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George Washington Golf & Country Club – Product Testimonial

The George Washington Golf Club is a former venue for the Sunderland Masters and is one of the most challenging golf courses in the North East of England. Head Greenkeeper, Mark Hornsby, has had several challenges in ensuring a high-quality playing surface for the competitions they host, as well as for the regular members.

Part of the challenge has been to ensure a strong green colour without promoting excessive top growth in an area of the country where water management can be an issue due to the amount of rainfall.

Mark is a regular user of the full range of Indigrow products, but has two particular “go-to” products, Magnum 357 Calibre and Compass Bio-Complete for his tees programme.

Mark stated, “for the last two seasons, I have applied Magnum 357 Calibre (20 lt/ha) & Compass Bio-Complete (20 lt/ha) as a seasonal programme.

Due to the large expanse of tee area on my course I did not want any excessive growth, but an even, dense manageable growth pattern was required.

I found the tank mix of the above products resulted in an acceptable growth, cut & water management regime. I am more than pleased with the results these products give.”

The added penetrant wetting agent element of Compass Bio-Complete complements the water holding capabilities of Magnum 357 Calibre, ensuring that even in periods of excess rainfall, Mark was able to keep his tees in top condition.

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Using Magnum CO to reduce Electrical Conductivity – Dubai Sports City

The condition of a cricket square is vital to ensure an even game. This importance is increased when international cricketers are due to play on the surface.

Magnum CO is a blend of ingredients designed to tackle the problems associated with localised dry spots and dry patch. Magnum CO contains an organic acid designed to clean the sand particle and flush unwanted waxes, hydrocarbons, bicarbonate salts and minerals through the soil profile.

Magnum CO was applied to the wicket block of the cricket stadium at Dubai Sports City. Before the first application was made, a POGO reading was taken of 1863ppm (2.87ds/m).

Nine days after the first POGO reading was taken, Magnum CO was sprayed at 20 lt/ha, and subsequently was watered in with 15mm of irrigation over the two following days.

Eight days post application, a second POGO reading was taken giving a reading of 1165ppm (1.82ds/m). This second reading showed evidence of a significant reduction in Electric Conductivity, precisely what the Head Curator, Toby Lumsden, was looking for.

Toby commented that he was pleased with the “great result” and that the grass looks “much more alive and healthier” as a result of just one application.

A further application of Magnum CO was applied at 20lt/ha, 21 days after the first application and 11 days post the second POGO reading.

A week after the second application (and 18 days after the second POGO reading), a third POGO reading was taken of 1011ppm. This drop from 1863 to 1011ppm in just two applications over the course of four weeks shows a significant reduction in Electric Conductivity and is helping Toby and his team to produce an excellent surface before the international fixtures take place there later this year.

Toby and his team will continue with monthly applications and we hope to be able to update this article with further results in the future.

To find out more information on Magnum CO, please visit the product page using this link.

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Rockliffe Hall Golf & Spa Hotel – Product Testimonial

The five-star Rockliffe Hall Golf & Spa Hotel, situated on the County Durham and North Yorkshire border in the North East of England, has been a regular Indigrow customer for many years. They have tried, tested and regularly use a range of Indigrow products to help maintain an excellent playing surface for their guests.

More recently, they have adopted the OneShot range into their turf maintenance programme. This unique collection of products has helped them improve their playing surfaces by adding the variety of nutrients and biostimulants required by the turf.

Jon Wyer, Head Greenkeeper, has utilised the full range of products in the OneShot range in his annual programme.

When asked about the range, Jon stated “The Indigrow One Shot Range has been an integral part of our stress management program throughout the summer months.  The concentrated sachets allow for easy storage and mixing, saving valuable time. The extensive range allows us to tailor various tank mixes to deal with the variable and unpredictable weather conditions.”

All of the products are used at the full four sachets per hectare rate to maximise nutrient input, and have led to some playing surfaces which their guests and members have thoroughly enjoyed playing on.

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ImpactPlus Accelerate 14-0-12 – End User Trials

Impact Accelerate 14-0-12 has long been used in Scandinavia and throughout Europe as a first granular fertiliser application in early Spring. The initial growth effect and early colour provided by this product has helped many courses open earlier in the season when snow cover has melted. During 2018, Indigrow reformulated this product with the addition of Asset, our unique biostimulant coating. Becoming ImpactPlus Accelerate 14-0-12, we were delighted to hear from the course manager at Foxhills Golf Club regarding the success he has had with our latest innovation.

Foxhills Golf Club, Surrey, have been a regular user of Indigrow products for many years. This Spring the course manager, David Wyborn, trialled three different products as his cold start fertiliser. Our ImpactPlus Accelerate 14-0-12 outperformed the comparable products from two different competitors in terms of early colour and growth. The results from his trial ensured that he will choose ImpactPlus Accelerate 14-0-12 as his go-to cold starter product for next season across the whole course.

