The Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2013 conference will be held on 11 to 13 March at Pattaya, Thailand. The 2012 conference saw nearly 200 delegates, representing 20 different countries, come to learn about the most effective turfgrass management techniques in Asia.
Our program for the 2013 conference, developed together with the Thai GCSA, includes exciting topics, both practical and technical, about how to get the desired results with your turfgrass, and how to get the equipment and resources to do the job right. The conference is organized for the Thailand Golf Association with support from The R&A. We will apply for pre-approved continuing education credits from the GCSAA and the AGCSA. The program will be announced in September with information about venues, the timed program, speaker information, and registration details.
At the Asian Turfgrass Center, I have been busy with research, writing, and seminars. In April, I traveled to six countries to deliver the Asian Turfgrass Roadshow 2012 with Dr. John Kaminski. Those seminars, organized together with the Thai GCSA, the Philippine Turfgrass Association, the South China Turf Managers Association, and China's GreenCare Association, were supported by The Toro Co.
I have been studying recently about light, specifically about photosynthetic irradiance and its influence on turfgrass performance. The Asian Turfgrass Climate Charts website has an abundance of information about climatological normals of temperature, sunshine, and precipitation, with some explanation of how those data can be related to turfgrass selection and management. After I gave a presentation about this research at Hong Kong, Dr. Kaminski noted that it was "one of the best talks that I've seen and the use of his graphs provides a lot of great insight into why certain warm season grasses work in certain areas (and why some may not be a great choice)."
Videos of my presentations as a keynote speaker at the 27th Australian Turfgrass Conference are available for online viewing. Topics include grass selection in Asia, turfgrass nutrient requirements, and modifying the turf growing environment to best manage turf in microclimates.
And for something much less technical, check out this story from the July issue of GCM magazine (and also in GCM China) entitled The Woods Identity.
Micah Woods, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist | Asian Turfgrass Center