Pre and Post Conference Seminar Information - You Need to be Here!

2018 WCTA Pre and Post Conference Seminar Information

Wednesday, February 14 & Friday, February 16, 2018
(locations, pricing and timing varies, lunch is included in all pre-cons, space is limited)

Turf Management Session at the Point Grey Golf Club
Dr. Micah Woods, Asian Turfgrass Center
Wednesday, Feb 14, 8:00am - noon followed by lunch & golf
$227pp includes lunch, golf, transport ($277 for non-members)
Bus leaves front of River Rock at 7:20am, returning 5:45pm

Co-hosted by the BCGSA and WCTA.  Every turfgrass manager knows that temperature, light, water and fertilizer will influence the growth rate of the grass. Because the growth rate and adjustments to it, are what finally produce the desired playing surfaces, it is critically important to understand how these factors can be adjusted. It will discuss how the influence of air temperature, photosynthetic light, plant water status, and leaf nitrogen content can be thought of and communicated as a grammar: the fundamental principles or rules of an art or a science. The result of this process is better turf conditions in a systematic way that optimizes efficiency of the work.

Learning outcomes:
Recognize the effect of growth on turf conditions
Air temperature on growth
Photosynthetic light on growth
Plant water status on growth
Leaf nitrogen content on growth
How to apply the principles to optimize efficiency
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Pesticide Applicator CEC Workshop at the Point Grey Golf Club
Mario Lanthier, CropHealth Advising & Research
Wednesday, Feb 14, 8:00am - noon followed by lunch & golf
$247pp includes lunch, golf, transport
Bus leaves front of River Rock at 7:20am, returning 5:45pm

The 4-hour pre-conference seminar is broken down into 2 hour segments.

Part 1 – Classroom lecture focusing on the fate of pesticides in the environment:

The environmental fate of pesticides depends on the physical and chemical properties of the pesticide as well as the environmental conditions. The physical and chemical properties of the pesticide determine how likely it is to travel through soil (soil mobility), how well it dissolves in water (water solubility), and how likely it is to become airborne (volatility).  Once a pesticide has been released into the environment, it can be broken down by:

exposure to sunlight (photolysis)
exposure to water (hydrolysis)
exposure to other chemicals (oxidation and reduction)
microbial activity (bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms)
plants or animals (metabolism)

Part 2 – Participants will rotate through several action stations in small groups performing multiple tasks such as sprayer calibration, nozzle uniformity assessment, donning ppe, label comprehension, pesticide use calculations, spill clean-up and more.
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STC Synthetic Turf Safety & Maintenance Course
Tab Buckner, Sports Turf Canada President
Wednesday, Feb 14, 9:00am - 4:00pm at the River Rock Casino Resort, Fraser Room
$297 member, $347 non-member includes lunch

This one day Sports Turf Canada certificate course, presented by STC President, Tab Buckner, will be of interest to those who manage or maintain synthetic sports turf and to those who wish to develop additional knowledge and skills in this subject matter.

The course includes a written exam. Participants must achieve a minimum passing grade of 75% to be awarded a Sports Turf Canada ‘Certificate of Successful Completion’.  

Topics include:  How synthetic turf is made, what makes a quality synthetic turf surface, synthetic sportsfield construction, synthetic turf lifecycle and recycling, how to test your field for optimal performance and safety, precautions needed for extreme cold and heat, equipment needed to properly maintain your field, risk mitigation, Gmax math, field safety best practices, game day best practices, how and when to groom your synthetic turf field, sport specific performance and warranties
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Introductory Turf Management Workshop
Jason Pick, Olds College and Stan Kazymerchyk, Kwantlen University
Friday, Feb 16, 8:30am - 11:30am at the River Rock Casino Resort, Capilano Room

$99pp includes lunch and trade show access

This 3-hour session designed for front-line staff needing better turf management knowledge to perform their daily roles, is being delivered by the lead instructors of Olds College and Kwantlen University.  For years, both institutions have delivered industry leading programs in horticulture/turf management each with a long list of successful alumni excelling in the areas of golf course and sportsfield management.

Topics include:  Grass Plant Basics, Mowing, Water, Fertility, Area Math, Fertility Math
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Sign up for any of these sessions from the Conference Registration landing page - CLICK HERE