Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Green Industry Show

Last week I had the good fortune to attend the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Green Industry Show (GIS).

While there I was able to take in some education seminars, most notably a in depth one day class on drainage.  I learned some new techniques and re-learned some information I had forgotten since I graduated 19 years ago.  Good stuff.

Wednesday and Thursday were spent on the trade show gathering information on new products and getting updates on products we currently use.  Usually there is at least one product that really catches my eye, but it didn't seem to be there this year.  The most noticeable difference from the last time I attended nine years ago was the amount of technology used for everything we do.  There are now systems for monitoring equipment and cart fleets for needed maintenance, irrigation control software now allows users to operate, monitor and troubleshoot like never before and from anywhere, and a greens mower operated completely by an on board gps system.

It was nice to be able to attend again and I look forward to going in 2012.

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