TCNC 2019 Annual Meeting & Educational Conference
Raleigh Country Club




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. - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
"Peanuts, Turf, and Public Understanding: A Systematic Approach to Crop Research and Outreach"
Dr. Rick Brandenburg, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NC State University
Scientists in agriculture and life sciences often work under the watchful eye of the public. In today’s world of the internet and social media the level of scrutiny, criticism, and misunderstanding of what we do has increased dramatically. While we can document increased crop yield, reduced pesticide application rates, and an abundant and safe food supply, the level of criticism and negativity relative to agriculture and food production continues to rise. Agricultural research focusing on a systems approach has provided significant benefits not only to our science and knowledge of the agroecosystems we study, but to our stakeholders as well. In an era of fewer “boots on the ground” applied research programs, cross commodity and multi-disciplinary programming has become more critical. Our experiences and expertise across a larger landscape can provide improved insight into system interactions and aid in resolving issues of risk within the agricultural community and general public. Diverse commodity responsibilities and unique clientele across large expanses of agricultural and social communities bring unique perspectives regarding communicating science to the public. Systems research from African subsistence villages to resort golf courses to large-scale row crop production contribute not only to an enhanced biological understanding of each individual system, but enlighten us on perceived risk and optimal methods of communication.

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Educational Session One
“Factors Affecting Fungicide Performance”

Dr. Jim Kerns, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Turfgrass Pathology, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NC State University
Fungicides have many factors that affect performance. These factors include deposition factors, depletion factors, disease pressure and fungicide resistance. This presentation will cover all of these factors, but will focus on the deposition factors especially those related to managing soil-borne plant pathogenic fungi.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon and Annual Meeting

  • Including - Awards Presentations and Door Prizes Raffle Drawing
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Sam Lang

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Educational Session Two
“Turf: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

Panel: Sam Lang, Willie Pennington, Butch Sheffield, John Williams
Moderator: Bo Barefoot

Join industry veterans from all aspects of the turfgrass industry for a walk down memory lane of how far we’ve come in their time and their take on where we’re going next. Bo Barefoot will guide us through the memories of Sam Lang, Willie Pennington, Butch Sheffield, and John Williams as they discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly.

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Educational Session Three
“New Technologies for Aquatic Plant and Algae Management”

Dr. Erika Haug, NC State University
Several new technologies for managing aquatic plants and algae have been developed in recent years. A new product for phosphorus binding has been commercially released. In field demonstrations, this product was effective on two golf course ponds in reducing phosphorus levels and also in reducing the abundance of cyanobacteria. A new herbicide for managing aquatic plants has also recently been registered. This product is effective on hydrilla, milfoil species, and several other important aquatic weeds. Finally, new technology for applying herbicides to aquatic sites is under development. An overview of this technology will also be presented.


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Luncheon Sponsor

PM Refreshment Break Sponsor

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Putting Green Event Sponsor

Lifetime Achievement Honor Break Sponsor


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