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Author(s):Byrtus, G.; McLean-Mueller, J.
Author Affiliation:Pesticide Management Branch, Alberta Environmental Protection, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Title:Alberta golf course pesticide and fertilizer use survey (1990)
Source:PTRC - Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre 1992 AnnualReport [Alberta]. 1992, p. 8.
# of Pages:1
Publishing Information:[Olds, Alberta: Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre]
Abstract/Contents:"A survey of Alberta golf course pesticide and fertilizer use was conducted by the Pesticide Management Branch of Alberta Environmental Protection in 1990. Survey forms were mailed to 91 courses. A total of 33 courses, or 15% of the provincial total (220 courses), responded to the survey. The survey indicated that the Alberta golf courses who responded use less pesticides that golf courses in other regions of North America, because of different insect, weed, and disease pests resulting from different climatic conditions. Major weed problems are limited to dandelion and clover on fairways and roughs, while major disease problems are pink and gray snow mould on greens and tees. Insect pests were not a major concern, and those that were reported were mainly tree and shrub insect pests. Results from the survey indicated that the participating golf courses used an average of 76.9 kg of pesticide (active ingredient) per course in 1990. Fungicides (for disease control) made up 64% of this total, while herbicides (for weed control) made up 34% of this figure. Insecticide usage was minimal. Some regional variation between northern and southern Alberta courses was noted, especially for insecticides. The total amount of pesticide sold in Alberta was determined from two sources and compared to golf course pesticide usage. Total golf course pesticide usage in Alberta accounted between 0.20% and 0.22% of the total provincial usage. Two American golf course pesticide use surveys were compared to this Alberta survey, and Alberta average per course pesticide usage worked out to be approximately 14 - 17% of American average per course pesticide usage. Fertilizer usage worked out to a per-course average of 2030 kg of nitrogen, 493 kg of phosphorus, 773 kg of potassium, and 734 kg of sulphur. Compared to total agricultural fertilizer usage in Alberta, total golf course nitrogen and phosphorus usage was less than 0.1%, while potassium and sulphur worked out to 0.4 and 0.7% respectively, of total provincial fertilizer usage. Fertilizer products used on golf courses were predominately turf speciality fertilizers, although some conventional agricultural fertilizers were used, mainly in rural areas."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Byrtus, G., and J. McLean-Mueller. 1992. Alberta golf course pesticide and fertilizer use survey (1990). Prairie Turfgrass Res. Annu. Rep. p. 8.
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