What’s New

I am just starting to get around and see courses in the NJ area. Soil temperatures are still fluctuating between 50 and 55 degrees even though the air temperatures and the sunny days make things seem nicer. It is still a little cool for grass growing here in the NJ area. I have seen very little winter damage on greens at my clients. I have heard some horror stories and I wish those guys good and quick healing. There are ways to speed things up but it takes the commitment of the club to bite the bullet and take the area out of play for a while. I look forward to seeing you soon!

This year we have been busy upgrading or getting new equipment to keep the laboratory optimized. We recently added 2 more one of a kind, state of art, pH robots, which now brings us to 4 in the soils lab. These are the only pH robots like this in the world. We added more bench space in the instrument room and added a new top of the line N analyzer which allows the Ag lab to more quickly analyze many types of samples for total N. We now have 6 N analyzers we keep very busy. We have already upgraded several of our flow injection analyzers (FIA) to the 2015 latest models. And will soon have all 8 of our analyzers up-graded to the latest most accurate in the industry. Brookside is the first lab to have these new instruments. These analyzers are used to determine Bray I, Bray II, Olsen phosphorus, NO3 and NH4 and Chloride in our lab. Along with all these instruments we are upgrading many of the computers throughout the labs, which are needed to run the newer equipment. We have also replaced and upgraded our customized sample holders for the organic and pH robots which was a significant project.

 

I am in the airport in Las Vegas waiting for my Red-eye flight back to NJ. It was a great trip and I saw some golf courses in very good shape out here! Looking forward to getting home to see the family and shovel snow- well, part of that is true anyhow. I really appreciate the support from my clients in Las Vegas and look forward to seeing the data and getting reports back to the guys

I am out in sunny Las Vegas this week visiting clients. Off to a good start with 3 courses visited today. All looked great in their own way.

I am back and settled in NJ from the SoCal trip. The weather there was great and it seems that the weather here is improving. (I was able to wash my car today!) I hope those I saw in LA area were helped and all the samples I collected should be back from the lab by the middle of this week. My next trip is to Las Vegas on Sunday night the 15th. I will be there and the surrounding areas until a red-eye flight on Friday the 20th. When I get back it will be nothing but report writing for a few weeks.

Another snowy Sunday heading into freezing rain Monday! I just got back and settled from the GIS in San Antonio last week and will be heading to Los Angeles tomorrow evening- assuming my flight doesn’t get cancelled! Anyhow, it was great to see guys and meet new people in Texas and get home safely. Those shows are long and rough nights. I am sorry if I missed some of you I had on my list to see. It was a quick trip and everybody is going in different directions. Back to work Tuesday and hopefully nice weather in SoCal….