Sam Green, President of AQUA-AID Solutions sits down to share a Fall 2020 message. How has Covid19 effected the golf industry, the challenges and solutions the industry has found to combat the boost in rounds many are seeing.
Moisture Management Solution
Soil Hydrating Surfactant with Organic Acid Redistribution System
OARS HS, Soil Hydrating Surfactant, is a combination of the university researched, field proven, and patented organic acid redistribution system (OARS) with a multi-branched hydrating chemistry. OARS HS controls soil water repellency while providing uniform soil moisture and increased soil moisture retention.
• Removes humic coatings from hydrophobic soil particles
• Controls water repellency
• Increases number of hydrating sites to improve moisture retention
• Provides superior soil moisture uniformity
• Increased length of activity in soil
• Reduces drought stress
• Consistent performance between applications to maintain adequate moisture in hard to wet soils
• Money back guarantee
Golf, Lawns, and Sports Turf
Apply 4 to 5 ounces per 1,000 ft² in 2 gallons of water (13 to 16 L/ha in 800 L) at 30 day intervals or as needed. After an initial 5 ounce (16 L) application, drought conditions can be best managed by applying 2 to 2.5 ounces per 1,000 ft² in 2 gallons of water (6 to 8 L/ha in 800 L) at 15 day intervals or as needed..
For extreme drought conditions with high temperatures and/or increased soil water repellency, apply 6 to 8 ounces per 1,000 ft² in 2 gallons of water (20 to 25 L/ha in 800 L) at 30 day intervals or as needed.
Irrigate with sufficient water to deliver OARS HS to the soil profile – 1/8 inch (3 mm) or more recommended.
OARS HS Research
Evaluation of two commercially available wetting agents on soil moisture management
Evaluation Time Frame: March 18, 2017 to July 14, 2017, 119 Days
Location: Penn State University, Joseph E. Valentine Turfgrass Research Center
Trials were conducted on pots containing a fairway material consisting of 70% sand and 30% soil. Two applications were made at label recommendations. Two applications of OARS HS – Regenerating Multi-Branch Surfactant were made at 5 oz per 1000 square feet. Two applications of an industry leading modified/methyl – caped block copolymer surfactant were made to the same fairway material at 6 oz per 1000 square feet.
Evaluation of OARS HS regenerating branched surfactant and industry leading modified/ methyl-caped block copolymer turf surfactant on soil moisture management of an L-93 creeping bentgrass fairway grown on a 70/30 construction mix. 22% volumetric water content (VWC) was the target moisture rate. Rewetting of the matrix occurred once 15% VWC was measured. Both measurements were completed using a Spectrum TDR 300 moisture meter. The dry down was initiated on May 19, 2017.
OARS HS pots required 48% less water than the control pots maintained at 22% VWC. 48% less water is equivalent to 1,925,000 gallons of savings for 25 acres of fairways in an 8 week period. OARS HS outperformed the industry leading surfactant for saving water by 23.4% and required less watering cycles than the control.
During a few days together, preparing for the virtual education season to come, the AQUA-AID Solutions team sat down for a round table discussion talking 2020.
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Understanding why an early season surfactant application is beneficial can best be demonstrated using a slinky.
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