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Syngenta to launch Application Academy

Syngenta to launch Application Academy: The pioneering world-first Syngenta Application Academy will give turf managers and sprayer operators the chance to delve into the world of precision application.

Launching the Application Academy at BTME (Harrogate 21-23 January), Syngenta Technical Manager and application specialist, Glenn Kirby, highlighted it will give a select group the chance to become an industry leader in accurate application – and get the very best from every turf treatment.

Syngenta to launch Application Academy

Prospective candidates can visit Syngenta stand 428 at BTME to apply, or register on GreenCast after the show in January. 

“The Syngenta Turf Application Academy gives an opportunity to really learn about the science behind the skills involved. Attending the Academy will take spray application to a new level,” said Mr Kirby.

Focusing on scientific research and practical advice, the three day Application Academy will be held in June, at the dedicated Application Laboratory of Syngenta Jealott’s Hill International Research Station in Berkshire.

Syngenta to launch Application Academy

The Application Academy syllabus modules include:

  • Understanding spray dynamics
  • Nozzle design and development
  • Microscopy of droplet movement
  • Digital Innovations Laboratory
  • Setting-up testing and operating your sprayer

The course will be led by Syngenta specialists and independent experts in spray research and accurate application. Successful candidates will achieve Academy test certification.

“The Application Academy is open to all golf course or sports facility managers or dedicated sprayer operators,” added Mr Kirby. “All applicants will get to join the Syngenta Application Club, providing advice and sharing best practice throughout the season.”

Syngenta to launch Application Academy

A selected short list of candidate applications will be invited to undertake a Skype interview. Costs of the course, accommodation, subsistence and tuition is provided by Syngenta.

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Bionema Demo Nematode Application

Bionema Demo Nematode Application: Bionema Ltd, a leading biopesticide technology developer, has released a new case study video for the control of chafer grubs in turf.  The video provides step by step guidelines to greenkeepers, groundsmen and course managers in how to apply the beneficial nematodes (roundworms).

Bionema has seen excellent success in recent nematode field trials conducted on the chafer infestation experienced at the Grove Golf Club, Watford. These eco-friendly and chemical free methods of destroying chafer grubs are shaping the biopesticide industry.

Bionema Demo Nematode Application

We have seen an increase in the success of nematode applications by educating users on correct application techniques” said Dr Minshad Ansari, CEO of Bionema.  Bionema’s pest control products are available through Rigby Taylor, a leading distributor to the turf and amenity sector. “Our goal is to see an improvement in nematode efficacy by educating greenkeepers, groundsmen and race course managers in the correct application of beneficial nematodes”.

The new two-minute video outlines the benefits of training and good application techniques for chafer control in turf, it also explains the importance of product quality, storage and correct handling.

As each female chafer beetle can lay 100-300 eggs in June, this treatment involves beneficial nematodes attacking and destroying the larvae of the chafer grubs therefore preventing them from developing further population.  We recommend combining the nematode application with the BeetlesAttra chafer monitoring traps for optimum results.

Bionema’s NemaTrident® – a range of beneficial nematode products are safe and non-toxic to users and the environment.  It is targeted towards specific pests and thus avoids harming beneficial insects. This safe and environmentally friendly method has a 70-100% kill rates and is on average 20-30% more effective than other nematode products on the market.

Phillip Chiverton, Course Manager at the Grove, said in the video:

“We have seen 80% reduction of chafer grubs in the first year with Bionema’s NemaTrident® solution, with continuous progress in years two and three. The product costs less money than the chemical treatment, it’s more sustainable for the environment and so is a much better way of dealing with this current issue”.

Bionema are one of the few organizations that focus on a chemical-free method of crop protection and bio-control. All products that are developed are natural products, which use fungi, bacteria and nematodes to help reduce the use of chemical pesticides as well as offering an effective treatment for regulating chafer grub as well as other common pests.

The current problem is so serious, that an emergency summit is to be held with the aim of finding industry-led solutions to the threat of Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets in the turf industry https://bionema.com/emergency-chafers-and-leatherjackets-summit/. The Summit will take place on 9th May 2019 at Burton Albion Football, Staffordshire. Attendance at this industry summit is vital to those in the industry that want to develop a long-term preventative strategy for Chafers and Leatherjackets. There are a limited number of free places available, which can be reserved by emailing info@bionema.com.

To watch the video and learn more about nematode application visit www.bionema.com

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