Bumper line-up at BTME 2017

With more than 100 exhibitors displaying their latest products and machinery there will be plenty on offer for turf professionals at BTME, says Sally Drury.

BTME: demonstrating the latest products and machinery to help turf professionals - image: HW
BTME: demonstrating the latest products and machinery to help turf professionals - image: HW

A must for anyone involved with turf, whether pitches, greens or lawns, the British & International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) opens its doors next week (17 January).
Yes, the show is orientated towards the golf market, but there will be more than 100 exhibitors showing off their latest products to help all turf professionals produce first-class surfaces. In addition, there will be more than 200 hours of education including workshops and seminars covering topics as wide ranging as thatch reduction and learning Excel. There will even be a session on assertiveness.

At the free-to-attend exhibition you will be able to find everything you need to maintain and manage turf surfaces, from mowers and scarifiers to seed and fertiliser. There are apps to find a way through the maze of plant-protection products and this year promises to be an historic occasion as the first new fungicide coming to market in 10 years is unveiled. We know this product involves new chemistry and will help mitigate the threat of disease resistance, but Bayer is keeping all details under wraps until the start of the show.

Show details

British & International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association (BIGGA) Turf Management Exhibition (BTME)
When 17-19 January
Where Harrogate International Centre, King’s Road, Harrogate,
North Yorkshire HG1 5LA
Admission Free — charges apply to workshops and some seminars
Tel 01347 833800
Website www.btme.org.uk

Disease resistance

Seed house DLF is launching Siskin for golf courses. Topping the Chewings fescue table in the latest Turfgrass Seed trial list, Siskin combines top rated visual merit, the highest disease resistance score listed and incredible shoot density. DLF amenity sales and marketing manager Derek Smith says it adds up to improved turf quality and reduced maintenance budgets in terms of fertiliser, fungicides and poa control.

It also has exceptional salt tolerance and is included in new formulations of J Green, J Fescue, J Links and
J Premier Fairway mixtures.

Recognising that seed quality, purity and vigour are at the heart of first-class turf surfaces, Limagrain will be introducing the MM7 heavy-duty golf green renovation mix for locations where fast establishment and coverage are needed along with wear tolerance. The company is also adding to its wild flower mixtures.

Colour Splash Butterfly is a brand new annual, biennial and perennial mix designed to attract butterflies. A new mix for pollinators is AWF 10, while AWF 9 will be introduced as a new 80/20 grass and wild flower mix to provide low-growing flowers.

Demonstrating perennial ryegrasses and fescues, Barenbrug will showcase Barolympic, Viktorka and Barlineus. Included in BAR Extreme, BAR Medal, Bar Platinum and BAR Salt & Drought, Barolympic is the BSPB Turfgrass Seed top ranked ryegrass cultivar, while Viktorka is the number one slender creeping red fescue and Barlineus is the number one Chewings fescue.

Barenbrug amenity business manager Dr Dave Greenshields says: "We are particularly looking forward to talking to turf professionals about Barolympic and what it can offer them in terms of close-mowing tolerance, pale colour, wear tolerance and playability."

Grass seed untreated (left) and treated (right) with Germin-8 - image: Rigby Tayor

Top cultivars

Wembley is one of the pitches that will come under the spotlight as Rigby Taylor tells visitors about new top-performing cultivars featuring in its R range of mixtures. The pitch was sown with R140 and R14CR. Early germination and establishment were reported as exceptional. Also on the stand will be details of Germin-8 seed treatment, a potent liquid coating to stimulate and support accelerated germination and emergence.

Several nutritional products will be debuting at BTME, including the water-soluble TeMag Elite three-in-one containing a full range of chelated micronutrients, Elevate Fe complexed iron and the plant elicitor Harpin.

According to Headland Amenity sales and marketing director Andy Russell, the inclusion of Elevate Fe is significant because its chemical structure prevents the iron oxidising after application, making it non-staining and tank mixable with liquid fertilisers, biostimulants and many fungicides. The Harpin protein element works by stimulating the plant to grow while under the effects of stress, disease or suffering nematode damage.

