Tuesday, February 1, 2011

IPM Planning Guide

Another environmental project we recently starting working on is an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Planning Guide. Developed by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the IPM Planning Guide helps us in the development and implementation of IPM plans that meet our facility's environmental, agronomic, and budgetary goals.

An IPM Planning Guide improves our ability to predict turf quality problems. We used historical weather records, such as average monthly air temperatures and average monthly precipitation for our location, to plan management strategies to optimize turf growth. This helps us explain turf performance at different times of the year.

The course was broken down into the following management zones: greens, tees, fairways, and rough. Each management zone was given its own comprehensive IPM strategy and plan to predict how they will function throughout the year. These management zones help identify areas of high risk of damage by pests; as well as, aiding in reduction of pesticide usage.

Implementing a successful IPM plan will help us provide greater protection to our environment and help us continue to achieve our environmental goals.