Reduced chemical management of golf courses in New York
CALS Impact Statement
For the last seven years we have been actively developing non-chemical, reduced risk, and organic cultural pest management programs for golf turf. This work has attracted great interest in the USA and abroad and has spurred growth in our evaluation of new technologies. Taken in concert the existing research is ready for expanded application and we have begun delivery via a number of educational strategies.
There is growing concern by citizens of New York that pesticide and nutrient use on golf courses is causing health problems. There is a lack of available management strategies for golf turf managers who are interested in addressing citizen concerns.
We have conducted seven years of systems-based research on an operating public golf course. Additionally, we have conducted single tactic and multiple strategy trials evaluating alternative products and practices. Finally, we have developed a number of informational publications and conducted several field day demonstrations to disseminate the information.
Our work has been directly cited as influencing public policy, both in Suffolk County and at the administrative level of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation. Furthermore, we have seen widespread adoption of our reduced chemical strategies throughout the United States and Sweden as a result of my sabbatical leave spent educating the golf industry.