Biostimulants and turf conditioners will be featured by ICL as the company promotes its Vitainova Stressbuster to pre-condition turf against stress, Vitainove Amino Boost liquid fertiliser to stimulate growth in early summer and Vitainova SILK liquid fertiliser for increasing leaf and stem strength.

A range of H2Pro performance-led wetting agents is also launched, boasting advanced polymer and surfactant technology for better control of moisture management.

New products

For more fertilisers visit Sherriff Amenity’s stand where the talk is about two new products in the Evolution fertiliser range – Xtra slow-release outfield fertiliser and Controlled, which has different release patterns and comes in different prill sizes to suit golf, sports pitches and race courses. While on the stand, why not ask about the Sherriff Academy. There is currently an offer of 12 months of free education with this on-line educator.

As well as officially launching its new fungicide, Bayer plans to show off the latest update to the TurfXpert app. Used to calculate product requirements by mapping out a specific area using GPS technology, the information can be recorded in the sprayer log section. The update adds a weather feature that not only provides a local forecast but advises on dew formation, frost incidence and soil surface temperature.

Many visitors attend to look at the latest machinery and this year manufacturers and suppliers are pulling out the stops to display new equipment. Combining higher capacity mowing with premium-cut quality and after-cut appearance, John Deere is unveiling its new 8900A Precision Cut fairway mower. The latest addition to the A Model family, the 8900A is the widest yet with a choice of 66cm or 76cm cutting units to provide an overall width of 2.9m or 3.3m. The reels are 18cm in diameter and have five or eight blades with the option for 11 blades on the 66cm unit.

John Deere Fairway Mower 8900A: 18cm diameter reels and five or eight blades - image: John Deere

Power comes from a 48.3hp direct injection four-cylinder diesel engine and features include LoadMatch transmission. Operator CommandARM with TechControl for improved performance, as turf division sales manager Chris Meacock explains: "Using the different screens on the password controlled TechControl display, users can electronically set the mowing and transport speeds simply and quickly by pressing a button.

"In addition, turning speed can be slowed down to a set percentage of the mowing speed when the cutting units are lifted after a pass, which greatly reduces scuffing."

Advanced Turf Technology (ATT) can be found under its own name this year as it exhibits the TMSystem for triplex greens and lightweight fairway mowers but pedestrian units are also featured with the INFiNiCut range of machines in widths from 21in to 34in.

Dennis & SISIS

If you are looking for scarifiers, slitters, aerators, top dressers or mowers, be sure to visit the Dennis & Sisis stand where the Rotorake 600HD, Rotorake TM100, Javelin Aer-Aid 1500, Dart and FT510 are shown alongside the Razor Ultra 560. There is more aeration equipment on the Campey Turf Care stand as the Air2G2, recent winner of the HSBC Golf Forum Innovation Award in Florida, features alongside the Imants Shockwave – the world’s quickest PTO-driven rotary linear decompactor – the Koro Fieldtopmaker and two upgraded Dakota spreaders.

"Since the company started 30 years ago, the aim has been to provide groundsmen, greenkeepers and sports turf managers at all levels with the technology they need to further their maintenance programmes and take the industry forward, and as a company we want to continue doing that," says Campey Turf Care managing director Richard Campey.

On show in the UK for the first time is a new innovation in the turf iron market. Exhibited by Charterhouse Turf Machinery, the new garden product has wheels that are lowered to enable the iron to be moved from green to green without the need to hitch a trailer.

To tackle problems of surface drainage, GKB is promoting the Sandfiller and SP100 Sandpreader. Rigby Taylor is showing off the Ground Water Dynamics surface drainage while there is still more talk of drainage on the Duncan Ross stand. The exhibition also covers aspects of the maintenance of synthetic turf surfaces and you will even find items of course/landscape furniture on display. It’s just too good to miss.

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