This week I spoke at the Philippine Turfgrass Forum, organized by Dr. Amihan Arquiza at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The slides from my presentations, along with the accompanying handout, are available for download here:
The forum involved students, golf course superintendents, golf course architects, professors, landscape contractors, property developers, sod producers, and industry suppliers, with over 100 people in attendance. Dr. Arquiza began the afternoon with a wide-ranging talk on turfgrass in the Philippines and around the world, sharing her experiences and ideas of turfgrass use, as it is, and as it might be.
Tomas Valencia spoke about the production, use, planting, and export of manilagrass (Zoysia matrella), sharing his extensive knowledge of this grass and its wide range of uses as a turfgrass in Southeast Asia.
We then had an open forum, discussing turfgrass research and teaching in the Philippines, the bermudagrass white leaf pathogen, how one might apply nutrients to fine turf during the rainy season, the relative salt tolerance of manilagrass, and much more.
For more information about estimating turfgrass nitrogen requirements from a temperature-based growth potential, the MLSN guidelines for interpreting soil test data, manilagrass as an excellent turf for Southeast Asia, and other articles about turfgrass management in Asia, please visit the ATC turfgrass information page.