A round up of exhibitors at BTME 2023 : the trade show for all those working in golf course and turf management.
DLF Seeds: DLF, return to Harrogate with a raft of new mixture formulations in their Johnsons Sports Seed range – incorporating new cultivars that promise to improve play quality and be kinder to the environment, and budgets, thanks to reduced reliance on chemical inputs.
New for 2023 will be J Intense 50, a new renovation mixture for golf tees, pathways and high wear areas. This mix promises improved drought tolerance, disease resistance and rapid establishment thanks to the inclusion of DLF’s 4turf® perennial ryegrass. Visit stand 130 for more information. https://www.johnsonssportsseed.co.uk/
GKB Machines: Visit Stand 644 for an impressive line-up of equipment whether its scarification, aeration or overseeding on the agenda. The VCollector will taking centre stage showcasing the benefits of effective organic matter removal and collection of the extracted material in one quick and simple pass. The GKB Technical Team will be on hand to discuss these products, and many more from their innovative golf and sports turf portfolio. www.gkbmachines.com
INFINICUT® : Stop by stand 614 for the latest in mowing technologies and the newest industry-leading innovations. Fresh from the factory and on show for the first time will be a dedicated trailer unit for the 22” MK6 models, together with a new 22” cutting unit launching specifically for the golf sector. www.infinicut.com
Kubota: A number of units from the Kubota RTV range, including the top-selling RTV-X1110 equipped with a dedicated golf cage kit, alongside a new, wider Centre Collect Front Mower (CCFM) from the Kubota Gianni Ferrari S.R.L division will be showcased this year. Launched earlier this year, the RTV 520 also on show is well suited to the golf market with an easy-access, heavy-duty cargo bed and lightweight overall footprint. Visit stand 624. www.kubota.com
Redexim: Aerators, seeders, topdressers will all take centre stage on the Redexim stand 532. Proven to be one of the most accurate dimple seeders on the market, the Redexim Multi-Seeder promises to be a particular highlight. The Multi-Seeder is also one of a selection of models included in a brand-new promotion, launching ahead of renovation season. To help with the rising costs associated with overseeding, Redexim have proudly teamed up with Origin Amenity Solutions (OAS), to offer those that purchase a Redexim seeder an exclusive deal worth over £500! www.redexim.com
Suståne Natural Fertilizers : a stop by the Suståne stand 170 is a must for anybody looking for natural solutions to plant nutrition and soil management. The focus for 2023 will be products to help with all-important post-renovation recovery, including Suståne’s unique Soil ReGen® Structural Soil Conditioner. www.sustane.com
Origin Amenity Solutions (OAS): Innovative solutions to fine turf seed selection, nutritional treatments and data management systems from across the OAS brands will be showcased on three stands this year. Comprised of Headland Amenity, Rigby Taylor, Symbio and Turfkeeper – and with their own Turf Science & Technology Centre – OAS has become the leading force in the amenity sector. Research conducted in-house and with selected partners around the globe are shaping the products of the future, such as the Carbon4Grass mixtures available from Rigby Taylor. Visit stand 200, 202 and 230 to find out more. www.originamenity.com
Vanmac: As restrictions on curative chemistries continue to pose a challenge to course managers, it is now more critical than ever that every operation conducted above ground has plant health at its core. As the most regular task, mowing can have either a positive or negative impact on the plant depending on whether the correct cutting performance can be attained. This will be the focus for Vanmac as they return to BTME in 2023, showcasing a range of rotary and multi-deck mowers from Progressive that offer industry-leading cut quality and contour-following ability. Visit stand 526 to view the whole Vanmac range. www.vanmac.co.uk
Rain Bird Landscape and Sports Turf irrigation: A visit to stand 132 will reveal a number a number of new products including the new RC2 Smart Irrigation controller and the modular ESP-LXME 2 traditionally wired models from Rain Bird. Used in conjunction with and accessed through the Rain Bird Mobile App, the RC2 enables users to manage remotely residential and light commercial installations. Contractors and site managers have full WiFi control of irrigation scheduling for multiple sites and zones. Compatible with Rain Bird’s IQ4 Cloud irrigation management system, the ESP-LXME 2 traditionally wired modular models focus on water conservation, flexibility and simplicity in use. www.rainbird.eu
Lantra; UK Awarding Organisation, Lantra will be on hand at stand 146 to champion the cause for skills development, how interested industry professionals could potentially start their journey to become Lantra Instructors or Assessors, and spotlight a range of courses in Pesticides, Ride-on Mowers, Groundcare Machinery and the latest addition to the training suite, Landscape Multi-Tools. www.lantra.co.uk
Agrovista Amenity Agrovista will showcase two unique services – the online Agrovista Amenity Academy and the all-new Agronomy Reports, at BTME on stands 120 and 125. The Agrovista Amenity Academy, which is free to sign-up to, provides product courses, as well as a wide range of knowledge courses in turf management such as turf disease, chemical, product application, seed and turf pests. Agrovista’s unique new soil analysis service Agronomy Reports, features adaptable nutrition programmes supported by real time weather reports. www.agrovista.co.uk/amenity