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The four day education programme will kick off with the full day workshops on Monday 25th June. These will feature both an Agronomic and Management topic. Tuesday June 26th sees an exciting full day of plenary sessions before delegates break off into either their dedicated Golf or Sportsfield streams on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of June. PDF version of the programme.

Monday 25 June

Time Session
10.00 AGCSA Jacobsen Workshops Partners Morning Tea

Scott McElroy
Understanding the Problem of Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Turfgrass
Craig Haldene
What Drives your Management Practices?

12.00 Lunch    
13.00 Session resumes    
13.30   Session resumes  
15.00 Session finishes Session finishes  
18.30 - 20.30 Syngenta President's Dinner

Tuesday 26 June

Time Session
8.00 Welcome

Scott McElroy
Deciphering opinion, data, and marketing to make the best decision

Keynote Speaker
Inspirational Speaker
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Jamie Scott & Dr Karen Faisandier
Rethinking men's mental Health
13.00 Lunch
14.00 John Neylan
Turfgrass and climate change
15.00 Carmen Margo
Soil moisture sensors
16.00 VIP Trade Opening

Wednesday 27 June

Time Session          
  Golf Sportsfield Workshop Workshop Syngenta Architects 
8.30 Craig Haldane
Fine turf management with poor water quality
Scott McElroy
Weed Management
Guy Chapple
Career Benchmarking: Planning and progressing your career
Bruce Macphee, Chris Burgess, NZSTI
A practical approach to project management
Spray Workshop
Ensuring your spray applications do what you want them to do and what to look out for
9.10 Sam Keats
Greenkeeping, a great career
Recognising and rectifying drainage problems on sportsfields
9.50 Billy Koopman
2017 - A year to remember
John Neylan
Comparing sand based and soil based sportsfield performance
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Panel
Ditch Jumping - Working and managing courses in both Australia and New Zealand
Changing of the guard
Panel: Brendan Allen, Leo Barber, Craig Haldane
From Superintendent to General Manager
Vickie Crowe
HR and Management
12.30 Lunch and Trade Exhibition
13.25  Jyri Kaapro's Stressgard presentation, Booth 2 in Trade Exhibition
14.00 Talkback forum on managing for important course/club events Turf tolerance - understanding and combating wear and tear on sports surfaces Bill Brown
Using and improving your profile through social media
15.00 Afternoon Tea and Trade Exhibition    
17.00 Sessions finish

Thursday 28 June

Time Session    
  Golf Sportsfield Workshop
8.30 David McGeary
The Story of Grass; from a Greenhouse to rugby/cricket game day!

Andrew Stone and Will Bowden
Managing damage to stadium turf surfaces associated with temporary flooring
 Managing volunteers
A comprehensive workshop that looks at the benefits and issues associated with using volunteers on course, including tips on managing this fantastic resource
9.10 Albie Legget
Insect management
Bruce Macphee
Results of AFL ground survey using precision sensoring machine
9.50 McMaugh and Beehag
Investigating thatch-mat and root architecture beneath new bentgrass greens
 Mike Deluca
Strategies for maintaining sportsfields within local govt.
10.30 Morning Tea
10.55 Jyri Kaapro's Stressgard presentation, Booth 2 in Trade Exhibition
11.30 Scott McElroy
Predictive modelling: Management tools used to predict weed emergence, dew formation, disease and insect activity
A look at the science behind breeding a cultivar with characteristics tailored to the needs of the sports turf industry
13.00 Lunch  
13.25 Jyri Kaapro's Stressgard presentation, Booth 2 in Trade Exhibition
14.30 Turfgrass Talkback
Talkback host will interview, intervene and moderate our team of experts on audience based questions
16.00 Sessions finish
18.00 - 20.30 Farewell Bash




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