Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Plant Talk: Frank Zamazal

I am very excited to be a partner with the GenNext team. One of the most innovative segments of the formulations GenNext produces are the plant activators and extenders. Plant activators are an integral part of plant health.  They are short-lived compounds that activate a plant’s immune system to respond to pathogen activity and play a critical role in plant survival. Unfortunately, plant activators naturally trigger at the point of stress to a plant…but what if plant activators could be introduced with an extended life span, beforehand, while a plant is thriving? The GenNext formulas do just that and have bio-technology to extend plant activator activity to go beyond the role of defense mechanism and become a partner with fertility and plant development.  

The GenNext proprietary formula of plant activators and extenders (hormones and enzymes combined with micro-biological extracts and soluble carbon) or simply put, composted materials, have been formulated to prolong the effects of plant activators, so they can be continually introduced with regular applications promoting beneficial microbial activity and developing plant defenses through the buildup of root mass and mycorrhizae, thus, promoting plant density and disease immunity.

When evaluating your foliar program, I believe there needs to be an overall change in mind set. Fertility protocols need to embrace the use of plant activators to prime the plant’s development process. Although the effects of plant activators have been proven to be short-lived, the GenNext proprietary formulations incorporate natural extenders to prolong the efficacy of the plant activators from days to weeks. Having this characteristic in your foliar program will not only optimize plant health, but lead to enhanced conditioning impervious to abrupt seasonal changes detrimental to plant health.  

I intend on writing a number of blogs over the coming months on plant health, drought tolerance, mycorrhizal colonization and other plant related topic. Please feel free to contact me with questions about plant health or the GenNext products.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What’s happening in the GenNext Turfgrass Hybrid Application (A&B or C&D)

1.    A&B Foliar Application delivers, at the leaf, immediate nitrogen (N) that Improves coloration within 2 - 24 Hours. C&D requires applicator to add nitrogen (N),
2.    Soil Application delivers water soluble readily available carbon (WSRAC), micro nutrients, simple and complex carbohydrates,and the Key Complex of microbial exudates that include enzymes and plant hormones.A&B provides additional nitrogen (N).
3.    WSRAC activates the microbe population, simple and complex carbohydrates stimulate the microbes.
4.    Microbes energized start producing gummy substances (polysaccharides) to hold macro and micro nutrients in place to be available to the plant.
5.    Fungi Filaments (mycorrhiza) start to increase in population creating a hairnet like web of fungi that grows into the root increasing root capacity up to 700 times. These fungi absorb water and nutrients from the soil conducting them back to the roots. 
GenNext creates balance for your existing microbes, delivering to them byproducts not being produced by the current microbe population. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Research on Reduced Rates of Fungicides for Anthracnose Control in Annual Bluegrass Putting Greens

The final data points are on this research project in a Research project with Rutgers University in particular Anthracnose Control with reduced rates of Fungicides and GenNext Products.  The label rate for Daconil Ultrex 82.5 is 3.2 oz. per 1000 sq. feet. This research was done reducing the rate by 25% to 2.4 ounces and 50% to 1.6 ounces See the charts Rutgers 2014

The table below shows the average result of four plots, through end of the trial of this year, using Daconil Ultrex 82.5 plus GenNext A&B at the 8 oz. of GenNext  A and 8 oz. GenNext B per 1000 square feet.

Anthracnose Trial DAC Rate Label Percent Turf Area infested (%) plot 
Products  /1000 sq feet % APP Sch 27-Jun 7-Jul 17-Jul
Daconil Ultrex 82.5 3.2 100% 14 day 8.5 10.3 13.5

GenNext A&B +Daconil Ultrex 82.5 1.6 50% 14 day 4.8 5.0 3.5
GenNext A&B +Daconil Ultrex 82.5 2.4 75% 14 day 4.3 4.3 2.0
GenNext A&B +Daconil Ultrex 82.5 3.2 100% 14 day 3.5 5.3 1.8
(DAT) Days after last treatment  DAT DAT DAT
was applied. 10 6 2

Anthracnose Trial DAC Rate Label Percent Turf Area infested (%) plot 
Products  /1000 sq feet % APP Sch 27-Jul 6-Aug 16-Aug 26-Aug 5-Sep
Daconil Ultrex 82.5 3.2 100% 14 day 9.3 12.8 8.8 11.8 10.5

GenNext A&B +Daconil Ultrex 82.5 1.6 50% 14 day 6.3 11.3 4.5 1.3 0.5
GenNext A&B +Daconil Ultrex 82.5 2.4 75% 14 day 3.8 3.0 1.8 0.0 0.0
GenNext A&B +Daconil Ultrex 82.5 3.2 100% 14 day 4.0 4.8 0.0 0.3 1.0
(DAT) Days after last treatment  DAT DAT DAT DAT DAT
was applied. 12 8 4 14 24

Values below 15% turf area infected with anthracnose are typically judged to be acceptable in research on this disease.

So as you can see we had significantly better control of the anthracnose using GenNext A&B and Daconil Ultrex at reduced rates.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Near Detroit Michigan Recovery Photos

Here is an update from the field on spring recovery. These pictures are from a course near Detroit Michigan after three treatments over six weeks of the GenNext A&B products. I think these pictures tell it all!

Practice Green before first application

Practice Green after second application

Practice Green Friday June 13, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring on GenNext

Spring is here and a lot of courses are now opening up.  Dubbed the #worstwinterever it was a tough winter on greens and superintendents across the country.  Here in Minneapolis greens came through relatively unharmed, other areas of the country haven’t been so lucky.  If you were one of those unlucky superintendents, consider putting GenNext in your recovery program.  We’ve helped superintendents recover from winter injury before, we can help you too. 

Here’s a couple pictures from Scott Thayer, a GenNext customer here in the Minneapolis area.  The greens are healthy and showing no signs of a rough winter.  Scott says the greens are ‘glowing’ and it’s not from pigments, and no they weren’t covered.  It’s the natural green from chlorophyll!


Here’s to a great start to the 2014 golf season.  If you haven’t tried GenNext, what are you waiting for?  Give me a call at (509) 881-7144.
-Tim Fleegel


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Winter Kill? Recovery is easy as A+B

Its been a long hard winter, where a number of courses are starting to look at the damage caused by this weather. We have taken some pictures from a few years ago to show how rapidly the turf recovers if you use the GenNext A&B products in early spring. These pictures are from 2011, if you would like more recent contacts from the 2013 season send us an email and we will be glad to forward contact information.

If you're serious about quick recovery contact us today!

In May of 2011 we started a recovery project with Sandstone Golf Club here is the pictorial history and the average temperatures from that period. Sandstone used the A&B products:

MAY 4 First Application


MAY 16

MAY 20

MAY 24 Twenty days later

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Long Winter

It's been a long winter here in Minneapolis.  Generally guys are reporting no ice and a nice layer of insulating snow cover.  Other areas of the country aren't looking so good.  I've heard reports of ice from Idaho, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, the list goes on.

I want to re-link to a couple blog posts from a few years ago about winter damage and recovery.

If you have damage once this brutal winter is over, consider GenNext as a tool to help get you back to the conditions you, and your membership, expect.  We've helped others, we can help you too.

Tim Fleegel