Johnsons at BTME

The Johnsons Sports Seed range has always been focused on quality, providing professional turf managers with the tools to deliver high performance turf that can handle the toughest challenges. 2019 will be no exception. Visitors to stand 214 in the new Red Zone at BTME will be the first to hear about the new and improved mixture formulations and cultivars across their golf and sports turf seed portfolio’s.

A complete review of the range will see 11 updated mixture formulations and a new high performance Chewings Fescue, Bogart. Bogart features in the new 6-blend formulation of Johnsons J Fescue, popular for the overseeding of fairways, greens and tees. The new J Fescue blend features 50% slender creeping red fescue and 50% chewings fescue cultivars for improved drought tolerance and disease resistance. Along with a number of other mixtures in the range, from 2019 J Fescue can be specified with DLF’s ProNitro seed coating.

Reformulated specifically for use on links courses, the new J Links mixture is a pure slender creeping red fescue blend, comprised of three of the markets highest performing cultivars – Cezanne, Nigella and Beudin. This year, in addition to regular testing, DLF cultivars have been subject to hydroponic salt tolerance trials to confirm their effectiveness in high salt scenarios. This, combined with improved drought tolerance and strong rhizomatous rooting structure, means J Links should deliver strong performance under sustainable management programmes and/or close mown conditions.

2019 will also see the launch of ‘DLF Select’, a new seed purity programme. In a world where it is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve high purity standards, DLF have introduced a number of processes throughout their supply chain to bring greater reliability to turf managers. The new 00 quality rating, representing zero weeds and zero coarse grass, will be available on a number of mixtures in the fine turf range, along with Johnsons J Premier Wicket and J Premier Pitch.

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