The trials undertaken by Dave followed by a visit from our agronomist Ian Craig. Whilst undertaking some soil structure tests, it was noted that the greens were a great colour for the time of year.

Samples were taken from several points on the course for our Quality Master Plan (QMP) analysis service. QMP provides physical analysis allowing us to understand what is going on under the surface. Only after physical analysis is nutrient analysis relevant as turf can only utilise nutrients in the most efficient manor with a properly functioning rootzone. The objective measurable data that we’re able to give David and the rest of his team at Foxhills will be invaluable in ensuring that they have a top performing surface for their customers throughout the year.

More information about items in this update can be found at the below links:

ImpactPlus fertilisers and their biostimulant coating
ImpactPlus Accelerate 14-0-12
QMP

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Using SuperSeeker to raise soil temperatures in Spring

SuperSeeker is a further development of our pigment technology combining a high pigment content and a unique binding and sticking capacity. Through the darker green colour on the turf surface more UV light is absorbed meaning a localised heating of the canopy by up to 2 degrees. In countries with a shorter playing season this can be very important.

SuperSeeker has been used to great effect in Scandinavia where all courses are under huge pressure to open as early as possible in the Spring after months of snow cover.

Landeryds Golf Klubb, Sweden, used SuperSeeker in March in their bid to get their course open sooner than other courses in the area. SuperSeeker was applied to the greens at 20 lt/ha in 375 lt water per hectare. At the time of application, the soil temperature was 8 degrees. All photos were taken 24 hours after application.

The pigment in SuperSeeker helped raise the soil temperatures over the proceeding days, encouraging early growth.

As an added benefit, the SuperSeeker helped ensure that, despite the different grass species on the greens, a homogenous dark green colour was achieved in time for the course opening.

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Asset – our latest biostimulant innovation

When stressed, plants naturally produce osmolytes to help combat the environmental stresses. Production is favoured under water-deficit or salt stress as they provide stress tolerance to cell without interfering cellular function. We developed our biostimulant, Asset, which is one a of a group of these osmolyte compounds and is extracted from a plant species which has naturally occurring high levels.

Asset helps overcome plant stress and aids recovery by:

  • Osmotic Regulation
  • Cell Membrane Protection
  • Reduction in Free Radical Production
  • Protection of Photosynthetic Biochemical Pathways

Asset is used to coat our ImpactPlus fine turf fertilisers, as well as is more of our biostimulant products. The ImpactPlus range has been developed to promote healthy, strong turf, with the biostimulant coating enhancing the benefits to the turf. Comprising a number of different nutrients in a variety of formulations, our ImpactPlus range is highly effective on all soil types with differing base nutrient levels, and are all coated in our Asset biostimulant to help improve turf vigour and root density.

Our biostimulamt, Asset, has been proven in independent trials to increase ground cover of newly sown seed, increase levels of growth and recovery and improve root density, the trial results can be seen below. Trials were undertaken using our ImpactPlus products and a control NPK product without the Asset coating.

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Update – Independent Solar Pro-Active Trials

Indigrow’s range of formulated biostimulants have been proven to enhance crop establishment and performance, achieving great results in independent tests. Rate of application is crucial and therefore to assist growers in terms of optimum usage rates independent trials were commissioned with Levity Crop Science.

The specialist crop science team at Levity undertook the bioassay work to establish the impact of a range of application rates against a control on root structure and the implications to establishment, nutrient and water uptake.

The Aim

To analyse the effect of the bio-stimulant Solar ProActive on the root development and structures of a grass Lolium when applied at a range of rates.

Analytical Methods

The Levity root growth bioassay protocol is based on controlled conditions combined with high definition image analysis and sophisticated analytical software, to evaluate how exposure to products affects root growth and architecture. At least 5 replicates per treatment to guarantee whether differences seen are statistically significant or not.

Results

The Solar Pro-Active has appositive effect on root length and root hair production resulting in an overall increase in the root network volume. The most consistent and largest impact was found between 0.4 L/ha and 2.5 L/ha see Fig below.Benefits

Solar Pro-Active will increase the grass ability to access deeper soil layers of water and increase overall root volume to enhance nutrient uptake from very early in the crops establishment.

There is little effect of Solar Pro-Active on tiller height. At recommended application rates it is predicted that turf will not need increased mowing frequencies, whilst the enhanced nutrient uptake from the longer roots will help improve overall plant health.Conclusions

Within 2 weeks of growth, Solar Pro-Active has the following effects on individual roots:

  • Increased root length
  • Increased root hair growth
  • Reduced root width
  • Suppression of lateral rooting (reduced number of connected components)

Solar Pro-Active has the following beneficial effects on the root network:

  • Increased network area
  • Increased network perimeter
  • Increased network length
  • Increased network volume