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Coming Soon: A Better Way to Help Manage Turf Health on Your Course

Posted: 2/2/2017

We’re always looking to improve upon the products and services we offer at WinField United, which is why we’re excited to announce that we’ve created a new insight tool that will allow you to manage your operation in ways that we believe have never been possible - until now.

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2017 Resolution: Worry Less & Do More

Posted: 1/20/2017

What if there was a tool that could provide insight from the turf's perspective? That stress, sun damage, fungus or pest pressure could be identified days before the turf was visibly showing distress?
 
What if there was a tool that you and your team could document areas of concern on the golf course and could eliminate overlap in work efforts?...

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How Hosting the Ryder Cup Changes a Course

Posted: 9/27/2016

Here at WinField the excitement of the Ryder Cup is echoing through the halls. It's not very often that a match of this caliber is played in our home state and it's heightened the awareness of this great sport within the community. In addition, we can't wait to see Hazeltine highlighted throughout the week, with its rolling hills, highlighted bunkers, and pristine greens  - We are proud to say we are a current distributor to this beautiful course and know they are deserving of this honor

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POGO Turf Pro

Posted: 7/21/2016

POGO is an all-in-one meter designed to capture three important attributes of your soil and turfgrass health – moisture, salinity and canopy temperature. Simply insert the POGO stick into your turf, press “sample” on your smartphone or tablet and instantly your information is logged on the POGO Turf Pro Cloud, accessible via the POGO app. No more paper records, no more hassle. All of your data is at your fingertips, ready to be accessed whenever, wherever.
 

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We’re Going On Tour with The WinField® Academy

Posted: 7/13/2016

We have an exciting opportunity for our valued WinField® customers. We are about to kick off our 2016 “tour” of the country, and the show may soon be in your area. The WinField® Academy offers information on the latest products and technologies, and a refresher of recommended best practices. Attend the WinField® Academy to gain practical insights to help you effectively manage your golf course or refine your pest control, lawn care and landscaping business.
 

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Itching for Answers? Smack Down Mosquitos with Expert Advice from Martyn Hafley

Posted: 3/21/2016

There’s a growing number of disease threats associated with mosquitos. West Nile Virus, encephalitis, Dengue Fever, Filariasis, Malaria, Chikungunya and Zika are the most prevalent in the news. Although in many parts of the country, it’s not considered “mosquito season,” it’s time to put a program together.

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WinField® TurfTech Tool Pinpoints Your Best Seed

Posted: 1/15/2016

The patented WinField® TurfTech Tool combines data from the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) into one convenient database, making your complex seed selection process easier. It sorts all the varieties and finds those with the highest and lowest scores, indicating which varieties to select and those to avoid. With the help of our experienced representatives, you can quickly pinpoint the best turf seed for your specific conditions.

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WinField 5 for 2015: Pest

Posted: 12/30/2015

The Pest Control Market had a fair year with some unusual weather patterns, further consolidation and diversification of the market channels and the consistent growth in the rodent segment. This year we had a couple of fantastic new products introduced and some continued growth of a few of our best products and chemistries.

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5 Questions With... Bruce Jump

Posted: 11/20/2015

In the second installment of the “5 Questions With…” series we sit down with Bruce Jump, WinField’s manager of turf seed product, athletic fields and training and education. Bruce Jump has more than three decades of experience with Land O’Lakes and carries out a variety of duties for the turf seed product portfolio

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Celebrating SnowCare For Troops

Posted: 11/12/2015

This week (November 8 -14) Project Evergreen is launching SnowCare For Troops Awareness week. Now in its sixth season SnowCare For Troops aims to raise awareness of the many needs of families of deployed military personal and wounded and disabled veterans, as well as provide needed snow removal services to military families in need.

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Xanthamonas Trial

Posted: 10/6/2015

The last few months in south Florida offered little relief from one particular form of bacteria known as Xanthamonas.  Xanthamonas infects a wide range of plant material ranging from woody material destined for landscape installations up to fine foliage growers.  Even though treatments are similar, do not confuse Xanthamonas with other common bacterial infections such as Erwinia or Pseudomonas

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Dealing with Dollar Spots

Posted: 9/4/2015

Our customer – Jeff Girard, StoneRidge Golf Club Superintendent, Minn, - was recently featured in Golf Course Industry article about dealing with dollar spots.
 
WinField sales rep, Chris Hoff, encouraged Jeff to start using Xzemplar fungicide in the fall of 2014. Chris knew dollar spots were a huge issue for Jeff and he was frustrated with the performance of other products

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WinField Academy

Posted: 7/28/2015

We are excited to be launching the 2015 WinField Academy events. Our first stop takes us to Florida where we will be hosting events in Orlando on August 11 and Palm Beach on August 13.  WinField Academy events are designed to help industry professionals learn about the latest products and technologies, review application best practices and discover new business strategies. Each event includes some of the best speakers, researchers and educators in the country – along with delicious food and great door prizes. 

