Computers Related To Turf Grass Industries

Computer Science Term paper
Turfgrass Science
Dennis Zedrick
October 23, 1996

The field of turfgrass science, and golf course management has became
very sophisticated in just the few short years that I have been involved. Much
of the equipment has gone higher tech, as far as electric motors, and more
computerized technology. Many golf course superintendents now are , "online
via the web". If there is a question concerning a new disease or fertilizer one
can log on to Texas [email protected] home page and hopefully find a solution to the problem.
The technology in the computer field has also advanced the irrigation
technology in the agriculture field. Irrigation systems can now be turned on
with the touch of a button through IBM or MACINTOSH Personal computer. New
computer technology will continue to make leaps and bounds for the turfgrass
Ransome Industries, maker of fine turgrass mowing equipment, has come
out with the first electric mowing machine. I myself am not in favor of this,
or I would guess anyone in the petroleum industry is either for that matter.
There has been a greater demand for environmental concern along the nations
coastlines, and nation wide. Most of the worlds great golf courses are located
along the coasts. Ransome was banking on that an electric mowing machine would
fit that need. It has been slow to catch on as of late. It\'s benefits are an
almost quiet no noise machine. (Beard 302). Many country club members would
become outraged when the superintendents would send out the greensmowers daily
at 6:00 A.M. The diesel and gasoline powered engines are noisy, and would wake
up many members that live along the golf course. The second benefit is no cost
of gasoline or oil, and therefore no chance of a petroleum leak or spill. There
downfall lies in there initial cost,"$15,000 for a gasoline triplex mower, and
$20,000 for an electric powered mower. Another real downfall is that they can
only mow nine holes, then they have to be charged for ten hours, rendering them
useless for the rest of the day. Hopefully technology can produce an
environmental friendly machine, while not putting the oil industry in a bind, "
And also keep the governments hands out of the cookie jar with new environmental
The Internet has become a very important tool to the people in the
turfgrass industry. At any given time a golf course superintendent can log onto
various company\'s home pages to learn something about their product.(Beard 101)
If one day I am searching for a new fairway mower, I can bypass the phone calls
and written estimates, and go strait to the information. Toro, Ransome,
Jacobsen, and even John Deere all have home pages. You can inquire on a certain
mower model, engine size or anything you need to know. It will list a price and
even the shipping and handling and the salesman\'s commission. Perhaps the best
part about the Internet, is all the turfgrass related information that is at
your fingertips.(Beard 120) One can access the three dominating turfgrass
schools in just seconds.(Beard 122) Those three schools would be Texas [email protected],
Mississippi State, and Oklahoma State. If it is in the middle of the summer,
and there is a big tournament coming up they can be of great help. If your
putting greens start to die in spots in the heat of the summer, one could log on
to Texas [email protected] home page, and root around for some information, on what type of
disease might be causing it.(Beard 420) They give identifying characteristics
for each disease that is helpful in a quick diagnoses of the problem. They even
offer helpful tips on what chemicals will best control the problem, and how much
to spray. If that\'s not enough they give tips on employee management, and
possible job opportunities with the college.
How can the Internet and computer technology possibly make my future job
any easier, I might ask. Well that is an easy question to answer. Toro,
Rainbird, and Flowtronics PSI, have found a way to make water management an easy
task. Automatic water irrigation systems have been around since the early
seventy\'s. First they were run off a mechanical pin and timer system for home
lawn use. This was a very reliable system, but it lacked
flexibility.(Wikshire95) Next came the automatic timer systems. These run off
an electronic timer from a 110 volt wall outlet. These are still in use today,
and it is a very good system.(Wikshire 112) Last but not least has come the
water management system run from your personal Macintosh