Making Meters …BTME Report

EnviroMonitors exhibited their Measurement Tools and Weather Monitoring for the third year at BIGGA
They found a higher number of visitors were aware of how much benefit monitoring tools can provide to their club.
Throughout the three day show the FieldScout TDR Moisture Meters were a popular talking point with current users endorsing the product to colleagues within the sector. FieldScout TDR meters enable greenkeepers to have more control of their irrigation by measuring turf water content. Their use over time offers clubs substantial water, time and efficiency savings. The Course Manager at gWest has used his TDR300 since 2011 to determine irrigation requirements and Course Manager Daniel Lightfoot has ordered a second TDR meter for use at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club to add to the success of his first TDR.
Other popular measurement tools at EnviroMonitors’ stand included the LightScout DLI100 and SoilStik meters. The DLI100 are an affordable first step in measuring the light your turf receives throughout the day. In August 2012 Daniel Lightfoot purchased a set, “we strive to preserve and enhance the ecological value of the estate at Bearwood Lakes and LightScout has been a fantastic tool to help achieve this.” The FieldScout SoilStik pH meter uses its flat service sensor to provide an instant reading of pH which can be used to help keep turf in its optimum range for growth. By monitoring pH on your course the SoilStik can provide a guide for efficient fertiliser use and reduction of weed species and severity of diseases.
Automated weather stations were a hot topic. A Davis Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station from EnviroMonitors will monitor and record the conditions at your club enabling you to make more informed decisions as you always know what conditions your turf is experiencing. Stuart Hogg is the Course Manager at St Annes Old Links and finds best thing about having the Davis weather station is “having the data to hand and not guessing, It’s on all the time and monitored when we are spraying or when I know the greens/course may start to flood in areas”.
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