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Intern Program Brings New Talent and Ideas to Land O’Lakes

Posted: 7/28/2015

“We believe in people—in valuing and recognizing a work force of diverse individuals as the key to our success.” This quote from Land O’Lakes’ company value statement helps to explain why the organization has maintained a centralized intern program since 2007 and is currently employing 269 undergraduate and graduate summer interns.   These students represent more than 70 universities from across the country and take on roles in the Dairy Foods, Purina, and WinField businesses.  

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Enhancing Aeration Recovery

Posted: 7/28/2015

Earlier this summer we talked about how Gravity® SL PGS helps new seed, sod or cuttings establish faster. New research shows Gravity® SL PGS application also improves recovery from aeration. In a recent study, plots were aerated and then immediately treated with Urea and Gravity® SL PGS, Urea alone, or no treatment. 

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Mosquito Control a Must This Summer

Posted: 6/25/2015

When thinking of the number one enemy to humans, a fierce animal at the top of the food chain probably appears in most people’s minds. However, each year mosquitoes claim the lives of more people than wolves, sharks, alligators and snakes combined. They are not only irritating pests that can cause itchy bites – they can also be dangerous disease vectors, killing 725,000 people annually. For all of history across the globe, mosquitoes have been a nuisance, a pain and an angel of death. 

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Tweet. Earn. Win.

Posted: 6/19/2015

Did you know we launched @WinFieldPro - our official PPG Twitter feed? We’re sharing industry insights, blog posts, research and more. So be sure to follow us online and join the conversation. 

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Introducing a New Option for Humate

Posted: 6/17/2015

While effective, humate products tend to present challenges when it comes to the application. Separately applying the average dry humate product can be ineffective – you need large quantities to achieve effective coverage and it can take more than 30 days to breakdown and take effect. Liquid humate products tend to work more effectively but large quantities are needed – making it a costly method. 

WinField is excited to introduce an alternative options - 46Black Humate Coating, a 100% organic product containing Humic and Fulvic Acid along with the added benefits of kelp to provide an effective product that is safe for the environment. 

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Improve Root Health

Posted: 6/12/2015

Roots are the central component to plant life. Healthy roots yield healthy plants. While fertilizer can be an adequate tool to increase root health it doesn’t pinpoint a specific area of the plant.

In order to specifically target the roots, WinField offers Gravity® SL PGS – a unique blend of plant growth hormones precisely designed to stimulate root growth in new seedlings, transplants and existing plants. 

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Get Plants Growing Faster, Stronger

Posted: 6/4/2015

WinField brings you research-based solutions to help you better manage plant germination, improve establishment and the long term health of your plants. Gravit® SL PGS helps new seed, sod or cuttings establish faster while Gravity® L AMP provides your plants with the nutrients they need to sustain long term growth. For ornamental growers, this leads to faster crop turns and less weed pressure.

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Top 3 Toughest Pest Challenges for 2015

Posted: 2/20/2015

In the pest control business, change is the only constant – and a new year signifies a new series of challenges Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) must consider. I recently sat down with PCT Magazine to discuss some of these pressing pest issues, while offering a few tips for anticipating and addressing potential problems before it’s too late.

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Insight Series: Introducing Nature’s Dream Nursery

Posted: 10/31/2014

A great feature of my work is helping growers in greenhouses and nurseries with their vast assortment of plan varieties. Through the years, I’ve noticed a gap in best management practices ranging from crop protection and nutrition products to tools that make a grower’s job easier. 

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Using Big Data for High Quality Decision Making

Posted: 9/23/2014

You’ve heard the term “big data”, but how do you apply it to your lawn and landscape business?
The August Lawn & Landscape cover story reveals that investing in a data-driven solution can provide invaluable insight into your business. Like many of you, Taylor Milliken, CEO of Milosi, Inc. landscaping in Tennessee tried to balance the merits of a growing business with the need to better understand which part of his company was making money and which areas were not. You’ve heard the term “big data”, but how do you apply it to your lawn and landscape business?

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Gravity™ PGS

Posted: 9/21/2014

Looking to re-establish your root systems after a stressful summer or to improve your root systems prior to the winter? Often we turn to fertilizer to help us improve plant health and grow roots because fertilizer stimulates plant growth. However, fertilizer cannot be directed to stimulate growth in one specific area of the plant.

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Improve Pesticide Performance

Posted: 9/19/2014

For years surfactants have been included to improve pesticide performance in a variety of applications, such as weed control. Surfactants reduce the surface tension of liquid, which allows the liquid to spread out over a larger surface. More control results when pesticide comes in contact with more surface area. On average, surfactants typically improve pesticide performance five to 10 percent.

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Algae: the good, the bad and the ugly

Posted: 9/18/2014

Algae are a vital component of aquatic environments; however, they can sometimes negatively impact the environment and the aesthetics of your lake or pond. By understanding the issues at hand, you can make better-informed decisions to help recover the water body in the most cost effective and safe method possible.

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