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December 17, 1999

Dear Clients:

I hope that the conference last week was time well spent for you. We were very pleased with the turnout we had for our presentation, as there were over 30 people who attended. We have taken the liberty of posting the presentation on the web. We have done that so those of you who were there can go back and review what was said, as well as for those who did not have an opportunity to attend. We will be making a few changes to it. Most of the slides do not have any notes. If you have questions, or comments concerning the presentation, please feel free to call or e-mail us. We will be more than happy to visit with you. [By the way, you can view a sample of the presentation at any time by clicking on the "Seminar" button on any of the main pages.]

This brings me to the point of this letter. For some time I have been entertaining the notion of putting together an informational letter to clients on a quarterly basis. The purpose would be to identify things that are going on during the season as well as give you information that you can use in managing your golf course. If you have suggestions and ideas that you would like me to implement or have me consider, I welcome your thoughts. I know that your time is valuable, therefore my thoughts in a newsletter would be concise and to the point.

With that in mind, I would like to inform you of a new test that is being offered from Brookside. It is called the P-Sorption Curve Test, and is used in measuring soils and their ability to adsorb phosphorus. Soils all differ in their ability to sorb and fix phosphorus. Researchers now realize that ideal soil test levels need to vary as soil types change. We have used this concept with cations on exchange sites for years. Now the importance of anions sorbed in soils is showing to be an important factor in recommended soil P test levels and estimating the maximum P that a soil can adsorb before becoming saturated. This test is considered the most absolute determination of a soils capacity to sorb P. The test takes a considerable amount of time to run as ten different tests must be done. The amount of P in solution and sorbed is determined and plotted on a graph. If phosphorus levels in your soils are a concern or you are experiencing environmental pressures, this is a test that you can use to back up your fertility program. The cost for the test is $175.00.

We also have been considering contacting superintendents to see if you are interested in having any small group discussions during the winter. My thought would be something on the order of 5 to 6 superintendents over lunch. The idea would be to discuss things of interest or concern that may be out there with regard to fertility and disease pressures. Again, if this is something that is of interest to you, please let me know when we get a chance to visit this winter.

We would like to thank you for your support and business this last year. Nothing means more to us than your success. We wish you well for the coming year.

In March, we will be giving another presentation down in Castle Rock. Terry Donahoe of FMX Turf Products will be putting on a two-day seminar for turf grass and golf course superintendents on the 15th of March. We hope to see some of you there. We look forward to the opportunity to address the attendees.


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