By lunchtime on the first day the exhibition in Harrogate had attracted 2,544, up by nearly 200 on the same time last year. Exhibitor numbers were up too and a fifth hall was brought into use for the first time in several years.
With warm and wet conditions lasting from autumn into early winter, turf health was high on the agenda. Bayer explained that healthy turf stood a better chance of standing up to disease and gave an insight into how formulation technology can improve turf health. Syngenta launched a new mobile phone app to help greenkeepers and turf managers maintain spray records and improve efficiency of applications.
Celebrating 30 years in business, Campey Turf Care Systems introduced several new products, including the towable Raycam brush system, Dakota 310 top dresser and the Universe Finesse, said to take fraise mowing to another level.
Among new fertilisers launched at the show, German company Compo Expert observed the trend towards spoon feeding turf and introduced Basifoliar Turf Complete, a complete liquid fertiliser for use on fine sports turf. Headland Amenity launched Xtend Fine slow release 26-3-3 for closely mown turf.
To help speed germination Johnsons Sports Seeds' 4G formulation seed coating was welcomed as an improvement whether primary or overseeding. ProNitro is a full strength nitrogen coating. With less weight in the coating, turf managers can expect more seed in the bag.
A number of companies took advantage of the event to announce rebranding, among them ICL (formerly Everris) and Germinal, while Aqua-Aid, appearing at BTME for the first time, announced the opening of UK distribution network for its surfactant and wetting agent products.