TCNC 2018 Annual Meeting & Educational Conference
Providence Country Club

6001 Providence Country Club Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
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9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration, Sponsor Exhibits, Networking and Putting Green Event Open
                                                                                          (Putt a Hole-In-One to Win Door Prizes!)

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Educational Session One:

  Lee Butler, Extension Coordinator, Entomology and Plant Pathology, NC State University
  Topic: "Turfgrass Pathology Research Update: A Little Nematodes, Fungicide Movement and Brown Patch"
  Learning Objectives:

  • What the turfgrass pathology program at NCSU does and what services we provide
  • Research update on management of nematode pests in turfgrass systems
  • Research update on movement of fungicides in soil for the management of soil-borne fungi
  • Overview of projects associated with brown patch management in tall fescue

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Educational Session Two:

   Dr. Charles Peacock, Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Crop and Soil Sciences, NC State University
   Topic: "Monitoring Pest Problems, A New Perspective - Use of UAV Sensor Data as a Decision Aid in Turf Management Operations"
   Learning Objectives:

  • What information can be obtained from digital image analysis
  • How digital images taken from a multi-spectral camera mounted on a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) can be used for obtaining turfgrass health information
  • How digital images from a UAV system can be correlated with ground-based systems and what limitations there are on using the information

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon and Annual Meeting

  • Including - Awards Presentations and Door Prizes Raffle Drawing
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient - W. Ray Avery

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker:

   Jerad Minnick, Founder and Lead Advisor of Natural Grass Advisory Group
   Topic: "The Future is Now; Real Life Possibilities of Natural Grass Surfaces"
   Overview: The negative perceptions that revolve around natural grass surfaces still swirl - grass is hungry for fertilizer, thirsts for water, and cannot stand up against traffic and heavy use.  But those  perceptions are no longer valid and are disproven by creative turfgrass managers supported with technology and innovative solutions.  What was once considered impossible is made possible every single day.  It may seem that only in the future could the negative perceptions be disproven, but the future is now!  And the best part...the turfgrass management industry is only getting started with technology and innovation.  Join us to learn why and how!

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Educational Session Three:

  Matt Martin, Extension Associate - Turfgrass, Crop and Soil Sciences, NC State University
  Topic: "Bee-Friendly Turf Insect Management Practices"
  Learning Objectives:

  •   How current insect management programs impact beneficial insect pollinator populations
  •   Current research studies with bees and turfgrass products
  •   How a balance of good management practices and knowledge can minimize the effect on pollinating insect populations

Attend the full conference to receive these CEUs:

  • NCDA & CS Pesticide Applicators' CEUs (L N D X) - 1.5 each
  • NCLCLB Landscape Contractors' CEUs - 3.5L
  • GCSAA Approved Education Points - 0.30 

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Early Bird Registration is now closed.

Onsite registration fees - Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (Registration opens at 9 a.m.)

  • Members - $15.00
  • Non-Members - $65.00*

Non-Members: MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL!  Attend the full conference on Tuesday, January 30, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and receive a complimentary TCNC Membership through the end of the current membership year (June 30, 2018).  New membership information will be sent within 5 to 7 business days following the conference. 

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