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2010 Mineral Builder Field Study
Superintendent: Robert Sanscartier Product: Mineral Builder 16-2-15 Field Study Purpose: Examine the effects of mineral nutrition on the expression of dollar spot in golf course fairways Background: The 2009 Mineral Builder Filed Study at Golf Ste-Rose was continued in 2010. Based on the information collected from soil tests and monitoring programs during 2009, a new program was developed based on monthly applications of Mineral Builder 16-2- 15. Study Parameters: 2010 Monthly Mineral Builder 16-2-15 applications The 2010 program for fairways at Golf Ste-Rose included applications of Mineral Builder 16-2-15 on monthly intervals. The program was developed to include the supplemental requirements for secondary and micronutrients.
Left: Researcher, Guillaume Gregoire. Right: Robert Sanscartier, Superintendent
"The program definitely reduced the disease pressure and helped us save money on fungicides… I have never had better turf quality in my 15 years at St-Rose." Robert Sanscartier, Golf Course Superintendent
2009 Mineral Builder Field Study
Superintendent: Robert Sanscartier Product: Mineral Builder 16-2-15 Field Study Purpose: To study the effects of mineral nutrition on fall dollar spot expression in golf course fairways Background: Golf Ste-Rose was designed by renowned architects Howard and John Watson in 1996. The golf course has water in play on 14 of the 18 holes from the creeks and tributaries of the Rivière des Milles ?les. Golf St-Rose was awarded the gold medal for the most beautiful public course in Quebec from Golf International in 2001. Study Parameters: TThe Mineral Field Study was conducted on 10 acres of fairways at Golf Ste-Rose. Applications of Mineral Builder 16-2-15 were applied at .50 lbs of actual nitrogen per 1,000 ft 2 on August 15th and Sept 15th, 2009.
"Less dollar spot was found on the trial areas when compared to the other fairways… I saved one application of fungicide on the trial areas"   Robert Sanscartier
More information about Mineral Builder Field Trials
In 2008, Plant Science commissioned clinical research trials at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI) to study the effects of fertilizer on dollar spot expression. The trials compared traditional NPK blended fertilizers with a homogenous formulation of nutrients (Mineral Builder 16-2-15) designed to promote the plants natural ability to fight disease. Corresponding Field trials were set up at five Ontario golf courses to compare the results with the GTI and to collect feedback on the program from golf course superintendents. The GTI reported a significant reduction in the percent of infection of dollar spot for the Mineral Builder treated plots. The results of the field trials were consistent with the GTI findings and prompted the continuation and expansion of Plant Science’s dollar spot expression research. The purpose of Plant Sciences 2009 research program was to combine the effects of Mineral Builder 16-2-15 with a comprehensive approach to achieving and maintaining balanced fertility. Clinical research trials were set up at the GTI and Laval research stations. Field trials were set up at sixteen golf courses in Ontario and Quebec which included Twenty Valley Golf Course.