, if any, superintendents have been trained in risk communication. Further, the need for this skill may not occur very often. But when it does occur, the ability to communicate about pesticide and nutrient risks could be critical. Dr. Cohen will list some of the questions and statements regarding environmental impacts of golf courses he has heard in his career, then he will provide the scientific information superintendents need to respond. He will also give advice about how to frame the response, i.e., how to behave during these interactions.

Dr. David McCall, Virginia Tech
Reducing pesticide and irrigation inputs through better scouting and record keeping

Substantial resources are dedicated to managing turfgrasses with irrigation and protection from pests. Monitoring turf stands for emerging problems has always been an important task of golf course superintendents. Proper scouting can prevent excessive turf loss caused by diseases, insects, and water deficiencies. The use of aerial and equipment-mounted sensors allow turf managers to collect large data sets more efficiently than ever before, but a primary struggle is translating these data into practical decision making. Moisture management is a key strategy for reducing diseases, such as dollar spot and Pythium root rot. Constantly evolving technologies allow agronomists to make more informed decisions about irrigation needs and pest outbreaks. This session will outline some of the latest research on utilizing sensors to detect water deficiencies across large areas and before visible stress is evident, therefore improving our ability to scout for pest and drought stressors more efficiently.

Lunch Break

Steve McDonald, Turfgrass Disease Solutions
Plant Protection and Fertilizer Observations in 2016:  A Challenging Year

The Mid-Atlantic summer of 2016 was warmer than normal with dry and wet extremes. These weather patterns create challenges for fine turfgrass maintenance. During periods when soils are warm and moist, there is increased levels of microbial activity which breakdown organic matter releasing more plant available nitrogen than normal summers and breaks down pre-emergent herbicides quicker. This presentation will cover fertilizer observations and suggestions with soil and tissue test data as well as detail plant protection (fungicide, herbicide and insecticides) during difficult environmental seasons.

Ice Cream Break

Dr. Joseph Roberts, University of Maryland
Overview of Turfgrass Microbiology and the Impact of Turfgrass Management Practices

While we are all too familiar with the pests that plague turfgrass ecosystems, turfgrasses are also host to numerous microbial communities that can also impact turfgrass survival.  Recent advances in microbe identification are fostering new research in turfgrass systems.  This presentation will offer an introduction into the turfgrass microbiome and how management practices currently employed to improve turfgrass health impact microbes living within these ecosystems.

Pesticide and Fertilizer
Re-certification Application, then Beer and Wine Social

Featured Speakers

Dr. Bill KreuserDr. Stuart CohenDr. David McCall
(L-R) Dr. Bill Kreuser, Dr. Stuart Cohen, Dr. David McCall

Steve McDonaldDr. Joseph Roberts
(L-R) Steve McDonald, Dr. Joseph Roberts, Dr. Michelle DaCosta

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