Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nutec GPS Mapping and Fertility Program

The following pictures will illustrate the process we have subscribe to for better turf conditions along with a better fertility programs, saving money, less wasted fertilizer and better control of the nutrients being applied. The process started in the fall of 2011. A well balanced soil creates a better performing turf.  The following nutrients were applied to the foundry golf course, k-mag (potassium and magnesium), 0-46-0 (phosphorus),0-0-32 (potassium),sulfur, managanese and Dolomtic lime.  Copper will be sprayed later in the year. 
Soil Sample Bags with soil collected from the area around the bag.  These samples will stay here until Marcus picks them up and codes it with a GPS number.  This will be used to know the nutrient deficiencies in this area.  Samples are collected in a 30 foot diameter around the bag. 

Marcus Thigpin (nutec owner) is GPS mapping all the boundaries of the course.  Boundaries will include, greens,fairways,tees and fescue perimeter lines.  Once this is completed the samples can be collected and coded with the GPS number for precise location for later use.  Once the samples come back from the lab Marcus will download the nutrient information into his software program for analysis.  From the soil lab report he will determine the exact nutrients and amounts to be applied for each sampled area.

Over 800 samples were collected and analyzed

More mapping

One of the smaller spreading units applies 0-46-0  (phosphorus) to the 18 fairway.  Only one side is being used for this area on 18 fairway.  The program shows that no phosphorus was needed on the opposite side of the spreader

This pictures shows how close they are able to get to the greens location without the worry of throwing on the greens.  This shield is flexible and prevents the fertilizer from being applied to unwanted/sensitive areas.  The greens were aerated and top dressed the day we did this so the material on the greens is sand topdressing

The larger unit was used to spread the lime in the fairways and rough areas.

President Bill Stinson came out to take a first hand look at the operation.  He was truly impressed with the precision of the application

Marcus is showing General Manager Ralph Reahard the software that has been downloaded to each spreader.  The software controls all the functions of the nutrients being applied.  The software allows for variable fertilizer rates to be applied at the given coordinated from the GPS numbers collected

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